Lynn English will be hosting a MCAS Parent Night on Thursday, November 6th at 6PM in the high school auditorium. Click here for more information
By Thor Jourgensen / The Daily Item; Photo Owen O'Rourke
LYNN — Carla Cora pivots on one foot, squares her shoulders, and locks her eyes onto Marine Sgt. Major Kenneth Oswald who asks her, “Do you know the name of the last Marine awarded the Medal of Honor?”
Cora, one of 11 students dressed in camouflage and standing in a line in an English High School hallway, hesitates and then says, “The cadet does not know, Sgt. Major.”
Cora is one of 204 students participating in the school’s Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program run by Oswald since 1995. For 19 years, he has combined discipline and a sense of belonging to encourage 3,375 student cadets to stay in school and set goals.
English JROTC graduates have joined the military, some have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Oswald counts seven Lynn police officers among former cadets, including Michael Crosby, the first student to express interest in joining the cadet program.
Oswald can still remember the day Crosby introduced himself.
“He said, ‘I want to join the military.’ I said, ‘That’s not what we do here.’”
LYNN — Lynn English juniors Jake DeFillipo and Ariana Severance don’t mean to sound cocky, but they were very confident when they sat for the MCAS tests last spring. As it turns out, they had good reason to feel good about the high-stakes exam.
DeFillipo earned a perfect score in English Language Arts while Severance was perfect on the math MCAS, earning the praise of their principal and guidance counselors.
“These two students are examples of hard work paying off,” English Principal Thomas Strangie said. “It also shows that the teachers at English are doing everything they can to provide the opportunity for every student to be successful.”
DeFillipo said even though he “wasn’t nervous going in,” he took advantage of the extra time allotted to complete the essay on the MCAS, staying until almost everyone else had already left. “I put a lot of time into the test,” he said.
Lynn English High School Principal Thomas Strangie is proud to announce that Danielle White, left, and Joseph Calnan, right, have been named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. Both White and Calnan will receive a letter of Commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) for their Achievement. A spokesman for the NMSC notes that those who achieve Commended Student status have done so by demonstrating outstanding potential for academic success, and they represent a valuable national resource. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 competition by taking the 2013 Preliminary Sat/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test.
Welcome to the start of a new school year and a year of A+ School Rewards. Starting October 3, 2014, through March 19, 2015, Lynn English High School will have the opportunity to earn cash through the Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards Program.
All you have to do is:
Log on to www.stopandshop.com/aplus to register online using your Stop & Shop Card or click below to fill out an application and have you child drop it off at the guidance office.