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With completion of a garden shed he built for the Westboro Historical Society, Nick Coggin of Boy Scout Troop 4 in Westboro is well on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout.

Nick, 17, enjoys analyzing facts and events in history and science, his favorite subjects, and chose this project because it included these interests.

"I wanted to do something for the Historical Society because they do so much for the Westboro schools," Nick said. "I worked out the materials, cost and person-hours for two projects. One was a shed built from scratch, and the other using a kit. It was clear from my analysis that assembling a shed from a kit was the best option. When I presented my proposal to the board of the Historical Society, they agreed."

Nick got financial support from the society and donations of building materials from home improvement stores.

The logistics of the project allowed Nick to develop his leadership skills. He allotted tasks to groups of scouts from his troop and supervised their work, logging 132 person-hours for the team.

"Building the shed taught me how to organize my thoughts into a plan, how to communicate what was needed, and how to organize a work team," said Nick, adding that in scouting he had learned the importance of getting along with others and giving back to the community.

The shed is now doing excellent service storing the historical society's garden equipment.

The Shrewsbury League of Women Voters hosted its annual Holiday Tea at the 1790 House in Westboro on Dec. 13, with guest speaker School Superintendent Joseph Sawyer telling the 25 members that the League of Women Voters' mission meshes nicely with the Shrewsbury Public Schools' mission, which includes providing "an appreciation of our democratic tradition."

He went on to illustrate the 20th century shift to "meritocracy" opening up education to all, tapping into talent, financial aid availability and the work ethos resulting in success. But he said we have not realized our full potential as a society in terms of education equity. Shrewsbury is not immune to education inequity, he said, even though there is a high percentage of affluent residents.

Seniors Alyssa Palomba and Joseph Palomba of Shrewsbury were named to the honor roll at Suffield Academy, Suffield, Conn., for the fall term.

Dan Sullivan, class of 1983, of Shrewsbury, has been inducted into the Boston College High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

On the gridiron at BC High, he was a Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and Patriot Ledger All-Star in 1982. Dan represented BC High in the Shriners Game in 1983. He was also an Honorable Mention USA Today All-American. He went on to UMass and was a four-year letterman.

Mr. Sullivan and his wife, Tina, have four children: Kasey, Caroline, Matthew, and Elizabeth.



CUTLINE: (1) Nick Coggin and his Eagle Scout project, a garden shed for Westboro Historical Society. (2) Algonquin computer programming teams captured first, second and fifth places in a regional contest at Fitchburg State College on Nov. 11. Vijay Pemmaraju, left, and Ehsan Dadgar-Kiani, members of the team that finished first in a regional contest, are shown at work. During the awards ceremony in top photo, Algonquin students are, from left,Taylor Bruce, Ben Briggs, Vijay Pemmaraju,Ehsan Dadgar-Kiani, Matteen Hakim,Sooyong Lee, Alekhya Revur, Ofir Nachum. (3) Those attending the Shrewsbury League of Women Voters Holiday Tea included, from left, Virginia Winship, Joan Croteau and Shrewsbury School Committee Chairperson Erin Canzano. Superintendent Joseph Sawyer spoke.
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Date:Dec 24, 2009
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