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Diverse service experiences for Weston and Wayland students

Wayland Town Crier 3/14/18: Diverse service experiences for Weston and Wayland students. The Rotary Rising Youth Leadership Award winners for February, Robert Mosher of Weston and Rohini Ramesh of Wayland, impressed Rotarians with the variety and depth of their commitments to service.

Nominations sought for 2018 Annual High School Community Service Awards

2018 Annual High School Community Service Awards honor HS students who do 50 hours or more of Community Service.

You can nominate a friend, a student, your child, or yourself! This includes all WHS students, and Wayland residents who attend independent high schools.

Please join us at the HS Community Service Awards Ceremony Tuesday, May 8, 2018 7:00 pm Wayland High School Main Stage

Sponsored by Wayland High School and Wayland Youth and Family Services

Questions: Dossie Kahn, Wayland Youth & Family Services, 508-358-4293,

Flyer online here: 2018 community service award flyer

Wayland Woman Wins Middlesex District Attorney’s Award

Wayland Patch 12/29/17: Wayland Woman Wins Middlesex District Attorney’s Award. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced this week that Aliya Khalidi, of Wayland, hiring coordinator and director of training, was the recipient of the 2017 Middlesex District Attorney’s Award.

Wayland to send 25 musicians to Eastern District Senior Music Festival

Wayland sent 56 students to audition for our Eastern District Senior Music Festival this past weekend at Milton High School. Despite stiff competition in the district, 25 Wayland High School students were selected to and will be representing Wayland at the festival in January. Of those 25 members, 13 scored high enough in their sections to earn and All State recommendation (indicated by *). These students are now eligible to audition for MA All-State Music Festival.

WHS 2018 Senior District Festival Members:
Samantha Baron, orchestra
Andrew Briasco-Stewart, band
Clarissa Briasco-Stewart, orchestra
Daniel Cai, chorus
Rachel Chau*, orchestra
Kara Chuang, band
Jen Curran, chorus
Julia de los Reyes*, orchestra
Will Gardner, chorus
Sid Iyer*, chorus
McKenna Kelemanik*, band
Rebecca Patsenker*, chorus
Connor Rader, orchestra
Dylan Rader*, orchestra
Matias Salama, chorus
Megan Sin, orchestra
Elizabeth Strehle, chorus
Andy Wang*, chorus
Jesse Wang*, orchestra
Tristan Wolff*, orchestra
Jack Wuerfl, chorus
Kanming Xu*, orchestra
Sarah Zhang*, orchestra
Alex Zhong*, orchestra
Alex Zhu*, orchestra

National recognition for two Wayland High School singers

Photo 1: Siddhanth Iyer, left, Zachary Knapp, right. Photo by Veronique Latimer

They’re off to join “the best of the best” of nationwide student musicians: Wayland High School’s Zachary Knapp and Siddhanth Iyer will sing in the 2017 All-National Honor Choir alongside top young talent from all 50 states. Knapp, a senior who sings bass, and Iyer, a junior tenor, were chosen for the choir through a rigorous audition process of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). They will sing alongside outstanding young contemporaries on Nov. 28, 2017, at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.  Conducting the choir will be the distinguished director and composer Dr. Z. Randall Stroope.

Both Knapp, 17, and Iyer, 16, are music students of Wayland High School teacher Rachel Carroll.

Knapp, who said he was “thrilled” at his acceptance into the nationals, began singing only during his freshman year. “I’m amazed that I have come this far in just three years,” he said.  “I’m very grateful to Mrs. Carroll for helping me improve over the years.  I hope that this year I can continue my success and not only have a fantastic concert at Nationals, but continue to be accepted to Senior District and All State.”

Iyer observed, “To me, it’s tough to process the scale of the event.  All State seems massive itself, considering that it brings kids together from all over an entire state.  Personally, I don’t think I will truly realize the magnitude of the Nationals event until I go there, introduce myself to others, and potentially hear that they live 3000 miles away from me.  However, I find it incredible that despite the vast geographical distances between us, we can all come together and share a true passion for singing and music.  I’m extremely excited to experience the event, and I’m especially thankful to the Wayland Music Program as a whole for helping me in reaching such a prestigious level.”

Rachel Carroll, Wayland High School Choral Arts teacher, said, “Zach and Sid have worked hard for this achievement, and I’m so proud of their incredible musicianship.  They deserve their place among the best young musicians in the country.”

Director of Fine Arts for the Wayland Public Schools, Susan Memoli, noted: “Achieving membership in this prestigious national ensemble is the culmination of years of time and effort by these students, their music teachers and their parents.  This exceptional achievement is a point of pride for the Wayland Fine Arts Department.  To be selected as two of 281 vocalists nationally from a highly competitive pool is a great honor.”

“Zach and Sid’s rare and memorable achievement makes us all so proud.  That they will be representing WHS on a national stage is thrilling!” remarked Allyson Mizoguchi, Principal of Wayland High School.

In order to reach the national level, students first must audition, be accepted, and participate in their District’s Senior Festival.  The highest scoring students are invited to audition for their state’s All State Music Festival. The students from the state ensembles then compete to advance to the national level. There they will work for several days with their respective conductor before the Florida All-National concerts.

Only 13 Massachusetts students were accepted for the All-National Honor Choir.

The National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. With more than 60,000 members, the organization is the national voice of music education in the United States.

Submitted by Rachel Carroll


American Cancer Society honors Wayland resident

Wayland Town Crier 8/21/17: American Cancer Society honors Wayland resident. The American Cancer Society honored Cindy Lombardo, of Wayland, with the St. George National Award, one of the Society’s most prestigious volunteer honors. Lombardo was among a select group of 23 individuals from across the country who received the award for service to the community in support of the Society’s mission to save lives from cancer.

Wayland Girl Scout earns Gold Award

Wayland Town Crier 7/17/17: Wayland Girl Scout earns Gold Award. WAYLAND — Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts announced that Wayland Girl Scout Cindy Ge has earned the highest award in Girl Scouting — the Girl Scout Gold Award. She was honored with Gold Awardees from across the Commonwealth at a ceremony on June 9 at the Massachusetts Statehouse.