Mystic Valley's sports teams will be busy over the spring break with plenty of games and practices. The baseball, softball and lacrosse teams will play according to the following schedule.
Baseball travels to Whittier.10AM start bus leaves HS 8:15AM.
Softball travels to Minuteman. 10AM start bus leaves HS 8:30AM.
Baseball travels to North Shore/Essex.10AM start bus leaves HS 8:15AM.
Boys LAX hosts Nashoba Tech at 11AM.
Softball hosts Greater Lawrence at 10AM.
Baseball travels to Northeast. 10AM start bus leaves HS 8:45AM.
Boys LAX travels to Nashoba Tech. 11AM start bus leaves HS 9AM.
Crew and lacrosse will have practices throughout the week.
Classes will be dismissed at 12:00 on Friday, April 18th. Normal pick up procedures will be followed. There will be no classes held during the week of April 21st for spring break. Classes will resume on Monday, April 28th.
Students of the Week Honored
Several students were recently honored as Student of the Week. The students were chosen because they each exhibited the virtue of Mercy. The students had their names announced to the entire school and were treated to breakfast with Mr. Finn. Students from the Kindergarten classes were also honored as Student of the Week. One child was chosen for each week to have breakfast with Mr. Finn. The high school honored several students as Students of the Month.
Back Row: Arwyn Rawe, Jeffrey Mei, Andrew DiFiore & Chrisler Gilet
Not in Photo Nicholas Thermenos
Kindergarten Students of the Week
High School Students of the Month
Mystic Valley Students Finish Fourth in Statewide Economics Competition
Mystic Valley’s team of seniors Joe Dailey, Jonathan Powers, Seamus Gallagher, and Brian Liang finished 4th out of 28 teams in the Adam Smith Division in the Massachusetts round of the National Economic Challenge. The event is open to students in an Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or other advanced/full year economic class in Massachusetts.
The Council for Economic Education (CEE) applies the excitement of an athletic competition to academic excellence and encourages students to apply their economics knowledge and work in teams. Competitions are held at the State/Wild Card, National Semi-Final, and National Final levels. In each competition, teams answer rigorous questions on microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics, and current events.
This was the first time that Mystic Valley entered the competition.
College Admissions Presentation for Junior Class Parents/Students
On Wednesday, April 30th, Mystic Valley's College Counselors will host a College Admissions presentation for the parents of our Junior Class at 6:30pm in the auditorium at our Emerson building. During the presentation, they will cover all topics relevant to college admissions: researching and visiting schools, standardized tests, application timelines, and resources available to our students. A speaker from the admissions office of Ithaca College will give us her insight on the process. Students are welcome to attend with their parents.
They will also introduce our web-based system for college applications, Naviance. This platform is used by thousands of high schools in the US, and Mystic Valley integrates it into our curriculum. Toward the end of the night they will leave time for a question and answer session. This night will focus mainly on college admissions; they will host another night for information about financial aid in October.
The annual Mystic Valley Junior and Senior Prom will be held on Friday, June 6th from 7:00-11:00 at the Mount Hood Country Club in Melrose. Tickets will be available for purchase in the main office at the high school.
Mystic Valley Junior, Mairin King Wins National Silver Medal
Mystic Valley junior and Melrose resident, Mairin King, has earned national recognition as a Silver Medalist in the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. These students have been identified by panels of creative professionals as the most talented young artists and writers in the nation. This year, almost 255,000 works of art and writing were submitted. Only the top 1% were recognized at the national level. These students have been invited to attend a national ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall on Friday, June 6. The National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall will also be webcast live at 6:00 pm ET.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has an impressive legacy dating back to 1923. Over the years, the Awards have grown to become the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the nation’s largest source of scholarships for creative young artists and writers. A noteworthy roster of past winners includes Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, John Updike, and many more.
Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual and literary-arts organizations across the country to bring The Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published. Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.
In the last five years alone, students submitted nearly 900,000 original works of art and writing. During that period, more than 60 top arts institutes and colleges have partnered with the Awards to make $40 million in scholarships and financial aid available to regional and national Scholastic Award winners.
Mystic Valley's softball team will play Shawsheen on Wednesday afternoon, April 16th at 4:00. The girls are hoping to pick up another win after beating Notre Dame on Saturday in their home opener.
April Vacation Program
Mystic Valley is offering a Recreational Program for Mystic Valley students in grades K-5 at our facility on Eastern Avenue. The program will run from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm for the April vacation week (Monday, April 21st to Friday, April 25th). The aim of the program is to offer Mystic Valley parents the opportunity to provide their children with quality athletic activities in a controlled and safe environment during the vacation week.
The program will feature: organized athletic activities including wiffle ball, scavenger hunts, various tag games, relay races, floor hockey both inside our athletic facility and, weather permitting, at the field (across from the facility); arts and crafts; swimming and swim lessons and a certified nurse, in case of emergency. Students must bring their own lunches, snacks, and drinks, towels and swim wear for the pool, athletic clothing and sneakers.
The price will be $200 for the week. There is an extended day option from 3:30 pm to 5:00pm. The extended day option is additional $30 per day. Mystic Valley’s Jane Brunelli will be the Program Director. In addition to Ms. Brunelli, there will be lifeguards, counselors and counselors in training available to help run the program, including older students at Mystic Valley.
If you are interested in enrolling, please complete this form and return it to Ms. Brunelli at email@example.com (781 388-0222 x 2006) by April 7th.
Report cards for the third quarter will be distributed to all Mystic Valley students on April 11th. Please review the report with your child and then sign and return the envelope the report came in to your child's homeroom teacher.
Mystic Valley Holds Grades 1-4 Science Fair
The Mystic Valley Regional Charter School recently held a Science Fair for students in grades 1-4. Students volunteered to enter the contest which asked the students to focus on issues in the household environment. This year featured more participants than in any year of recent memory. The winners were as follows:
Grades 1 and 2
1st Place- Ameya Panchal, Rakshit Rangaprasad, and George George- Global Warming
2nd Place- Hailey Tran- Suitable for Eating?
3rd Place- Ina Tolete- Oil Spill
Jared Perkins-Oh No! There is Oil in the Water
Charlotte Gordon and Sophia Bondikov- The Human Body
Pranamya Keshkamat- Natural Pest Control
Grades 3 and 4-
1st Place- Amora and Diora Velic- Is Road Salt Harmful or Not Harmful to the Environment?
2nd Place- Zach Giulaiana and Jake Haggerty- Greenhouse Effect
3rd Place- Mairead St. Clair
Samy Naitougourram- Reclaimed Water
Caroline Crowley, Jillian Patalano, Audrey Wherry- Air Pollution, What Comes Into Our Homes?
Mystic Valley Holds Grades 5 & 6 Science Fair
The Annual Mystic Valley 5th and 6th grade Science Fair was recently held in St. Joseph’s Parish Hall. The theme this year was Science and the Environment. The winners were as follows:
1st Place- John Sullivan- Air Pollution in Malden
2nd Place- Stacey Fabo and Hai Dinh Phan- Oxygen Levels: Hot Polluted vs. Cold Polluted Water
3rd Place- Devin Auino, Joshua Senat and Andrew Regan- Tornadoes
Adam Carroll- Survival of the Greenest
Daniella Weldon- Bacteria
Rachel Silva, Bridgette Schaad, and Isabelle Aengenheyster- Composting Climates
The Mystic Valley Charter School also recently held its annual Kindergarten Science Fair. This year’s winner was Noah Cherian for his project “Water Cycle”.
Crimson Summer Training & Technique Program
Crimson Aquatics is offering the Crimson-Summer Training and Technique program at the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School (576 Eastern Ave, Malden) from April 1 to July 24. This program is intended to offer all levels of competitive swimmers the opportunity to swim over the summer. There will be two groups available to chose from, Crimson and Summer.
• The Crimson Training program-will be for swimmers looking for a higher commitment level over the summer. This group will have 4 workouts/week and will get the full attention of a lead coach.This group will receive world-class technique and training workouts. Practices will be held from 5:00pm to 6:30pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and from 6:15pm to 7:45pm on Tuesday. This group will cost $800 for the first swimmer, $700 for the second sibling and $600 for the third sibling. Registration instructions can be found below.
• The Summer Technique program-will be for swimmers that are looking to work on a little technique and keep a feel for the water over the summer. This group will swim 1-2 workouts/week and will get attention primarily from the assistant coach. This group is great for the high school swimmer that just wants to work on technique over the off-season. Practices will be held from 5:00pm to 6:30pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and from 6:15pm to 7:45pm on Tuesday. The Summer group will cost $350 for the first swimmer and $320 for each additional swimmer. Registration instructions can be found below.
• High School Team Discount: If 5 or more swimmers from the same high school team join the Crimson group they will qualify for a group discount price of $650/swimmer. If 5 or more swimmers from the same high school team join the Summer group they will qualify for a group discount of $300/ swimmer.
About Crimson Aquatics
Crimson Aquatics is a local competitive swimming program that has earned national recognition as one of the top 20 competitive teams in the country. Currently Crimson has one Olympian and one National Junior Team member swimming out of the Harvard location. Crimson Aquatics has dominated New England Swimming over the past 4 years winning the championship meet by over 1,000 points while providing all swimmers with a world-class experience. To learn more go to www.crimsonaquatics.com today.
The Crimson Mission
To provide a program that develops the best training environment available to competitive swimmers in the New England area and nationally. To teach, train and motivate young athletes to achieve their potential in competitive swimming in the belief that this experience will provide "life skills" that will prove to be invaluable assets throughout their swimming career and adult life.
At each level of the program, swimmers are instructed to strive for excellence. Excellence in this sense represents the achievement of a level at which the individual knows he/she has done the utmost to become the best he/she is capable of becoming. This philosophy is consistent throughout the program.
The Crimson Aquatics program will be aimed at long term success with the objective of producing a long term "family" of progressing swimmer/athletes; receiving the benefits of lifelong health, social growth, and successful academic and athletic performance.
Crimson Aquatics will provide multi-level programs, geared to the individual needs of our swimmers. We will emphasize mental preparation, fundamental skills, physical conditioning, productive work habits, character growth, healthy competition, and most of all enjoyment.
1. Enter www.crimsonaquatics.com into your web browser.
2. To the right of the center picture on the home screen is a button labeled “Registration”, click on this.
3. Select “Register Now” and then “I am a new user”.
4. Fill in the information fields and you will be done in minutes. To make the registration faster have your insurance company and phone number ready.
5. Select the program in which you wish to participate Crimson Training or Summer Technique and follow the instructions. **NOTE you may register multiple children under the same account. You will use your login to do this.
6. The website will send you an email to the address you listed with login instructions for future visits to the website. **NOTE to register multiple children return to step 3 and select “I am logged in and will use this account”.
7. Make your checks payable to Crimson Aquatics or Mystic Valley Swim Club and mail to Crimson Aquatics, 77 Benjamin Rd., Belmont, MA 02478.
Congratulations you are all set to begin your summer swimming program.
Mystic Valley Students Compete in History Day
National History Day is a contest in which students choose a historical topic related to the annual theme, and then conduct primary and secondary research. This year’s theme was rights and responsibilities in history. Students looked through libraries and archives, conducted oral history interviews, and visited historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting sources, they drew a conclusion about the significance of their topic. They were able to present their work in one of five ways: as a paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary, or a web site.
Mystic Valley tenth graders participated this year submitting five projects, 4 group and one individual, two documentaries, two exhibits, and one group performance.
Colleen McGlynn received honorable mention from her exhibit on the Ghost Army: Deceive to Defeat.
Kim Huynh, Nicole Tran, Louise Wilensky, Helen Chan, and Sarah Di received second place for their performance, The 9th Commandment: Rights and Responsibilities of the Salem Witch Trials. The girls will move on to the state competition April 5th at Stoneham High School.
Also submitting noteworthy projects were: Documentary: Go For broke: The Rights and Responsibilities of the 442nd by Omar Alkedeh, Jessica Soper, Jessica Lieu; Exhibit: Drink Til’ You Drop: Women’s War over Liquor by Bailey Chiccuarelli, Haley Pezzarossi Taylor Sa, Aya Zeabi, and Emily Verrill and Documentary: Kent State Shootings: A Tragic Clash of Rights and Responsibilities by Jordan Ferrari, Andrew Schofield, Makayla Selden, Emmaline Willis, and Trevor Witham.
THREEPEAT! Mystic Valley 5th & 6th Grade Girls Win Tournament Championship
The Mystic Valley 5th & 6th grade girls’ basketball team won the North Shore Travel League Tournament for the third straight year winning the championship game Saturday night against Newburyport 30-18. Newburyport was held to only 10 points from the floor by the stifling Eagles defense which controlled the game from start to finish.
Mystic Valley was led on offense by the strong play of Lauren Carlino (10), and Kate Story (5) who scored half of the Eagles’ points while controlling the ball from the guard position. Camryn Ryan had a strong game scoring her 3rd 3 pointer of the playoffs. Mystic Valley had 10 girls in the scoring column: Ashley O’Rourke and Saige Brutus 2, Isabel Ospina , Emily Zibell and Deirdre Flanagan each scored 1 point. Daniella Weldon played her strongest game of the season scoring 3 points and hustling and diving for every loose ball. Saige Brutus, Jaden Granderson and Mary Eileen d’Entremont played lock down defense on the Newburyport point guard. The pressure that put on her caused her to foul out of the game early in the second half. After the game, Eagles coach, Jane Brunelli, had much to say about her players: “Natalie Lorusso, played solid minutes at guard giving Lauren Carlino a nice breather. Madison Sullivan continued to play well with the ball in her hands. Madison has a great sense of the game and can read the court well. Heather DiGiovanni was again relentless on the boards at both ends of the court and always looking for the open teammate. Daniela D’Alleva, plays at top speed all game long, she hustles and finds the open girl on defense every time. She also scored the last basket of the season with a running jump shot.”
The girls added to the Eagles’ unbeaten playoff runs in their last two championships seasons by going 3-0 making it 10 wins no loses in the playoffs. The girls are undefeated in 2014 having gone on a tear winning 16 in a row to close out the year. Their last loss was on December 22, 2013. They averaged 33 points per game while only allowing 17 points per game.
The team was helped along to victory Saturday by a big crowd of Mystic Valley supporters. The support led Coach Brunelli to state after the game: “Thanks to all those that came out (especially Mrs. Mullen for her support throughout the season) for cheering us on Saturday. Bryanna Cimeti and Bailey Chiccuarelli have been a cornerstone of the 5&6th grade girls team for the past 3 seasons. They handle our scorebook and run the clock. They travel to our away games and I appreciate their dedication to the team. A special thanks to all the parents for allowing me to be a small part of their daughters’ time at Mystic Valley. We also had a strong student section and our former champions made posters and came to cheer the team on. I would like to thank my assistant coach, Mike Bessler, for helping me this season. Jess Phinney was a big help as well during tryouts and many nights staying after her practice to help us with practice. Varsity coach Jason Cantwell was also a constant positive presence throughout the season. The family atmosphere at Mystic Valley is constantly present but to feel it during a 5&6th grade basketball game is truly a wonderful experience”.
Key Club Elects New Officers
The Mystic Valley Key Club held its executive board election for the 2014-2015 school year on February 21, 2014. The incoming board members are:
• Club Editor: Bailey Saponaro
• Club Treasurer: Kenny Antonucci
• Club Secretary: Sean Flanagan
• Vice-President: Becky Fisk
• President: Brittany Lin
Additionally the Lieutenant Governor for the 2014-2015 school year for New England Division 14-15 will hail from Mystic Valley once again. Visnavy Vickneswaran will assume her role in that position when the club attends the New England District Educational Conference in April.
Our retiring executive board includes Emily Williams (Editor), Justin Nguyen (Treasurer), Brittany Lin (Secretary), Raphael Stigliano (Vice-President), and Ben Lieu (President). Our outgoing district board members include Tania Fabo (Div. 14-15 Lt. Governor), Sophia Smail (New England District Projects Chair), and Emily Mui (New England District Bulletin Editor).
Mystic Valley Students Win Globe Art Awards
Several Mystic Valley students recently won awards in the Boston Globe's annual Art contest. There is an exhibit for the gold key winners at Boston City Hall, March 7-28 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The award winners were: Gold Key Mairin King, Silver Key Isabell Waller & Helen Chan, Honorable Mention: Ryan Kinnon, Lakeisha Denis, Elizabeth Callahan, Bridget Tully & Emily Verrill.
Pictured is Gold Key winner Mairin King with her painting titled "Inside Out Body Image".
Mystic Valley Second Quarter Honor Roll
The Mystic Valley Regional Charter School recently announced the names of students named to the Honor Roll and High Honor Roll for the second quarter. To be on the Honor Roll a student needs to finish the quarter with no grade lower than a B- , to be on the High Honor Roll a student needs to finish the quarter with no grade lower than an A-.
7th Grade- High Honors
Jimmy Arneil, Christina Bibilos, Samanthy Chan, Michela Correale, Jonah Crain, Joshua Cram, Michael DiFiore, Cole Feely, Stephen Flanagan, Tyler Gilson, Eric He, Shermarie Hyppolite, Romish Khatri, Arya Kurian, Alex Maher, Matthew Mail, Talia Mamayek, Seamus McAvoy, Savanna Moy, Amy Ngan, Steve Nguyen, Ethan Nguyen, Colby Orton, Faith Pan, Megan Ribaudo, Dominic Sacramone, Annika Schaad, Joshua Silva, Lily Spero, Allan St. Clair, Tyler Story, Thuy-Tam Vo, Kristopher Vu, Jake Williams, Zachary Zhao, Joanna Zhou
7th Grade- Honors
Veisha Bordenave, Anjilique Brady, John Carlino, Kevin Chen, Kedisha Clerger, Brittany Cockell, Kelsey Cook, Mya Cook, Lucas Dascoli, Maria DeSimone, Grace Dias, Miriam Dorcelus, Lauren Fennelly, Tara Foley, Kayla Fraser, Chiara Kinnon, Tiara Kirkman, Aaron Li, Loren Madureira, Ricky Madureira, Joseph Mullen, Brianna Nogueira, Ameera Omar, Eberechi Onye-Franklin, Nzube Opara, Gianluca Panza, Julie Pereira, Raymond Pho, Lily Rhuda, Anthony Russo-Penta, Muneeb Sheikh, Ben Soto, Luwam Tewelde, Baron Tran, Arune Vickneswaran, MacKenzie Wentzell, Rachel Wronski
8th Grade High Honors
Omar Alani, Phyllis Brady, Tommy Callanan, Courtney Cheng, Hannah DiGiovanni, Taylor Gibson, Jason He, Ethan Lam, Menel Lamadzema, Ben Li, Lauren Maher, Samantha McGlynn, Karen Mortimer, Tina Nguyen, Julian Ospina, Jolie Powell, Harun Sinanovic, Hannah Stewart, Ashley Sullivan, Andrew Tran (20)
8th Grade Honors
Kamari Adamson, Youssef Asrih, Anthony Campana, Barry Chen, Connie Cheung, Tama Coelin, Robert Cunningham, Nico D’Alleva, Michael Daly, Emily DaPonta, Sarah Elkouram, Raniyah Fanchaouy, Maggie Finn, Philippe Guerrier, Andrew Howard, Ashley Hynes, Marvin Josaphat, Meredith Lane, Jacob Leary, Ian Libby, Jeffrey Mei, Alex Morisset, Molli Motroni, Vivian Nguyen, Lindsay Notarangeli, Sydnie Pezzarossi, Cristiana Rong, Frederick Russell, Emma Sacco, Lindsay Storace, Jordan Towle-Jackson, Rebecca Webb
9th Grade High Honors
Elana Bibilos, Kevin Chau, Haley David, Veronica Drahos, Gaelle Gourdet, Emily Nguyen and Nancy Nguyen.
9th Grade Honors
Isabella Addison, Vikram Alagappan, Nadeline Alexandre, Bianca Augeri, Kiara Awunti, Jocelyn Brissette, Michael Carlino, Demetris Christodoulides, Joshua Chu, Alex Ciampa, Talia Cutulle,, Sarah DeSantis, Dante Goss, Andrew Hogan, Matthew Hogan, Claire Inzerillo, Kassandra Julce,Ryehan Kaba, Ryan Kinnon, Joseph LoRusso, Janai Matthews, Amanda MacKensie, Sydney Mercurio, Teya Nigro, Ozem Onye-Franklin, Jesse Orton, Julia Passanisi, Kristopher Porzio, Christopher Poulos, Julia Powers, Ashley Sacco, Gabriella Ssewankambo, Julia Thistle, Lorenzo Miguel Tolete, and Kelsey Vu.
10th Grade High Honors
Elizabeth Callahan, Carmen Chen, Bailey Chiccuarelli, Sarah Di, Sean Flanagan, Kimberly Huynh, Victoria Mail, Amy Nguyen, Haley Pezzarossi, Louis Piper Carson, Jessica Soper, Visnavy Vickneswaran, Emmaline Willis and Aya Zeabi.
10th Grade Honors
Gabriella Bucci, Sara Calautti, Rita Cook, Patrick Daly, Eliana Destin, Emmaline Dillon, Fabiola Falaise, Jordan Ferrari, Kerri Foley, Meghan Foley, Mary Gallagher, Sydney Guerrier, Karina Hanson, Ashley Jean-Pierre, Christian Kinnon, Asha Kurian, Jessica Lieu, Brandon Loesch, Monica Lombardi, Colleen McGlynn, Aliza Merchant, Sergio Morales-Villalobos, Ngosu Ndiwane, Scott Nguyen, Matthew O'Connor, Timothy O’Donnell, Gaetano Panza, Taylor Sa, Bailey Saponaro, Makayla Selden,James Sickler III, Cameron Sullivan, Vincent Tham, Nicole Tran, Louise Wilensky and Caroline Williams
11th Grade High Honors
Erika Furtado, Brian Lai, Brittany Lin, Patrick McPherson, Chloe Statho, Sarah Terrazano and Hildy Wen.
11th Grade Honors
Tarek Alkedeh, Ava Asai-Sarris, Trevor Bonaccorsi, Matthew Brown, Robert Cummings, Fayrouz Farhane, Timothy Flaherty, Rachel Hynes, Emily Kelly, Mairin King, Christopher Le, Tony Le, Visakha Le-Nguyen, Thomas Lin, Vanessa LoChirco, Emily Luu, Cameron McKenna, Nina Mirzakashani, Maroune Missbabah el Idrissi, Karla Morales, Adam Moran, Paulina Petras, Jessica Phinney, Samantha Rizzo, Shannon Roseen, Erica Sacramone, Camila Silva, Rico St. Paul, Chelsea Sutherland, Melinda Taylor, Jordan Tirrell and Wolfgang Wentzell.
12th Grade High Honors
Nicolette Cerundolo, Jenna Dion, Megan Grossi, Alexis Martino, Hannah McCurdy, Emily Mui, Congtin Nguyen and Elise Sheehan.
12th Grade Honors
Brittany Afonso, Saja Alani, Natalie Arbouet, Dylan Barrett, Anthony Bockley, Sydney Carlino, Alexandria Cimetti, Kelsey Cossette, Joseph Dailey, Tania Fabo, Jonessa Guarino, Michael Hooley, Connie Lam, Jessica Lee, Virginia Ng, Jack Nguyen, Karina Porzio, Breann Powell, Allison Proto, Justin Rizzo, Selma Sinanovic, Sophia Smail, Raphael Stigliano, Joseph Swain, Amanda Valenti, Ashley Valme and Isabel Waller.
Learn to Swim Taking Applications
Applications for Mystic Valley's Learn to Swim program are now available. The program is open to students in Kindergarten, first, second and third grades. The program runs primarily on Saturday mornings from May 3rd to June 21st at the pool on Eastern Avenue. Those interested should complete this application and return it to Ms. Nicole Rubin, Director of Student Youth Services. at PO Box 545, Malden Ma 02148
Christian Kinnon State Champion Swimmer
In winning the 100-yard breaststroke at the MIAA Division 2 Championship Meet, sophomore and Malden native Christian Kinnon made history. Not only did he shatter his own team record and blaze past the rest of the field, but, by swimming a time of 58.86, he also became the first Mystic Valley Regional Charter School athlete to be named state champion in any sport! Kinnon finished nearly two seconds ahead of the second place swimmer which is a lot of time in competitive swimming. To add some perspective on how impressive his time was consider that swimmers 2 through 6 all finished within 1.5 seconds of each other.
Kinnon also earned second place in a hotly contested 50-yard freestyle race, finishing with a time of 21.98. By finishing first and second, respectively, in his two individual events, Kinnon scored a total of 37 points individually the second highest individual score in the meet.
Christian’s teammates fed off his energy, particularly in the meet’s relay events. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the Eagles’ team of brothers Nick and Kenny Antonucci, Kinnon, and Robbie Cummings eclipsed their own team record and finished in third place (1:30.50). Mystic Valley’s 200-yard medley relay team (brothers Christian Kinnon and Ryan Kinnon, Michael Leung, and Robbie Cummings) dropped more than two seconds off of their best time to finish in sixth place with a time of 1:42.25. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Cummings, senior captain Ben Lieu, Damir Durakovic, and Nick Antonucci swam a seasonal-best time of 3:30.68, finishing in twelfth place.
A number of other Mystic Valley swimmers also competed successfully in individual events. Junior Nick Antonucci swam in two events, the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke. He broke his personal-best time in the 200 freestyle and, with a time of 1:03.37, earned eleventh place in the breaststroke.
The 100-yard breaststroke event featured two other Mystic Valley swimmers, for a total of four in the race. No other school in the state, by comparison, entered more than three athletes in the meet’s final individual event. Sophomore Kenny Antonucci (1:05.60) and freshman Ryan Kinnon (1:07.10) both swam personal best times.
Junior Robbie Cummings (50-yard freestyle) and freshman Michael Leung (100-yard butterfly) both competed in individual events and were key members of their relay teams.
The Eagles already are optimistic for the future, as seven of the eight state qualifiers will return for the 2014-2015 campaign.
Girls Set Records
The young Mystic Valley Regional Charter School girls’ swim team also competed in the MIAA D2 Championship Meet on Saturday evening, establishing new team records and continuing to build on a solid foundation for the future.
The Eagles began the meet by setting a new Mystic Valley team record in the 200-yard medley relay, finishing with a time of 2:01.57. Sophomore Caroline Williams, junior Ava Asai-Sarris, sophomore Jessica Lieu, and senior Emily Williams earned 14th place in the event, scoring points in the state championship meet for the first time since 2012.
The two Williams sisters joined eighth grader Maggie Finn and sophomore Elizabeth Callahan to compete in the 200-yard freestyle relay, finishing in 26th place.
Individually, the Eagles also shined. Asai-Sarris improved on her results from 2013’s state championship meet by swimming a 1:13.35 in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing in 13th place. Caroline Williams competed in the 100-yard backstroke, as well.
All but one of the state qualifying swimmers will return for the 2014-2015 season and, with an average age of approximately 15, the Eagles’ prospects are strong.
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41 Mystic Valley Students Win Adams Scholarship
41 of the 79 members of the Mystic Valley Class of 2014 were recently notified that they won the prestigious John and Abigail Adams Scholarship given by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The scholarship which is given to students based on their MCAS scores, entitles the recipient to four years of tuition free study at any state college or university.
Mystic Valley Assistant Director for grades 9-12, Alex Dan, was very happy to receive the news and said: “Congratulations to the scholarship recipients and their families. Mystic Valley is proud that over half of its eligible seniors have qualified for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship this year.”
The scholarship winning students are: Maaya Alagappan, Saja Alani, Therence Bien-Aime, Katherine Brown, Soraya Caballero, Sydney Carlino, David Chiccuarelli, Alexandria Cimetti, Joseph Dailey, Tania Fabo, Domenik Fabrizio, Ryan Foley, Rodney Fontile, Megan Grossi, Samantha Halloran, Shirley He, Connor Higgins, Michael Hooley, Hui Yan Kuang, Connie Lam, Jessica Lee, Brian Liang, Benjamin Lieu, Youssef Masoud, Emily Mui, Virginia Ng, Congtin Nguyen, Marina Novaes, Feliciana Panza, Breann Powell, Jonathan Powers, Justin Rizzo, Nicholas Saponaro, Selma Sinanovic, Sophia Smail, Raphael Stigliano, Joseph Swain, Mohammed Taaha, Isabel Waller and Emily Williams.