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Friday, December 21, 2007


Shorts from the Regional School Committee, December11

· CCHS senior Kate Ostrowski wins academic excellence award. The Massachusetts
CCHS senior Kate Ostrowski (Courtesy Photo)
Association of School Superintendents has established an award to recognize high school seniors who have shown excellence in their high school careers. CCHS seniors Kate Ostrowski of Carlisle and Austin Bamford of Concord received these honors at last week's meeting of the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee.

Ostrowski is currently taking a heavy course load, which includes three science classes: physics, meteorology and forensics. "Her favorite courses have been Sociology and Earth Science," said Superintendent Brenda Finn. Principal Peter Badalament noted that Ostrowski has received numerous departmental awards, including the Harvard Book Award.

Badalament praised Ostrowski not just for her outstanding academic record, but also for her athletic and leadership abilities. "Kate is a three-season athlete who plays field hockey, basketball and lacrosse. Kate is a leader among her peers as she has been selected to serve as a captain for both field hockey and basketball."

Finn also noted Ostrowski's community service record. "Kate has invested dozens of hours collecting household items, clothing and toys for Stepping Stones, a program serving pregnant and parenting youth in Maine." She then drives the goods up to Maine.

"Kate describes herself as determined, athletic and compassionate," added Finn. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading and being a good model for her five-year old sister. Kate had told Finn, "I can tell my parents anything. They trust me. They have pushed me to be my best. They value education and have always tried to make sure I had the best education available."

Ostrowski is hoping to go to the University of Virginia or the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, next year.

Austin Bamford, has also had four years of rigorous studies. He is interested in politics and global issues, and is applying to Georgetown, William and Mary and George Washington University.

· Orchestra to compete in Orlando. CCHS music teacher Scott Knopf obtained permission to plan a trip to Disney World for the orchestra for April 3 to 6, 2008. Knopf said he has wanted to take the orchestra on a trip for the last two years but didn't have enough students to do so. The orchestra will be competing at a band festival and will be adjudicated by a judge with expertise in string instruments.

· Bond rating raised. Director of Operations and Finance John Flaherty said that the Moody bond rating for Regional School District bonds has been raised from "AA2 with a positive outlook" to "AA1 with a stable outlook." Flaherty said this was due to the strong support of the two communities and thanked both Concord and Carlisle. "There is good management in both towns and citizens have demonstrated a strong financial commitment to public education," he said. The bonds are for $2,445,000 of debt accumulated in the last two years for upgrading high school facilities.

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