This year, the Alumni Association's Grant Program celebrated its 16th year of existence and has funded over $55,000 back to Shrewsbury High School student programs where more than 25,000 students have benefited.  Funds distributed are primarily received from a variety of graduating classes at reunion time and SHS Alum making personal donations.  The purpose of the Alumni Grant program is to assist students in achieving their project goals by providing them with seed money to get their project off the ground and running. 

Sandie Lucas
Sandie Lucas, Student Grants Chairperson
Alumni Association's Student Grants Chairperson

On November 17, 2010, Sandra J. Lucas, SHS Alumni Grant Chairperson, presented the 2010-2011 Alumni Grant Recipients in the Anthony J. Bent presentation room at Shrewsbury High School.  Over fifty faculty, students, parents and friends attended this year’s Alumni Grant Awards Ceremony.  Fifteen SHS Student Grant Projects were funded between $100 and $400 for their projects and grant certificates were awarded.  Many of these projects support a variety of educational and community opportunities ranging from cultural programs, research materials, artist supplies, audio/ visual supplies, state and local competitions, charitable giving, and a variety of other projects as you'll note by the descriptions of each project below.      

Congratulatory Remarks from SHS Administration
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Dr. Sara Ahern

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Judith Donahue, Alumni Association President

Closing Remarks from the Alumni Association
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Christina Manos, Alumni Association Vice President

View our November 17, 2010 Program

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Producers Christina Gonzalez, Anne Pignataro, and Mrs. Korab

Special Presentation Made By Judith L. Donahue,
Alumni Association President
Partnership Award For Promoting the Mission of the
SHS Alumni Association
for the
SHS Educational Television Studio's production of
"All About Alumni Grants 2009-2010"
Produced by
Brooke Fitzgerald, Christina Gonzalez and Anne Pignataro
Faculty Advisor:
  Margaret Korab, SHS Media Specialist
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Thank you Faculty!!
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2010-2011 Faculty Receiving Grants

2010-2011 Grant Recipients
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Faculty and Student Grant Recipients - Congratulations!

2010 - 2011 Student Grant Recipients

American Food Crisis - Senior Exhibition
Advisor:  Linda Mongiat
Student Applicant:  Katya Simkhovich
Senior exhibition project answering "what can we do in the face of the American food crisis?"
Goals are: to raise awareness about SLO (sustainable, local, organic) foods and how we can combat the food crisis, and to educate how we can shange our own school lunch program.  Grant funds will help defray the cost of research materials.
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Antoni Gaudi Society Foreign Language Movie Night

Advisor:  Ken Almeida
Student Applicant:  Katelynn Babigian
The Antoni Gaudi chapter of the Spanish National Honor Society's purpose is to promote the study of the Spanish Language within SHS and the community at large.  Students will participate in featuring a Hispanic cultural night with Spanish films, contest, art and poetry.  Grant funds will help defray the cost of the evening's events.
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Chemistry Club
Advisor:  R. Derric Lowery
Student Applicant:  Ramya Ravindrababu
The purpose of the Chemistry Club is to provide tutoring programs to help students struggling in any level of chemistry and to present programs and create an interest in science at the Shrewsbury Elementary School level.  The grant funds will help to provide materials to achieve these goals.
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ConKerr Cancer and Hearts For Heroes
Advisors:  Beth Neiman and Patricia Crosson
Student Applicant:  Sarah Stanley
ELNA (Education and Leadership for Nonviolent Age) will spearhead the ConKerr Cancer and Hearts for Heroes projects.  Students will make soft cherry, fun pillowcases for children victimized by cancer.  The group will also make up packages to send to our troops containing letters, cards, toothbrushes, candy and playing cards.  Grant funds will help provide for fabric and materials needed to complete both projects.
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Dumbledore's Army: Harry Potter Fan Club
Advisor:  Heather Penfield 
Student Applicant:  Alissa Galijasevic
The purpose of the Club is to promote literary understanding and exercising one's imagination through Harry Potter's books.  Through discussions, students hope to find parallels between world issues and the struggles in the Harry Potter series.  Students are planning a Harry Potter Musical and Harry Potter Night which will be open to the public.  Grant funds will help support the purchase of materials and equipment for these events.
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How Does Your Garden Grow?
Advisors:  Jean Brunell and Coleen Early
The purpose of this project is to purchase materials needed to maintain a hydroponic garden in the FCS Department.  Students will observe that this alternative form of gardening has several advantages over soil gardening.  Students will care for their plants, record data and solve problems relating to insects and diseases.  Grant funds will help support the cost of seeds, trays, flex net pots, plugs, 50 liter pellet and Fox Farm Grow Bake for this project.
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Model UN
Northeastern University Conference
Advisor:  Jennifer Gaudet 
Student Applicant:  Victor Zhang
The SHS Model UN Club's mission is to promote global awareness of international issues and differing opinions of nations.  Through debates and conferences, students hope to become more socially aware and develop leadership skills.  Grant funds will defray the cost of competing in the conference.
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Outdoors Club
Advisors:  Brooke Butler and Kris Cobb
Student Applicant:  President Kristen Killam
The purpose of the Outdoors Club is to bring students together who have a love of the outdoors and want to be a part of a group that explores nature for fun while being physically active.  Grant funds will help purchase GPS hiking systems, Frisbee golf sets, and a Sport craft Good Ladder ball.
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Physics Team
Advisor:  Sharon Roland 
Student Applicant:  Kefu Zhou
The purpose of this club is to provide an environment for students who enjoy physics to participate in experiments that demonstrate a broad range of physical phenomenon and to compete in national and international tournaments.  Grant funds will help defray the cost of experiments, materials and the AAPT Physics bowl.
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Pressure Sensors for Chemistry Classes
Advisor:  Julie Benson 
Student Applicant:  Sabrina Mangan
The purpose of this project is to provide chemistry classes with pressure sensor probes in order to collect, analyze, and evaluate the study of gasses.  Grant funds will provide these pressure sensor probes to all chemistry classes.
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Sew What?
Advisor:  Kristine Cobb 
Student Applicants:  Kelsey Giordano & Kayla Uhlman
The SMAC Club (Students for a Medically Aware Community) is a group that helps the community organize workshops with the Shrewsbury Youth and Family Service, fund raise for several charities, spread awareness of medical issues and help people with debilitating illnesses.  Students are looking to sew scarves and fleece throw blankets for cancer patients as well as make friendship bracelets to give to patients at Boston Children's Hospital.   Grant funds will help defray the cost of materials needed to accomplish these goals.
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Special Peer Connection Club
Advisor:  Lynne Aubrey 
Student Applicants: 
Officers: Olivia Urso, Jenna Nelson & Patrice Ermilio
The objective of the (SPC) group is to foster friendships and community relationships among students with intellectual and developmental delays.  This group is requesting funds for students to make their own clay plate or bowls which will be displayed at the high school.  This exercise will help improve these sutdents' fine motor skills and help interact with each other.  Grant funds will defray the cost per student for the studio charge and materials.
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Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC)
Advisor:  Paul Wood 
Student Applicant:  Raghav Mishra
The purpose of this group of science students is to build rockets and robots for fun and to compete locally and nationally with their design.  Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) sponsors all competitions which develop new team challenges each year.  Alumni grant funds will provide these students with the necessary hardware to compete in two competitions this year.
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Town Crier - SHS Newspaper
Advisor:  Paul DePalo 
Student Applicant:  Shreya Sitaraman
The purpose of this newspaper is to give student writers a chance to experience the field of journalism and publishing.  The writers report local events, school wide activities, latest social trends and current debates to the SHS student body.  The SHS Alumni Grant will help defray the cost of printing the newspaper.
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Visiting Artist
Advisor:  Shari Fox 
The purpose of this project is to expose art students at all levels to practicing and exhibiting artists and to educate students that this is a viable career path.  Grant funds will help provide a one-day workshop from a visiting artist.
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Congratulations, faculty members and students!!
We look forward to receiving your .jpg files showing your projects.  Please email them to the Alumni Association jldonahue@townisp.com and Mrs. Margaret Korab at the Educational Television Studio at SHS.  The Alumni Association will add your pictures to this area and the ETS group will add them to the DVD that they will be creating throughout the year.




Note:  Both items are Due April 29, 2011
Reimbursement Form For Student Grant Funds

Student Grant Evaluation Form

Contact Sandie Lucas, Grants Chairperson, sjlucas@townisp.com