As twin centers of attention at last Thursday’s Class Night exercises, Eileen Warnat and Gary Good made certain their remarks were succinct and on topic.
On a night that soon-to-be graduates celebrated with classmates and faculty, these Foxboro High School fixtures — Warnat as guidance department secretary and Good as a longtime custodian — found themselves showered with affection by several hundred appreciative fans.
Introduced by class president Paul Relyea and vice president Jakob Waryas, Good and Warnat were centers of attention for members of the FHS Class of 2019, who dedicated the annual program in their honor.
“I am a little partial to the students in the music program,” Good quipped. “They’ve treated me with a lot of kindness and respect.”
Other faculty members recognized included guidance counselor Andrew Servideo, who senior Sophia DiCenso described as “one adult in the school had my back and was always there for me;” foreign language teacher Debra Grant, called as an “unwavering optimist” by senior Meghan Curran; music director Cami Tedoldi, who senior Ben Dorman said had profoundly affected his life; and student council advisor Holly Geffers, lauded by her early-morning enthusiasm by senior Aidan Davin.
Also recognized with a heartfelt testimonial by senior James Duffy was social studies teacher Todd Kaeser
“This world needs more people like you, Mr. Kaeser,” Duffy concluded. “But the fact that there is only one of you makes you that much more special to us all.”
In keeping with tradition, student speeches were delivered by salutatorian Mary Mitchell, student council president Matthew Sharkey and National Honor Society president Julia Carangelo.
An emotional highlight of the evening came when assistant principal Beth Sylvia introduced graduating senior Paulette Palomares Navarro, recipient of the M.S.A.A. Student Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the school.
Born in Mexico, Palomares initially immigrated to Texas with her family and later relocated to Foxboro.
“She has been a phenomenally positive addition in every respect,” Sylvia pointed out. “Her teachers comment on her remarkable confidence and poise, but most of all they speak of Paulette as a kindhearted person, a person that thinks way beyond herself.”
Although accepted to a range of colleges, Sylvia said Palomares will be taking a gap year to pursue her passion for music.
“Paulette is one of our ambassadors,” Sylvia added. “She embodies all that is good, truly a person for others.”
Senior medallions for academic excellence were presented by department heads. Among those honored were:
Elise Parillo, business; Patrick Piscitelli, advanced placement literature; Lawrence Piazza, family & consumer studies; Brian Gardner, mathematics; Connor Hoyt, music; Nikki Abromson, science; Paul Relyea, social studies; Cameron Morton, technical education; wellness, Adam Lanctot and Brianna Johnson;Ryan Watson, PAVE; and Mary Mitchell, art and world languages;
Mitchell also was recognized for earning a silver medal on the National Spanish Exam, while Julia Muise, Annie Murphy, Meghan Curran and Shaelyn McCarthy were all honored for proficiency in French.
Athletic awards were presented by athletic director Rich Cormier to Lexi Quinn and Will Regan, who received scholar/athlete awards; Chelsea Gibbons and Matthew Sharkey, who received the Joseph Heinricher Blue & Gold Award; Meghan Curran, who received the Al Stewart School Spirit Award; and Sophia DiCenso and Brendan Tully, who were named Warriors of the Year as the top athletes of 2019.
Also recognized were the top 10 students in the Class of 2019 — Nikki Abromson, Alexis Callen, Connor Hoyt, Kendall Milender, Mary Mitchell, Lindsey Nelson, Alexandra Quinn, William Regan, Jenna Stamatov and Jakob Waryas — while Lindsey Young received the Unsung Hero Award given by the United Regional Chamber of Commerce.