Nov. 19, 2008 Grant Awards Ceremony
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Grant Chairperson, Sandie Lucas awards funds to Principal, Brian Reagan

The Shrewsbury Alumni Association, founded in 1993, is a non-profit organization whose goal is to bring together all interested alumni and friends of SHS graduates and to promote the best interest of the schools and community by fostering enthusiasm, involvement, and close relationships.  

In 1995, the Alumni Association decided to promote the Shrewsbury High School Student Grant Program.  The criteria would be that all grant applications must be used to promote educational or charitable projects or to foster a sense of community.   All SHS student groups, club, classes, or organizations with a minimum of five students either involved or benefiting from the project would be eligible.   Grants would be awarded from no less than $100 and no greater than $400.

           In order to see the SHS Alumni Grant Program come to fruition, the Alumni Association relied strictly on a small group of dedicated volunteer alumni. Contributions made through donations, membership, and community fundraising efforts help support the entire SHS Student Grant Program.   We started off small with very limited resources and gave out three students grants a year.  Now, the SHS Student Grant Program has grown and so has the need.  We have funded an average of 14 Students grants in the last ten years.

           At the Alumni Association's Grant Award Ceremony, On November 19, 2008fourteen SHS Student Grant Applicants received funding for their student projects.   To date, the total number of grant funds awarded since its inception totals close to $50,000 and has benefited more than 25,000 students at SHS. 

 

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Nov. 19, 2008 Grant Awards Ceremony
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New Superintendent Dr. Joseph Sawyer, Brian Reagan, faculty and students

Sandie Lucas presents Jackie our thank you gift
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Jackie Groccia - SHS Administrator of the Alumni Student Grant Funds

Many thanks for your support!
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SHS Grant Project Faculty Advisors

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Student Grant Recipients

November 19, 2008

Criticism Counts
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Criticism Counts

Claire Donovan

SHS Media Specialist

The purpose of this project is to encourage more literary criticism in our curriculum and to provide college bound students with the opportunity to practice this valuable skill.  Grant funds will help defray the cost of books to supplement the library media center’s collection on works of literary criticism.

Excelsior Magazine
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Excelsior Magazine

The Magical Transformation From Comb Binding to Thermal Binding

Advisor: Paul Depalo

Student Applicant: Mia Shimokawa

The purpose of this project is to create a durable, compact and attractive Excelsior Magazine to promote students’ literary art work.  Grant funds will help to purchase a Thermal Binding Machine and Thermal Binding Report Covers to maximize the efficiency of printing this magazine.

Fostering Future Teachers
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Fostering Future Teachers
Advisor: Claire Donovan
Student Applicant: Katie Kiely

The goal of the Future Teachers Club is to provide members with the opportunity to explore the many facets of the teaching profession.  Grant funds will help provide funds for transportation to potential teacher shadowing or college field trips.

Friends of Shrewsbury Crew
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Friends of Shrewsbury Crew
Advisor: Pamela Krause
Student Applicant: Kara White

The Friends of the Shrewsbury Crew are made up of parents and past SHSCrew Team alumni.  Grant funds will help defray expenses for an overnight trip in the Spring of 2009.  The purpose of the trip is to promote team building.  


Girls' Lacrosse Alumni Game Day BBQ
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Girls’ Lacrosse Alumni Game Day BBQ

Advisor: Becky Moisan

This is the third annual event planned by the SHS Girls’ Lacrosse Team.  Their goal is to promote relationships among the current SHS Girls’ Lacrosse Team and the SHS Girls’ Lacrosse Alumni.  Grant funds will help defray the cost of refreshemnts and related expenses.

 

Introduction To Photography
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Introduction to Photography
Advisor - Jane Roddy
The purpose of the Introduction to Photography Course is to bring a different medium of creative self expression to the Shrewsbury High School population.  Students in the Introduction to Photography class learn how to take pictures, develop their own film, and print their own photographs.  Grant funds will be used to purchase an additional camera, bag, and filters.


Senior Exhibition-Conquering Concussions
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Senior Exhibition- Conquering Concussions
Advisor: Linda Mongiat and James Chace
Student Applicant: Demi McLaren

This project will develop and implement a system for a baseline and post injury concussion test to educate Athletic Departments and student athletes who participate in a contact sport in order to correctly diagnose and treat concussions properly.  Grant funds will help defray the cost of this baseline / post injury test.
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Senior Exhibition - Music Management
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Senior Exhibition - Music Management
Advisor: Linda Mongiat and James Chace
Student Applicant: Courtney Domeij
The goal of this project will consist of asking bands, and several others for donated time in order to produce a charity show to raise money for the “Save the Music Foundation”.  This orgranization supports music education in schools.  Grant money will help defray the cost of the charity show.

Senior Exhibition - Vampirology
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Senior Exhibition - Vampirology
Advisor: Linda Mongiat and James Chace
Student Applicant: Krys  Edlinger
The goal of this project is to get a complete understanding of the mythology and science of vampires through the evolution of science and literature.  The grant will be used for research materials.
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SHS Sculpture Project
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SHS Sculpture Project
Advisor: Pamela LeBlanc
Students are invited to participate in the design and planning of a large scale permanent sculpture for the grounds of SHS.  Grant money will cover the fee of a consulting artist and provide materials for construction of small scale models.
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SHS Varsity & Freshman Math Teams
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SHS Varsity & Freshman MathTeams
Advisor: Catherine McDonagh
The math team provides students with structured practices to prepare for various math competitions throughout the state.  Grant funds will help support the cost of competing and provide T-shirts for team unity.

Special Peer Connections
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Special Peer Connections
Advisor: Patrick O’Connor
The objective of the (SPC) group is to foster friendships and community relationships among students with intellectual and developmental delays with non-disabled peers and the community.  Grant funds will help students to purchase plants and pots, supplies to decorate pots, deliver plants to the senior center and to purchase a digital camera which will help promote the event(s).

Speech and Debate Team
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Speech and Debate Team
Advisor: Sara Ahern
The purpose of their activity is to improve oral expression and create awareness about current issues through interpretive reading and through students participation in more than 15 competitions per year.  Grant funds will help pay for various expenses associated with competitions and to help defray the cost of sponsoring its Mardi Gras Tournament and its annual Speech Showcase.

US Academic Decathlon
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US Academic Decathlon

Advisor: Sarah Wilkinson

Academic Decathlon is a unique and prestigious competition that allows students to match their intellect with students from schools across the nation.  It enables concentration within specific topics at a level that that a standard curriculum does not allow.  The U.S. Academic Decathlon Team competes in up to three regional competitions each year.  The grant will help pay for study materials.

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Due BEFORE April 30, 2010
 
Past Grant Recipients
 
Awarded March 3, 2008
 
Awarded February 26, 2007

 




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