Monday, July 25, 2011
Sean O'Connor kept busy with sports, volunteer work and Mandarin studies while in high school.
Sean O’Connor, a recent Needham High School graduate, received Needham Youth Services' RAY of Hope award for the month of June. O'Connor was nominated for the award by Chanie Krinsky, who leads the Friendship Circle program in Needham, where O'Connor has been a volunteer for four years. O'Connor has been captain of the cross country, indoor and outdoor track teams at Needham High School and participated on these teams during all four years. He was vice-president of Needham High School’s National Honor Society this year and was a member of the National Chinese Honor Society as well. He just finished his fourth year studying Mandarin, which he hopes to continue studying at college. In his sophomore year, O'Connor went to China for 10 days …
Monday, July 18, 2011
Needham Patch invites submissions for its weekly feature recognizing great kids in the community.
Great kids are everywhere in Needham—whether its the elementary school student with an amazing talent, the teenager giving back or the college student making strides in their sport—and Needham Patch wants to hear about them. Each week, Needham Patch seeks suggestions from readers for individual kids, youth groups, teens and sports teams that wow us with their accomplishments. We want to hear about these amazing children and teens and will select one each week as the Patch Whiz Kid. Submit your nomination in the comment box at the bottom of the page or e-mail the information to Becca.Manning@patch.com. Be sure to include all of the following information: ● Nominator's Name and E-Mail ● Whiz Kid's Name and Age ● Whiz Kid's …
Monday, June 20, 2011
Ten-year-old Samantha Lee asked party-goers to bring in items for the Circle of Hope charities.
Ten's a big year, and many kids would be hoping for a big gift when their 10th birthday rolled around, but Needham resident Samantha Lee took a different approach to her big 1-0. Lee, who just completed fourth grade at Mitchell Elementary School, decided to forego receiving gifts on her June 4 birthday, instead asking her friends coming to her party to bring donations to support the Needham-based Circle of Hope. Ten friends arrived with donations of briefs, undershirts and socks that will be handed out to the people that Circle of Hope helps. Lee is the daughter of Judy and Darren Lee of Needham. Circle of Hope is a nonprofit organization that works to serve people in need. Circle of Hope currently houses two individual human-service …
Monday, June 13, 2011
Ben Wildman was selected for Youth Services' RAY of Hope honor in April.
This week's Whiz Kid, Ben Wildman, was recognized by the Needham Youth Services RAY of Hope Program for the month of April. Created by Needham Youth Services in partnership with the Needham Business Association, the RAY (Recognize A Youth) of Hope Program was designed to identify young people who have performed outstanding service to the Needham community or who by their actions are excellent role models for their peers. For more information, visit www.needhamma.gov/youth/ray. Below is the reason he was selected, as written by the staff at Needham Youth Services: Ben Wildman is a senior at Needham High School [and recently graduated]. He has always been actively involved in community service through Boy Scouts and the Congregational Church…
Monday, May 16, 2011
Former NHS player Sarah Novak was honored earlier this month on her varsity softball team at Wheelock College.
Monday, May 16, 2011
This week's Whiz Kid is not really a kid, as she just graduated college, but Needham residents may remember her from her days playing softball in town. Sarah Novak, a senior at Wheelock College and senior member of the Wildcats varsity softball team, was honored with the Coach's Award earlier this month. The Coach's Award at Wheelock College is given to the student-athlete who has made a significant contribution to varsity softball. "For supporters of Needham Softball, this is a happy and proud moment," Walt Wright, chairman of Needham Fastpitch Inc., wrote in an e-mail recognizing Novak for her accomplishment. Novak, who graduated last week with a degree in childhood education, played four years on Wheelock's varsity team, as an …
Monday, April 25, 2011
Needham Patch recognizes local youth doing great things in our weekly Whiz Kids feature.
We know they're out there: Needham kids giving back, aiming high and just generally being awesome. Tell us about them! Know a neighbor who has gone above and beyond? A local Scout making a difference? A student who is excelling in a particular subject? A young musician sharing her talents with others? Needham Patch wants to hear their stories. Each week, we will seek suggestions from readers for individual kids, youth groups, teens and sports teams that wow us with their accomplishments. I want to hear about these amazing children and teens and will select one each week as the Patch Whiz Kid. Submit your nomination in the comment box at the bottom of the page or e-mail the information to Becca.Manning@patch.com. Be sure to include all of …