The prestigious Skulley Award honoring the late William C. Skulley, Jr. was presented to Brian McCoubrey. This award is given each year in honor of William C. Skulley, Jr., a Wakefield attorney and esteemed School Committee member. The award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to enhance the educational experience for our students.
Mr. McCoubrey was recognized for his compassion, wisdom, professionalism and dedication to the Wakefield Public School system and the children who attend those schools. Larry Andrews accepted the award on behalf of Brian McCoubrey.
Wakefield Educational Foundation (WEF) recently held its 17th annual Celebration of Learning Banquet on Thursday, April 11th, at Wakefield High School. The evening honored students, staff, volunteers and community members that make our schools great! These honorees exemplify the core values of their respective schools and show positive effort and attitude. WEF also recognized wonderful community volunteers who are committed to public education and excellence in the Wakefield Public Schools.
Fourth graders from each of the elementary schools were congratulated by principals Beth Yando, Deborah Collura, Margo Perriello and Marie McNamee. The students were recognized for exemplifying the core values of their respective schools.
Galvin Middle School students were recognized by their principal Mark Bedrosian for exemplifying the core values of their school which include Commitment, Achievement, Respect and Enthusiasm.
Wakefield High School students were recognized by their principal Dr. Kimberly Smith for their academic excellence, leadership and service to their school community.
Honorees were Robyn Biagioni, Jeffrey Boyd, Geraldine Carbone, Lois Celona, Cathy Crispo, Donna Delaney, Kathryn DiVasta, Stephanie Dolloff, Julie Farrell, Kristin Fennelly, Cynthia Fitzpatrick, Ross Ickes, Regina Levine, Janet Livesey, Erin Schermerhorn, Cindy Taurasi, Jason Wallace, and Eleanor Withe.
Several volunteers were recognized for their generous support of and commitment to the students and staff of the Wakefield Public Schools. Honorees were Louise Bucci, Lisa Butler, Becky Cataldo, Trudy Conley, Julie Cosgrove, Kelley Cunningham, Cheryl Holman, Kris Martone-Levine, Anne Miller, Traci Moniz, Lucy Skeldon, Darlene Stikeman, and Marie Smith.
Community members Scott Harris, Carol Hubbard and Cheryl Dalton were honored. Scott was honored, for his creativity, insight and tremendous work ethic and ability to move student technology forward in the Wakefield Public Schools. Cheryl was honored for her tens of years of dedicated service to Girl Scouting, first as a scout herself when she was a kid, next as a leader of troupes in Wakefield, and lastly as a town wide leader of the many troupes we have actively helping girls become examples and leaders in their community. Carol Hubbard has touched many schools, and many students’ lives with her lively and positive attitude as a SPED Bus Driver and leader of many school and community initiatives in Wakefield such as the Fourth of July activities held on the Common each year.
The event ended with many thanks being extended for making the evening possible. The very talented Culinary Arts students from the high school, under the direction of Susan Lacey, prepared and served a delicious meal and desserts, and the Wakefield High School Jazz Band, led by Tom Bankert, provided fantastic music for the evening. Special thanks were given to Sue Worden and her WEF team for organizing this event and to Dr. Gary Murphy for his support of WEF and the students of Wakefield Public Schools.
Wakefield Educational Foundation
WEF would like to take this opportunity to thank our 2013 local sponsors for their generosity in support of our special event:
Billy’s Famous Roast Beef
Christopher J Barrett Realtors
Gingerbread Construction Company Hinchey Brothers Plumbing
Lisa’s Family Pizzeria
M&R Plumbing & Heating
The Savings Bank
Wakefield Cooperative Bank