Scholarship Awards 2016

June 7, 2016

We are so proud to announce our scholarship winners this year! We interviewers enjoyed talking to them so much that each and every interview went over the allotted 15 minute interval, in some instances into an hour of time! They made us laugh, they even made us cry. These students were nothing short of inspiring. They may not realize that their conversations have ignited new ideas for Raiders Remember, and ideas of how we can continue to stay connected to the community. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors, and hope to stay connected!

We would like to share some photos as well as quotes from their essays, as examples of their loyalty, passion and drive:

“I believe human beings have a desire to do good and change the world, they just need the opportunity and a good leader to guide them… I used to think that to change the world you had to be the smartest and most powerful. I have learned at [SBRHS] that this isn’t true. To change the world you need to be the most compassionate and driven, which are qualities that each of us have.” – John C. Myron

“I truly owe my dedication to my studies and the community to not only the entire teaching and administrative staff, with whom I have had conversations ranging from the popular TV show Scandal to the intricacies of Atomic Molecular Theory, but also to my freshman AP history teacher and mentor, Mr. Petty…he always said “when you fall down, you just get up and brush yourself off.” This allowed us, as impressionable and vulnerable freshmen, to realize our potential as students and citizens of the community.” – Michell Lavoie

“The biggest thing that I have taken out of my experience in high school is how to be a leader. Every team has a captain who teaches others how to run the team, work as hard as they can, but also how to be a family member…What stood out to me through my years at SBRHS is how everyone bonds together in times of despair. Anyone can be a happy family throughout good times, but what really matters is the actions of everyone during the hard periods.” – Bryan Edwards

“I believe that a Somerset Berkley Regional High School student is not actually a Blue Raider until they can understand what it truly means to be one – it is more than simply academic excellence; it is about being a good person and doing the right thing. After four years in this school, I can say that this is honestly the most influential lesson that I have learned.” – Kevin Quinn

“Through my leadership position [as color guard captain for the marching band] I began to realize how much I love helping people. I love the feeling of being there for someone no matter what and of being the person he or she goes to for advice and help. It gives me such an amazing sense of pride and fulfillment.” – Allison Pereira

 

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Raiders Remember Scholarship Winners and Interview Panel L to R: Bryan Edwards, Kim Duddy-Michaud, John C. Myron, Marion DiGiammo, Holly McNamara, Mitchell Lavoie, Allison Pereira, Lori Belche, Andrea DiGiammo-Musone, Kevin Quinn
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Raiders Remember Scholarship Winners L to R: Bryan Edwards, John C. Myron, Mitchell Lavoie, Allison Pereira, Kevin Quinn
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$2,500 scholarship winners: John C. Myron and Mitchell Lavoie, both attending Boston College in the fall.

 

The Raiders Remember Scholarship Fund was established in 2014 as a result of the Raiders Remember Farewell Event for the former Somerset High School building, looking forward to new beginnings and the future of Somerset Berkley Regional High School. The success of the event has made it such that we have built a perpetuating foundation that gives back to Somerset, including scholarships to graduates of SBRHS attending accredited two or four year, degree-granting colleges or universities, including vocational, and technical colleges. This is the second year we have awarded scholarships, and we are very proud to include these students in this award!

 

Raiders Remember was founded on a set of core values: loyalty, leadership, legacy, community, extra curricular involvement, personality and presentation. We are inspired by our award winners, and strongly believe that they exemplify the Raider spirit. We truly believe they ultimately will preserve the Raiders Remember culture and core values.

 

The application process consisted of the submittal of a paper application and transcript, along with an essay, of which the applicants had to “Describe a positive aspect of SBRHS and discuss how it has impacted [their] experience as a member of the community.” The top candidates were then interviewed, and the top two candidates were chosen. In fact, the committee felt so strongly about the performance of the interviews that we unanimously voted to award the 3 runner-ups with a $1,000 Honorable Mention Scholarship. We are very proud to be able to give back to these students. They did a tremendous job.

 

We would like to thank the student winners for being such an inspiration, and wish them best of luck! We look forward to seeing what their amazing future holds! They may not realize that they have inspired us so much that we’ve developed several ideas for the future of Raiders Remember.

 

On behalf of the Raiders Remember Committee, I am honored to award the two $2,500 Raiders Remember Scholarship winners, and the three $1,000 Honorable Mention Award Winners for their outstanding achievements and aspirations.

 

Raiders Remember Scholarship Winners ($2,500 each):

John Myron, Boston College; Mitchell Lavoie, Boston College

 

Raiders Remember Scholarship Honorable Mention Winners ($1,000 each):

Bryan Edwards, UMASS Dartmouth; Kevin Quinn, UMASS Amherst; Allison Pereira, UMASS Amherst

 

Thank you. All the best!

Holly McNamara
Executive Chair, Raiders Remember

Scholarship Awards & Brick Announcement

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Scholarship Awards Event: Raiders Remember has reviewed many scholarship applicants and had the pleasure of interviewing the final interview candidates. The students were all inspiring and we were honored to have the opportunity to meet them! For those interested in learning more about the application process, feel free to visit our website: http://raidersremember.org/scholarship/
We will be announcing the scholarship award recipients at the National Honor Society Award Ceremony event next week.

What: Raiders Remember Scholarship Awards @ National Honor Society Award Ceremony
When: 6pm, Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Where: SBRHS Performing Arts Center

Brick Announcement: The moment you’ve all been so patiently awaiting is here! All bricks will be completely installed by next week, Tuesday June 7th! They are on the last install this week, and only have two bricks left to install. Feel free to visit the SBRHS flagpole to view your brick anytime! Your purchase has significantly helped to keep our scholarship fund alive. We thank you for your support!
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Brick certificates will be distributed to those that have purchased a brick. If you would like to pick up your certificate, they will be available with Claire Barrar in the SBRHS Guidance Department. Certificates will also be mailed, if you’d prefer. Please let us know if you’ve already picked your certificate up, or plan to pick it up in person.

Future Brick Sales: Brick sales are still open! Proceeds go to the Raiders Remember scholarship fund. Bricks are typically installed in batches in order to minimize costs and time. Thank you for your support and patience! The website is the same as it was on the Raiders Remember website:http://raidersremember.org/brick-sales/

Thank you for all of your support, as always!

Raiders Remember

Brick Ceremony & Updates

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Mark your calendar! It’s finally here. The engraved brick unveiling ceremony is scheduled! 🙂

We will be distributing certificates and have a great ceremony arranged, thanks to SBRHS.

When: 930am, Saturday, October 17

The program precedes the Junior Varsity and Freshman Football Games against Bishop Feehan High School which begin at 10 am and 12 pm respectively.

Where: SBRHS Plaza (flagpole at the front of the school)

What: Official unveiling of the engraved bricks, music, comments from Superintendent Schoonover, Principal Lanczycki, Holly McNamara of Raiders Remember, Stephanie Field of the SBR School Committee and Rick Peirce, Chairman of the SBR School Committee.

The concession stand will be open after the ceremony as well!

Future Brick Sales: We are re-opening sales of bricks to those that would like to purchase one! The website is the same as it was on the Raiders Remember website: http://raidersremember.org/brick-sales/

Thank you for all of your support, as always!

*Note: If you’re traveling back to Somerset for the weekend, and/or want to help with an awesome event, SBRHS is hosting the massive NESBA band competition the following day. There is a call for volunteers. More info coming in a separate email, and is also on Facebook at the Raiders Remember page: https://www.facebook.com/raidersremember/

Engraved Bricks Update (and Football Tonight)

Hi everyone!

We hope you’re having a great school year so far.

Just a quick update: there has been a little confusion about the engraved bricks installation since the newspaper article came out: the contractor has installed most, if not all, of the bricks, but we haven’t unveiled them yet because technically they’re still on a construction site behind the fence. We are working with the school to determine when the ceremony will be, most likely later in October. We will let you all know!

Thank you for your support and patience. 📆

P.S. We will have a small table at the beginning (for the first hour or so) of the SBRHS football game tonight, if you’d like to come say hello! We will be at the entrance. Can’t miss it. 

Holly McNamara
Executive Chair, Raiders Remember

Contact us!
website: raidersremember.org
facebook: facebook.com/raidersremember
email: info@raidersremember.org
cell: 774-955-0531

One Year Ago Today…

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It’s hard to believe that one year ago today, we were roaming the halls of the old (former) Somerset High School building with a few thousand alumni and friends. Thanks to everyone’s support we were able to give out some wonderful scholarships this year for the first time!

What is your favorite memory from high school? Email stories@raidersremember.org to be included in our memory book. These questions are fun too, we would love to know:

  1. How did you feel last year walking through the halls one last time?
  2. Who did you see that you didn’t expect to see?
  3. What was your favorite part of the event?
  4. How did you feel when it was over?
  5. What was the biggest surprise for you at the event?
  6. Would you like to have similar events in the future?
  7. Did you buy any furniture or pieces of the school at the event auction? What did you buy and why?
  8. How did you feel seeing people you haven’t seen in so long? How much time had passed for you?
  9. When was the last time you were in Somerset?
  10. What do you miss about Somerset?
  11. If you could relive one part of high school, what would it be?
  12. Who was your favorite teacher?
  13. What is one thing that most people didn’t know about you in high school that you’d like to share?
  14. What are some of the goals that you had in high school that you achieved as an adult?
  15. Did a certain teacher, friend or staff member inspire you to achieve what you’ve achieved as an adult?
  16. Is there someone special you’d like to give a shoutout to? Who and why?
  17. In retrospect, is there something in high school that helped you accomplish your goals and dreams today?
  18. What was your favorite sport/extra curricular activity? To play? To watch?
  19. Is there someone you miss the most?
  20. Ask and answer a question of your own 🙂

We have a lot of plans for Raiders Remember. Reunion database and alumni news, updates, scholarships and fun events in the works. We couldn’t have done it without everyone’s amazing support! We’re happy to have you as part of the community.

We look forward to the future of Raiders Remember and hope to keep you all involved in our community! You’re all a huge part of our success that we plan to build upon every year!

Cheers to our wonderful school and our amazing Town of Somerset. We have such a special place to call home. The loyalty and camaraderie of this town was embodied at the event a year ago today.

Thank you all!

About the scholarship fund and foundation:

The Raiders Remember Scholarship Fund was established in 2014 as a result of the Raiders Remember Farewell Event for the former Somerset High School building, looking forward to new beginnings and the future of Somerset Berkley Regional High School. The success of the event has made it such that we are building a perpetuating foundation that gives back to Somerset, including scholarships to graduates of SBRHS attending accredited two or four year, degree-granting colleges or universities, including vocational, and technical colleges. We are very proud to have awarded our very first group of scholarships this year!

Raiders Remember was founded on a set of core values: loyalty, leadership, legacy, community, extra curricular involvement, personality and presentation. We are inspired by our award winners, and strongly believe that they exemplify the Raider spirit. We truly believe they ultimately will preserve the Raiders Remember culture and core values.

The application process this year consisted of the submittal of a paper application and transcript, along with an essay, of which the applicants had to “Describe a positive aspect of SBRHS and discuss how it has impacted [their] experience as a member of the community.” The top candidates were then interviewed, and the top two candidates were chosen. In fact, the committee felt so strongly about the performance of the interviews that we unanimously voted to award them with a $500 Honorable Mention Scholarship. We are very proud to be able to give back to these students. They did a tremendous job.

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Scholarship Awards 2015

June 15, 2015

 

The Raiders Remember Scholarship Fund was established in 2014 as a result of the Raiders Remember Farewell Event for the former Somerset High School building, looking forward to new beginnings and the future of Somerset Berkley Regional High School. The success of the event has made it such that we have built a perpetuating foundation that gives back to Somerset, including scholarships to graduates of SBRHS attending accredited two or four year, degree-granting colleges or universities, including vocational, and technical colleges. We are very proud to award our very first group of scholarships today!

 

Raiders Remember was founded on a set of core values: loyalty, leadership, legacy, community, extra curricular involvement, personality and presentation. We are inspired by our award winners, and strongly believe that they exemplify the Raider spirit. We truly believe they ultimately will preserve the Raiders Remember culture and core values.

 

The application process consisted of the submittal of a paper application and transcript, along with an essay, of which the applicants had to “Describe a positive aspect of SBRHS and discuss how it has impacted [their] experience as a member of the community.” The top candidates were then interviewed, and the top two candidates were chosen. In fact, the committee felt so strongly about the performance of the interviews that we unanimously voted to award them with a $500 Honorable Mention Scholarship. We are very proud to be able to give back to these students. They did a tremendous job.

 

On behalf of the Raiders Remember Committee, we are honored to award the two $2,500 Raiders Remember Scholarship winners, and the five $500 Honorable Mention Award Winners for their outstanding achievements and aspirations. They are in the very first group of award recipients!

 

We would like to thank the student winners for being such an inspiration, and wish them best of luck! We look forward to seeing what their amazing future holds!

 

Raiders Remember Scholarship Winners ($2500 each):
Amanda Holewiak, Maine Maritime Academy
Sydney Chase, Framingham State University

Raiders Remember Scholarship Honorable Mention Winners ($500 each):
Lily Fortier, Roger William’s University
Baila Mir, UMASS Boston
Emma Botelho, UMASS Lowell
Mackenzie Johnson, Rhode Island College
Marisa DaSilva, UMASS Amherst

 

 

Custom Brick Deadline & Original Brick Final Pickup!

CUSTOM BRICKS

The deadline to order custom bricks was extended to the end of March! Wednesday April 1st all sales will be closed. Please spread the word!

Order and pay for custom bricks here (BE SURE TO READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS):

http://raidersremember.org/brick-sales/

We must receive your order by Tuesday March 31st to send it to the contractor!

Contact us for any questions. 🙂

Also…

ORIGINAL BRICKS (sales closed, second and FINAL pickup date!)

If you’ve purchased a brick from the original SBRHS building and weren’t able to pick it up in December, we will have ONE MORE pickup date and time! Saturday, March 28th (see info below). You all have been so awesome and patient. We’ve had a ton of coordination hiccups with the snow, scheduling, etc. Thank you for your patience! 

We will NOT be shipping any bricks (if you paid for a shipping fee by accident, we have noticed and will refund the shipping fee. Not to worry).

LAST CHANCE! 

Pickup Information:

When: Saturday 3/28, 9am-12pm

Where: In front of Performing Arts Center Lobby @ SBRHS

Feel free to contact me (cell below, or email) anytime!

Thank you,

Holly McNamara

Raiders Remember

774-955-0531, bricks@raidersremember.org

 

Original Brick Pickup – December 20, 2014 – 9am-12pm!

If you’ve purchased a brick from the original SBRHS building, it is ready for pickup (see day/time below). As you probably have seen, the building has been demolished (mostly). The demo was a bit delayed, which is why it took a while for us to get back to you. Thank you for your patience! 

We have been receiving a lot of requests to pick up the original bricks before Christmas and the holiday. We were able to set up a table for this weekend for pickup! 

We will NOT be shipping any bricks (if you paid for a shipping fee by accident, we have noticed and will refund the shipping fee. Not to worry).

LAST CHANCE! Original bricks will also be sold this Saturday 12/20 during pickup! There will only be a handful left, as we are limiting sales only until the new year (firm deadline)! 

Pickup Information:

When: This Saturday 12/20, 9am-12pm

Where: In front of Performing Arts Center @ SBRHS

We will be distributing as many bricks as possible this Saturday. If you absolutely cannot make this Saturday, we will be sending out another correspondence with info on how to pick up. Hope to see you Saturday!

Feel free to contact me (cell below, or email) anytime!

Thank you,

Holly McNamara

Raiders Remember

774-955-0531, bricks@raidersremember.org

1st Annual Thanksgiving Homecoming Breakfast!

1st Annual Thanksgiving Homecoming Breakfast!

A New Thanksgiving Day Tradition

Join us for the

1st Annual Raider Homecoming Breakfast!*

Tickets will be sold Wednesday 11/26/14 in the SBRHS gym at the Case Rally, and are sold at Auclairs for $5.

Limited sales at the door.

* Game tickets sold separately for $6.

Come eat a Continental Breakfast buffet before watching the game and re-dedication of the Hanson Memorial Field and Stadium!

More info: see flier below.

A little history on the Thanksgiving Day Game Breakfast, the 2nd field dedication in 61 years, and why we want you to help start the new tradition this year for the 1st Breakfast open to the public!
Article here: http://www.heraldnews.com/article/20141123/NEWS/141128509

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Raiders Remember will have a booth at the

Breakfast Thanksgiving Morning (not at game)

with brick sale forms and merchandise!

 

We are still selling bricks and merchandise 

(available online as well).

Bricks:

Click here for online and offline (mail-in) instructions and forms.

Merchandise:

View all items here: http://raidersremember.org/shop/

Questions? Email: marketplace@raidersremember.org

Spirit of Somerset!

Raiders Remember is excited to be part of the Spirit of Somerset Family Fun Day!

 

The Spirit of Somerset events take place tonight, Friday September 19th (evening, 5:30pm-8pm), and tomorrow, Saturday September 20th (all day into the evening, 8am-10:15pm).

(The rain date for the activities on Saturday and fireworks is Sunday, Sept. 21.)

 

There is so much to see and do at the event, we are honored to have a booth on both nights.

On Friday night from 6pm-8pm (tonight), in addition to selling merchandise to raise money for the scholarship fund, there will be a really great memorabilia Raiders Remember exhibit at the Somerset Historical Society. The exhibit features all kinds of artifacts from the history of Somerset High School & Somerset Berkley Regional High School. R.R. Members will be selling memorabilia from the old high school such as prints, note pads, note cards, t-shirts, old & new bricks.

All day Saturday from 11:30am-10:15pm (tomorrow), we will again be selling items to raise money for the scholarship fund that include memorabilia from the old high school such as prints, note pads, note cards, t-shirts, old & new bricks. Also Saturday, from 12pm – 4pm, the Raiders Remember memorabilia exhibit will be open at Somerset Historical Society’s James E. Bradbury Museum.

We hope you’ll swing by our booth! Here are a few fliers for the entire event, including performance schedule and event details:

Spectator Article with complete event schedule (click here).

Spirit of Somerset Facebook Page (click here).

Fliers with info (click the images to enlarge):

 

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