AFBHS Awards $12,000 in Scholarships in 2017

2017 marks the 10th year that the Alumni and Friends of Belmont High School (AFBHS) has awarded four scholarships to outstanding BHS seniors who need financial aid to pursue their education.  This year the four $3000 scholarships were presented to Daniel Holt (Wesleyan University), Su Jing Chen (Case Western Reserve University), Fiona Martin (University of San Diego) and Ciara Murphy (Emory University).  They are shown, left to right, in the photo below.

There aren’t enough positive enough adjectives to describe Danny Holt.  BHS teachers have described him as inquisitive, creative, articulate, humble and kind as well as incredibly talented both in an out of the class room.  With a 4.01 GPA he earned honors every semester; he was a member of the award winning wind ensemble, a drummer in the jazz combo and a drum line captain in the marching band.

Su Jing Chen developed a strong sense of independence and maturity at an early age.  She and her father came to the US when Su was seven.  Due to immigration policies, it took another five years for her mother to be able to join them.  Now, according to her teachers, nothing seems to get in Su’s way, accessing experiences and reaching goals.  She has been an outstanding student, a member of the orchestra and the volleyball team.  Volunteering at a nearby hospital has helped her identify future goals in nursing and medicine.

Fiona Martin has been an excellent student and a real leader at BHS.  Weathering a tough time personally due to parental divorce, she maintained high grades and captained the girls’ volleyball team.  She is well prepared both academically and socially for college and is looking forward to college life on the west coast.

Ciara Murphy has been a model student at BHS, increasing the difficulty of her coursework every year, playing three sports for three years and working 20 hours a week throughout.  What makes her success even more remarkable is been her personal situation. She began high school while living in foster care, was reunited with her mother and siblings in 10th grade and proceeded to live in a succession of three homeless shelters.  She has used her bilingual skills to help other shelter residents and is looking forward to a future of continuing to contribute to society while engaging in college life and academics.

BHS Alumnus Gives Back Artistically

Who knew that Shakespeare, the Red Sox, Tip O’Neill and a rock opera all had links to Belmont? They do and the common connection is Paul Boghosian.

Paul T. Boghosian is the founder and CEO of HarborSide Films in Boston. HarborSide Films produces public affairs documentaries and special events for PBS and national cable networks; customized video and television programming for corporate and institutional clients; and feature films for premium cable networks such as HBO and Showtime.  During the past 6 years he also has produced theater shows that have played in Boston, NY, LA and Chicago.

Paul T. Boghosian
Belmont High School Class of 1960

This article is the latest in a series written by Harry Lane, BHS Class of 1959. The complete versions of this (from the Belmont Citizen-Herald 1/12/2017) and all previous articles are attached as pdfs below.

Giving Back – Paul T. Boghosian

Giving Back – Emily Cook

Giving Back – Ramon Hamilton

Giving Back – Sarah Freiberg Ellison

Giving Back – Lt. General Robert Stretch Foley

Giving Back – Dorothy Stoneman 59

Giving Back – Don Chiofaro 63

 

AFBHS Awards $12,000 in Scholarships

Having awarded four $2,500 scholarships to outstanding BHS seniors each year for the past eight, AFBHS this year increased the individual amount to $3,000 and awarded four more. Presenting the scholarships at Senior Awards Day on June 3 were AFBHS Directors Angelo Firenze and Sarah Ellison. With them in the photo below are the recipients, from left to right: Naria Sealy (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Samari Winklaar (Franklin Pierce University), Mariam Abutaleb (Brown University) and Khenijah Soberanis (Savannah College of Art and Design).

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Naria Sealy could consistently be seen throughout Belmont High School helping teachers, administrators, and students alike. She is particularly interested in the sciences and took several advanced placement courses including chemistry. She was chosen to participate in the CURE program at Dana-Farber that establishes mentorship opportunities for students to explore the field of cancer research and has also appeared on the track, on the stage in a musical, and in other leadership positions at BHS.

Samari Winklaar has drive and ambition that stands out among her peers. An enthusiastic and dedicated basketball player, she was a member of the BHS girls’ varsity team and hopes to play basketball in college.. To maintain her fitness she goes to the gym regularly and has impressed teammates with her perseverance through injuries and her love of the game. Singing and dancing are also a part of her life, and she regularly sings at her church. Samari holds herself to high academic standards and has succeeded in achieving an outstanding record.

Mariam Abutaleb is a young woman in control of her future. She is poised, mature, dedicated, and hardworking with aura of seriousness about her that is surely a byproduct of her devotion to education and her outside interests. She has been involved in activities that connect her with both her Japanese and Lebanese heritages and her general interest in humanitarianism. She is a leader in the schools Partners in Health Club and feels strongly about the international organization’s mission. An outstanding student, Miriam has the goal to serve the world as a researcher in the field of neuroscience.

Khenijah Soberanis is a very talented and highly creative artist and an excellent student. Her current passion is animation, a pursuit that she has explored through her involvement in the Cosplay Club at Belmont High as well as in the Smash/Video Game Club. In addition to following her dream of becoming an animator, Khenijah has become passionate about farming and food justice. She enjoys collaborating with others to educate the community, has volunteered for The Food Project in Dorchester and has participated in the Parkside Summer Enrichment program as a camp counselor.

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Belmont Citizen-Herald article features Emily Cook as a BHS Alumna Giving Back

Emily is a freestyle skier, aerialist, three-time Olympian (2006, 2010, 2014), six-time U.S. champion and nine-time World Cup medalist (including 3 gold). A 1997 graduate of BHS, Emily lives in Park City, Utah where she is the manager of sport and human potential for the audio brand, Skullcandy.  Her mantra is “chin high, work hard, smile”.

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This article is the latest in a series written by Harry Lane, BHS Class of 1959 and professor of international business at Northeastern University. The complete versions of this and all previous articles are attached as pdfs below.

Giving Back – Emily Cook

Giving Back – Ramon Hamilton

Giving Back – Sarah Freiberg Ellison

Giving Back – Lt. General Robert Stretch Foley

Giving Back – Dorothy Stoneman 59

Giving Back – Don Chiofaro 63

Ramon Hamilton featured as an Alumnus Giving Back in local newspaper

This latest in this series of articles in the Belmont Citizen-Herald honors the career of Belmont High alumnus Ramon Hamilton.  A graduate of BHS in 1996, Ramon is an award winning writer, director and actor in Los Angeles.  He encourages current students to “Embrace all that BHS has to offer, and don’t be afraid to follow your dreams and passions.”

The “Alumni Giving Back” series was created and the articles are being written by Harry Lane, BHS Class of 1959 and professor of international business at Northeastern University. This latest article and all previous articles are attached as pdfs below.

AFBHS awards $10,000 in scholarships for the eighth year in a row

July 18, 2015 News

On June 25 at the annual Belmont High School Senior Awards Day ceremony, AFBHS, represented by Penny Whelan Scheideler (Board Member) and Erich Ippen (Treasurer), presented scholarships of $2500 each to four outstanding and deserving graduating seniors. This year’s recipients, shown in the photo below from left to right are Anna Khachaturova, Norman Kilavatitu, Doug Christian and Zaria Osborne-Pight.

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Anna came to Belmont from the country of Georgia as a 6th grader and had fit right in. Creative and accomplished in several art forms, she hopes to combine this artistic talent in the future with her interests in coding, programing and computer science. She is headed to Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Norman is achieving his goal to be the first in his family to attend an American university. A passionate and dedicated athlete, he joined the varsity in soccer as a sophomore, became team captain as a senior and was a Middlesex All Star. He also played club soccer, coached a local Belmont youth soccer team and is looking forward to pursuing business, economics and psychology at New England College.

A talented student and class leader, Doug has been active in rugby and crew and was captain of the wrestling team. He has not yet decided on a specific academic direction but has an ambitious and positive view toward his future at College of Charleston, SC.

Zaria has commuted to Belmont High School from Boston every day on public transportation. Yet she has, for three years, made time to volunteer at a collaborative Belmont school for students with various mental impairments while still focusing successfully on her studies. Respected by her classmates for her dedication, maturity and good sense of humor, Zaria is interested in serving society in a career in criminal justice and will begin her studies at Westfield State University.

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New Officers and Directors elected

At the AFBHS Board of Directors meetings in October and January, Chris Starr ’80 and Mark Haley ’66 were elected Directors.  Charles Stone was elected Vice President and Susan Orowan Martin was made VP Development.  Peter Leofanti remains President; Sarah Freiberg, Secretary; and Erich Ippen, Treasurer.

Don Chiofaro, BHS ’63, highlighted in “Alumni Giving Back” newspaper series

The latest addition to AFBHS’s “Alumni Giving Back” series appeared in this date’s issue of the Belmont Citizen Herald.  In the article, Don Chiafaro, BHS Class of 1963 and founder of the Boston-based real estate development and management company The Chiofaro Company, discusses how Belmont High School contributed to his success and why he is now giving back through AFBHS.

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Brian Caputo, longtime advisor to AFBHS, passes away

Colonel (Ret. U.S. Army) Brian R. Caputo, resident of Belmont passed away on this day at the age of 78.  He is remembered for his exuberant spirit, hockey playing and support of his alma mater Northeastern University.  Members of the Board have made contributions to AFBHS in his name. His obituary and notes of condolence may be found at:  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bostonglobe/obituary.aspx?pid=172806682#sthash.6Oth5WaO.dpuf