Category: Around The Circle

Students Chosen for UMass Science Program

The University of Massachusetts MRSEC (Materials Research Science and Engineering Center) has partnered with MacDuffie to provide four students with a research opportunity in STEM.

Through ASPIRE (A Student-led Program in Research and Education), the Center’s graduate students (with faculty supervision) mentor high school students in a laboratory experience at UMass Amherst. As part of the 5-week program on Saturday mornings, students perform hands-on polymer laboratory experiments in synthesis, molecular modeling, 3D printing, and mechanical testing. Students also complete an independent project.

Vincent Pedersen ’18, Carrie Lu ’19, Anubhav Khanna ’18, and Jola Oke ’18 were selected after a rigorous application process. Candidates were chosen based on their application, academic standing, participation in extracurricular activities, and a teacher letter of recommendation.

“This external experience is beneficial in many ways,” said chemistry teacher Kristen Styspeck, who helped coordinate the application process. “It will give the students a real-world, hands-on research experience, allow them to make interpersonal connections at the University, and set them apart from others as they approach the college application process. It’s great to have a resource like the University of Massachusetts with which to partner.”

Congratulations to the participants, and thank you to all who applied. This is quite an honor!

 

Three Athletics Banners Unveiled

Any season for which we can hang an Athletics banner is a good season. A season for which we can hang three? Simply outstanding.

We recently unveiled celebratory banners for three of our Fall 2016 teams: Boys’ Cross Country, for winning the first Cross Country CISAC Championship in MacDuffie’s history; Girls’ Varsity Volleyball, for making it to the finals of the 2016 NEPSAC Class C Championships; and Girls’ Varsity Soccer, WWNEPSSA regular season Champions (the team had a 46-game win streak spanning three seasons).

Congratulations to all the student-athletes and coaches for their successes. You’ve all made MacDuffie very proud. Go Mustangs!

 

 

Backpacks for the Homeless

The Key Club undertook a new project this year: Backpacks for the Homeless. Students, faculty, and staff donated both backpacks and the items to be put inside them.

The project, led by Academic Dean Mr. Ruiz, was a great success. Students sorted the donations, and on December 21, they delivered 42 backpacks filled with assorted toiletries, gloves, scarves, hats, and socks to the First Congregational Church in East Longmeadow, MA. The bags were then distributed by the church to homeless individuals who participated in the holiday dinner the church provides annually on Christmas Eve.

Thank you to all who took part in the project!