Brockton High School Awards

It has been a busy awards season for Brockton High School! There have been successes all around, especially for the BHS Drama Club, BHS Concert Choir, and BHS Concert Band.

Recently, the BHS Drama Club received multiple awards at the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild 2023 State Finals! The following students won All-Star Acting awards: Yanisa Andrade, Emilia Cabellon, Nick Colby, Steven Dias, Jaden Dubuisson, Noah Goguette, Ben Ikeagwuonwu, Amelia Millin, AJ Rivas, Melody Rivas, and Ollie Spadea. Students also won All-Star awards for Excellence in Set Design, Lighting Design, Costume Design, Makeup Design, and Student Directing! Making it to the state finals is an honor bestowed upon only fourteen schools in the Commonwealth, and it is well-deserved by all the Drama Club students.
Further recognition must be given to the BHS Concert Choir! They recently won a gold medal at the 2023 Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA). As gold medal winners, they were presented with the opportunity to perform at the MICCA Gold Medal Showcase this past Saturday, April 15th. This prestigious festival also awarded a bronze medal to the BHS Concert Band, which was no easy feat. Congratulations to all award winners, and know that your hard work and dedication is appreciated by all!

Drama Club story & image credit: BHS FB Post
Concert Choir and Concert Band story & image credit: BHS FB Post
Historical Tidbit:
Goldwaite Block, Blast from the Past

Due to societal advancement requiring the replacement of the old with the new, history can seem far removed from our everyday life. But what if you could put yourself in the shoes of a Brocktonian from over a century ago? Look no further than a few steps down the street from Brockton City Hall to the Goldthwaite Block, a historic commercial building on 99-103 Main Street in Brockton, Massachusetts. Built in 1892, it forms part of one of the city's best-preserved assemblages of 19th-century commercial architecture, alongside the Lyman Block and Howard Block.

The block was built in 1892 for Charles Goldthwaite, a local apothecary. The business had been established by Goldthwaite's uncle in 1861 as a dry goods business, which the uncle expanded after Charles completed pharmacy training in 1884. The business eventually became Brockton's first drug store. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. No matter how much our city has evolved and grown throughout its lifespan, Brocktons commitment to cherishing its roots remains true.
Information from : National Historic Archives
Image via Wikipedia 

This Historical Tidbit by Hassan Sharif, BuzzAround Writing Intern, New York University
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The Brockton Mosaic Storywalk Project and Beautiful Stuff
Saturday, April 22, 2p
Brockton Public Library

The Brockton Mosaic Storywalk Project and Beautiful Stuff will be unveiled Saturday April 22 at the Brockton Library, 2p. Brockton poets will be featured, including Brockton Poet Laureate Philip Hasouris, and Youth Poet Laureate Hannah Baptiste. Pauline Anderson, Mark Walsh, Avain Deane and Marcus Pierre have each selected a mosaic art piece that inspired them to write an original poem. The poems and mosaic art pieces will be on display outside of the library encased in the six pedestals that line the sidewalk along White Avenue.

The six poets also collaborated to create an original poem that Emily Bhargava will craft an original art piece inspired by the poem. A reception will take place in the Driscoll Art Gallery where the poets will present their poems and Emily will unveil her original art piece where it will be housed at the Library.

Artwork by Emily Bhargava, nationally known for her designs of large and small mosaics, stained glass and other glass works.
Town and Country
Sunday, April 23rd, 3p
Christ Congregational Church
1350 Pleasant St

Witness classical music's power to depict the boisterousness of the city and the romance of pastoral life in Town and Country, with Bernstein's On the Town and Brahms Symphony No. 2. This concert will also feature our 2022 Youth Competition winner, Caleb Graupera, performing the delightful cello showpiece, Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme and guest conductor David Feltner.

Tickets for students and children are free, and discounted senior tickets are available as well.

Tickets can be bought here:
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2nd annual Evening of Champions for
Marvelous Martin Hagler Scholarships
May 13, 2023
Climate Can-Do: Speaking Up for Nature

There will always be a struggle to balance society and nature; but we, as the society, have a say in how our environment is treated. We can speak up. We know keeping our environment healthy keeps us and our children healthy. It’s as simple as letting our local government know we care.

Local senators and representatives keep count of how many people contact them per issue. Because so many people spoke up about the algae blooms in Monponsett Pond (Halifax), it took a mere few years to clean it up. When we work together, we take important steps in caring for our earth. The more we do affects our quality of life. One way to get involved is the campaign to prevent radioactive waste from the decommissioned Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant from being dumped into Plymouth Bay. For more information, visit:

Doing our part isn’t only about limiting our environmental footprint– it’s about community, and caring for every living thing within it. Advocating for our environment is one of the most crucial things that can be done. Contact local government officials and join in campaigns like Save Our Bay. Helping the planet is just a few steps away.

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This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Sam Isom, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Bridgewater State University. We focus on actions which individuals can do in the face of our climate emergency. We can do!
Above: Brockton High's Amazing Choir practicing for their Spring Concert.
Massasoit Night at Campanelli Stadium

Thursday, May 4th
Doubleheader beginning at 4p
1 Feinberg Way
Come to Massasoit Night at Campanelli Stadium to cheer on Warrior Baseball as they face Region 21 rival Community College of Rhode Island in a doubleheader! Enjoy the game with fellow Warrior students, staff, faculty, alumni, fans, and the wider community. Admission is free, and fans will receive a ticket voucher for a free non-alcoholic beverage, hot dog, chips, and peanuts. Fans will also receive a promotional giveaway (while supplies last). Looking forward to seeing you there: Go Warriors!

Educators Showcase

Saturday, April 29th
Brockton Public Library, Lingos Auditorium

Come to the Brockton Public Library to celebrate Poetry Month! The spotlight will be on our educators and mentors, sharing their original poems at the Educators Showcase. Poets will be featured from BHS, BSU, the Boys and Girls Club, MCC, New Heights Charter School, Rose Music Conservatory, and Brockton Youth Poet Laureate, Hannah Baptiste. Let’s fill the room and recognize the contribution of our educators and mentors who care and sculpt our children’s future!

For more information, contact Philip Hasouris at or (508) 942-8018, or email Jonathan Stroud at
Geranium Sale

Requests by Friday, May 5th

The Brockton Garden Club is once again selling geraniums for their scholarship fund! They have red, pink, white, salmon, and a mystery color, sold for $5.50 each with delivery promised before Mother’s Day. If you would like to purchase flowers, please email Lisa at or call (339) 987-0132. Cash and checks made to BGC are accepted upon delivery. All proceeds go to scholarships for individuals seeking education in horticulture, forestry, ecology, environmental engineering, and other related fields of study. Thank you for your consideration!

For any questions, please contact Anne at or (774) 297-4939.
Fusion Dolls
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Inaugural Women United Leadership Breakfast

Wednesday, May 3rd
7:30 – 9:a
Thorny Lea Country Club

Join United Way to learn about and get involved with their impactful work feeding families, educating youth and adults, providing childcare, delivering elder home care and more throughout Greater Plymouth County. The event will feature Julie Beckham as keynote speaker, the opportunity to meet with caring & leading women in our community, and a delicious breakfast!

For more information and to register, click here.
Healthier You Ribbon Cutting

Friday, April 28th
11a – 1p
340 Pleasant St.

Healthier You Wellness Partners will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at their newest location with refreshments, tours, networking, photo opportunities, and more! The formal ceremony will begin at 12p. This is a complimentary event, but please register here.

For more information, email or call (508) 586-0500 ext. 231.
Brockton City Council
April 10, 2023 Meeting
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Gov. Maura Healey and Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll Brockton Visit on 3-2-23
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Champion High School Building Dedicated to
Robert C. Jones

On April 4th, the Champion High School building was dedicated to Mr. Robert C. Jones, a trailblazing educator and a proud BHS graduate from the Class of 1949.

Mr. Jones began his career in 1960 as a teacher at North Junior High School and was later the first Black educator to be appointed Superintendent of Schools. While his list of accomplishments is vast, perhaps his most tangible and lasting accomplishment was helping the city to qualify for state funds that were used to build the Arnone, Plouffe, Angelo and Baker Schools.
During the moving dedication ceremony, Mr. Jones and his loved ones shared inspiring stories from his time as a teacher and Superintendent of Schools. As any educator would tell you, having an impact on students' lives means more than any accolade. It would be difficult to quantify the impact Mr. Jones had not only on thousands of Brockton students, but also the many educators who followed in his footsteps. Champion High is grateful to have had the opportunity to honor Mr. Jones with this long-awaited dedication ceremony!

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Historical Tidbit Question:
In what year was the Goldthwaite Block built?

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 On April 19, 2023, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Tess Fiumefreddo, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Sam Isom, Janice O'Brien, Hassan Sharif, Jacquelyn Rose, & Greg Venezia.
Our Earth

“The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” ~ Lady Bird Johnson

“What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?”
~ Henry David Thoreau, Familiar Letters

“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.”
~ Khalil Gibran, Sand and Foam

“We rich nations, for that is what we are, have an obligation not only to the poor nations, but to all the grandchildren of the world, rich and poor. We have not inherited this earth from our parents to do with it what we will. We have borrowed it from our children and we must be careful to use it in their interests as well as our own.” ~ Moss Cass 
"You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." ~ Jane Goodall

Jane says it all, Folks. I pray for a Happy Earth Day, if the Earth is happy, we all can be, too. ~ Jacquie
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