Opportunities to apply yourself abound
By Josh O’Gorman
STAFF WRITER | May 06,2013
When I took over this column in January, I made a pledge to myself to make it more than just calendar listings for school-related activities. Last week I enjoyed writing about Dianne Jaquith’s departure from Barstow School after serving as the school secretary for 36 years. The column allowed me to tell her story with space and first-person warmth I’m not afforded in my daily stories.
However, in recent weeks, I have been remiss in mentioning and highlighting education-related events and awards. For those of you who send me your pictures and news releases and have puzzled over seeing them in print, I apologize and I will now attempt to make things right.
Big wheel keep on turnin’
The Rutland South Rotary recently handed out $13,500 in scholarships to 11 students from Rutland High School, Mill River Union High School, Stafford Technical Center, Proctor High School and Mount St. Joseph Academy, with students receiving either $1,500 or $1,000 scholarships. Winners were chosen based on several criteria, including community service involvement, grades and their interview.
This year’s winners are Holly Bryne and Jensen Burke from Mill River; Carissa Elrick and Olivia Cipriani from Proctor; Abigail Harvey from Mount St. Joseph Academy; Gabrielle Guastamachio and Courtney Patterson from Stafford Technical Center; and Danielle Walters, Emily Andrulat, Jenna Olson and Leigh Anna LaPlante from Rutland High School.
On several occasions, I’ve used this column to announce scholarship opportunities, usually followed by some encouragement to grab some of that free money that is yours for the taking, if you have the ambition to apply. Congratulations to the 11 young ladies who will have between $1,000 and $1,500 less in student debt upon graduation.
When looking at the picture of the scholarship recipients, I couldn’t help but notice that they are all young ladies. Where are the young men? I have complete faith that the Rutland South Rotary didn’t consider gender when making their awards, which brings me to the conclusion that either there were few-to-no male applicants, or the applications submitted by young men just weren’t as strong as those by the young ladies. (And in no way am I suggesting these winners only won because of a lack of competition.)
Boys, this is an equal-opportunity world, but only if you take equal advantage of the opportunities before you. The days of coasting because you’re a man are long gone. Women are receiving awards based upon their merits and if you don’t start competing you’ll be left behind.
When I Paint My Masterpiece
When I attended Arlington Memorial High School, a student’s schedule for the seven-period school day included a study hall. I started worrying about college — and specifically how to pay for college — at a younger age than was typical for my time and I recognized high school as the last time anyone would teach me anything without it costing me money. From my freshman year through graduation I always filled my study hall with a class. Arlington didn’t offer a lot of classes outside the core subjects so I took art with teacher Joe Arena.
I will confess, and I expect Mr. Arena would agree, I have no natural aptitude for art, but I spent four years painting and making silk-screens and lithographs. The last time I was in my parents’ attic, I came across a stack of my paintings, along with works of my three younger siblings. To my classmates who took study hall for four years, I ask, what’s in your parents’ attics?
The Chaffee Art Center is holding its 13th Annual Student Show, now until May 26. The show includes art from children from the Rutland area, with kindergarten though eighth-grade artists featured at the Chaffee Art Center on South Main Street and high school artists’ work on display at the Chaffee’s Merchants Row location next to the Boys & Girls Club.
For hours of operation, visit www.chaffeeartcenter.org.
I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day
In truth, I haven’t seen a cloudy day in a while, but if you need your spirits lifted, the soulful sounds of 1960s Detroit will do the trick. West Rutland’s middle and high school music students will perform a “Motown Show” at 7:30 p.m. May 15 in the Town Hall.
Each year, music students at West Rutland School choose a theme for their spring concert. In past years, themes have included jazz, the Beatles and music from stage and screen. This year, after brainstorming, the students chose Motown, which make me wanna holler and throw up both my hands. (Marvin Gaye, anyone?)
The concert will feature songs by the Supremes, the Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Mary Wells and others. The show is free and open to the public.
So, it appears I am incapable of simply sticking to the time, date, and place of an event. The digressions that distinguish this column from a calendar also limit the number of events I can include. If you didn’t see your event this week, try to not take it personally. Just a reminder: I’m using Twitter to keep people apprised of what I’m working on. You can find me @joshogormanrh.
Keep on truckin’.