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WESTFORD ACADEMY- School Year 2014-2015
Westford Academy was ranked No. 9 of the "Best Public High Schools in Massachusetts" per a report compiled by Niche. The report reviewed nearly 15,000 high schools based on test scores, demographics, and students and parent input.

Westford Named “Best School District for Your Buck” in Massachusetts by NerdWallet (school quality and affordability).  NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy website, recently conducted a study to determine which school districts offer parents the best value for their money in Massachusetts ñ and out of 226 unified and secondary school districts Westford ranked #1.  While many top-rated schools are located in prohibitively expensive communities, NerdWallet sought to highlight the Bay Stateís hidden gems. NerdWallet weighted cost of living metrics against the following school quality indicators:~standardized test scores, college readiness, and class size. Westford topped their list for “Best School Districts for Your Buck” on the strength of its 98.5% graduation rate, the fourth highest in the state, and its relative affordability with median home values under $450,000. While Westford boasts high rankings for its elementary and middle schools, itís best known for its high school, Westford Academy. The schoolís test scores set it apart: 98.9% of 10th graders received the “Advanced” score on the MCAS. The school offers a range of Advanced Placement courses, including computer science, studio art and music theory. Given the quality of coursework available, itís not surprising that 92.5% of Westford students went on to higher education, the third highest rate in the state.

Class of 2015
Salutatorian… Justin Jiawei Yao
Valedictorian…Michael Richard Meagher

Most Worthy Representatives
2015   Jack Leeber, Kathleen McAleese
2016   Michael Colavita, Madeline Russell       
2017   Benjamin Moore, Shannon Chen
2018   Michael Tricca, Emily Bramanti

Westford Academy celebrates two students who earned “Perfect” scores on advanced placement exams.  Westford, MA ñ Westford Academy celebrates Michael Colavita and Joel Kottas for earning perfect scores on their Advanced Placement (AP) Exams in spring of 2014. Michael Colavita, a member of the class of 2016, was one of only twelve students in the world to earn every point possible on the AP Computer Science A Exam.  Joel Kottas, a 2014 graduate, was one of only nine students in the world to earn every point possible on the AP Calculus BC Exam.  Looking across approximately 4 million AP Exams taken by 1.5 million U.S. public high school 11th and 12th graders in 2014, only 285 students earned every point possible on an AP Exam; answering every multiple-choice question correctly and earning full points on the free-response section of the exam.   It is very rare for a high school student to earn every point possible on the exam.  

Victoria Weiss, grade 12, has been selected as a candidate for the US Presidential Scholars program. The US Presidential Scholars program was established in 1964 by Executive Order of the President to recognize some of our nationsí most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments in many areas: academic success, leadership, and service to school and community.

The Westford Academy DECA Club recently competed against 10 other schools, for a total of almost 1000 high school students participating at the Radisson Hotel in Chelmsford.  With 175 possible awards up for grabs in varied business events, W.A. DECA took 122 of them; about 70%.  This was the most successful DECA conference for WA ever! Westford Academy won the Largest State Chapter Award for the 1st time and was presented a plaque. Two students, Ankeeta Patil, and Kyle Pilachowski (his 2nd term) campaigned and were voted in as Massachusetts State DECA Officers. W.A. had eight students win a combined total of $5100 in scholarship money, and 34 students qualified to compete in the upcoming International Career Development Conference being held in Orlando, FL in April. This conference is expecting 17,000 teenagers from around the world.

This past March, 176 of our WA DECA students, who had qualified from an earlier District Competition, travelled to Boston to compete at the 56th Annual Massachusetts DECA Career Development Conference. 68 high schools from around the state brought their 2700 District winners to compete in exams, roleplays, sales presentations, written/research projects, etc. This was the most successful DECA conference for WA ever!  Westford Academy won the Largest State Chapter Award for the 1st time and was presented a school plaque. We had 2 students campaign and get elected as Massachusetts State DECA Officers for next year (Ankeeta Patil, and Kyle Pilachowski - his 2nd term). WA Students won more trophies, plaques, and medals than any year in my recollection. We also had 10 students win a combined total of $6000 in scholarship money.

34 WA Students qualified to compete in the International Career Development Conference that was held in Orlando, FL 4/25-4/28. This annual competition/conference had 17,000 teenage competitors from around the world.

On May 8, 2015, The Westford Academy English department was treated with a rare, but delightful professional development day.  Renowned Boston University Professor, Steven Esposito came to Westford to discuss Oedipus and the Greek Drama.  An expert in his field, Professor Esposito commanded full attention of the staff.

Westford Academy English teachers, Kim Hart, Emily Coates, and Christopher Bramanti wrote and received a grant from the Westford Education Foundation, which funded the day.

The grant allowed twelve teachers to access the Professor's secrets, background, and a wealth of new information to help teach such an important work, to the unmotivated reader.  Connections where made to Night, Lord of the Flies, Hamlet, and Macbeth, four of the many of the works taught at the high school.  

Foreign Language
The National French Exam was administered in March 2015. Nearly 94,000 students participated in the exam nationally.  Out of these 94,000 students, only 8,687 were awarded medals. Out of the 100 Westford Academy students who participated in the exam this year, 36 were recognized for their excellent scores all above 80th percentile. In addition to other accolades and medals, Westford Academy students took home a gold medal in each of the four levels in which the exam is offered.

2015 National German Examination Hall of Fame. Westford German students were recently informed of the results of the 2015 National German Examination given to over 26,000 students nationally. This year was another great year for Westford with an impressive number of awards: 30 eligible for a free trip to Germany; 37 at or above 90th percentile; 69 at or above the 80th percentile! Students who scored at or above the 90th percentile are eligible for an all-expenses paid home-stay/study trip to Germany. Students will be honored at the AATG (American Association of Teachers of German) Banquet in the spring. Scores are shown in parentheses. These are percentiles, not percentages! The awarded students are: GERMAN V Gold Medal: Lily Hitelman (98), Sara Rottger (97), Tori Weiss (97), Karina Luetjen (94), Benjamin Weaver (94), Amaan Khimani (93), Silver Medal: Alyssa Martinec (87), Austin Xu (87), Thien Vu (85), Sophia Tiano (83), Isabelle Laushine (81). GERMAN IV Gold Medal: Jillian Nelson (98), Felicia Zhang (98), Julie Woodward (97), Anupama Balasubramanian (96), Kat Vlach (93), Emily Graziani (91), Silver Medal: Emily Earl (89), Andy Shao (89), Sidney Shea (89), Nancy Wang (81). GERMAN III Gold Medal: Carolyn Hitelman (99), Claire Widmann (99), Samantha Stettner (95), Logan Kuehl (93), Blake Mazzaferro (92), Victoria Lee (90), Marie Levandier (90). Silver Medal: Marin Bolko (87), Keely Craig (87), Janice Kim (87), Jason Kottas (87), Kaleigh Kuehl (87), Rittika Adhikari (85), Ryan Harm (85), Jack Laushine (85), Abigail Walsh (80), Andrew Weber (80). GERMAN II Gold Medal: Sophie Wieselquist (99), Maxwell Kazman (98), Param Talwalkar (98), Ryan Bowen (97), Justin Michael (97), Stephen Townsend (97), Maeli Cherry (95), Ethan Gallant (95), Ian Kim (95), Sean Doherty (94), Sakhi Pola (94), Hannah Keefe (91), Sam Leonard (91), Selena Lin (91), Riky Luetjen (91), Ally McCabe (91), Sarah McKinley (91), Tejus Surendran (91). Silver Medal: Tim Feehrer (89), Dom SanGiovanni (89), Matt Vlach (89), Jackie Andry (86), Sean Riordan (86), Matt Salvo (86), Ben Walker (86), Jay Caplan (83), Emily Crossley (83), Teresa Graziani (83), Alex Mondro (83), Michael Pavkovic (83), Andrew Tierney (80). Congratulations to these outstanding students and their Middle School and High School teachers Lizette Greaves, Colin Ashby, Kristin Gillett, and Tim Welch.

Mathematics and Computer Programming
Congratulations to Programming Club members Team 1 members Michael Colavita, Alok Puranik, Kartik Singh and Nihaal Korandla who solved all 16 programming problems in record time and placed first in the annual High School Programming Contest held at Fitchburg State University on December 5, 2014. The other 2 WA teams also did exceedingly well: Team 2 members Pranav Nanga, Andrew Sun, Harshal Sheth and Nihar Sheth also solved all 16 problems and Team 3 members Zachary Hillman, Jonathan Shee, Rama Mannava and Emily Earl solved 15 out of 16 problems. The Programming Club is led by Computer Science teacher Anjli Trehan, and meets on Tuesdays after school to prepare for a variety of computer science and programming competitions at the state, national and international levels.

WA wins 1st place in programming contest at WPI on March 9th.  Congratulations to Programming Club members Michael Colavita, Alok Puranik and Harshal Sheth who placed 1st in the Annual High School Programming Contest held at WPI on March 9th, 2015, completing all 10 programming problems in record time!  The 2nd team consisting of Nihaal Korandla, Pranav Nanga and Nihar Sheth also performed really well, solving all 10 programming problems.  The programming contest drew students from public and private schools all over New England. Westford Academy won 1st place, Phillips Academy came in 2nd place and Acton Boxborough Regional High School 3rd place.

In October, a team of 4 students from the Math Team competed in a mathematics competition at WPI against teams from the New England area.  The team of Alok Puranik, Karan Sarkar, Pranav Nanga, and Nehal Navali earned an impressive 3rd place finish out of 88 teams.  

Visual and Performing Arts
Please join the Art Department in congratulating the following students for their achievements in the prestigious Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards who recognizes outstanding artwork from across Massachusetts. Student work is awarded gold key, silver key or honorable mention status.  Julie Cohen- Ceramics- Gold Key, Jasmine Gutbrod- Drawing- Gold Key, Ali Loftus- Digital Art- Gold Key & Honorable Mention, Katie Long- Drawing- 2 Sliver Keys, Madeline Mortensen- Drawing- Honorable Mention, Lisa Nakanishi- Drawing- Silver Key, Nick Ormsby- Drawing- Honorable Mention, Vanessa Palermo- Painting- Silver Key & Honorable Mention, Jessica Pazienza- Art Portfolio- Honorable Mention, Chiaro Peters- Digital Art- Gold Key, Sidney Shea- Digital Art- Silver Key, Britt Sodersjerna- Drawing- Silver Key, Alice Yun- Drawing & Painting- Silver Key & Honorable Mention, Rachel Zhang- Drawing- Silver Key & Honorable Mention. 2015 Representing Westford Academy at the 2015 Congressional Art Competition: Marguerite Cote ñ Drawing, Jasmine Gutbrod ñ Painting, Katherine Long - Drawing, Sidney Shea ñ Photograph, Felicia Zhang ñ Painting.

Julie Cohen received a National Medal in the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! Not only is Julie Cohen a nationally decorated cheerleader but she is also an accomplished ceramic artist. This week she was awarded a National Silver Medal for her Japanese Slab Vase. The award ceremony will be held at Carnegie Hall, NYC in June

Junior Matthew Gagnon has been chosen to sing with the All-National Honors Chorus in Nashville, Tennessee in October.

The Troubadour String Ensemble has performed in the schools and in the community and has grown to 37

Members of the WA Improvisation class performed three holiday community concerts at the Bridges Senior Center in Westford, the Cor Unum Meal Center in Lawrence, and Chelmsford Crossings Senior Center. The concerts were organized, planned, performed, and booked entirely by the student members.

The WA Honors Choir performed at the Annual Holiday Luncheon for Westford's Council on Aging senior citizens group.

Seven WA Honors Choir members performed with the MA American Choral Directorís Association Choir Festival at UMass Amherst in November. -

The annual Town Wide Vocal Night was held at Westford Academy with its largest gathering of school singers to date.- More than 400 young musicians took the~stage in the grand finale.

The WA Grey Ghost Marching Band performed their half-time show at the MICCA concert festival, earning a bronze medal in Division 4. This was the first year for the Grey Ghost band at the festival.

Members of the WA Improvisation class entertained classmates and staff during their morning entrance to the building.

Troubadour String Ensemble performed at 8th grade parent night at WA.

The Tri-M Music Honor Society continues to produce Listening Lunches hosted by the library where students can perform for their peers.

The Tri-M Music Honor Society has served the greater community in various performances and projects including volunteering at middle school concerts and playing for Bridges at Epoch.

The Tri-M Music Honor Society hosted fund drives at each concert for the Give-a-Note Foundation and was able to make a generous donation to support music education in our nationís less fortunate communities. --

The WA symphonic band will perform at the graded MICCA festival in March.

The WA Concert Band will perform at the MICCA concert festival for the first time in March.

The WA Percussion Ensemble will attend the NESBA regional percussion competition in March.

The WA Jazz Ensemble will perform an afternoon concert and have a tour of facilities at MIT Lincoln-Labs in March.

The WA Jazz Ensemble will perform at the Endicott College Jazz Festival in March

The WA Jazz Ensemble performed in the UMass Amherst Jazz Festival and took part in workshops including a concert by the world famous Eddie Palmieri Salsa Band.

The WA Jazz Ensemble performed at both the Stony Brook and Blanchard spring concerts for band.

The WA Band program put on “Bandemonium” in December 2014. This program included more than 100 performers playing for all 4th-8th grade instrumental band students in the town of Westford.

More than 100 Marching Band members performed at all WA Football games and with over 70 marching
bands in the University of Massachusetts Band Day at Gillette Stadium.

Again this year members of the music department including the Troubadour String Ensemble played holiday music at the WA Holiday Bazaar.

Members of the WPS Troubadours have performed at various school events and community locations
Including, the Lowell Soup Kitchen.

The WA music department performed its annual fall concert before a full house at the WA Performing Arts Center on December 10th, 2014. The evening was capped off by the WA marching band.

WPS String Troubadours and band students performed at joint middle school and high school concerts at the Blanchard and the Stony Brook middle schools in March.

WPS had a great year at the Festival competitions:
Jr. District: 9 students auditioned and 7 were accepted to the festival.

Sr. District: Our highest participation ever with 70 students auditioning with an incredible 28 students

All-State: 19 students were invited to audition and 12 were accepted!

All-Eastern: 1 Westford Academy Senior was accepted in the National Association of Music Educators bi-annual All Eastern Ensemble.

The all-student pit for WATA's production of Into the Heights featured 28 musicians who rehearsed for
over 65 hours and played for 8 performances.

Theater Arts
The Heights:
Westford Academy Theater Arts' Production of In the Heights, directed by Larry Sousa, participated in the Third Annual Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild's Theatre awards and was nominated in ten categories including BEST OVERALL PRODUCTION.
SAM NUDLER for Best Actor in his role of Usnavi                 
MISHA STAPP for Best Stage Management
Excellence in Technical Theater: Lighting Design (under the direction of Jordan Welch)          
Excellence in Technical Theater: Set Design and Execution (under the direction of Larry Sousa)
Best Choral Ensemble (under the direction of Scott Cruikshank and Karen St. George)
Best Acting Ensemble
Best Dance Ensemble (with choreography by Larry Sousa)
Best Orchestra (under the direction of Ken Culver) Best Overall Production
The MET Awards will be held on June 15 at the Cutler Majestic Theater in Boston.

The Normal Heart:
Westford Academy Theater Arts production of The Normal Heart under the direction of Dennis Canty was named Winner at the Preliminary Round of the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guildís State Festival held on February 28 at Westford Academy.
In addition to the advancement, eight WA students were named to the All Star Cast for outstanding achievement.
Sam Nudler for Excellence in Acting for his role as Ned Weeks
Marco Ligouri for Excellence in Acting for his role as Bruce Niles
Brandon Jurewicz for Excellence in Acting for his role as Mickey Marcus
Chiaro Peters, Keely Craig, Morgan Shea, Misha Stapp and Claire Clark for Excellence in Technical Theater: Set Design

Westford Academy Theater Arts production of The Normal Heart under the direction of Dennis Canty was named Winner at the Semi-Final Round of the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guildís State Festival held on March 14 at Monty Tech.
In addition to the advancement, twenty-two WA students were named to the All Star Cast for outstanding achievement.
Sam Nudler for Excellence in Acting for his role as Ned Weeks
Thomas Mitsock for Excellence in Acting for his role as Felix Turner
Brandon Jurewicz for Excellence in Acting for his role as Mickey Marcus
Chiaro Peters, Keely Craig, Morgan Shea, Misha Stapp, Claire Clark, Kaleigh Kuehl and Maddy Corvino for Excellence in Technical Theater: Set Design
Amy Keum, Katie Sawosik, Abby Mills, Emma Seyffert, Sidney Shea and Samantha Garrett for Excellence in Technical Theater: Costume Design
Jillian Baker for Excellence in Dramaturgy
Naqiya Motiwalla, Kristen Kim, Katie Kandra, Caroline Lawlor and Matthew Gagnon for Excellence in Sound Design and Execution

Westford Academy Theater Arts production of The Normal Heart under the direction of Dennis Canty was named State Finals Winner at the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guildís State Finals held on March 26, 27, 28 at the Back Bay Events Center.
In addition to the win, ten WA students were names to the All Star Cast for outstanding achievement.
Sam Nudler for Excellence in Acting for his role as Ned Weeks
Thomas Mitsock for Excellence in Acting for his role as Felix Turner
Brandon Jurewicz for Excellence in Acting for his role as Mickey Marcus
Chiaro Peters, Keely Craig, Morgan Shea, Misha Stapp, Claire Claire, Kaleigh Kuehl and Maddy Corvino for Excellence in Technical Theater: Set Design
Westford Academy earned the MIAA Sportsmanship Honor Roll for the school year 2013-2014.  This honor is given to schools that exemplify sportsmanship in all seasons by their coaches and players.  

Spring 2014
Westford Academy was selected as the Dual County League Sportsmanship Award winner for the spring 2014 season.

Girls Tennis were crowned DCL Champions and finished the season as MIAA Division 1 North Sectional Finalists.
Boys Track and Field won the Dual County League Championship.

Boys Lacrosse, Girls Lacrosse, Track and Field, Volleyball, Baseball and Softball all qualified for the MIAA State Tournament.

Fall 2014
Cheerleading won the DCL League Championship and finished in 2Nd Place at the MSSAA State Championship.  They were also selected as the MSSAA State Sportsmanship Award Winner.

Girls Soccer, Boys soccer, Golf, Football, Cross Country, Field Hockey all qualified for tournament play.

Football defeated annual Thanksgiving rival Acton-Boxborough by a score of 14-7.

Winter 2014-2015
Cheerleading, Boys Swimming/Dive, Boys Alpine Skiing, Gymnastics were all Dual County League Champions!

Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Girls Ice Hockey, Gymnastics, Indoor Track, Wrestling, Cheerleading, Alpine Ski, Nordic Ski, Swimming and Diving teams all qualified for postseason competitions.

Westford Academy Wrestling qualified four wrestlers for the MIAA All State Meet.

Boys Indoor Track Athlete Cody Trudell set a new record in the 55M.  Gymnast Jackie Beals set a new school record in the All Around.

Alpine skier James Larsen was crowned Mass Bay West League Champion for the fourth year in a row at Nashoba Valley.  This is the first time in history of the league any skier has accomplished this task.  

The Westford Academy Cheer Team are the overall Grand National Champions! The team brought home 3 trophies: 1st in Co-Ed Division, 1st in High Point School Division and Grand National Championship.

Boys Swimming and Diving won the MIAA Division 1 State Championship. They finished the dual meet season 11-0, and went on to win the Dual County League Championship.  Along the way, five school records were broken, and 6 All-American consideration standards were met.  At the State Meet at MIT, Brian Poon, Jack Koravos, and Jason Jung won individual state titles, and joined with Kyle Pilachowski, Jeffrey Yao, and Justin Yao to win two relay state titles.  As a team, the Grey Ghosts outscored 9-time defending state champion St. Johnís Prep 309 to 267 to win the first Boys Swim & Dive State Title in school history.

Boys Basketball won the MIAA Division 1 Central Mass Sectional Championship before falling to two time defending state champion Putnam in the MIAA State Semifinal. This was the furthest any WA Boyís basketball team had completed since the 1968 State Championship team.  

Congratulations to the Westford Academy Boysí Basketball team for the hard work the players have given in the classroom and on the basketball court. In the classroom and on the basketball court the players have strived to be successful unit.  Prior to the season the captains challenged the rest of the team to beat their average GPA from last year.  And they did.  Collectively, they earned a 3.65 GPA this year.  Twelve of its fourteen players achieve honors or high honors.  An incredible feat, especially since this GPA came in the midst of the Central Mass championship and State-Semi Final run.

Clubs and Activities        
Mock Trial
Every year the Massachusetts Bar Association prepares a legal case and invites Massachusettsís high schools to try the case in its annual Mock Trial competition.  This year's criminal case centers on the question of whether the custodial grandparent of a 14-year old murdered the child's father during a heated argument or whether the shooting was in self-defense.  The Westford Academy team has been meeting since September.  They received the case at Thanksgiving, prepared a Defense Team and a Prosecution Team and have competed four times, winning all four trials to earn the District Championship.  Now in the Sweet Sixteen, Westford competes next against Holy Name at the Clinton District Court House. Co-Coaches: Chris Gorham and Jim Bogue, along with parent volunteers. In addition, the WA Mock Trial Team has won a place at the State Competition! This is a result of several wins at the preliminary rounds- amazing work!! Students: Kevin Brooks, Vennela Mannava, Anant Agarwal, Arya Kunaparaju, Meghana Nair, Lexy Rogers, Lily Hitelman, Rachel Harkins, Michael Meagher, Vasu Rao, Ankit Punreddy, Nishant Nawathe, Tejus Kayiti, Naimur Rahman, Pranav Mulpar, Simran Sehgal, Vineeth Rao, Amongh Kare, Julia Kinney, Varun Palnati.
The WA Mock Trial team was District Champion, which means that we made the Sweet 16 out of more than 100 teams in Massachusetts

Ghostwriter  (School Newspaper)
The Ghostwriter was recognized by the New England Scholastic Press Association this spring and was awarded Highest Achievement for Online Class 1 Newspapers.  Several students were also recognized by this organization for their individual contributions:
Kathleen McAleese and Lauren Cullen for Homepage Design
Lauren Cullen for a feature titled "Self harm: one student's story"
Kayla Chavier for a profile titled "Curly keeps traffic moving"
Kathleen McAleese for a story titled "Little known FDA policy revealed"

3rd Place Nationwide in the "I AM" PURPLE PSA contest - January
Annie Livorsi - $500 SPIRIT OF PURPLE (Nationwide) Scholarship

Junior States of America
Junior States of America is a national organization where students engage in debate on current issues. The club grew and won several awards.

History Day Club
The History Day club sent several submissions to the first round of regional competitons for Massachusetts History Day competition and one team (Emma Couilard and Anisha Mathew) Massachusetts History Day State Finals went to the finals of the states. One middle school team also competed at the State Finals.

Power of One
The Power of One students completed their first blended learning course by successfully interacting both online and face to face to develop and execute several student-conceived service projects.

Westford Historical Society
Here are the awards for the History Prize from the Westford Historical Society.- The awards are sponsored by the Westford Kiwanis.- Geoff Hall will present them on awards night.
Sarah Maccini Fairview Cemetery -$250 award
Katie Fitzsimmons Apple Blossom $150 award~
Kaitlin Canha Stone Arch Bridge~Honorable Mention (no cash award)
Tommy Jacobsen Quarries Honorable Mention (no cash award)

Massachusetts Envirothon
For the first time ever, students from Westford Academy participated in the Massachusetts Envirothon this May.  Six self-taught students spent the day answering questions about soil, animals, and plants and gave a presentation on town-wide environmental issues and organizations.  Led by Junior Nancy Wang, this crew spent hours on their own time making the presentation materials and learning what they could to be competitive with the other dozens of schools in attendance.

Environmental Club
The Environmental Club took over the Summer Book Recycing Program, and handed out over 250 copies of summer reading books, for free, to students at Westford Academy and the two middle schools.  All students are encouraged to turn in their summer reading book next fall, with the hope that all students will eventually be able to get a free copy of their summer reading all four years.  

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