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Sweet, Savory and Sensational!

Teddie Peanut Butter Challenge a Huge Success

  Everett High School Culinary Arts students showed off the full range of their skills during the 2nd Annual Teddie Peanut Butter Challenge, a fun competition in which students created a sweet or savory dish featuring the beloved product that is made here in Everett.

  “I had high hopes as I arrived at EHS to serve as a judge, and I left in awe knowing the students exceeded those expectations,” said Superintendent Priya Tahiliani. “This was a genuinely awesome event of which the Culinary Arts students and staff should be immensely proud. I cannot conceive of a better showcase for their talents.”

  Joining Superintendent Tahiliani at the judge’s table were Teddie Peanut Butter representatives Mark Nazarian, Brianna Soule and Brittany L’Italien. They had the pleasure of tasting a wide range of dishes from the following Culinary Arts students:

  Ashley Arriaza Sageth

  Nashaely Avila Ruiz

  Zyana Betancur

  Patrick Bien-Aime

  Maria Cabral

  Alessandro Diniz

  Ricardo Dutra Lopez

  Mathew Fonseca

  Thomas Guerrero

  Phat Nguyen

  Elder Marin Vanegas

  Heidi Orellana Ramos

  Sabrina Santana Hernandez

  Ohsemenard Vales

  Dishes included chicken tacos with pickled onions, PB Lasagna, Fried PB chicken with broccoli and rice, pork kabobs with PB sauce, PB chicken curry, PB pork loin and grilled salmon with PB dressing. Sweet selections included PB cookie cake, PB cheesecake, tres leches PB cake and chocolate PB cake.

  “It was, as promised, a Teddie Peanut Butter extravaganza,” Superintendent Tahiliani said. “It’s amazing how chefs can use one ingredient to express themselves so differently.”

  After deliberate and close voting, the winners were as follows: savory: Ohsemendard Vales and his Peanut Butter Salmon Cake over Peanut Butter Polenta and Soy-Peanut Butter “Caviar”; sweet: Sabrina Santana Hernandez and her Peanut Butter and Jelly Roll-up Cake.

  The EPS thanks Teddie Peanut Butter for supporting this event and for being such a valued community partner.

EHS Culinary Arts students are pictured with the judges at this year’s Teddie Peanut Butter Challenge, which was held on January 19 inside the Crimson Cafe.
Superintendent Priya Tahiliani, winners Ohsemendard Vales and Sabrina Santana Hernandez, and Teddie Peanut Butter representatives Brianna Soule, Brittany L’Italien and Mark Nazarian.
The winner of the savory category: Ohsemendard Vales’s Peanut Butter Salmon Cake over Peanut Butter Polenta and Soy-Peanut Butter “Caviar.”
The winner of the sweet category: Sabrina Santana Hernandez’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Roll-up Cake.
Superintendent Priya Tahiliani (second from right) is pictured with Brianna Soule, Brittany L’Italien and Mark Nazarian of Teddie Peanut Butter.

Solve For Tomorrow … And Today!

Computer Club Making Noise in Samsung Competition

  Members of Everett High School’s Computer Club have advanced to the state finals of a national competition that promotes STEM and the positive ways it can influence our communities. The EHS students are participating in “Solve for Tomorrow,” which is sponsored by Samsung. Competing teams can win up to $100,000 in prizes for their school, plus the opportunity to work with Samsung employees to develop their prototypes. By being named a State Finalist, EHS will receive a $2,500 prize package featuring Samsung products and classroom resources that will support their plan.

  Working with teachers Alex O’Donnell and Neil Plotnick, the EHS Computer Club is developing a project to refurbish and distribute old computers. Instead of disposing of old computers – and straining the environment – the EHS students will return the devices to use by installing them with updated Linux software. The effort is already reaping rewards, as the Club recently donated computers to a women’s shelter. Through this work, the students are learning how to diagnose systems, run diagnostic tests and perform related tasks to restore machines to working order.

  In cases when a computer is unsalvageable, the team has an established relationship with a scrap metal firm in Everett that responsibly recycles the circuit boards and other materials.

  “A sensational effort by any definition,” said Superintendent of Schools Priya Tahiliani. “The Computer Club deserves a long and loud round of applause for embracing this project and coming up with thoughtful and practical ways to utilize aging technology.”

  The Computer Club is recognized by the Computer Science Teachers Association as a chapter of the Computer Science Honor Society, which emphasizes initiatives with social impact.

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EHS teacher Alex O’Donnell works with members of the Computer Club on Samsung’s national initiative, “Solve for Tomorrow.”

A Healthy Conversation

Former NHL Standout Visits the Webster School

  Members of the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Department visited the Webster School, where they talked about the tools students need to live a happy, healthy lifestyle. The organization was represented by Andrew Raycroft, a former Bruins goaltender for the Boston Bruins and winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy as Rookie of the Year. Raycroft talked about nutrition, perseverance and physical activity as part of an interactive 40-minute program. The team mascot, Blades the Bruin, and representatives of the Everett Fire Department and the Army National Guard also participated in the fun and informative program.

Superintendent Priya Tahiliani and former Bruin and current NESN commentator Andrew Raycroft
From left: Patricia Robasson-David CNA, Carla Medairos, Superintendent Priya Tahiliani, Webster School Principal Chris Barrett, School Committee member/Webster School grandparent Millie Cardello and Gilda Richman. The latter is the grandmother of Webster Guidance Counselor Samantha Grant and the wife of longtime legendary EPS employee Bob Richman.

Self-Care to Share!


  Whittier students in Lisa Yendriga-Norberg’s class created a Winter Self Care Bulletin Board that hangs in the school lobby and is filled with helpful tips and advice. The project was completed in conjunction with the district’s work with Project Wayfinder’s Social-Emotional Curriculum. The board has pockets for flyers as well as QR codes to digital resources. Ideas include Be Mindful, Practice Gratitude, Take Time for Yourself, Eat Healthy, Do Something Outside, Organize Something and Be Artsy! The resource has been a big hit with Whittier School seventh and eighth grade students and teachers.

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Whittier Board



The Everett High School Chorus performed during the Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast hosted by Zion Church Ministries. Members of the EPS and the Everett School Committee attended this special event, which was held in person for the first time since 2020. Standing: EPS Chief Equity Officer Janelle Ridley, School Committee Member Millie Cardello, her grandson Sammy, School Committee Member Jeanne Cristiano, Superintendent Priya Tahiliani, School Committee Chairperson Mike Mangan and EHS Chorus Director Corey Corfoot. In front are EHS’s talented and dedicated chorus members.
Thanks to Zion Church Ministries for presenting scholarships to a pair of deserving Everett High School students as part of its annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast on Monday, January 16 at the Connolly Center. From left: City Council President Michael Marchese, EHS seniors and scholarship recipient Shreeya Musyaju, Superintendent Priya Tahiliani and scholarship recipient and Bunker Hill Community College student Lloyd Joseph.
Second-year students in Neil Plotnick’s cybersecurity class are using Parallax robots and cyber literacy curriculum to learn about circuits, sensors and programming. The robots were purchased through a grant Plotnick secured from Cyber.org.
Second-year students in Neil Plotnick’s cybersecurity class are using Parallax robots and cyber literacy curriculum to learn about circuits, sensors and programming. The robots were purchased through a grant Plotnick secured from Cyber.org.

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