Now accepting nominations for the 10th Class of Distinguished Alumni and Friends of the Worcester Public Schools
In 2011, the Worcester Educational Development Foundation, Inc. established the Distinguished Alumni of the Worcester Public Schools Achievement Awards. These awards honor and recognize alumni who have:
- Attended the Worcester Public Schools.
- Distinguished themselves by making exemplary contributions to their professional fields, the greater Worcester Community, the Worcester Public Schools, and/or the betterment of society as a whole.
- Distinguished themselves by achieving outstanding success in academics, the arts, business, community service, humanitarian efforts, research, and other fields.
- Served as a distinguished role model for Worcester Public Schools students.
Honorees will be recognized on the evening of November 10, 2020 at a banquet celebrating their achievements. The committee seeks a diverse representation of alumni who have been successful in their career or avocation.
Nomination Form: Call for Alumni Nominations 2020 (PDF)
On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, the Worcester Educational Development Foundation honored the following alumni of the Worcester Public Schools. The event was held at College of the Holy Cross.
A copy of the 2019 Awards program is available in the left column of this page to either view online, or download.
2019 Award Recipients
Matthew Aselton – Entertainment Director
Penelope Bitzas – Performing Artist/Educator
Megan Condron Smith – Investment Professional
Diane Benson Davis – Conservationist
David Greene – Educational Leader
Matt Mattus – Horticulturalist/Author
Lester McCorn – Educational and Spiritual Leader
John Morello (Posthumous) – Decorated War Hero
Donna Olsen Red Wing (Posthumous) – Social Pioneer
Jonathan Starr – Investment Professional/Philanthropist
Friends of the Worcester Public Schools
2018 Award Recipients
Rabbi Andrew Baker – Scholar and Spiritual Leader
David Brunelle – Business and Civic Leader
Cliff Goodwin – Musician
Edward G. Hyder (posthumously) – Entrepreneur
Steve Joseph – Business Leader
Peter J. Kazanovicz – Ocularist
Robert Moylan, Jr. – Innovative Leader
Jo-anne O’Malley Shepard, MD – Physician
Andrew Ory – Business Leader
Paul Proko – Business Leader
Rev. Richard Trainor – Spiritual Leader
Friends of the Worcester Public Schools
Susan and Cliff Rucker & The Worcester Railers
2017 Award Recipients
Jaki Byard – – Musician (posthumously)
Barbara Carroll – – Musician (posthumously)
Dennis Dimitri – – Physician
Kimberly Haddad – – Health Care Leader
Sheila Harrity – – Educational Leader
Mark Holden – – General Counsel
John Mirick – – Attorney
Gail Radcliffe – – Scientist
John Vo – – Artist
Geoffrey Zakarian – – Chef, Restaurateur
Corporate Friend of the Worcester Public Schools
John Anderson – North High School – Educator and Civic Leader
Erica Ayisi – Burncoat High School – International Journalist
Amy Lynn Chase – Worcester Vocational High School – Entrepreneur
Edward “Ted” Coghlin (posthumously) – Classical High School – Business & Education Leader
Robert Goddard (posthumously) – South High School – Rocket Scientist
James Leary – Burncoat High School – Government & Civic Leader
Gail Randall – North High School – Non-Profit Enthusiast
Daniel Sedgwick – Burncoat High School – Musician & Educator
Eric Sedgwick – Burncoat High School – Musician
Marcy Supovitz – Burncoat High School – Business Leader
Mary Aframe – Burncoat High School – Health & Wellness Advocate
Phil Bolduc – Doherty Memorial High School – Physician
Arthur Chase, Posthumously – Commerce High School – Entrepreneur & Statesman
Leslie Fish – Doherty Memorial High School – Health Care Executive
Laura Goldstein – Doherty Memorial High School – Poet & Professor
Stephen Mills – Burncoat High School – Educational Leader
Joe O’Brien – Doherty Memorial High School – Civic Leader
Tony Simollardes – South High School – Editor & Journalist
Ann-Marie Soulliere – North High School – Philanthropy & Non-Profit Management Executive
Donna Mason Williams – North High School – Environmental Advocate
Gerry Weston & WICN – Friend of the Worcester Public Schools
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care – Friend of the Worcester Public Schools
Mary Beth Leonard
Paul Gervais (Posthumously)
The Honorable Mel Greenberg
Dorothy Hargrove & Gordon Hargrove
Frances Perkins (Posthumously)
William Soutra, Jr.
Laddavanh ‘Anna’ Bouphavichith
Deborah D. Cary
Allan P. ‘Kool Kojak’ Grigg
Erin Moran McCormick
The Pagano Family
John Durkin, Ed.D.
Robert Harizi, M.D.
Thomas Hehir, Ed.D.
The Honorable Jordan Levy
The Honorable Paul Mullaney
The Hanover Insurance Group
Charles Birbara, M.D.
Joanne Feinberg Goldstein
Helena and Christos Liazos
Stephen Pezzella, M.D.
The Junior League of Worcester