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Schools Notebook: Retiring HHS teacher seeks out former students

by | May 3, 2022 | Education

In 2009, Hopkinton High School English teacher Marie Martin asked her senior students a question: What do you want to remember from your last four years? Martin challenged them with a time-capsule project for them to document their years at HHS. Using a pen and paper, they wrote down anecdotes she hoped they could remember.

Now, almost 12 years later, Martin wants to share these assignments with them. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Class of 2009 was not able to gather for a reunion planned for the spring of 2020, when Martin was going to show the students what they had written.

“I think it would be beautiful for them to see this now, with how much they’ve probably grown and changed,” Martin said.

Martin, now in her 37th year of teaching, is retiring after this school year. Before she leaves, she hopes to connect her students with their individual mementos.

“You always look back at your high school years with lots of memories, maybe they will uncover some they didn’t even know they had,” Martin said.

As for this year’s seniors, Martin said her assignment should have even more meaning.

“I want to make a time capsule for this pandemic, too. I mean, how many times would you ever imagine this happening as a high schooler,” Martin said. “I think it would be an extremely nostalgic experience.”

For Martin, the 2009 students were one batch of many that she’s had over the years, and she believes these write-ups are important for them to remember.

“It truly is a very formative time in a child’s life,” Martin said.

Martin has papers for the following students: Kelly Cook, Dan Muscatello, Nicholas Holden Mills, Erica Normandeau, Ryan Schaefer, Tim Viga, Jessica de St. Croix, Kathryn Roberts, Kristen Cormier, Lora Zaccaro, Jeff Doyle, Victoria Tuite, Ben Aitken, Kenny McMullen, Melinda Collins, Billy Hulme, Ryan Dobrinski, Ryan Page, John Bicknell, Cara Jordan, Courtney Onofris, P.J. Beauregard, Emily Labroche and Stephen T. Cronin.

Anyone on this list is asked to email evanya.mathur@gmail.com for information on how to retrieve their papers.

— Contributed by Evanya Mathur

HHS students win at HOSA competition

Hopkinton High School’s HOSA-Future Health Professionals Club had success at the State Leadership Conference on April 2.

Prachi Meher took first place in the medical math category. Hana Ruran was first in research poster. Evanya Mathur, Nandita Ramesh, Vidya Narendra and Roma Tewari captured first place in public service announcement. Ishi Khurana took second in clinical specialty. Pranamya Keshkamat was third in medical law and ethics. In the health education team event, Meher, Khurana, Lindsay Hong and Kylie Skiba took second, while Srilakshmi Venkatesen, Noor Rana and Prisha Shrivastava took third.

Music calendar raffle underway

The Hopkinton Music Association is selling tickets to the 2022 Countdown to Pops calendar raffle through May 15 to raise funds for music scholarships and music program needs at the Hopkinton Public Schools.

Tickets are $10 each, and each ticket is eligible for prizes in up to 29 daily drawings, depending on the date of purchase.

Daily drawings began April 24 and run through May 21, with the final drawing of a Boston Symphony Orchestra gift certificate taking place at the Hopkinton High School pops concert on May 22.

Tickets can be purchased from any Hopkinton Public Schools music student in Grades 5-12. For more information, email ktbograd@gmail.com or visit hopkintonmusicasso.wixsite.com/hopkintonmusic.

Bouvier wins Merit AON Scholarship

Hopkinton’s Sarah Bouvier was named winner of the National Merit AON Scholarship. She is one of about 1,000 students from across the country to earn a corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship. …

Hopkinton High School lost to North Quincy in the first round of GBH’s academic tournament, “High School Quiz Show.” The program aired April 2 and is available for viewing on the GBH YouTube channel. …

Hopkinton’s Victoria Kray recently was initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, which bills itself as the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society, at the University of Massachusetts.

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1 Comment

  1. George E Brodeur Sr

    Cathy et al,
    Thank you for sharing.

    George