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Oakmont Receives Educational Alliance Grant

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Deb Dahlgren, Manager of Mr. Mikes in Ashburnham, presents the grant to Oakmont Principal David Uminski


Mr. Mikes in Ashburnham, a part of Global Companies LLC, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, recently presented Oakmont Regional High School with a $500 Educational Alliance Grant. The grant will be used to supplement the Oakmont STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) curriculum initiatives to better prepare Oakmont students for successful participation in the 21st century’s global economy. 

Oakmont is very proud of the accomplishments of their students. Mr. Mikes is a valuable partner in our educational community and contributes greatly to the successes of the Oakmont students.

Dr. Griffin Lab and Greenhouse Dedication

Oakmont Regional High School will dedicate Room 609 and the adjacent greenhouse at as the:

 

DR. SHIRLEY GRIFFIN

LAB AND GREENHOUSE

Dr. Shirley Griffin has taught science at Oakmont Regional High School since 1968.   She is one of the most accomplished teachers on our faculty.  She has taught most of the areas in the science curriculum, most notably biology, field botany and environment sciences, in fact she developed the environmental science curriculum in 1979.  Dr. Griffin retired from full time teaching in the spring of 2011, however she has taught part time since then. 

Dr. Griffin has been a leader at Oakmont Regional High School.  She has been an unofficial mentor to all of our science teachers.  She has been a leader in the Ashburnham-Westminster Teachers Association serving as member of PR & R.  Her leadership resulted in the building of a greenhouse during the 2004 renovation of the school. The school committee recently voted to name that greenhouse and her classroom the “Dr. Shirley Griffin Lab and Greenhouse” at the behest of current and former students, faculty and community members.

Dr. Griffin has been the recipient of many state, regional and national awards for her teaching and curriculum development, including the Massachusetts Audubon Teacher of the Year (1979), the Northwest Worcester County Conservationist of the Year (1983), the National Association of Conservation Districts “State Award for Conservation Education Award” (1987), the Oakmont Regional High School “Excellence in Education Award” (1999), and the Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs “First Honors Award” for Excellence in Environmental Education (2007).

She was the recipient of the “Lucretia Crocker Fellow” by the Massachusetts Department of Education in 1988.  She was granted a yearlong sabbatical to share her Environmental Science curriculum with science teachers throughout Massachusetts.  She also was given the “Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Award by David Driscoll, Commissioner of Education, for partnering students and community boards in environmental analysis using GIS technology. On October 20, 2016 she will be inducted into the Massachusetts Science Leadership Association (MESELA)’s "Massachusetts Hall of Frame For Science Educators.”  She was nominated for induction by AWRSD Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Gary Mazzola.

The dedication ceremony will take place at Oakmont on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 7 pm.

 A reception will follow. The public is invited to attend.

 

The Outstanding Alumni Award Ceremony

 Outstanding Alumni Recipients

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Pictured l to r:  David Uminski, Principal; Dr. Alvin Laasanen ’62, Dave Reponen, Selection Committee, Dr. Deborah Wellner Heinrich ’87, Dave Landry ’73, and Peter Janhunen ’65.

Not Pictured Dr. Donna Beer-Stolz ‘77

 

 OAKMONT HONORS ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF ALUMNI

Last Saturday night, Oakmont Regional High School recognized 5 alumni with the inaugural Outstanding Alumni Award.  Oakmont is very proud of our school and the accomplishments of our students while they are here.  We also take great pride in the accomplishments of our alumni.  Our mission includes preparing our students for “life-long participation in an ever changing global society.”  If we can take even a little credit for helping prepare the 5 alumnae we honored last Saturday night , we are meeting our mission.

  

The purpose of the Oakmont Outstanding Alumni Award is to recognize the contributions and achievements of graduates of Oakmont Regional High School. 

The Selection Committee was comprised of: Three Distinguished Oakmont Alumni: Betsy Hannula, from the Class of 1963, Dave Christianson, from the Class of 1979, and Chris Wells, from the Class of 1987

Three current or former faculty: Retired Science Department Head, Dave Reponen, Social Studies Co-Department Head, Dana Altobelli, and English Department Head, Dr. Diane Erickson

And three current or former administrators: Bill Waight, (1986 to 2005), Jeff Lawrence, (2005-2007), and David Uminski, (2007-present.)

Recipients received an award provided by Balfour.  A display honoring each recipient will also be displayed in the Main Lobby of Oakmont Regional High School in the near future.  There will also be a brick placed in the Alumni Walk of Fame at Hurd Field recognizing these award recipients. The Inaugural Recipients were:

 

Dr. Alvin Laasanen, Ph. D.-Class of 1962

Dr. Laasanen attended RPI where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics degree and then earned a Ph. D. in Physics from the University of Maryland.  He was most notably the Senior Scientist at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, where his team’s research led to the discovery of the Higgs Boson (“the God Particle.”)  In 2013 his team received the European Physical Science Society prize for Outstanding Contribution to High Energy Physics. He retired in 2013.

 

Peter Janhunen-Class of 1965

Mr. Janhunen was a highly effective sales representative for the Swiss-based Sarnafil, Inc. commercial roofing manufacturer.  Sarafil recognized Mr. Janhunen as Salesman of the Year in 1993.  He was also extremely active in our community.  He was an active volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, the First Congregational Church of Westminster, and Westminster Little League.  He served on both the Montachusett Regional Vocational High School Committee (1990-2000) and the Ashburnham-Westminster Regional School Committee (2001-2004).  As a member of those committees he oversaw the construction of the Dukakis Performing Arts Center at Monty Tech as Construction Monitor and the renovation of Oakmont Regional High School as Chairman of the Building Committee.  Mr. Janhunen is retired and resides in Westminster.

 

Donna Beer Stolz, Ph. D.-Class of 1977

Dr. Stolz attended the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where she earned her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and her Ph. D. Molecular and Cellular Biology.  She became a Research Professor of Cell Biology, and eventually the Program Director, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Biologic Imaging (CBI).  She has been published numerous times and has been the recipient many times including the American Liver Foundation Scholar Award (1997), The University of Pittsburgh Biomedical Graduate Student Association Distinguished Mentor Award (2012) and the Nikon Small World Award, Image of Distinction (2015).  She resides in Glenshaw, PA.

 

David Landry, Class of 1973

Mr. Landry earned his BA in Business Administration at Fitchburg State in 1981 upon his graduation from Oakmont. He then continued his graduate studies, earning his MBA from Suffolk University in 1982 and an ACGS from Boston University in 1984. In 1974 he began his employment at the Digital Equipment Corporation in Maynard.  He worked in a variety of positions including leadership positions: Production Manager, Manager of Manufacturing Engineering, the New Products Final Assembly and Test Department and a Computer Systems Engineering Program Manager.  In 1999 he moved to Fidelity Investments in Boston as Vice President of Human Resource Technology Solutions and Vice President, Compensation.   He is currently the Director of HR Product Management for the Corporate Technology Group at Fidelity Investments.   He is also a certified Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute.  Despite his demanding professional responsibilities he was one of the more active parent-volunteer in the Ashburnham/Westminster community who contributed more to moving Oakmont forward as a school during the 14 year period 1991-2005.  In 1993 he became a charter member of the Oakmont School Council and served as parent Co-Chair for 10 years.  He was also on the Executive Board of the Oakmont-Overlook Music Parents Assoc.  He currently resides in Hingham MA with his wife, Judy.

 

Deborah Wellner Heinrich, Ph. D.-Class of 1987

Dr. Heinrich earned her undergraduate degree in Zoology from Duke University and her Ph. D in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Emory University.  She was an Assistant Professor of Biology at Agnes State College in Georgia and then owned her own business, Childbirth Education for Thinking Women, an education program that used scientific research to empower women to make educated decisions during pregnancy, childbirth and parenting, including for incarcerated women.  In 2oo4, inspired by the events of 9-11, she ran for and was elected to the Connecticut State Legislature where she served until 2011.  She is currently the Director of Public Policy and Communications for the Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services.  She has been the recipient of many awards, most recently the Certificate of Special Recognition from Senator Richard Blumenthal (2012) and the Public Service Award from the Western Connecticut Association for Human Rights (2012).  She resides in Madison, CT.

 

Principal impressed with students' parking plan

Geometry class reconfigures lot at Oakmont to maximize space

By Jordan Tillery, jtillery@sentinelandenterprise.com
UPDATED:   06/16/2016 09:11:13 AM EDT

 

An Oakmont Regional High School geometry class was tasked with revising the parking situation at the school to increase the number of parking spaces. They
An Oakmont Regional High School geometry class was tasked with revising the parking situation at the school to increase the number of parking spaces. They presented their final solutions to the principal Wednesday. Courtesy image 
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ASHBURNHAM -- One Oakmont Regional High School sophomore geometry class was given the task to tackle one of the school's most daunting issues -- parking.

With nearly 150 parking spots designated for students, space is limited, as there are more than 180 students in the senior class alone.

For their final project, 19 students in teacher Ralph Kay's geometry class worked together for a few days to create a new parking plan that would increase the number of parking spaces using knowledge they gained throughout the semester.

"That exceeded my expectations," Principal David Uminski said after the presentation. "I'm very impressed."

The students' plan added 85 more parking spots by paving some grass areas, adding spaces along the fire access road and relocating the band trailer.

Students were grouped by different focus areas of the project -- some dealt with the rules and regulations of designing a parking lot, while others were in the lots taking measurements and brainstorming ways to utilize the most space while keeping the bus drop-off accessible.

Final solutions presented by the group included the change of angled parking in the front lot to straightened spots, with a similar change to the back lot and removal of the grass median between rows.

"I'm so proud that you all have shown me you could tackle projects like this," Kay told the class.

Students shared what elements of the course they applied while designing the new parking arrangements.

"It definitely involved a lot of measurements and figuring out turning radius," Anna LaFortune said. "It's a real-life application of geometry to actually solve issues."

Uminski told the students he would discuss the changes with the maintenance director and the business manager in the next few days to hear their thoughts on the proposed plans.

"Hopefully, you'll be able to see something by the time you come back to school," he said, as the repaving would have to be done over the summer.

Oakmont already has plans to number the parking spaces once school has commenced for the year as part of the revisions to the student handbook.

The Ashburnham-Westminster Regional School Committee approved Oakmont's revised student handbook at their last meeting, including how parking permits will be distributed to students.

Seniors, school-choice students, juniors with family hardships or medical concerns, and students scheduled for off-campus enrollment will have priority, followed by juniors. Sophomore will not be issued parking permits.

Each student will be assigned a numbered parking space for a fee of $50 per year for an individual student, $20 per student for a two-student shared parking space, and $10 per student for a three-student shared parking space.

Uminski asked the students if they were motivated to add more parking to increase their odds of getting a space for the upcoming year, to which they replied in unison, "Yes!"

 

SBIRT Screening in Schools: What it is, and what it isn’t.

Susan Lofquist, BSN, RN (NCSN)- Oakmont Regional High School

In March, 2016, the Massachusetts Legislature passed House Bill 4056, which outlines the requirements for public schools in the Commonwealth to engage in substance use preventionand education. The Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment, or SBIRT, will begin taking place at Oakmont and Overlook starting in fall of 2016. This screening will be performed confidentially during the time of other screenings, such as vision and hearing testing, in both grades seven and grade nine. This article will attempt to address any misconceptions parents and students may have about this new screening process.

What is SBIRT screening? SBIRT is a comprehensive, integrated public health approach for early identification and intervention for students who may have a pattern of alcohol or drug use that puts their health and safety at risk. The screening tool will help the screener to identify unhealthy behaviors. It is estimated that 75-85% of students will screen negative. Students who screen positive will be assessed further to determine their level of risk. The screener will provide feedback and education regarding the risks related to unhealthy substance use, and will try to motivate the student to make healthy behavioral changes. If it determined by the screener that the student is at imminent risk of harm (usually < 5% of students screened), a referral to treatment to help facilitate access to addiction assessment and treatment will be made. This referral will usually be to the student’s guidance counselor, who will work with the student and family to access treatment. 

SBIRT screening is not drug testing. SBIRT is a brief student interview conducted using a standardized screening instrument. The interview takes approximately 3-5 minutes to administer and quickly ascertains a student’s level of risk for alcohol/drug involvement, and unhealthy behaviors. No biological specimens such as urine, blood or hair cuttings will be obtained for drug screening purposes.

Parents may opt their student out of SBIRT screening. Just as parents may choose to opt a student out of postural screening, parents will be able to decline SBIRT screening for their student. A passive consent form will be sent home with the student, and any parent choosing to decline are advised to return the form to the school nurse with a signed opt-out for this screening. However, parents are strongly encouraged to consider allowing their student to participate in this important new screening.

SBIRT results are not recorded in student health or academic records. The only copy of the screening tool used will be sent home with the student, and results are only recorded as unidentified aggregate data to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

SBIRT results are confidential, and do not result in disciplinary action against the student. As stated above, this is a public health screening to identify students who may be at risk for unhealthy behaviors related to substance abuse. The ultimate goal of SBIRT screening is to identify and obtain help for an at-risk student as early as possible in order to prevent life-long issues with drugs or alcohol.

I am the district coordinator for the SBIRT program, and would appreciate any feedback, questions or concerns that parents may have about this new screening. Please email me at slofquist@awrsd.org. I look forward to hearing from you!

References:

The 189th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. (2016). Bill H.4056: An act relative to substance use, treatment, education and prevention. Retrieved from:https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/H4056Massachusetts

Department of Public Health: Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS).(2015). SBIRT: A step-by- step guide for clinicians. Publication #SA3522. July, 2015.

Oakmont Sponsors Pre-Prom Safety Event
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Oakmont Sponsors Pre-Prom Safety Event

By Ben Telicki, Oakmont Student Reporter

 

Ashburnham, MA – Mar. 31, 2016 – Oakmont Regional High School’s SADD chapter (Students Against Destructive Decisions) will sponsor “be SAFE” night on Wednesday, April 13th, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Oakmont Regional High School. The event is cosponsored by the AED (Assist, Educate, Defeat) Foundation, the Westminster Police Department, and the Ashburnham Police Department. 

The event will entail separate programs for students and parents, and a variety of guest speakers. All activities and presentations will focus on student safety before and after prom. The event is open to all high school students, parents, and community members. 

Any Oakmont student who plans to attend the Junior/Senior Prom must also attend this event. A five dollar prom ticket discount will be offered to Oakmont students with a parent or guardian in attendance. Prom vendors will be set up in the cafeteria for students and their parents to view after the presentations and refreshments will be provided. 

SADD advisor Tim Caouette commented about the event, “I hope students will gain an awareness about the dangers that face young adults and the choices they will encounter as they grow older.”

The AED Foundation can be found at aedfoundationinc.org. Oakmont SADD can be found at @Oakmont_SADD on Twitter.

 

Contact: Greg Smith, Assistant Principal

Oakmont Regional High School

9 Oakmont Drive

Ashburnham, MA 01430

(978) 827-5907, ext. 2155

gsmith@awrsd.org

Oakmont Receives Educational Alliance Grant

OAK_-_Mr_Mikes.jpgMr. Mikes in Ashburnham, a part of Global Companies LLC, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, recently presented Oakmont Regional High School with a $500 Educational Alliance Grant. The grant will be used to supplement the Oakmont STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum initiatives to better prepare Oakmont students for successful participation in the 21st century’s global economy.

Oakmont is very proud of the accomplishments of their students. Mr. Mikes is a valuable partner in our educational community and contributes greatly to the successes of the Oakmont students.

Outstanding Alumni Award: First Recipients
Outstanding Alumni Award: First Recipients

Oakmont Regional High School is pleased to announce the first recipients of the Oakmont Outstanding Alumni Award.

 The purpose of the Oakmont Outstanding Alumni Award is to recognize the contributions and achievements of graduates of Oakmont Regional High School.

 The Selection Criteria is as follows:

1.       The nominee received a diploma from Oakmont Regional High School.

2.       The nominee graduated from Oakmont a minimum of 10 years prior to nomination.

3.       The nominee has demonstrated outstanding performance or accomplishment in their chosen career or field of endeavor.

4.       The nominee has documented an outstanding level of service to his/her profession or the community at large.

5.       The nominee has demonstrated outstanding performance, character and leadership as recognized by their peers.

6.       The nominee has consistently demonstrated the highest moral and ethical standards.

Nominations are still be accepted.  The deadline is February 1, 2016.  Nomination Forms should be sent to Oakmont Regional High School c/o the Principal’s Office.  Nominations are open to all, including self-nomination, and will be screened by the Oakmont Outstanding Alumni Selection Committee composed of three past or present Oakmont administrators, three past or present Oakmont staff members and three Oakmont alumni.  Awards will be presented in Oakmont Alumni Auditorium at an Awards Night and an individual plaque for each recipient will also be displayed in the Main Lobby of Oakmont Regional High School.

 

Nomination forms are available online at awrsd.org or at the Main Office at Oakmont Regional High School 9 Oakmont Drive, Ashburnham, MA 01430

The Inaugural Recipients are:

Dr. Alvin Laasanen, Ph. D.-Class of 1962

Dr. Laasanen attended RPI where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics degree and then earned a Ph. D. in Physics from the University of Maryland.  He was most notably the Senior Scientist at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, where his team’s research led to the discovery of the Higgs Boson (“the God Particle.”)  In 2013 his team received the European Physical Science Society prize for Outstanding Contribution to High Energy Physics. He retired in 2013.

 

Peter Janhunen-Class of 1965

Mr. Janhunen was a highly effective sales representative for the Swiss-based Sarnafil, Inc. commercial roofing manufacturer.  Sarafil recognized Mr. Janhunen as Salesman of the Year in 1993.  He was also extremely active in our community.  He was an active volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, the First Congregational Church of Westminster, and Westminster Little League.  He served on both the Montachusett Regional Vocational High School Committee (1990-2000) and the Ashburnham-Westminster Regional School Committee (2001-2004).  As a member of those committees he oversaw the construction of the Dukakis Performing Arts Center at Monty Tech as Construction Monitor and the renovation of Oakmont Regional High School as Chairman of the Building Committee.  Mr. Janhunen is retired and resides in Westminster.

 

Donna Beer Stolz, Ph. D.-Class of 1977

Dr. Stolz attended the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where she earned her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and her Ph. D. Molecular and Cellular Biology.  She became a Research Professor of Cell Biology, and eventually the Program Director, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Biologic Imaging (CBI).  She has been published numerous times and has been the recipient many times including the American Liver Foundation Scholar Award (1997), The University of Pittsburgh Biomedical Graduate Student Association Distinguished Mentor Award (2012) and the Nikon Small World Award, Image of Distinction (2015).  She resides in Glenshaw, PA.

 

Deborah Wellner Heinrich, Ph. D.-Class of 1987

Dr. Heinrich earned her undergraduate degree in Zoology from Duke University and her Ph. D in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Emory University.  She was an Assistant Professor of Biology at Agnes State College in Georgia and then owned her own business, Childbirth Education for Thinking Women, an education program that used scientific research to empower women to make educated decisions during pregnancy, childbirth and parenting, including for incarcerated women.  In 2oo4, inspired by the events of 9-11, she ran for and was elected to the Connecticut State Legislature where she served until 2011.  She is currently the Director of Public Policy and Communications for the Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services.  She has been the recipient of many awards, most recently the Certificate of Special Recognition from Senator Richard Blumenthal (2012) and the Public Service Award from the Western Connecticut Association for Human Rights (2012).  She resides in Madison, CT.

 

The Outstanding Alumni Award Ceremony will be held Friday, April 29 at 7 pm in Alumni Auditorium.  The ceremony is free and open to the public.  An individual plaque for each recipient will also be displayed in the Main Lobby of Oakmont Regional High School.

From robots to laser tag, words spring to life

From robots to laser tag, words spring to life

They read the book. Oakmont now puts inspiration into action
By Peter Jasinski, pjasinski@sentinelandenterprise.com
UPDATED:   09/28/2015 06:53:51 AM EDT0 COMMENTS

 

 

ASHBURNHAM -- Books don't have it easy these days.

With so many newer and louder alternatives, the journey from front cover to back cover has been made all the more complicated by every new TV show, smartphone app and website.

The faculty and staff of Oakmont Regional High School know this all too well, and it's become their goal to put up a good fight in honor of the written word.

On Wednesday morning, the school transformed into something out of a storybook.

Students and faculty roamed the halls in top hats and bomber jackets inspired by Scott Westerfeld's young-adult novel "Leviathan."

The band room received some of the most traffic.

Eager students took their places behind homemade laser turrets on one side of the room.

In the darkness it was hard to see, but soon the room was filled with the sounds of air-raid sirens and Wagner's "Flight of the Valkyries."

 

A spotlight hit the opposite wall, illuminating a monolithic cardboard whale that took up half the room.

The students squealed with joy as they opened fire on the whale with their laser turrets, aiming for a series of targets positioned along the creature's body.

This is how Oakmont capped off its summer reading program.

"Too often in school, kids associate reading with something they have to do and that usually means they lose the joy of reading," said Principal David Uminski. "Our teachers put a lot of work into reminding students that reading can be fun and enjoyable.

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A lot of that work started when the school day ended on Tuesday afternoon.

The faculty worked to set up the 21 interactive stations that drew inspiration from "Leviathan," which is set during an alternative history of World War I.

Unlike most traditional summer reading programs, Oakmont's "One School, One Book" program has everyone reading the same book over the course of the summer. Another key difference is that it's not just the students who read the book, but every member of the faculty and staff as well.

"We try to create activities that reach the diversity of the students' strengths and interests," said school librarian Jeff Aubuchon, who coordinates the summer reading program.

"The hardest thing about it is finding something for everyone to get on board with," he said.

The selection process began in February with a list of possible books.

This year, 27 were selected and then vetted based on cost, reading level, availability in libraries, and whether or not it had a movie adaptation.

The faculty whittled the number down to six, then checked back with the students to narrow it down to two possibilities.

From there, students put together arguments for each book, similar to a political campaign, and lobbied other students for which of the two books should be chosen.

By the end of the summer, once everyone had finished the book, every Oakmont student was tested on their knowledge of the text.

"Seventy-three percent of our students passed the reading comprehension quiz and that's our demonstrable way of measuring who's doing the reading," said Aubuchon.

This year's passing percentage was high, but Aubuchon said that past years showed even higher pass rates.

Even if students fail the reading test, they're still allowed to take part in the day's activities.

Each home room sponsors a different activity that includes obstacle courses, robot workshops, and, of course, the "Leviathan" room where students played a home-made version of laser tag with the cardboard whale.

"I think it's great because it makes all the home rooms get competitive. We get to have a lot of fun with this," said Dillon Brotosky of Oakmont's junior class.

As much as it's a day about celebrating books and reading, it's also a way to bring the school together.

"I understand how it's all about getting kids to read, but I think it's also about cooperation and pulling together as a community," said Spanish teacher Audrey Phelps.

"I think this is such a great thing for building culture in the school," she said.

Technology Education in Action

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Oakmont Regional High School in Ashburnham hosted an invitational robotics tournament on May 21. All told, 11 teams — including the host squad, — put their science, technology, engineering and math skills to the test during the event by designing and building their own robots, then having them engage in competition. This year’s challenge was the brainchild of technology engineering teachers and Ashburham-Westminster Teachers Association members David Lantry, Greg Secino and John DeCicco. The AWTA secured a grant from the MTA Public Relations/Organizing Campaign Committee to help fund the competition. To see the teams and their robots in action click here.

Athletics Hall of Fame Fourth Induction Ceremony
Athletics Hall of Fame Fourth Induction Ceremony

The Oakmont Regional High School will hold its fourth induction ceremony for the Athletic Hall of Fame.Nominations of candidates were submitted from the communities of Ashburnham and Westminster and the faculty and staff of Oakmont Regional High School. There are four categories for induction into the Hall of Fame: Athletes, Coaches, Civic Contributors. Additionally we will recognize the accomplishments of three teams: Boys 1982, 1983 and 1984 Spring Track Teams. Collectively the teams compiled a 45-0 dual meet record, were Wachusett League Champions, District III Class C Champions, District III All-Class Champions and League and District Relay Champions. The teams were coached by Bob Weeks. 

Criteria for student/athlete inductees are that the nominee must be a graduate of Oakmont Regional High School, be out of Oakmont for at least five years, an Oakmont varsity letter winner, and have made a lasting positive contribution to the athletic program at Oakmont Regional High School. A coach must have coached at least eight years (in one sport). Civic Contributor inductees can be chosen from anyone who made a significant, lasting contribution to the athletic programs at Oakmont Regional High School.

A selection committee made up of past and present coaches made the final decision of induction. Six male athletes, six female athletes, one coach and three civic contributors were chosen to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Inductees will be awarded an honorary plaque and be given a permanent admission pass to all Oakmont home athletic events. A plaque with the inductee’s name and photograph will be on permanent display in the Gym Lobby at Oakmont. 

The induction ceremony will take place on November 27, 2015 at 7 pm in Alumni Auditorium. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

 

2015 ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

COACHS:

Dave LaRoche

 

ATHLETES:

Arlene Hecker ’81

Charles Smith ’81

Brad Bedard ’84

Tanya (Urban) Hautala ’86

Missy (Urban) Banks ‘87

Justine (Dube) Donnelly ’89

Erin McDermott ’90

Missy (Charland) Arvanigian ’90

Tim LaRoche ‘97

Nate Anderson ‘05

Kyle Anderson ‘07

John Griffin ‘07

 

CIVIC CONTRIBUTORS:

Jeff Lawrence

Steve Stewart ‘82

Norm Wagner ‘72

 

TEAMS:

1982 Boys Spring Track Team

1983 Boys Spring Track Team

1984 Boys Spring Track Team