Notes and Accolades – Students (Winter 2015)

Alumni Reunions

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West Alumni Reunion Laugh 2






On December 23, more than 200 Sturgis alumni returned to share their college and work experiences with current juniors and seniors at our annual Alumni Reunion. The tradition helps our current students imagine the opportunities that await them after Sturgis and allows alumni to reconnect with friends and faculty.

East Cross Country Collage 1Cape and Islands League All Stars were announced at the Fall Sports banquets.


Girls Cross Country League MVP – Caroline Sullivan

Cross Country All Stars – Cameron Henchy, Brian Kelsey, Ted Sandland, Katie Rheinhardt

Soccer All Stars – Tess Puopolo, Mark Agostinelli, Sawyer Gibbons and Carter Otis

Field Hockey All Stars – Kaitlyn Smith, Toni Powicki and Ashley Fligg

Golf All Stars – Emily Rodricks, Joey Colesano and Jared Joy

Volleyball 142Girls Volleyball League MVP – Hannah Conklin

Volleyball All Stars – Lauren Smith, Deja Andrews, Delaney Wood and Amanda Sullivan


Boys Cross Country Cape and Island Champs

Girls Cross Country Cape and Island Runner Up

Boys Cross Country MVP – John Snowman

Boys & Girls Coach of the Year – Jonathan Piers

Boys and Girls Cross Country Team Sportsmanship Award

Boys Cross Country All Stars – Sean Glynn, Daniel Burke,

West Girls Varsity Soccer

West Girls Varsity Soccer

Girls Cross Country All Stars  – Katie Kane, Brianna Newell, Emma Schnieder,

Girls Soccer, Cape and Islands Runner Up

Girls Soccer Coach of the Year – Tonja Weimer, Sturgis West & Mounir Lakhal, St John Paul

Girls Soccer All Stars – Chloe Bass, Sarah Walman, Sarah Buchanan.

Boys Homecoming Soccer Game 2015

Boys Homecoming Soccer Game 2015

Boys Soccer All Stars  – Alex Grant.

Field Hockey Team Sportsmanship Award – Nantucket and Sturgis West

Field Hockey All Stars  – Kit Palmer, Greta Nelson, Alexis Hartnett.

Boys Golf, Cape and Island League Champs, Sectional runner and State Finals 5th.

Golf MVP – Curtis Merritt

Golf Coach of Year – Parish Pina, Sturgis West

Golf All Stars – Curtis Merritt, Samara Ghai, Nick Harold

Volleyball Coach of Year – Scott Turley, Sturgis West

Volleyball All Stars  – Lylah Neiderberger, Brigid Donoghue

Katie Curran, Class of 2016 – East

Katie Curran

Katie Curran

Congratulations to Katie Curran, Class of 2016-East for being selected to serve as the National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassador for Massachusetts. Youth Service America (YSA) and the Festival of Children Foundation have awarded a $1,000 grant to expand her organization, Project Next Generation. She recently traveled to Washing-ton, D.C. for a training program with YSA and visited Capitol Hill to share her organiza-tion’s vision with Senator Elizabeth Warren’s office. The training program and grant will be instrumental in Katie’s mission to revitalize civics education in the community.

WBZ Channel 4 CBS Boston came to Sturgis to film a piece about senior Katie Curran and her organization You can view the WBZ video here.

Extended Essay – East –  Marca Daley, EE Coordinator:

EESenior Full Diploma Candidates are in the final stages of writing their extended essays.  A full draft is due this month and final formatted essays are due in January.   To help students in the research and essay-writing process, a series of workshops have been offered:  two in the week before classes started in August; one EE “Lock-In” at the end of

Katie Curran receives a gold star for turning in her EE

Katie Curran receives a gold star for turning in her EE

September and three “3×3” work sessions, one each week in November.   Twenty-five students took advantage of the summer sessions, thirty-two attended the lock-in session, and eighteen attended the first “3×3” quiet work session.   Many thanks to the students and their supervisors for their concerted efforts in this core component of the IB Diploma.

Seniors are now in the final stages of researching and writing their IB extended essays, and one student has actually completed the process and received her EE star.  Katie Curran submitted her final formatted revision and completed the viva voce on Friday, Dec. 11th.   Congratulations, Katie!  ALL EE candidates should have their essays complete by January!   The long process is almost at an end!

Group 4

Group 4 West

Group 4 West

Friday September 18, West Grade 12 participated in the Group 4 Field trip which took place this year at Grey’s Beach.  It was a beautiful day and a beautiful sight watching all the seniors collaborating in groups utilizing the experience and knowledge gained on past science trips and in the IB classes. Upon return, student met in assigned rooms to discuss, analyze, and conclude on their findings.  Next week, during lunch, each of the 20 groups will present their group’s project.

Financing a College Education

The school counselors hosted the senior class for an assembly on Thursday, December 17. The topic was Financing a College Education. Selecting a college is a major financial decision, so students were encouraged to have conversations with their families about the resources available for paying for college. Since student loans are a reality for the majority of students, we also discussed the terms and considerations for the most common student loans. Seniors and parents should keep in mind that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available after January 1, 2016. We recommend that families apply as early as possible after January 1 using best estimates about their 2015 income and taxes. In addition, students should be keeping track of financial aid deadlines and form requirements for each college to which they are applying, as missed financial aid deadlines will mean less financial aid in most cases.


Holiday Stroll 1Hyannis Village Christmas Stroll

Sturgis students brought holiday spirit and cheer to festivities at the Hyannis Village Christmas Stroll on Main Street


Sam Kooharian, Class of 2014 – West

Sam Kooharian hiked the entire Appalachian Trail with two childhood friends in 156 days. Over the next few years, the adventurous threesome hope to complete hiking’s triple crown by walking the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. Way to go Sam, Brett and Michael!  See the Cape Cod Times article about their adventure here: Tales from the Appalachian Trail

Latin, West and East, Caroline Lee and Robert Albis

On December 3rd, over 120 IB Latin students from both campuses traveled to Boston University for the annual Classics Day sponsored by the Massachusetts Junior Classical League.  In addition to meeting Latin students from all over the state, Sturgis students attended seminars given by Boston area college faculty. Topics ran from traditional studies of authors such as Horace to more innovative studies such as an examination of disability and impairment in the ancient world.  Many students came away with topics they would like to pursue for their Internal Assessment research projects.

MCAS Results Among the Top in MA

Sturgis East and West grade 10 students (who are currently in grade 11) once again ranked among the top schools in MA on their 2015 MCAS tests. Sturgis students tied for #1 out of 290 school districts in English Language Arts, tied for #15 in Math, and tied for #12 in Science. In addition, the Sturgis Student Growth Percentiles (a value added statistic) were significantly higher than average, the highest that Sturgis has ever achieved. Congratulations to the current grade 11 students and parents in addition to their faculty who helped achieve such exemplary results.

Maeve McNamara, Class of 2016 – East

Maeve at Grand Ole Opry

Maeve at Grand Ole Opry

Congratulations to Maeve McNamara who recently participated in the All-National Honors Chorus at the National Association for Music Education’s (NAFME) 2015 Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The gala concert celebrating music education and the arts took place at the Grand Ole Opry House, an American icon.

Maeve, a senior at Sturgis East, auditioned and was chosen out of approximately 2.5 million students nationwide to perform as part of the All-National Honor Ensembles. Another Cape Codder, Jung-Ho Pak, conductor of the Cape Cod Symphony, led the orchestra ensemble at the national music showcase for high school students.

All National chorus 2Natalie Sheeler, Sturgis East Music Teacher remarked, “It is truly such an honor that Maeve was selected to perform with the All-State Mixed Chorus. Because of her excellence in music making, she was given the opportunity to travel to a new place, meet other amazing like-minded individuals, perform professional-level repertoire, and watch other incredible musicians perform. Her accomplishment should be celebrated by all of the community; our students, staff, parents, and all who reside on the cape. Of millions of high school students who auditioned, only a few hundred are able to participate in this event – only a small handful from each state. It is not an accomplishment that should be overlooked – the biggest of congratulations, Maeve!”

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2015Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Sturgis students participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k walk in Boston, hosted several sporting events and took part in the Dig Pink initiative to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer prevention, treatment, and research.




Mini College Fairs

West IMG_5433East DSC_0541Mini College Fairs were held at Sturgis East & West during lunch in late October. College Fairs provide an excellent opportunity for students to explore the many college options that exist and to find the best college fit to suit their needs and interests.


Zoe Neal, Class of 2016 – East

Congratulations to Zoe Neal, a senior at Sturgis East, who attended the violin master class. Three photos of Zoe and her mother are included in the photo gallery of article: Renowned violinist Lindsay Deutsch hosted a violin master class

Abigail Nickerson ( Class of East)

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Sturgis faculty were able to pick up the holiday pies they ordered just in time for Thanksgiving. Abigail Nickerson and her mom, Cheryll Nickerson, cooked up this sweet idea as a fundraiser for the Sturgis Surf Club trip to Costa Rica in February. The Nickerson family is well known around Sturgis for their amazing baked goods.

Sturgis ODOG GroupOne Day One Goal

On September 21, all students from both East and West campuses participated in One Day One Goal, the international day of peace. This is a worldwide effort to create peace around the world, for at least one day, through the game of soccer. A great time was had by all!

Once on This Island

CastCongratulations to the cast, crew, and pit orchestra of Once on This Island for presenting four great performances at Mashpee High School last weekend. Many thanks to all who came and supported STAGE Left and Right and gave us a standing ovation!


Stay tuned for more details about the Winter One-Acts at each campus: Still Life with Iris at Sturgis East, directed by Diana Young, and The Love of Three Oranges at Sturgis West, directed by Michele Colley!

For more information, see Sturgis Theatre: A Retrospective

Philanthropy DayPhilanthropy Day on Cape Cod

Each year, the Planned Giving Council of Cape Cod invites students from each Cape high school to attend Philanthropy Day on Cape Cod. Thanks to a scholarship established by a local philanthropist, students are invited to attend round-tables, seminars and lunch. ‪#‎PhilanthropyDay‪#‎capecodgiving

Emily Rodricks - Boston Globe Award

Emily Rodricks, Class of 2017 – East

Congratulations to Emily Rodrick for receiving The Boston Globe All-Scholastic Award for the 2015 Golf Season.  The Boston Globe celebrates 100 ears of Student-Athlete Achievement.

Sea Perch

IMG_2497The Sturgis ROV’ers competed at the Regional Sea Perch competition at New Bedford High school on December 12. Students Carolyn Bailey, Sophie Beauregard, Selena Davis, Madeline Heino, Riley Jakusik, and Cece Kane worked tirelessly during many lunches in East’s basement to construct an aquatic robot. On weekends they practiced maneuvering it to complete under-water challenges. These six young women learned to work with various tools–a soldering iron, a power drill, and a PVC cutter– but more importantly, they learned how the engineering cycle of “design- build- test- improve” works. (And… how challenging it can be!)

sea perch dec 21 2015 group with captain bercaw (1)The team looks forward to further exploring the marine robotics industry by inviting guest speakers from the Nautilus, SEA, Boston Dynamics, and Hydroid to Sturgis next semester. If anyone in the Sturgis community has a contact they would like to provide, we would welcome the connection. Please contact Coach Stacey Strong at

The Sturgis ROV’ers are extremely grateful for the donation of pool time from the Hyannis Resort and Conference Center, and also for SPA’s donation of funding to buy the materials to build this year’s and next year’s robot. The team eagerly awaits the next aquatic challenge! DIVE DEEP!

Southeast District Music Ensembles

SouthEast District GroupSouthEast District Entire ChoirCongratulations to Hannah Allen, Ethan Bailey, David Girardin, Maria Girardin, Cecelia Kane, Rebecca Leduc, Ian Morris, Christian Muxica, Catherine Palmer and Chris Parkin who auditioned and were accepted into the Southeast District Music Ensembles as a part of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association Southeastern District (SEMMEA) Music Festival.  The concert took place at Duxbury High School on Sunday, January 9.

In addition, Juliana Bertrand and Mikey Richard participated in the “Cape Cod Choral Consortium”, alongside high school students from various Cape high schools. Together, they performed with the Cape Cod Symphony for their annual “Young People’s Concert” for over one thousand Cape elementary and middle school students. Pieces included American standards such as “This Little Light of Mine” and “Simple Gifts” and challenging repertoire by American composers such as Charles Ives’ “Circus Band” and Aaron Copland’s “Zion’s Walls”.

Spirit Week



Sturgis’ annual spirit week was held during the week of October 26-30 this year. Each day students were asked to dress up in a different themed outfit to earn points for their class. The week ended with class hall decorating and the class color field day events on the town green. Check out the following youtube video made by Sturgis junior Aidan Andrews. While it is bit skewed towards the junior class, it gives a great overview of what this awesome week is all about!

Junior Aidan Andrews captures the spirit of Spirit Week in his video: Sturgis East Color Wars 2015

Sturgis family is growing by leaps and bounds


Fiona Louise Botsford

Nolan Lon Arledge

Nolan Lon Arledge

We are celebrating the births of not one,  but two faculty babies born yesterday: Nolan Lon Arledge was born at 5:15 am and Fiona Louise Botsford was born at 5:55 pm. Their moms are Sturgis alumnae Anna Heick Botsford (Class of 2002) and Jenna Stewart Arledge (Class of 2004). Ms. Botsford teaches Theatre and serves as Lead Teacher for the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Sturgis West. Ms. Arledge is the Nurse at West and serves on the Wellness Committee. Congratulations to the Arledge and Botsford families!

Sturgis Wellness Program Featured in Barnstable Patriot

Today’s education column of The Barnstable Patriot features: Life Lessons: Sturgis wellness class teaches students life skills.

Wellness – Diane Kovanda, East
WellnessStudents are learning about developing good habits for lifelong wellness – managing stress,  getting enough sleep, how the immune system works and how to do a few simple things to strengthen the immune system. Last week we explored how parts of the brain work, how stress affects the brain, and how to relax so we can learn and retain information better. We have lots of physical activity balanced with learning relaxation – including (pic) this mindful walk to the beach on some of the great weather days we have been having.

Sturgis West Ensemble Sings for Barnstable Town Council

West Singers perform for Town Council

West Singers perform for Town Council

Members of the Sturgis West Choir were invited to sing for the December 17 regular meeting of the Barnstable Town Council at Barnstable Town Hall. The ensemble, led by Sturgis West Choir Director Nhung Truong, performed a variety of holiday songs for the councilors and received a very strong expression of appreciation from the town leaders and those in the audience. Thanks go to Nhung Truong and the Sturgis West choir ensem-ble for contributing to the spirit of the season for the community.

Group shotWinter Concerts

Congratulations to Music Teachers Natalie Sheeler and Nhung Truong and all of the performers in the Winter Concerts.  It was great to see the quality of performances, school spirit and support students show for one another shine throughout. You all should be so proud of what you accomplished.

Jazz Singers


For more information about the Winter Concerts including the programs, photos and videos of most performances, see:

Sounds of the Season: Sturgis Winter Concerts


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