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Olivia Guerra Wins WEDF’s Gurel Award

The winner of the 2019 Dr. Lee Gurel Award is Olivia Guerra and her teacher, Catherine Doyle.

Ms. Guerra was picked by lottery from a pool of students who received the highest ranking score in Advanced Placement English. The cash award will assist Olivia with college related fees and expenses. 

Dr. Gurel endowed WEDF with funds to honor his Woodland Street Preparatory English teacher, Miss Wilmot.

Dr. Gurel is a Distinguished Alumnus of the Worcester Public Schools who enjoyed a long career as a research psychologist with the Veterans Administration. Dr. Gurel’s philosophy is that we all owe a debt to the teachers and institutions that equip us for fuller, more enriched lives. 

WEDF Welcomes New Directors

At a recent meeting of the WEDF Board of Directors, three new board members joined the organization:

Tony Economou – Realtor
Robert Layne – University of Massachusetts Medical School
Thomas V. Murray, Esquire – Murray and Murray, LLC

The board also re-elected the following officers:

Stephen Pitcher – President
Maria Gorsuch-Kennedy – 1st Vice President
Frances Arena – Treasurer
John Monfredo – Clerk
Louise Clarke – Vice President and Executive Director

A full list of WEDF board members is available here.

WEDF Supports South High Band and Chorus

On Friday June 1, 2018, the South High Community Band and Chorus participated in the Great East Music Festival at Webster Middle School. Two judges adjudicated their performances that resulted in scores of 100 and 92, respectively.

WEDF salutes the 135 student musicians and their directors, Johnetta Smith and Angela Poirier!

WEDF provided the transportation to the competition.

WEDF’s Gurel Award Recognizes Excellence in Teaching and Learning

A decade ago, Distinguished Alumnus Dr. Lee Gurel endowed an award to acknowledge the education he received in the Worcester Public Schools and to especially salute his eighth grade English teacher at Woodland Street Preparatory School, Miss Wilmot.

This year’s award of $500 each went to Anika Nyman and her Advanced Placement English teacher, Ann Reitzell, at Burncoat High School.

Anika achieved the highest ranking score in Advanced Placement English. Her award may be used for college related purposes as she prepares to enter the University of Southern California to pursue her studies in art and animation. Ms. Reitzell’s award is intended for professional development.

Suzanne Ford Memorial Scholarship

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the passing of Suzanne K. Ford, an English Language Arts teacher in the Worcester Public Schools.  In memory of Sue, her family and friends gathered together at Worcester Fitness to raise funds for the scholarship award.  

At that event this spring, the Ford family presented a $ 2,000 scholarship to Shannon Quinlan, a senior at Worcester Technical High School in the Veterinary Assisting program. Ms. Quinlan is an Approved Veterinary Assistant and will attend Eckerd College in Florida where she will major in Marine Biology.