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Natick High School Wall of Achievement

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NHS Weekly News
October 9, 2009

2009 Wall of Achievement and Herve B. Lemaire Award Recipients are Announced

THE 14TH ANNUAL NATICK HIGH SCHOOL WALL OF ACHIEVEMENT INDUCTION DINNER AND CEREMONY will take place at the Natick High School Cafeteria, Tuesday, November 24, 2009, at 6:15 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Please Click Here for the online invitation and RSVP card.

The Natick High School Wall of Achievement was established in 1996, to honor alumni for their exceptional achievements and contributions to society, and to invite them back to campus to share their experiences and insights with current students. This program is designed to illustrate to our students the importance of setting high educational and personal goals. The Wall of Achievement showcases Natick High School graduates who are successful in all walks of life.

To be eligible for nomination, alumni must have:
- Graduated from Natick High School at least ten years ago.
- Demonstrated a high level of achievement and made significant contributions to work, home, community or volunteer efforts.
- Exhibited integrity, character, service and commitment.

We are pleased to announce the selection of inductees for 2009:

Jim Argir '56Educator; School Principal in Ashland for 26 years
Past President, Massachusetts Elementary School Principals Association (42 years of service with the association)
Trustee, Bridgewater State College Foundation (and Board of Directors for the Alumni Association)
Co-Founder, New England Albanian Relief Organization
Jim has been extensively involved in committee activities serving the town and residents of Natick (helping the schools, the recreation department, Leonard Morse Hospital, and the Albanian church).

Paul Dellegatto '78
Chief meteorologist for Fox TV, Tampa
Because November is TV ratings month, Paul will not be able to come to Natick to meet with the students and be inducted this year. His induction will be postponed.

Rick Keene '71
His career includes illustrating books and magazines as well as digital painting for the web, cel and 3D CAD animation for TV commercials, multimedia, and computer games. He has done projects for Warner Brothers, Hasbro, WBZ-TV, the Band Van Halen and others. In 1997 he provided graphics for an interactive kiosk at Walden Pond. Since 1991 he has worked for DC Comics restoring and preserving their comic book history.

Kevin MacLeod '69, CVO, CD
Kevin has served as Chief of Protocol for the Department of Canadian Heritage for 23 years. In 2008 he was appointed Usher of the Black Rod (sergeant-at-arms), Senate of Canada, and in 2009 he was named Canadian Secretary to the Queen.
He is Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO), the highest of 3 levels of the Order available to Canadian citizens. This promotion was presented to Kevin by the Queen for personal service to the Sovereign. He is the only Canadian to have been promoted through all three ranks of the Order. For his military service he received the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD).

Colonel Joseph P. Richards, USMC '80
Currently Commanding Officer of Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21, Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL., Colonel Richards began his aviation career as a pilot on the CH-46E helicopter. He has been Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of HELTRARON EIGHTEEN, then Operations Officer and Senior Marine for Training Air Wing FIVE at NAS Whiting Field. He has been on the faculty at Air War College at Maxwell AFB, AL. His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.

Terry Jean Seligmann '66
Terry is the Arlin M. Adams Professor of Legal Writing, Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University.
An experienced attorney, she served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and as Staff Counsel to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. She taught in and directed the legal writing program at the University of Arkansas School of Law, and helped found and now directs the program at Drexel University's new law school in Philadelphia, which opened in 2006.

Jay Swartz '69
Mathematics teacher and tennis coach at Norwell High School.
His 35 year teaching career includes 28 years as Mathematics coordinator at Norwell, President of the teachers union for 11 years, and past president of Eastern Mass Association of Math Department Heads. His coaching career at Norwell High includes 425 victories, a 134 consecutive league match win streak, and 15 South Shore League Titles. Jay was twice named Boston Globe division 2 "Boy's coach of the year".

R Adm Gerald Thomas '47
Rear Admiral Thomas spent 30 years in the Navy, where his tours included command of a minesweeper and a destroyer, then command of Destroyer Squadron 9. He served as Director of Near East and South Asia Region in the office of Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security affairs. In his last tour before retirement he assumed command of the training command of the US Pacific Fleet. Following retirement he was named ambassador to Guyana and then to Kenya. He later joined the Yale University community as master of Davenport College.


THE HERVE B. LEMAIRE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION recognizes educators who have had an extraordinary impact on Natick students. The Award is named in memory of Herve B. Lemaire, Wilson Middle School Principal, to honor and exemplify his exceptional commitment to the quality of education in Natick.

Jerry Ash
The Fourth Annual Herve B. Lemaire Award for Excellence in Education will recognize the contributions of retired Natick High School Band Director, Jerry Ash. Jerry was a band director in the Natick Public School for 29 years; 2 years at Coolidge Jr. High, 4 years at Wilson Jr. High and the Symphonic Band Director at Natick High School for 23 years before his retirement in 2004. He was also founder (1989) and director of the MetroWest Community Band.

Previous to his career at Natick High School, Jerry was a member of the United States Navy Band program in Washington, DC as a trombonist and euphonium horn player. After finishing the Naval School of Music, Jerry toured South America with the U.S. Navy Show Band followed by an engagement with the New York City Navy Band and then the North American Air Defense Command Band (NORAD).

From 1972-74 Jerry played lead trombone in traveling orchestras for Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck. He has performed extensively as a professional trombonist with artists such as Tony Bennett, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Johnny Mathis, Natalie Cole, Henry Mancini, Mel Torme, Sammy Davis Jr., Ray Charles, and Elvis Presley.

Jerry's love for his craft was infectious. His commitment and dedication to the Natick Public Schools has enriched the lives of a generation of students.

Please Click Here to visit our Wall of Achievement webpage and access a nomination form so that you can nominate another deserving NHS graduate or former staff member!

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  1. How extremely proud I am of my nephew, Rick Keene! His multi-talented accomplishments never cease to amaze me. And more than that, he's just an all around great guy and it's so wonderful to have him in our family! To be inducted into the Natick High School Wall of Achievement is a great honor for him of whch he is so deserving.

    Posted by Dorothy V. Fernald October 23, 09 10:23 PM