Category Archives: Teens

Addison Chung’s a national gymnast

Nice article in today’s Herald on rising MHS sophmore, Addison Chung’s recent national success in gymnastics.  Pretty cool picture too  -

Addison Chung’s an early riser

Medfield 15-year-old in nationals


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GUNNING FOR GOLD: Addison Chung from Medfield, shown competing on the parallel bars at the Level 9 Junior Olympic Nationals in May in Long Beach, Calif., is challenging the big boys at this weekend’s U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Pittsburgh.
Thursday, August 21, 2014


PITTSBURGH — In May, Medfield’s Addison Chung could say he was one of the best 14-year-old gymnasts in the country. He dominated the Level 9 Junior Olympic Nationals that month, finishing in the top 15 of every apparatus, including a second-place finish in the all-around. Most gymnasts in his grips would have spent the summer training and easing their way into Level 10 and elite gymnastics.

Chung would have none of that.

With the coaching of Levon Karakhanyan of Westwood’s New England Sports Academy, Chung ramped up his difficulty in short order and traveled to July’s USA Gymnastics national qualifier in Colorado Springs, Colo., to see if he could make the elite national championships. With routines and skills learned in a mere six weeks’ time, Chung finished eighth all-around in the meet, qualifying for this weekend’s U.S. Gymnastics Championships here at Consol Energy Center. He will compete in the junior men’s division tomorrow and Sunday.

“In a short period of time, we prepared him with different routines and an increased difficulty,” Karakhanyan said. “For him, just being here in Pittsburgh is an achievement.”

Said Chung: “I would have liked to train a little more. We fit in what we could with the weeks we had. I’m going to come here and hit what I can.”

The hope of Chung and his coach is that this trip to the nationals can be used as a dry run for 2015, the year Chung initially had planned on making the elite level.

“One of the positive things about making it a year early is that there is not a lot of pressure on him,” said Karakhanyan, who has coached Chung for nine years. “We can compare his strengths against the strongest Level 10 boys there are in the nation.”

Chung is still working on increasing the difficulty factor of his routines, but he demonstrates solid fundamentals. He will compete a full-twisting layout Yurchenko on vault — his best event — this weekend. At yesterday’s training, Chung hit clean parallel bars work that impressed his fellow gymnasts, despite the nervousness that comes from taking a big stage for the first time.

“It’s overwhelming,” Chung said. “I’ve only seen this in pictures, and now I’m here.”

Joining Chung in the junior men’s division this weekend are two gymnasts from Western Massachusetts: West Brookfield’s Eric Klein and East Longmeadow’s Peter Daggett. Both are coached by a legendary figure in local and national gymnastics: 1984 Olympic gold medalist-turned-NBC commentator Tim Daggett, Peter’s father.

The elder Daggett admits coaching his teenage son on the elite level is not always easy.

“It’s impossible to really separate out between the gym and home,” Tim Daggett said. “I want to be a successful coach and he wants to be a successful athlete. When he has a bad practice, you can’t get in the car together and just say, ‘Well, how was school today, Peter?’

“You both have to be willing to cut each other some slack.”

Neither father nor son is looking to cut any slack performance-wise at the nationals. The Daggetts and Klein hold the same goal for the weekend: place in the top 10 and make the junior national team for the coming season.

The other aim of Daggett’s charges is to further build their gymnastics resumes for the college recruitment process, which begins immediately following the championships. Both are on the radar of several Division 1 programs.

Chung, Daggett and Klein are all pleased to add to the long, but oft-overlooked, history of successful men’s gymnastics in Massachusetts.

“I’ve grown up in this sport, and it’s important for me to see the legacy continue,” Peter Daggett said. “It’s a pretty awesome feeling to continue this.”

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Liz Loveless leaving

Liz Loveless, Youth Outreach Worker at Medfield Youth Outreach, announced today that she will be moving to Needham Youth Services this month – a copy of her email appears below.  This is a big loss for Medfield Youth Outreach, MCAP, and the kids in town.


7/08/2014 2:38PM
News from MYO
Medfield Youth-Outreach
Hi everyone,

I am writing this note to let you all know that I will be leaving my position as Youth Outreach Worker at Medfield Youth Outreach. I have decided to take a child therapist job at Needham Youth Services where I have been doing some part time work over the past few years. My last day here at MYO will be July 18th.

I have enjoyed serving the wonderful Medfield community and working closely with school staff, needs based organizations, town departments, and of course, Medfield children and families. It has been a pleasure to work with you and I wish you all the best!



Medfield Youth Outreach
459 Main St.
Medfield, MA 02052

MHS Jazz Band – listen live Sat. at 10 AM

From Chris McCue Potts -

The Medfield HS Jazz Band performs in the Essentially Ellington competition at Lincoln Center at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 10, and a live stream of Medfield’s performance (as well as other aspects of the three-day festival) is available. Just click on this link: Medfield is the first to perform Saturday morning, so be sure to tune in just before 10 a.m. The jazz band was just one of 15 selected from across North America to participate in Essentially Ellington.



Catch some Jazz ‘Round Town tomorrow

This from the Chris McCue of the Medfield Music Association  -

Catch some Jazz ‘Round Town tomorrow

The Medfield High School Jazz Band is one of just 15 bands chosen from across North America to compete in the Essentially Ellington competition at Lincoln Center next month. If you missed the recent Jazz Night, you can catch smaller performances by members of the jazz band as they play around town tomorrow, April 12, to raise money for their trip. Just listen for the music, and look for the Duke Ellington-style top hats being used to collect donations as part of the “Dollars for Duke” campaign.

Our local businesses have been tremendously supportive of the MHS Jazz Band in many ways, and four will be hosting small jazz ensemble at their sites. Here is the schedule:

Blue Moon and Needham Bank – 9:30 to 11 a.m.;

Lovell’s – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and

Starbucks – 2 to 3:30 p.m.


At Blue Moon, “guest artist” Tim Borchers will be joining the ensemble after winning the slot at a Jazz Night drawing!


In addition, Needham Bank is allowing community members to make donations to the trip via its coin machine all week long. If you have spare change you’d like to get rid of, this is a great use for it!  The bank will also donate $100 to the Jazz Band for anyone who opens up a checking account on Saturday.


At Lovell’s, the MMA is hosting a bake sale, and 10% of Accents purchases the entire weekend will go toward the Jazz Band trip.

MCAP’s parent info night

The Medfield Press reports on the Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) ( parent information evening at Medfield High Schoola week ago.  Be a Parent Not a Pal

For me the major take away facts I have learned at MCAP are

  • how much more likely our kids are to have later in life substance abuse problems, the younger they are when they start to use alcohol or marijuana, and
  • that human brain development is not completed until the mid-twenties, and both alcohol and marijuana use can have disproportionately detrimental effects on those not fully formed brains.

Parent night 3/18 – social host liability & student survey results

MCAP Logo_1C_300March 18th date set for Social Host Liability,
Student Health Survey event for Parents
 Parents grades 4 to 12 asked to attend
7 pm Medfield High School Auditorium

The respected “Be a Parent, Not a Pal,” social host/parental liability seminar is being paired with a presentation on the results of the most recent  MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey in an event starting at 7 p.m. March 18 in the High School auditorium. Medfield Cares About Prevention, MCAP, the event sponsor, is urging all parents of children ages 10-20 to attend.

The health survey measured a broad range of wellness, mental health, substance use and other behavioral topics for students across the region. 1,450 Medfield public school students currently in grades 7-12 completed the survey and key findings from those results are broken out for the March presentation.

The social host liability portion will feature Jay Campbell, presenting the multi-media program for parents called “Be a Parent, Not a Pal,” explaining the Massachusetts Social Host Law. The program explores the legal implications and potentially devastating physical and financial consequences of allowing those under the age of 21 to possess alcoholic beverages or drink in your home. The presentation features past examples of those hurt in underage drinking incidents as well as of hosts prosecuted under the Social Host Law – examples of what has happened to good kids and well-intentioned parents who made bad decisions.

While the vast majority of students reported feeling safe in Medfield schools and having adults in their lives they can talk to about important things, many reported feelings of sadness and great stress. Too many reported attempting to manage feelings of hopelessness or anxiety in harmful ways. Bullying continues to be an issue, with one-in-four reporting being bullied within the previous 12 months, despite efforts by the schools to address bullying at all levels.

Although the majority of students indicated they had not used alcohol or marijuana in

the 30 days prior to the survey, there was a concerning level of high-risk, binge drinking reported among those who had. The reported ease of access to alcohol and marijuana for our teenagers was also concerning, and something that should be of great interest to parents.

Hear more about what students have to say and learn how as the adults in their

lives we must help them learn the skills to navigate these eventful years. Please join Medfield parents, elected officials, business owners, clergy, Parks and Rec members, school administrators, our Chief of Police, youth outreach workers, and representatives from Norfolk DA Michael W. Morrissey’s office for this important event.

For more information about MCAP and Jay Campbell, visit their websites at  and

Andrea Nevins – MFi youth volunteer of the year

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The Medfield Foundation proudly recognizes Andrea Nevins as its 2014 Youth Volunteer of the Year for her initiation of the Miss Amazing Massachusetts event this past year.

Other organizations where Andrea volunteers:

  • Medfield High School Student Council
  • Governor Patrick’s Project 351 Alumni Leadership Council
  • Boston Cares Teen Advisory Council
  • Best Buddies
  • Special Olympics
  • Nashoba Valley Adaptive skiing volunteer instructor

The Miss Amazing is a national celebration of girls and  young women with disabilities, conducted in twenty-five states, which provides an opportunity to demonstrate the participants’ confidence and self-esteem in a safe and supporting environment.  Participants spent the day in fun activities, conducted interviews with event moderators and spent the evening providing introductions of themselves, performing a special talent and crossing the stage with a volunteer escort.  Andrea initiated bringing the inaugural Miss Amazing Massachusetts event to the Blake Middle School.  Andrea recruited members to and also co-chaired each subcommittee of the event including:

  • contestant sign-up, where she presented to numerous organizations (SEPAC’s ARC’s, Best Buddies) about the Miss Amazing pageant to encourage participation;
  • fundraising, where she directly and successfully solicited support among the corporate, foundation, and Medfield community;
  • publicity, where coverage was provided by Medfield Hometown Weekly, Medfield.TV, Worcester Telegram and Gazette, Fox-25 News, and participants’ local papers;
  • facilities and operations, where she worked with individuals at the Town House and Blake Middle School to provide the venue and logistics for the event; and
  • volunteers, where ultimately over 60 individuals participated in a meaningful way during the event.

Elements of the inaugural Massachusetts event are being used as models for other states that are launching a pageant and the Massachusetts event already inspired one in Connecticut.

Andrea’s earliest volunteering started at age 12 with Boston Cares, where she cleaned public parks and schools, participated in youth programs at local Boy & Girls Clubs chapters, and assembled kits for the homeless.  Later, Andrea was instrumental in bringing the “Putting for Patients” fundraising program supporting Dana Farber to Medfield and spearheaded with another the “Spread the word to end the R Word” initiative to Blake Middle School.

Andrea Nevins and all the other extraordinary volunteers will be feted at the MFi’s 2014 volunteer recognition reception from 3 -5 PM on Sunday, March 23 at The Center at Medfield, at which all are welcome.  The seventh annual MFi volunteer awards are again sponsored by the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation, for the third year.

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