Category Archives: Teens

MFi volunteer awards

The Medfield Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2015 Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards will honor the following extraordinary individuals for their remarkable volunteer services in the Town of Medfield:

Youth volunteers

  • Binit Shah Primarily for creating the Tech Club at the Medfield Memorial Library, and also for volunteering for Medfield.TV and Medfield Foundation Youth Leadership.

Binit Shah

  • Emily Zona Primarily for being a Peer Tutor at Blake Middle School, and also for volunteering at St. Edwards, the Thomas Upham House, at MHS on the Student Council as its VP and on the assistant principal search committee, and tutoring Spanish at the Medfield Memorial Library.

emily zona


  • Chris McCue Potts Primarily for work with the Medfield Music Association, and also with the Zullo Gallery.
  • Susan Maritan Primarily for her work with the Medfield Coalition for Public Education, and also the Garden Club, the Medfield Food Cupboard, the Angel Run, New Life Home Refurnishing, and the Wheelock Victory Garden.
  • Rose O’Reilly Primarily for many years of work with the schools in many forms, including the Fashion Show, the All Night Graduation Party, the Snack Shack, and initiating the Prom Bus, the Medfield Coalition for Public Education, New Life Home Furnishing, and also with Cradles to Crayons.

Lifetime achievement

  • Jeanne Bastanier Sullivan Primarily for her work with the Medfield Food Cupboard, and also with the Medfield Coalition for Public Education, the schools at all grade levels, the Animal Shelter, the Church of the Advent, and the All Night Graduation Party.

Special Recognition

Binit Shah is the 2015 Medfield Foundation Youth Volunteer of the Year.

Chris McCue Potts is the 2015 Medfield Foundation Volunteer of the Year.

Jeanne Bastanier Sullivan receives the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.

All these extraordinary volunteers will be celebrated and feted at a reception to be held at 3:00 PM on Sunday, March 22 at The Center on Ice House Road, Medfield, to which the public is invited.

The reception is sponsored by the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation.

Angel Run volunteering

This year the Angel Run’s volunteers can sign up online –  see below –

The Angel Run Needs Your Support!

The Angel Run Needs Your Support!

Mark your calendars! The Medfield Foundation Angel Run is taking place Sunday, December 7th at 2pm.  Last year we had 1,200+ registrants.  We are hoping this ye…

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Angel Run

The preregistration for the Angel Run that ended yesterday included about 25% more runners than a year ago.  Over 1,000 runners registered in time to get the lower entry fee and T-shirts, versus about 800 last year.

More runners means

  • more families having holiday fun, and
  • more monies to distribute to Medfield families in need.

The Angel Run is Medfield’s family fun holiday tradition, and this year –

  • 2PM on Sunday, December 7
  • starts and ends at MHS
  • after party is in the BMS cafeteria
  • entries are available up until race time


Boys State & Girls State

20141030-legion-boys & girls state At the Legion last night twelve of the seventeen MHS seniors who spent a week last summer at the Legion run Boys State and Girls State, held at Stonehill College in Easton, recounted their experiences to the crowd of over a hundred in attendance at the Legion’s monthly dinner meeting. Each of the dozen students spoke about what the experience had meant to them, and each was remarkably eloquent, poignant, or in turn funny.  The experience had clearly made strong positive impressions on each student, and for some it had been life changing.  More than one student recounted the benefits to them from meeting others from backgrounds so disparate from what they have know in Medfield.

Boys State and Girls State are the Legion run opportunity for high school students to learn about the American political and governing processes by actually taking part in mock government elections and functions, as well as taking courses.  The students are divided amongst separate towns, elect their own leaders from amongst their own members, and deal with legislation.

20141039-Legion-Boys & Girls State-2Last summer the students also got to participate in the actual political process, as some researched and took a position against the then pending legislation in the Massachusetts legislature that would have allowed cell antennae to be located virtually anywhere regardless of local zoning.  The students submitted letters against the legislation to the legislature that Representative Shawn Dooley said last night helped to put a face on the opposition and to defeat that legislation.

Medfield’s Legion sends more students to Boys State and Girls State than any other city or town in the state.    Around 700 students in all participate.  Karl Schwartz, past Legion Commander, recounted that when he took the program on 17 years ago no students were being sent by the Legion to participate, and that the program has been gradually built up over the years.  Today the students compete for the slots, as the demand to participate exceeds the monies  available to send students. 20141039-Legion-Boys & Girls State-3

MAHS on 11/10 at MHS

Notice today to MHS parents regarding the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey coming on 11/10.  Extremely useful data is derived from this long running survey –

October 27, 2014
Dear Parent or Guardian,

To make sure we continue to give the best possible education and services to children in Medfield, we want to learn about their attitudes and behaviors with regard to a variety of health-related topics. Inorder to accomplish this, students at Medfield High School are being asked to participate in the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey. The questions on the survey cover many topics including alcohol, tobacco and other drug use; violence and safety; nutrition and physical activity; sexual behaviors; and mental health.  This project will continue to help our district develop and enhance its health education and prevention services. We will be giving this survey to students in grades 9-12 on Monday, November 10th.

The survey is anonymous, meaning your child will not put his or her name on the survey and no one will know what he or she writes.  There will be no identifying information on any of the surveys.

Completing this survey is volnntary.   Your child’s grades in school will not be affected by whether or not he or she participates.   Your child can also decide not to take the survey or skip any question he or she does not wish to answer.

The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment is a Federal Law that requires us to notify you ahead of time about the survey, and give you the chance to look at it, so you can let us know if you do not want your child to take part. Ifyou would like to see the survey before deciding, a copy will be available in the main office from Thursday, October 30, 2014 through Thursday, November 6, 2014.

If you DO NOT want your child to take part in the survey, please complete the form below return it to the main office secretary by Friday, November 7, 2014.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Susan Cowell, Wellness Content Specialist.

Robert Parga

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