Northern Essex Community College to Induct Rowinski, 2000-2001 Women’s Basketball Team into Hall of Fame

Northern Essex Community College’s 2000-2001 Women’s Basketball Team and former Haverhill men’s basketball coach Mike Rowinski are to be inducted into the college’s Athletics Hall of Fame in March. One of the most accomplished women’s teams in the college’s history, the 2000-2001 women’s basketball team captured the Region 21 championship and advanced to the national semi-finals with an overall record of 24-10, including a national quarterfinal victory over top seeded Fulton-Montgomery. Coached by Andrew Pittington the team was led by Glenda Cancel, Jessica Hamilton and the Hamblet sisters Lyndsey and Tricia who all averaged double figures in points per game throughout the season. Cancel was named the Region 21 Tournament MVP and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Hamilton and Tricia Hamblet following the team’s 76-47 victory over Springfield Tech in the regional final. A Haverhill High alum and 1981 graduate of the college with a degree in criminal justice and men’s basketball student-athlete, Rowinski went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from St.

Whittier Tech Cheerleaders Hold Clinic for Younger Students, While Raising Money for Sports

Two cheerleaders from Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School combined their love of the sport with their business and leadership savvy last month when they offered a clinic for children aspiring to cheer one day. Jelena Valentin, a junior, and Anne Jacques, a sophomore, organized a cheerleading clinic on at the school’s gymnasium. Valentin and Jacques, members of the school’s DECA club, organized the clinic to practice project management skills and give back to the community. “Holding a clinic for younger students interested in cheerleading was a wonderful idea, and this was a great way for Jelena and Anne to practice their DECA skills, share their love of cheerleading, connect with the next generation of cheerleaders and raise money for their sports team,” Whittier Superintendent Maureen Lynch said. A group of 14 children in kindergarten through fifth grade attended the clinic, which was led by Whittier Tech’s cheerleading team, and learned two cheers—a dance and basic stunts.

Special Needs ‘Effective Communication’ Workshop Thursday at Haverhill High School

“Effective Communication,” a free workshop for parents, guardians, caregivers and professionals, takes place under the auspices of the Haverhill Special Education Parent Advisory Council, this Thursday night. This presentation, presented by The Federation for Children with Special Needs, describes how to be an effective communicator, explains why effective communication with the school is important and clarifies how to establish effective communication with the school. Topics include identifying school successes, active listening, methods of communication, what factors can impact communication, preparing for team meetings, potential outcomes and strategies for success. The meeting takes place Thursday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m., at the Haverhill High School library, 137 Monument St.

Haverhill High School Pool Roof Bids Come in $264,000 Over Projection; Mayor to Find the Difference

While you would expect to get wet when swimming in an indoor pool, you probably would not expect that some of that water would be the result of a leaking roof, but that is the reality facing students at Haverhill High School. The roof over the Charles C. White pool has been in need of repair for some time and about two months ago, the City Council approved $400,000 for that work. That figure was based on an estimate by Greenwood Roof Services, the city’s roofing contractor. When the project went out to bid, however, the lowest offer came in at $664,000. Paul Hartford, a consultant for the Haverhill School Committee regarding roofing issues, explained what happened.

Sacred Hearts School Students Send Holiday Cheer to Two Critically Injured Brothers

Students at Bradford’s Sacred Hearts School jumped into action just before Christmas to help brighten the lives of two teen brothers who would be spending the holidays in the hospital after being critically injured in an automobile accident. Students didn’t know the boys—15-year-old Evan Bostwick and his 17-year-old brother Colin—but they couldn’t bear the thought of them suffering on Christmas. The Bostwicks were on their way to school Dec. 17 when the pickup truck they were riding in slid on an icy road in Bourne and struck a tree. They were rushed to Hasbro Children’s Hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

Haverhill Ed Coalition to Hear Whittier Tech Overview, Analysis of $1.5 Billion Student Opportunity Act

Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School Superintendent Maureen Lynch provides parents an overview of the school’s offerings when the Haverhill Education Coalition meets this month. The second half of the free meeting answers questions about the recently passed Student Opportunity Act, which adds $1.5 billion in state education funding over the next seven years. Dr. Thomas W. Grannemann and state Rep. Andy X. Vargas analyze the law and what it means for Haverhill. The Haverhill Education Coalition meets Wednesday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m., at UMass Lowell’s iHub, 2 Merrimack St., third floor, Haverhill.

Goldberg Launches BabySteps Savings Plan, Providing $50 for Every Baby’s Future Education

Every child born or adopted in Massachusetts is now eligible receive a $50 down payment on their future education—at no cost to taxpayers. State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg said this week the BabySteps Savings Plan has been launched with private donations. This program guarantees each baby receives a $50 seed deposit when a family member opens up a U.Fund 529 college or vocational savings account through the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority. “With the rising cost of post-secondary education, the path forward is unclear for many of our kids,” said Goldberg. “Babysteps will encourage thoughtful planning for higher education and vocational training for children across Massachusetts.”

This program builds upon Goldberg’s two pilot programs- SeedMA and SoarMA, in economically and diverse areas of the state.

Pentucket Regional High Students Place at District 3 DECA Competition, Go on to Compete Feb. 27-29

A group of 16 Pentucket Regional High School students placed at the District 3 DECA Competition in December at Merrimack College in North Andover. Six of the participants placed in various events designed to test students on their knowledge and expertise in various business and entrepreneurial subjects, according to Superintendent Justin Bartholomew. “Well done to these students, and to their advisor, Madison Estes,” Bartholomew said. “They worked incredibly hard to prepare for this competition and learn valuable skills that will help them tremendously in their future careers, and it is wonderful to see them succeed.”

Casey Pedersen, a junior, placed second in the Accounting Applications Series at the event. Sophomore Lizzie Kershaw placed third in the Business Start-Up event; Ava Spencer, a sophomore, placed fourth in Integrated Marketing Plan event; and sophomores Zak Eckholt, Brandon Lee and Oliver Schutz placed fifth in the Franchise Business Plan event.