Friday, May 17, 2013
Two OA students' artwork was chosen as winners in the 2013 Congressional Art Competition and were recognized by Congressman Joe Kennedy Thursday.
Two Oliver Ames High School students were recognized for their arstistic abilities by Congressman Joe Kennedy Thursday. Amanda White and Kristen Wong participated in the 2013 Congressional Art Competition. White's entry “Clearly Enchanting” won Best in Show and Best Drawing. Wong's “Tiny Obsession” won in the Mixed Media category. For winning Best in Show, White's peice will hang in the Capitol building in Washington D.C. for the next year. Runners up in each category will have their artwork displayed in the Congressman’s district offices. “I’m proud to honor these remarkable students for their artistic talent,” said Congressman Kennedy. “The selection panel was deeply impressed by the quality of submissions we received from across the …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The magazine's 2013 rankings came out Monday.
Newsweek has ranked high schools nationally, but the criteria the publication used left Oliver Ames High School off of the list. For its rankings, Newsweek sent out a survey to more than 5,000 high schools in the U.S., with about 2,500 schools responding in 2013. You can see the details about the ranking, and every other ranked high school by clicking on the markers in the interactive map above. The survey scores were then weighted and calculated using several criteria including on-time graduation and college acceptance rates. In addition, instead of averaging the number of courses offered, this year Newsweek considered the percentage of students enrolled in AP, IB or Advance International Certificate courses. The final scores then …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The Tigers batted around the order in the second inning scoring six runs.
The Tigers varsity baseball team got a big win over Franklin Wednesday afternoon. OA jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning en route to a 9-5 victory. Tigers pitcher David Mackinnon got the win in is first start of the season. He started off well striking out the side in the top of the first inning which set the tone for the Orange and Black to start the game. “David’s the best player in the league. He’s the best player in the Hockomock, I don’t care what anyone says. Before today we’ve used him five times in relief…out of 15 batters David struck out 14 of them,” said Oliver Ames head coach Leo Duggan. Franklin didn't score until the top of the fifth inning when they collected two runs to make it 7-2. The Panthers …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Mike Atwood, a longtime coach and runner in the area, shared his thoughts and experience from Monday's attacks on the Boston Marathon.
Editor's note: Mike Atwood, with local ties to Attleboro (ran at Bishop Feehan), Foxborough (coached at Foxborough High and teaches at Foxborough Regional Charter School), Easton (coached at Oliver Ames) and Mansfield (coached at MHS) shared his thoughts from Monday's tragedy on his Facebook page Tuesday. This was personal. Boston is my city, where I run, where I went to college, where my family spends our weekends, where I go to Red Sox games with my dad, who was born there 81 years ago. It is our playground. Yesterday started out as a monumental day that I had obsessed about for six months, a day where my running club celebrated our hard work, a day where I ran past enthusiastically cheering friends on the route, friends from high school…
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Oliver Ames falls to Franklin in the South Sectional Finals.
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
A strong fourth quarter propelled Oliver Ames past Falmouth. The Tigers will face Brockton Tuesday night.
The Oliver Ames boys' basketball team proved the importance of the fourth quarter Monday afternoon in the opener of the Harry Lehmann Memorial Boys' Basketball Tournament at Bridgewater State College. Propelled by a final period in-which OA outscored Falmouth 24-13, the Tigers were able to take down the Clippers in a 78-74 victory. "Fortunately we hit a couple of shots that put us at arms length while we figured out that we had to play a little bit harder to get it done," OA coach Don Byron said. "Once the second half came around I thought we did a little better intensity-wise. Coming down the stretch, we definitely did." With the win, OA will move on to play Brockton in the tournament title game Tuesday night at 7. The game will be played…
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Students will be put to the test this week.
Tuesday, January 15
It's that time of the year. The holidays are over and, for high school students, it's time to start buckling down with academics. They'll put their knowlege to the test, literally, this week during mid-year exams. Below is an announcement from Oliver Ames High School providing the exam schedule: Oliver Ames High School will begin Mid-Year Exams on Thursday, January 17, 2013. Exam periods will be 90 minutes in length. On January 17th through January 23rd, students will need to be in school only when they have exams. This examination period is an important learning experience for our students. Our teachers have prepared students well for these exams, and we encourage parents/guardians to stress the importance of serious student study/…
Monday, January 14, 2013
An Easton native and Oliver Ames High School grad, Connie Spillane was well-known for his wit
On Dec. 28, I had a column in this space titled, “A Couple Quick Comebacks, Retorts, From Easton Annals.” In the column I related two witty remarks that two Easton people made at different times and in different places. I thought for today's column I would relate another anecdote that involved Cornelius “Connie” Spillane, who was featured in the piece referenced above. The story was told to me by Connie’s nephew, Leo Kent, an Easton native and long-time resident. Leo was a 1935 graduate of OA, and a talented basketball player in high school. To recap, Connie Spillane was a legendary figure in amateur athletics in the area. Connie, a 1927 Oliver Ames High School grad, is in the OA High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Connie was also …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Cheri (Lefort) Gillespie Talks About a Community in Unimaginable Pain, and also the Extraordinary Kindness and Love that has Flowed and Continues to Flow Its Way
I saw this post, this powerful post. The post appeared on Facebook, on Dec. 15; it was written by a woman who lives in Newtown, Conn., and who grew up in Easton. Here is her post: Please say some prayers for our town! We need them with the tragedies that have occurred here! This town is like Easton when we were growing up. Quaint and beautiful! Hard to believe this has happened! The woman who made this post is Cheri (Lefort) Gillespie, a 1977 graduate of Oliver Ames High School. Cheri is one of four Lefort children who grew up on Baldwin Street. Cheri and her husband, Timothy, were married in 1980. They have three children, ages 25, 21, and 13. Through Facebook, I got in touch with Cheri. She agreed to talk with me about living in …
Friday, December 28, 2012
Who Doesn't Enjoy a One Liner?
One of the joys in life is the fast comeback, the retort, the off-the-cuff remark, the improvised (“improv” in our modern lexicon) statement. Growing up in Easton, I was fortunate to have all around me quick witted and smart and wise people who could dish up all of this almost all the time. I love to tell how, especially when I was a freshman and sophomore at Boston College, I would engage and regale my schoolmates with Easton stories. Not difficult to relate entertaining stories when you grow up among so many entertaining characters and entertaining comments. I shared in this space once how Brockton native and Oliver Ames High School coaching legend, Willy Nixon – still going strong and very active at 84, by the way – told how in the …