Notes and Accolades – Students (Summer 2015)

Maeve McNamara and Sander Goldman

Maeve McNamara and Sander Goldman 

All State Chorus

Congratulations to Sander Goldman and Maeve McNamara who were selected to sing in the All-State Chorus of the High School Music Festival at Boston Symphony Hall in March. The festival is sponsored by the Massachusetts Music Educators Association.


Congratulations to the following winter sports athletes for being recipients of the Cape and Islands end of season awards.

Boys Basketball Sportsmanship Award Sturgis West Boys

Jacob Tobey

Jacob Tobey

Boys Basketball MVP Award Jake Tobey 12 Sturgis East

Boys Basketball All Star List

Mike Mondello 12, Sturgis West

Jake Tobey 12, Sturgis East

Girls Basketball All Star List

Meaghan Fitzgerald 12, Sturgis East

Maggie Farley 9, Sturgis West

CAS, East, Jim Barrasso

CAS – As part of their sports broadcasting club, Nick Goetz and Jacob Tobey spent an entire day in the studio participating in 98.5’s “Felger and Mazz” show. Jacob and Nick discussed careers in print and broadcast sports journalism and observed all the show’s preparation. Jacob and Nick even appeared on the air during an NFL Draft segment. The show is the No. 1 drive time show in the Boston market.


Matthew Cappucci - Weather Channel Lab

Matthew Cappucci – Weather Channel Lab

Matthew Cappucci, Class of 2015 – East

Congratulations to Matthew Cappucci who was recently selected as one of 150 Coca-Cola Scholars for 2015. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation had over 102,000 applicants for 2015 scholarships. Each scholar is awarded a $20,000 scholarship and an all-expense-paid trip to Atlanta for Scholars Weekend in April. Due to Matthew’s strong interest in meteorology, he was flown down a day early to visit The Weather Channel which he described as “an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Monique Crowley, Class of 2015 – West

West Girls Varsity Softball Team 2015

West Girls Varsity Softball Team 2015

“A three-run home run was all of the offense that the top-seeded Sturgis West softball team was able to muster Friday afternoon – but it was enough to come away with a win.

Fueled by senior captain Mimi Crowley’s showing both at the plate and in the pitcher’s circle, the Navigators (14-3) defeated No. 17-seeded Upper Cape (11-10), 3-2, in the first round of the Softball South Division 3 Tournament at Sandy Pond Recreation Area…” For complete article, see:  High school softball: Crowley’s blast rallies Navigators

Way to go Mimi Crowley and Sturgis West softball team!

Katie Curran, Class of 2016 – East

Katie Curran

Katie Curran

Congratulations to Katie Curran who won a regional Gold Key and National Gold Medal in The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her essay “‘All Politics is Local’–and Global.” She was identified by a panel of creative professionals as one of the most talented young writers in the nation. This year, 300,000 works of art and writing were submitted. Only the top 1% were recognized at the national level. These students have been invited to attend a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City in June. Katie joins an impressive Scholastic Awards legacy dating back 92 years. Luminaries of the art and literary world such as Truman Capote, Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Stephen King, Robert Redford, Ken Burns, and Lena Dunham all earned Scholastic Awards as teenagers.

To read the full text of Katie’s essay, see “All Politics is Local”–and Global

Julia Tager and Elizabeth Mahoney

Julia Tager and Elizabeth Mahoney

DAR Good Citizen Award

Elizabeth Mahoney of West and Julia Tager of East were among 14 Cape Cod seniors who received DAR Good Citizen Awards from the Cape Cod Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities. The recipients are selected by their teachers and Class of 2015 peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree. Congratulations to Elizabeth, Julia and all the recipients. Thanks for all you do for the community.

Allegra Davis

Allegra Davis

Allegra Davis, Class of 2015 – West

Congratulations to Allegra Davis who was named one of  21 recipients (worldwide) of a National Latin Exam scholarship during the awards plenary at the American Classical League convention in Storrs, CT on June, 27, 2015.   Felicitationes!   Brava, Allegra


Destination Imagination Club, West and East, Jessica Lynch:

Destination Imagination Team

Destination Imagination Team

The combined East and West Destination Imagination team competed at the Region 10 tournament Saturday, March 14. They created a “Feary Tale” about autonomatophobia, the fear of puppets. They also ate pie at 9:26 on pi day (3.14.15).They came in second! Also in second place in the Improv category was the Sturgis East 9th grade team led by Mrs. Gregg. Gibson Levitt’s (East 12th grader) independent team, the Falmouth Freaks, came in 1st in the Senior Level Improv category and will be going to the state tournament in 2 weeks.


Dolphin Rescue Club, East, Pete Sampou

A group of dedicated, focused students (mostly sophomores at both Sturgis East/West) has invested significant organizational effort into resurrecting the Dolphin Rescue cart (that won awards and gave Sturgis some great news coverage when entered into the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam event back in 2012). Dr. Pete has stepped forward to be the faculty supervisor for this group. Communication has already been initiated between IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare), WHOI (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute) and this group of students (key leader Mark Agostinelli) on needs and next step to take to get this invention into the field to save beached dolphins all around Cape Cod.

Zoe Cooper and TessFASETS program, an immersion science course run by Falmouth Academy

Nicole Asquino and David Clark

Nicole Asquino and David Clark

Two East students, Tess Puopolo and Cooper Peterson, and five West students, Nicole Asquino, David Clark, Ada Garcia, Elaine Kearney, and Luiza Froes, have been accepted to the FASETS program, an immersion science course, run by Falmouth Academy.  Students get paid to work with scientists from The 300 Committee Land Trust and Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve on field research on invasive species, climate change and habitat.  The FASETS program is sponsored by the Edward E. Ford Foundation.

East Grade 11 student, Zoe Neal, has been recognized with a Mass Maritime Academy Junior Women Leaders in STEM award.  The award acknowledges excellence in science and leadership skills.  The award includes a scholarship to the summer MMA Sea, Science, and Leadership Program.

Meaghan Fitzgerald Hits 1000

Meaghan Fitzgerald Hits 1000

Meaghan Fitzgerald, Class of 2015 East

Fitzgerald Hits 1,000

Congratulations to Meaghan Fitzgerald on her great contributions to Sturgis sports.

“Fitzgerald came into last night’s game with 982 career points, had just 987 points by halftime before she went on an individual scoring binge not seen this entire season on Cape Cod by any high school basketball player when she rattled off what for many players would be a career high game total in just 8:00 minutes of action…A better moment to reach that milestone and turn in the best single quarter of her career could not have been scripted beforehand. A total of 10 Sturgis East players scored in the game, including every senior.”

Matthew French

Matthew French

Matthew French, Class of 2011

Congratulations to Matthew French, Class of 2011, for winning a Fulbright Scholarship to research farming in Brazil. Matthew recently graduated from NYU Abu Dhabi with a degree in Social Research and Public Policy. He has accepted an offer to study law at the University of Pennsylvania starting this fall, will go to Brazil for 10 months and return to law school in 2017.

Graduate Wins Fulbright Scholarship to Research Farming in Brazil 

Bella and Nick

Nick Goetz and Isabelle Springer

A Big Hit: Nick Goetz and Isabelle Springer featured in Cape Cod Times prom story

Monday night, Nick Goetz brought Isabelle Springer to her first Red Sox game at Fenway Park in Boston. Just after the middle of the second inning, Goetz urged Springer’s attention to the scoreboard where she, and 34,738 other baseball fans, read the message: “BELLA, will you go to prom with me? Love, Nick xo”

See complete story here: Cape teen asks girlfriend to prom via Fenway Park’s scoreboard

Sander Goldman

Sander Goldman

Sander Goldman, Class of 2015 – East

Congratulations to Sander Goldman who recently was honored as one of four aspiring Cape artists to receive a 2015 Scholarship from the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod. The scholarship of $500 includes a gift certificate for the purchase of art supplies, a set of artist grade pastels, and the opportunity to exhibit a work of art at the PPSCC Annual Members Show in the fall of 2015. Sander will attend Rhode Island School of Design this fall.


Katrina Jackson

Katrina Jackson

Katrina Jackson, Class of 2017 – East

Congratulations to Katrina Jackson who attended the Congress of Future Medical Leaders (CFML) in Boston June 24-26. The Congress is an honors program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of CFML is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct students who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists to stay true to their dream and to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal. “This is a crucial time in America when we need more doctors and medical scientists who are even better prepared for a future that is changing exponentially,” said Richard Rossi, Executive Director, National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists.

 Junior Book Awards – West

Greta Nelson

Greta Nelson

Amherst College – Greta Nelson

Brown University – Samuel Joy

Dartmouth College – Christopher Parkin

Davidson College – Stephen Murray

Harvard University – Althea Turley

MIT – Molly Goldberg

Mount Holyoke – Kit Palmer

Smith College – Lydia Brox

St. Michael’s – male, Rory Malloy and female, Katie Kane

Notre Dame – Liz Dellamorte

Wellesley College – Molly Blackwell

Wheaton College – Brooke Paulding

Wheelock College  – Audrey Calianos

Williams College – Thomas Andre

Chatham Chorale Book Award:  Ethan Bailey

Christina 3

Elizabeth Campbell and Christina Alvarez 

Book Awards – East

Amherst College – Katie Curran

Brown University – Zoe Neal

Dartmouth College – Maria Girardin

Harvard University – Margaret Paul

MIT – Benjamin Johnson-Staub

Mount Holyoke – Meghan Borowski

Smith College – Maura Coughlin

St. Michael’s – Brian Kelsey & Kendall Hoover

Notre Dame – Shannon Kelsey

Wellesley College – Elizabeth Campbell

Wheaton College – Mathais Boyar

Wheelock College  – Georgina Duffy-Hetzel

Williams College – Emma Esterman

Chatham Chorale Book Award: Maeve McNamara

Math, East, Aaron Dunigan AtLee, Lindsey Weaver, and Amanda Sandland

Senior math students have put the final touches on their Internal Assessments, a project in which each student chooses a topic of interest and explores the associated mathematics, then writes a 4-10 page paper about their work.

At Sturgis East, here are some of the many interesting project topics:

“Can vectors explain the direction of apparent wind in sailing?”

“investigation into which communicative disease is the biggest issue in Africa”

“How does the area of light on a stage differ as the angle of projection changes”

“Does Cape Cod have a cancer cluster?”

“Breast cancer rates in states compared to the number of breast-cancer events in that state.”

“Grammatical complexity in language based on morphemes and other methods of inflection (complexity of language vs. number of speakers).”

“The relationship between video game use and knowledge about technology.”

“What function models the height of a cake in the oven over time?”

“Social complexity and graph theory”

“Quantifying Tornado Windspeeds using Photogrammetry.”

“An Exploration of the Possible Duration of Structural Stability in the Concrete Pylons of Elon Musk’s Hypothetical ‘Hyperloop’ High-Speed Transportation System.”



Model United Nations

For its eleventh year Sturgis East traveled to New York City last week and participated in the National High School Model United Nations Conference. This year the 36 students represented the countries of Iraq and Georgia. The closing ceremonies were held in the newly renovated General Assembly Hall at the United Nations Headquarters. The club plans to attend both Boston and NYC next year.


Liam Prendergast

Liam Prendergast

Liam Prendergast, Class of 2015 – East

Congratulations to Liam Prendergast, who received a Henry Bean Scholarship at Holy Cross College.  The scholarship is given to students who have demonstrated exceptional ability in Latin and/or Greek in high school and who plan on continuing these studies in college.  Liam took  IB Latin HL and was active in the Greek Club. The scholarship covers full tuition for four years. Congratulations, Liam!

Emily Rodricks, Class of 2017 – East

Emily won third-place in the MIAA Girls and Women in Sport Essay Contest.  She was invited to attend the Massachusetts Celebration of National Girls and Women in Sport Day on February 6, 2015 at Faneuil Hall, Boston.  Recognition and prize money associated with her third-place finish will be awarded that day and her essay will be printed in the program.

Laura Sirhal, Class of 2015 – East

Sturgis Senior Laura Sirhal organized as very successful blood drive, which took place last Friday, March 13th at Sturgis. Laura initiated the entire drive on her own as a CAS Service Project. She had been working with the staff at Cape Cod healthcare for over two months in preparing for the drive. Her organizational skills and pure grit helped Sturgis staff and students donate over 40 pints of much-needed blood; which doubled the donations from last year’s drive. Congratulations Laura!

Alumni Reunion West

Alumni Reunion West

Alumni Reunion East

Alumni Reunion East

Sturgis Alumni Reunion

On December 23, almost 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.

Paris April Travel GroupSturgis France,  Spain and Italy Trips

During April vacation, a group of Sturgis students and faculty are traveling to France and Spain on an Education First (EF) Paris to Pyrenees tour.

Sturgis Italy 2015: Day 7 Colosseum and Roman Forum

Thanks to Lindsey Weaver for sharing Sturgis Italy 2015.

Jacob Tobey, Class of 2015 – East

Jacob Tobey

Sturgis East’s Tobey hits 1,000th point

Way to go, Jacob!  Congratulations on your many contributions to Sturgis sports.

“Tobey came into the game with 987 points and hit the milestone with 51 seconds left to play in the second quarter on a fast break. He scored 17 points in the first half and finished with a game-high 28 points.

The game was halted as Tobey’s teammates rushed the floor and presented him with the game ball. Tobey’s parents and grandparents were in attendance as were a sizeable contingent from the school who made the 90-minute trip to Walpole….”

JT and MF

Jacob Tobey and Meaghan Fitzgerald

Sturgis East’s Tobey hits 1,000th point

Check out Dan Crowley’s great article about Meaghan Fitzgerald and Jacob Tobey:

Fitzgerald & Tobey Set 1,000-Point Career Marks


Track and Field, East and West, Lindsey Weaver:

In its first year as an official spring sport at Sturgis Charter School, the East/West unified Track and Field team had over 65 participants! While the team began practice together, specific skill training took place in three main events: throwing (discus/shotput), distance running, and sprinting. Captains included Liam Doherty (E, sprints), Tom Homand (E, distance), Katie Kane (W, distance), Vail Cote (W, sprints), Hannah Newcombe (E, throws), and Taylor White (W, sprints). Many career and season best performances were set, and we were also able to break almost all of the 2014 school records: We were also excited to see our  FIRST EVER STURGIS STATE QUALIFIERS:

TrackSHOT PUT: Hannah Newcombe, senior, East 

800M: Caroline Sullivan, sophomore, East

100M: Molly Nemes, sophomore, East

Close to state qualifying performances: 

100M/200M: Vail Cote, junior, West

4×400 Relay: Eve Mitchell (freshman West), Emma Schneider (sophomore West), Taylor White (senior West), Katie Kane (junior West), Alt: Olivia Furner (junior East)

800M: Ted Sandland (East)

1 Mile/2 Mile: JD Snowman and Sean Glynn (both West)



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