Thursday, January 28, 2016

College Info. Night, Hockey Military Night, Women In Sports Night, & One-Act-Plays

Parent & Student College Information Night

College information night, hosted by the Groton-Dunstable Guidance Department, will be held on Thursday 1/28/16 at 6:30 in the Black Box.  It is recommended for members of the junior class, sophomore class and their parents/guardians.

5th Annual Military Night

By Eric Niemoller, Patrick Keating & Ryan Dodge

The 5th ANNUAL MILITARY NIGHT varsity ice hockey tribute to all past, former and present military will be played on JANUARY 30TH at 4PM at the WALLACE CIVIC CENTER, FITCHBURG, MA. This annual MIAA match-up between Groton-Dunstable and North Middlesex icemen pays special tribute to U.S.M.C. Sgt. Wm. J. Woitowicz, a 2009 GD graduate, who died in battle in the Afghanistan War and was posthumously awarded the Silver Star. Both MIAA varsity hockey teams invite all those who have served our armed forces to attend in honor.

 Proceeds from a 50/50 Raffle and Bake Sale will go toward Sgt. Woitowicz’s Memorial Fund. “It is an honor to play in this game. It is a competitive matchup versus North Middlesex and yet we stand together to honor Sgt. Woitowicz, a young man like us – at the beginning when we present the colors together and again at the end for a photograph for posterity,” said Eric Niemoller, GD Captain. “We envision playing this annual game in honor of our military for decades to come,” said Mike McCarthy, NM Coach. Both communities have large populations of military families and several ice hockey alumni are serving currently or are soon to be commissioned.

Women In Sports Night
The tradition continues this Friday as the annual celebration of Women In Sports will take place at GDRHS.  The impetus behind the celebration is the recognition of the tremendous contributions and strides women have made in sports over the years.  Young female athletes today have many role models in the world of sports to look up to and emulate.  As a father of two girls it was great to listen to my 9 year old list the amazing players on the Women's World Cup Team.  The dominant Serena Williams was recognized as Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year.  An honor typically bestowed on male athletes. 

The annual Women In Sports Night is held with this in mind as we recognize great women athletes and acknowledge the positive impact they have on young female athletes today. Each year we recognize an accomplished athlete, and this year's honoree is no exception. Sara (Gearin) DiStefano is a 2004 graduate from GDRHS with an impressive resume.  

Sara (Gearin) DiStefano

Sara graduated from GDRHS in 2004 with a 4.0 GPA.  While in high school, Sara participated in soccer (4 years varsity), track/field (three years varsity) and basketball (two years varsity).  Sara attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA where she played soccer (1 year), ran cross country (3 years, qualifying for the Division III NCAA’s as an individual runner as a senior) and was a member of the track/field team for four years (qualifying for the ECAC Regional Conference Championships every season).  

Sara graduated summa cum laude from Muhlenberg College in 2008 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Public Health.  Following her graduation from college, Sara earned a Master’s Degree in Education and advanced degree in School Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  She also successfully completed the Walter Childs Mt. Holyoke Marathon in 2009.  After working as a school psychologist in Des Moines, Iowa for two years, Sara moved back to east to be closer to her family.  Currently, Sara resides in Kennebunk, Maine with her husband Joe and four year old son Garrett.  She is currently employed as a special education teacher at the Thornton Academy.   

We would love to have a large crowd this Friday as we celebrate Women in Sports and highlight a great GDRHS graduate.  The following is a list of events.

5:30    Girls JV Game
6:45    Presentation of Plaque to Sara (Gearin) DisStefano
7:00    Girls Varsity Game

One-Act-Plays Coming Soon

GDRHS Drama Guild Presents the 7th Annual Festival of One-Act-Plays
by Celeste Vandermillen

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