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In Their Own Words….Quotes from the Randolph Rock Stars

Wendi Manderioli

Saturday, November 16, 2013 • 7:10pm

The Randolph Education Foundation and The Rotary Club hosted a successful evening honoring the Randolph Rock Stars on Thursday November 16. These twelve individuals were honored for their actions and examples of giving back to our schools and community in a meaningful way. The following quotes were heard from the honorees as they were asked the question “How does it feel to be a Rock Star?”

Maura Boucher, Shongum Teacher of the Year:

“I can’t thank Randolph enough, it’s amazing. I want to work even harder now. The kids make me smile everyday.” 

Christine Brembs, Ironia Teacher of the Year:

“This is like nothing I have ever experienced; what they have done for us is beyond words. It’s priceless that the board comes and supports us while they are working full time jobs as well.”

Barbara Stevens, Rotarian of the Year:

“I am humbled by the amount of people who give back to the community, and I am just lucky to live here in Randolph. The people are what it is all about.”

Ethan Blyne, School Board Member of the Year:

“I am very proud and honored. I profoundly enjoyed my time on the board.  I feel I left the district in a better spot and I am most proud of that. The people are what make Randolph such a great place.”

Kelly Fogas, RHS Teacher of the Year:

“I am humbled and honored by it. I would like to thank everyone supporting me to get into this position. This is the best first job I could have ever imagined.”

Dean Butafucco, Business Person of the Year:

“It feels the same way it felt 25 years ago when the town council welcomed my business. I feel just as proud today as I did back then when they said ‘Welcome to Randolph.’”

Carol Stowbridge, Administrator of the Year:

“I would like to say thank you for allowing me to be part of The Randolph community for 26 years.”

William Zagoren, RMS Teacher of the Year:

“I don’t do what I do for applause.  I love my job and I love getting up in the morning, if I can motivate and encourage only one student then I have succeeded.  When students leave my class with more knowledge and interest in science than they had before, that’s when I know I have done something right.”

Donna Marucci, Center Grove Teacher of the Year:

“I am honored to be recognized.  In what I do, everyday is an adventure.  The Children are wonderful.”

Geri Restivo, Fernbrook Teacher of the Year:

“The best part of this is how the kids got so excited.  When it was announced, they all were jumping up and down that their teacher made it.  Their joy made me feel great.”

David Sacco, Student Volunteer of the Year:

“I was a little surprised when I heard, I didn’t know much about it at first. But it feels good and I am happy to be recognized for this. I enjoyed volunteering to teach kids the fundamentals of baseball.” 

Judge Gary Algeier, Community Volunteer of the Year:

“It’s a great honor, especially since I have been out of the public eye for some time.  In my time on Town Council and as Mayor, I always loved how Randolph had so many people involved who had ideas and wanted to help.  I guess my award is more of a sign of what this community is all about, and I am just a symbol of that.” 

 

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