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Menel Lamadzema scores 1,000th point, leads Mystic Valley to win

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The Mystic Valley Regional Charter School Girls’ Basketball Team defeated defending league champion Greater Lowell, 62-39, on Thursday night to improve their record to 3-0. During the game, junior Menel Lamadzema became the fastest player, boy or girl, in school history to score 1,000 career points. The milestone was achieved on a three-pointer from the wing early in the first quarter after which a brief celebration took part with Menel and her family at center court.

The girls got off to a slow start and trailed for the first time this season, Greater Lowell holding a 10-8 lead after the first quarter. In the second quarter the girls played much faster and outscored Greater Lowell, 19-5, to hold a 27-15 halftime lead. The girls would continue to extend the lead until the final buzzer rang.

In addition to scoring her 1,000th career point, Lamadzema scored 31 on the night while adding 6 rebounds. Eighth grade point guard Kate Story filled up the stat sheet, scoring 4 points, grabbing a game-high 14 rebounds, making 7 steals and dishing out 6 assists. Sophomore Talia Mamayek added 11 points. Eighth grader Daniella D’Alleva made her first start and scored 6 points. Anastasia Bessler scored 4 points, as did Lily Rhuda. Senior Guercy Jean-Pierre added 2 points and grabbed 7 rebounds while guarding the opponents’ best player all game.

Coach Jason Cantwell said after the game: “I was happy with the continued effort shown by the girls tonight. We didn’t have a great first quarter – committing multiple turnovers – but we were able to regroup and fight through the adversity. Kate Story gave us a glimpse of the type of player she is going to become, and Guercy Jean-Pierre battled Greater Lowell’s best player on a bad ankle and was still able to shut her down. I couldn’t be more proud of Menel’s accomplishment. She works as hard as anyone in the off-season to continue to improve her game. I look forward to continuing to coach her as she climbs the scoring charts. I think she has a legitimate shot to get to 2,000, which would be a phenomenal accomplishment.”

 

Middlesex Sheriff’s Office to offer free R.A.D. class on January 9-11

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Program open to women living or working in Middlesex County

CHELMSFORD, Mass. – Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian has announced the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) will host a free women’s basic self-defense course in early January. The Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) program will be held January 9-11 at the MSO’s training academy in Chelmsford in collaboration with the Billerica, Concord and Tewksbury Police Departments. The classes, which will run from 6-9 p.m. each night, are open to women age 16 and over, living or working in Middlesex County. The R.A.D. program includes a combination of classroom instruction and dynamic hands-on training where participants learn self-defense techniques and tactics.

“Rape and sexual assault are violent crimes that disproportionately impact females,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “These classes are designed to teach women basic self-defense techniques, while at the same time building their confidence should they find themselves in a dangerous situation. We are proud to collaborate with our local law enforcement partners to offer this critically important program.”

Women interested in participating in the class should contact the MSO Office of Community Affairs at 978-495-7410 to register.

   

Hailey Ho Wins Mystic Valley Geo Bee

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Hailey, a sixth grade student at the Mystic Valley Charter School won the annual Geo Bee. The contest is round one of a nationwide contest sponsored by National Geographic in which a student champion is crowned from each school before heading on to the next level of competition. Students from grades 4-8 are eligible to compete. To win she had to answer several rounds of questions from Mystic Valley teacher Michael McCarthy. Hailey and seventh grader, James Holland, were the final two competitors in the contest which came down to a tie breaker. Shown above, from left to right, are Mystic Valley Director, Martin Trice, Hailey Ho, Mystic Valley teachers Michael McCarthy & Ryan Cerrato.

 

   

Search begins for a permanent school superintendent

School officials and advocates will start the new year with a new search for a permanent superintendent for the city’s school district. A 13-member committee that represents a broad range of perspectives and interests is expected to hold its first meeting on Jan. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Senior Center. The Search Committee will sort through resumes, interview candidates and provide a list of finalists to the School Committee, which will make the final decision.

Dr. Charles Grandson, who was hired last June as interim superintendent, is expected to apply for the job.

Last May a nine-member interim Superintendent Search Committee was forced to hustle to find a replacement for Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr., who announced in April that he had accepted an offer from Saugus to be the new superintendent of that town’s school district. At the time, some questioned why there were not more teachers and administrators taking part in the search.

This time around, three teachers – Teri Malone from the Beebe School, Margie Briatico from Ferryway and Paul Degenkolb, who teaches French at Malden High – will have seats on the Search Committee. They will work with three assistant principals: Van Huynh of the Salemwood School, Carrie Carpenito of the Forestdale School and Peter Dolan of the Linden STEAM Academy.

Marilyn Andrews, a member of the Special Education Parents Advisory Council; Hilda Torres, executive director of My Little Best Friends Early Learning Center and a member of the Malden Chamber of Commerce; James Mac, the School Committee’s student rep; parent Dawn Marie O’Toole and City Councillor Jadeane Sica were also tapped to serve on the Search Committee. The remaining two seats on the committee will be filled by School Committee Members Michael Drummey and Catherine Bordonaro, who will serve as committee chair.

The Search Committee will also have the help of an Advisory Committee that will help organize focus groups and public forums that will give members of the community a chance to express their views and opinions. Police Chief Kevin Molis, School Committee Member Emmanuel Marsh, Malden High School Principal Ted Lombardi and Bonnie Page, president of the Malden teachers’ union, were named to the Advisory Committee.

In addition to all the local voices, the Massachusetts Association of School Committees will assist with the search.

Search Committee hopes to name a permanent superintendent sometime in March.

   

MHS Golden Tornadoes Sports Action

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Mackenzie Furlong battles a Saugus defender under the hoop for her position during the Tornadoes’ 21-41 loss to the Sachems. Furlong helped lead the offense  for Malden, going to the basket fearlessly throughout the game. MHS Sports coverage begins on page 7.
(Advocate photo by Al Terminello)

 

   

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