Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Playoff Update


GD Girls Varsity Lacrosse Advances to State Finals

When:  Thursday, June 18 at 5:00p.m.
Where:  Harvard Stadium, 65 North Harvard St Boston, MA
Admission:  $10 adults, $7 students
Parking:  $10
Can't make the game?  Stop by the High School for a championship send-off as they load the bus at 2:50 p.m.  Join the fun and bring noise makers, posters and lots of energy to support the team as they leave for the game.
Click here to see the Crusaders' march to the State Finals.
Go Crusaders!!!

Boys Track & Field
By Angus MacDonald

Team accomplishments:
League record 4-2 (only losing two meets by one place)
2nd at the league meet
2nd overall in league rankings
District E champions
6th in Central Western MA Division 1 championships
40th in All State Meet
3rd at District E Weight Pentathlon
4th at District E Decathlon

Individual accomplishments:

Evan Lexo was undefeated in the league this year in the 100m and 200m dash.  He won in every dual meet and the District E championships.  He was also very accomplished in the championship meets at the end of the year although bothered by a minor injury.  He won the league championship in the 100m and 200m.  He placed 2nd in the 200m and 3rd in the 100m at the state qualifier meet.  He then placed 5th in the 100m at the all state meet and was a New England qualifier in the 100m dash. 

Lucas Acaba only lost to one person within our league and later beat him at the league championships in the pole vault.  He set the school record in the pole vault this year jumping 12'9".  He was a force to contend with this year in the pole vault, the 400m, and the 4X100m or 4X400m relay.  He won the 400m, the pole vault, and the 4x100m relay at the Distrct E championship.  He then won the pole vault and placed 2nd in the 400m relay and 4x100m relay at the league meet.  He went on and placed 3rd in the pole vault at the state qualifier meet, 6th in the pole vault at the all state meet, and competed in the New England championship meet in the pole vault.

Jordan Dorff was a new comer to track this year, and was a force to be reckoned with.  He was placing first or second in every event he did in every dual meet.  He could run, throw, jump, and hurdle with the top guys in the league.  He set a 400 meter hurdle record this year with a time of 58.2.  He won the 400m hurdles in the league meet and placed in the triple jump and 4x400m relay.  He went on to place second in the 400m hurdles at the district E championship and place in the triple jump and 4bx400m relay at the district e championships.  He went on to the state qualifier meet and unfortunate fell in the 400m hurdles but still placed 9th over all.  He then competed in the district E decathalon meet and placed 3rd overall out of a field of 180 athletes.

Nate Danti has always kind of lived in Evan's shadow for the past three years.  He was second to Evan in every single dual meet this year in the 100m dash.  He also placed 1st or second in both the long and triple jump in every dual meet.  He placed in the 100m, triple jump, and 4x100m relay at the district E championships.  He placed 6th in the 100m at the state qualifier meet and also got 9th at the same meet in the triple jump and 8th in the 4x100m relay.  He then competed at the all state meet in the 100m dash.

I also had a lot of young guys really step up this year and show great improvements.  I had an amazing Freshmen class which contributed more then I could have hoped for this season.  My shinning stars from this class were Riley Patten, Tristan Naboicheck, Samuel Furman, and Devon Sullivan.  Each one earned a varsity letter and scored points for us at crucial times.  Riley was our top freshman sprinter and jumper scoring in every meet and setting new standards for all the other freshmen.  He followed closely behind by Tristan Naboicheck who came in big for us at several meets.  Samuel Furman will be our future all star shot putter.  As a freshman he has thrown further than anyone at our school since I have been here as a coach and is only 2 feet away from our school record.  Lastly Devon Sullivan was our top distance runner scoring for us in several meets.

Our Sophomore class had two up and coming throwers as well. Charlie Sebastian qualified for the state qualifier meet with a throw of 144 feet.  This is almost a 30 foot improvement from last year.  He also finished 6th at the weight pentathlon meet this year with a school record.  David Heffernan was a new comer to track this year and came within 5 feet of the school record in the discus by the end of the season.  I look forward to great things from these guys in years to come.

Girls Track & Field
BY Collen Naboicheck

The Groton-Dunstable girls track and field team had a very successful season this year.  They were undefeated, were Mid-Wach B League Champions, and District E Class B Champions.  We have three exceptional athletes that I would like to nominate for Lowell Sun All-Star.  They are Freshman Emily Willson, Senior Taylor White, and Senior Sarah Morenz.

Emily Willson was named Lowell Sun All-Star this year for cross country and indoor track and field.  She was undefeated in the 2 Mile and placed 1st in five out of six 1 Mile races. She placed 1st in the 2 Mile and 2nd in the 1 Mile at the Mid-Wach B League Championship Meet earning the title of League All-Star.  She took 2nd place at the District Class B Meet and 2nd at the Central/Western State Qualifier Meet.  She ran at the All-State Meet and placed 13th running 11:31 breaking a school record.  In addition, Emily is enrolled in all honors classes.  She is a representative on student council and volunteers for the Dunstable Youth Athletic Association coaching T-ball. 

Taylor White is a senior captain who was undefeated in the shot put and placed 1st or 2nd in the javelin in every dual meet. She is a Mid-Wach B League All-Star placing 2nd in the javelin and shot put at the League Championship Meet. She paced 3rd in the javelin and 3rd in the shot put at the District Class B Meet and 5th in the shot put and 7th in the javelin at the Central/Western State Qualifier Meet narrowly missing the opportunity to compete at the All-State Meet.  Taylor placed 2nd at the Central Massachusetts ,Weight Pentathlon leading her team to a 2nd place finish at the meet. Taylor broke 3 individual school records this year in the shot put, the javelin and the weight pentathlon.  She also broke the record for the team pentathlon and is a record holder in the javelin relay. Taylor was also a captain for the GD volleyball team and was a League All-Star.  She also plays beach volleyball on a summer club team.  In addition she is a volunteer at the Lowell food shelter and works at her parents company.  She cares for horses every morning before school and is an avid rider. Taylor will be attending the University of Southern Maine were she will study nursing.  

Sarah Morenz is a senior captain who was undefeated in the discus.  She is a Mid-Wach B League All-Star who took 1st place in the discus at the League Meet.  Sarah placed 3rd at the District Class B Meet and 2nd at the Central/Western State Qualifier Meet.  She competed at the All-State Meet placing 14th in the discus.  Sarah is an honor student and participated in the Latin Club.  She works at Market Basket as an assistant manager. In her spare time she enjoys wake boarding and horse back riding.  Sarah will be attending the University of Massachusetts in Boston where she will study business.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Summer Reading Information

GDRHS Summer Reading Assignments

ELA Website

Emma Demers Selected for Journalism Workshop

After school on May 28, Editors-in-Chief Emma Demers (2016), left, and Macie Bridge (2017) design the cover for “InFocus,” next year’s theme for The Key yearbook. (PHOTO: Kelly Cook)

Emma Demers Selected for NEHSJC Summer Workshop
Groton, Mass., June 1—Groton-Dunstable Regional High School junior Emma Demers has been selected as one of 16 teenagers from the region to participate in the the New England High School Journalism Collaborative (NEHSJC), an all-expense paid summer program, sponsored in part by the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund and Regis College, and in partnership with The Boston Globe and WriteBoston.
Students will be housed at Regis College in Weston and work out of the Boston Globe offices from June 20 – 27. Demers will work alongside Globe reporters, editors, photographers, and designers to produce original stories for print publication and multimedia news packages in The Endeavor, the official publication of the workshop.
Demers is no stranger to the Globe, having won a Boston Globe Scholastic Art Gold Key Award for Digital Art earlier this year. As a journalist, she has been on the yearbook staff since her freshman year and on the middle school staff before that. She is one of the editors-in-chief for The Key’s 2016 edition.
“I have always been interested in writing,” Demers said, “and I am considering majoring in journalism in college. I am especially looking forward to shadowing photojournalists on the job and hoping that this workshop will help me decide what I want to do.”

Forty-six students from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine applied to the program, and 30 were chosen for the first round of interviews, narrowing the candidates to 23 finalists. After a second interview, Demers was chosen to participate.

Emma stood out as a very mature young woman who had journalism chops, real-life work experience, and was no-nonsense and business-like about her approach. She was a great choice,” said  Ric Kahn, the  NEHSJC Summer Workshop administrator and coordinator of WriteBoston's Teens in Print newspaper.

This will be the 28th NEHSJC summer workshop. The workshop was co-founded and directed by the late Carole Remick, a UMass Boston professor dedicated to introducing high school students to the world of journalism.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Girls Lacrosse: District Champions

Groton-Dunstable Girls Lacrosse defeated Grafton by a score of 13-7 to win the District Championship.  They play Ipswich on Monday night at Babson College.  Game starts at 7:30pm. It was a total team effort with students from all grades contributing to the victory.  Maria Antonellis was stellar in net while the offense was led by Nicki Wilkinson who scored six goalss, and Sophie Irby added two goals and an assist.


(CW)Groton Dunstable
Gm 1: 6/15 7:30pm
at: Babson College

Winner of 1
Gm 3: 6/18
at: Harvard Univ
Winner of 2

Gm 2: 6/15 5:30pm
at: Babson College

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Host Families Needed

Host Families Needed
The 2015-2016 school year will mark year four of our international student program. GDRHS has welcomed students from all over the world, and by all accounts the international student program has been a tremendous success.  The international students have enriched our school in many ways; adding diversity to our school and providing a global perspective to our classrooms.  

We are actively seeking host families for the 2015-2016 school year.  Hosting an international student can prove a rewarding experience for both the student and the host family.  Host families may choose to host a student for a semester or a full academic year. Currently we are seeking host families for the students highlighted below; however, we are in the midst of reviewing applicants so additional host families will be needed for next year. Host families receive between $800-$1000 per month to cover the costs associated with hosting a student.  

If you are interested in learning more please send me an email at, or I can be reached in the main office at (978) 448-6362.  

By Nancy Liu

Monday, June 8, 2015

GDRHS Playoff Update

Groton-Dunstable 15, Mt. Greylock 6
Sunday, June 7, 2015, at Williamstown

Nicki Wilkinson had five goals and five assists, while Sara Walsh added four goals and an assist as the visiting No. 5 Crusaders (11-6) topped the No. 4 Mounties (19-3) in a Central/West Division 2 quarterfinal.  Sophia Irby and Alexa Stathis each scored twice.
The girls will face No. 1 Bromfield (18-1-1) in a semifinal on Wednesday night at 7:15pm. Game will be played  at Nashoba-Regional High School. and Field
The boys and girls track and field athletes who competed in the All-State Meet did extremely well. Evan Lexo and Lucas Acaba move on to the All-New England Meet in Saco, Maine this Saturday. Evan placed 5th in the 100M and Lucas placed 6th in the pole vault. Lucas broke the school record which he previously held jumping 12' 9".  Nate Dante placed 14th in the 100M.  Sarah Morenz placed 14th in the discus.  Freshman, Emily Willson placed 13th in the 2 Mile breaking a school record running 11:30.

Evan Lexo: 5th in the 100m dash 10.81
Nate Danti: 14th in the 100m dash 11.22
Lucas Acaba: 6th in the pole vault (new school record) 12'9"
Emily Willson: 13th in 2 mile 11:30.21
Sarah Morenz:  14th in the discus 104'0"

Three athletes will compete today (Monday, June 8th) at the weight pentathlon (Charles Sebastyn, David Heffernan, and Samuel Furman) and four more will compete on Tuesday and Wednesday in the decathalon (Jordan Dorff, Riley Patten, Patrick O'Malley, and Thomas Alden)
In my previous blog I failed to mention that Sylvia Thomas finished 6th in the discus throwing 90' 9"  

Freshman Isabelle Premkumar will be participating in the M.I.A.A. State Girl's Golf Championship Tuesday, June, 9th at Wentworth Hills Country Club, Plainvillle, MA. This is a tremendous achievement for a talented young lady!

Boys tennis finished off a strong season over the weekend.  They qualified for the playoffs and defeated North Middlesex in the first round with a score of 4- 1.  On Saturday they suffered a tough loss at the hands of the number 1 seeded Littleton by a margin of 3 - 2. 

Boys Baseball
The boys baseball team had a great season.  They fell to Auburn this afternoon 4-0 ending a successful season for the team.  

Friday, June 5, 2015

Congratulations to Ian Peterson

In March Ian Peterson traveled to Costa Rica with 10 of his peers as part of our Global Scholars Program.  The Leadership Summit, sponsored by Education First Tours, aimed to address environmental sustainability.  The summit featured expert-led workshops and world-renowned conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall as the guest speaker.   

More than 500 students from across the globe convene at the Leadership summit and work together in small international teams to solve environmental problems that are plaguing the planet.  As part of the summit students are required to complete a project.  Ian’s project titled: Global Warming and Winter (Reducing Your Carbon Footprint) was named best solution.  As a result, EF will send Ian to the leadership summit next year with all expenses paid.  Below you will find a biography of Ian and a link to both his project and information on the leadership summit he will attend next year

Leadership Summit (Leveraging Stem to Protect Human Rights

Ian's Project

Ian's Biography

My name is Ian Peterson, and this is me in a nutshell: I am a sophomore at GDRHS. I live in Groton with my parents, my younger brother, and my dog. In school, my favorite subjects are probably math and English. I love the problem solving involved in math, and the creativity involved in English. I play starting center bench on the varsity soccer team, and if you ask anyone, they would say that I excel at it. 

I am proud to be a student at GDRHS. It is a very positive learning environment, with amazing teachers, and challenging curriculum. My only suggestion to the administration would be to add a mandatory one hour siesta block after lunch. After high school, I plan to attend college at a small school in northern New England and major in environmental engineering. Outside of school I participate in many different activities, most of them involving the outdoors. I am an avid snowboarder, and throughout the past two years, I have gotten into back-country snowboarding, which is basically climbing up a mountain and snowboarding down, without a chairlift. Don’t tell my parents, but my dream is to take a gap year before college and move out west to ski bum. I enjoy photography and general adventuring. I spent a lot of time outside when I was growing up and I still do today. The outdoors have shaped me as a person, and I believe that it is crucial to preserve all of the beautiful outdoor spaces in the world for future generations. This is why I signed up to go on the EF Educational Tours Global Student Leaders Summit on environmental sustainability in Costa Rica this past March.

The Summit was composed of two parts: A weeklong tour of Costa Rica, and the Summit Conference itself. We started off by flying into San José, the capital of Costa Rica. We met out guide, and joined with two other small tour groups from Andover and Ipswich Massachusetts. We spent the next seven days touring the country and seeing what they have done to become a more environmentally sustainable nation. We visited farms, went zip lining and white water rafting, and relaxed in the Baldi hot springs under the shadow of Arenal, an active volcano. A highlight of the tour was when we got to observe a leatherback sea turtle laying her eggs on a beach in Tortuguero. Ms. Brisson was convinced that it was fake and tried to ruin the experience for all of us, but she failed. After the week of touring, we headed back to San José for the main event, the Summit Conference. 

At the Conference, our group, along with around 500 other students from around the world came together to solve local and global issues concerning the environment. We heard world renowned activists, such as Dr. Jane Goodall, and Severn Cullis-Suzuki speak about sustainability, and what we as youth can do to change the world. After hearing these inspirational speakers. I went to my table where I met the group of nine other students who were complete strangers that I would be working with to solve an environmental issue. Our Issue was figuring out a way how to mitigate the runoff of fecal matter from pigs into a brackish river in North Carolina. We used the Design Thinking Process to help us develop a solution, and after pitching our solution, it was chosen as one of the top ten solutions by a panel of judges. 

This trip to Costa Rica changed me as a person. Not only did I make countless new friends, and have a great time, but I was inspired. Hearing Dr. Jane Goodall and Severn Cullis-Suzuki speak really empowered me and made me realize that even as a young person, I have the power to make a huge difference. We all have the power to make a difference. That thought has lingered with me even since the Summit, and will hopefully stay with me for the rest of my life. I came home ready to become more involved in my community and to be a better world citizen. I am very excited to be able to attend another Summit next year and continue to develop as a leader.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

GDRHS Spring Playoff Information

Groton-Dunstable Regional High School has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success this season with baseball, golf, track & field, boys tennis, boys lacrosse, and girls lacrosse all qualifying for the playoffs.  It is quite impressive to see so much success in a wide variety of sports.  Equally impressive is the team effort with students from all grades contributing. Congratulations to all teams and coaches.  Rooting for continued success with a busy playoff schedule this week.  

Girls Golf
Freshman Isabelle Premkumar will be participating in the M.I.A.A. Sectional Girl's Golf Tournament tomorrow (Thursday) at Holden Hill Golf Course.  

Boys Lacrosse
GD boy's lacrosse, now 11-8, began districts Monday with an overwhelming 14-0 decision over visiting Bellingham (5-16). Senior classmates Zach Cotoni and Paul Leonardo and junior Owen Torgersen scored three goals each, leading fifth seed Groton-Dunstable past the No. 12 seeded Blackhawks in first round of Central/East Division 3 playoff action. GD Tomorrow (Thursday) they travel to Watertown for a second round game.  The game begins at 5:00 at Victory Field.  

Girls Lacrosse
Sophia Irby scored 4 goals and Nicki Wilkinson had 2 goals and 3 assists as the fifth-seeded Groton-Dunstable girls lacrosse team moved on to a Division 1 Central/West quarterfinal with a 14-1 win over Hudson.  Stay tuned for details on the next match.  

Track and Field
The Groton-Dunstable boys and girls track and field teams competed on Saturday, May 30th at Fitchburg State College.  The Central/Western MA State Divisional Meet was quite successful.  Two girls, Emily Willson and Sarah Morenz, and three boys, Lucas Acaba, Evan Lexo, and Nate Dante, placed in the top four, which means they all qualify for the All-State Meet. The top four compete at the All-State Meet and top eight earned a medal.  


2nd Place:
Emily Willson- 2Mile 11:47.50
Sarah Morenz- Discus 105'6"
Evan Lexo- 100M 11.25 and 200M 22.69

3dr Place:
Lucas Acaba- Pole Vault 12'0"

4th Place:
Nate Dante- 100M 11.40

5th Place
Taylor White- Shot Put 32'6.5" and 7th in Javelin 111'2"
4x100M Relay- 52.12- Lexie Ferraro, Emily Gath, Olivia Dunsmoor, Annie Gold

7th Place:
Taylor White- Javelin 111'2"
4x800M Relay:10:35.10  Bethany Fordham, Samantha Ferraro, Elin Svanborg, Brianna Condidine

8th Place:
Jordan Dorff- Triple Jump- 40'11.25"
4x100M Relay- 45.02 Nate Dante, Riley Pattan, Lucas Acaba, Tristan Naboicheck
4x400M-  3:42.44 Thomas Alden, Luke Costello, Pat O'Malley, Jordan Dorf

The (13-6) Crusader baseball team will have to wait until Monday, June 8 for their first tournament game when they visit No. 4 Auburn (13-6) in a first round match-up.

In boys' tennis, No.9 Seed G-D (10-7) will travel to No.8 North Middlesex (9-6) Thursday, June 4 at 3:00 in first round action. The winner will face No.1 seed Littleton (12-0) Saturday, June 6.