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SHREWSBURY - The winners of 15 grants given by the Shrewsbury High School Alumni Association were honored at a recent ceremony at the school. The awards will help student groups carry out research, explore literature, purchase supplies and participate in academic competitions. Other grant-supported projects are intended to raise consumer awareness, encourage charitable giving and help develop cultural programs.

Sandie Lucas, chairwoman of the association's grants program, and alumna Mary Rose Casey presented certificates to those who proposed the winning projects, which had the following titles: American Food Crisis Senior Exhibition, Antoni Gaudi Society Foreign Language Movie Night, Chemistry Club, ConKerr Cancer and Hearts For Heroes, Dumbledore's Army Harry Potter Fan Club, How Does Your Garden Grow?, Model UN Northeastern University Conference, Physics Team, Pressure Sensors for Chemistry Classes, Sew What?, Special Peer Connection Club, Team America Rocketry Challenge, Town Crier, and Visiting Artist.

Alumni Association president Judith Donahue presented the group's Partnership Award to the SHS Educational Television Studio for its production of "All About Alumni Grants." The video was created and produced by Anne Pignataro, Christina Gonzalez and Brooke Fitzgerald under the direction of Margaret Korab.

The SHS Alumni Association has awarded grants to student groups annually since 1995. Each project must have an educational or charitable purpose, and must involve or benefit at least five Shrewsbury High School students.

St. John's students fill stockings

SHREWSBURY - St. John's High School students recently filled, wrapped and shipped about 170 stockings containing gifts and necessities for the needy.

"Every year, we try to do more and more," said Andrew Dame, one of the student volunteers. "Being able to help out, it's something good to do."

Nearly 90 stockings were sent to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and 55 were sent to the Worcester Veterans Shelter. Other beneficiaries included Dismas House in Worcester and Shrewsbury veterans.

Teacher Meg Curran supervised the annual drive, but emphasized that the students were in charge. Mr. Dame and fellow senior Alex Dowd purchased the gifts and organized the volunteers.

"We go to the dollar store, we go to BJ's, we go to wherever will give us the best deal," Mr. Dowd said. "It takes a lot of organization, a lot of getting resources together."

The program was funded by a $200 gift from the school's National Honor Society chapter, plus donations by parents and alumni.

St. John's students in district concert

SHREWSBURY - The following St. John's High School students have been chosen to participate in the Central District Music Festival at 4 p.m. Jan. 15 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester:

Mihir Marathe, Jazz Ensemble, of Ashland; Daniel Lazour, Chorus, of Boylston; Timothy Palace, Orchestra, of Framingham; Evan Frohock, Band, of Grafton; Nathaniel Fiedler, Chorus, of Leominster; Peter Hodskins, Jazz Ensemble, of Leominster; Christopher Karwaski, Jazz Ensemble, of Shrewsbury; Nathaniel Kimmitt, Band, of Shrewsbury; Daniel Musgrove, Chorus, of Shrewsbury; Daniel Paradis, Band of Sutton; and James Hardy, Orchestra, of Worcester.

The students auditioned in November to participate in the concert, which includes choral, jazz ensemble, band and orchestra performances by the best high school musicians in Central Massachusetts. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit

Westboro skater

in nationals

Ryan VanDoren of Westboro, a member of the Colonial Figure Skating Club in Boxboro, was scheduled to compete at the 2011 U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships Dec. 14 to 18 in Salt Lake City in the juvenile boys category

Ryan's past accomplishments include second place at the 2010 Providence Open Juvenile Boys.

The championship crowns the U.S. junior champion for ladies, men, pairs and ice dancing in the first two levels of the U.S. Figure Skating Association's competitive structure: juvenile and intermediate. Past champions of the event include two-time world bronze medalist and two-time U.S. champion Evan Lysacek and 2008 U.S. silver medalist ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

Fundraising effort needs final boost

SHREWSBURY - Carol and Ron Zenaro, who are raising money for the Lazarex Cancer Foundation in Santa Monica, Calif., in memory of their son Scott, have nearly reached their goal of raising $20,000 by Dec. 31. Mrs. Zenaro makes colorful bead bracelets, which she and Mr. Zenaro sell for $20 each to benefit the foundation. The two are about $1,000 away from reaching their goal for the year.

To buy a bracelet, contact Mrs. Zenaro at (508) 845-1538 or visit



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Date:Dec 23, 2010
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