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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Franklin's Ndoumbe Ndoye Awarded Commonwealth Heroine Award

Franklin Resident Ndoumbe Ndoye Honored as a Commonwealth Heroine by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women 


Senator Rausch nominated Ndoumbe Ndoye for her local activism and contributions to the Franklin Community 

 

Today (6/23/21) , Ndoumbe Ndoye of Franklin, Massachusetts was named a Commonwealth Heroine by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. In a virtual ceremony, Ndoye was celebrated along with over 120 fellow heroines of Massachusetts for her exemplary service to her community.  Senator Becca Rausch nominated Ndoye for her local activism and commitment to advancing racial equity and justice within the town of Franklin and beyond.  


Ndoye, a recent graduate of Franklin High School, is a young leader, role model, activist, and organizer dedicated to combatting social injustice. Ndoye has served in numerous leadership roles, including as president of the FHS Diversity Awareness Club, a local campaign organizer, and a mentor for children of color. Ndoye actively strives to create a better environment for marginalized groups in predominantly white spaces. She is well known for her Kneel for Nine speech on the Franklin Town Common in June 2020 after the death of George Floyd, where she shared her personal experiences with racism. Ndoye plans to study political science and government on a pre-law track as she heads off to college this year. 


The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women gives the Commonwealth Heroine award annually to "women who don't always make the news but truly make a difference." This year, in lieu of an in-person ceremony at the State House, the Commission streamed the ceremony virtually over Facebook live to celebrate women across the Commonwealth for their contributions to their communities.  


"Ndoumbe is a powerful force for good in our community, and I am deeply grateful for her dedication to advancing equity and justice," said Senator Becca Rausch. "As a recent high school graduate, Ndoumbe is a trusted voice and role model for not only her peers and classmates but also to local elected officials and community leaders. Ndoumbe's future is incredibly bright, and I'm thrilled to see the multitude of ways she continues to leave her impact on the town of Franklin and this Commonwealth." 


The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women is a state-established body created in 1998 charged with reviewing the status of women in Massachusetts and offering recommendations regarding policy that would improve access to opportunities and equality.  


Franklin Senior Ndoumbe Ndoye is a determined and passionate youth activist. Photo used with permission from Ndoumbe Ndoye (Pantherbook image from Jason Beckett )
Franklin Senior Ndoumbe Ndoye is a determined and passionate youth activist. Photo used with permission from Ndoumbe Ndoye (Pantherbook image from Jason Beckett )


Thursday, June 3, 2021

Pantherbook: Student Spotlight -> Carolyn Hagy and Elaine Pu

"Congratulations to Carolyn Hagy and Elaine Pu for being named Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Class of 2021
Pantherbook reached out to both girls to hear their thoughts on this amazing accomplishment and learn more about how they achieved this!"

Carolyn Hagy’s Senior Photo(left) & Elaine Pu traveling to Niagara Falls(Right)
Carolyn Hagy’s Senior Photo(left) & Elaine Pu traveling to Niagara Falls(Right)


Sunday, May 23, 2021

Pantherbook Student Profiles: Sydney Hawkins, Emma Myers

 

"Sydney Hawkins can be described in one word: dedicated. 

Sydney is a senior at FHS and has recently committed to MIT. She will be studying biological engineering and playing lacrosse. 

Pantherbook reached out to Sydney to learn more about this impressive commitment. "

Continue reading about Sydney


"When Emma Myers was 7, she told her mom she wanted to be an artist. Ten years later, she’s stuck to that, having recently committed to Lesley University to major in Fine Arts and minor in Art Therapy.

Emma is excited to explore the career opportunities an art degree will offer her. “I want to be an art teacher, I want to be an art therapist, I want to be a tattoo artist on the side…” she says. “And of course I want to freelance so I can continue creating my art.”

Emma works in most art forms excluding clay, but her favorite mediums are charcoal or pen and ink drawings. "
Continue reading about Emma


Friday, April 30, 2021

Pantherbook: "Franklin Panthers Won't Be Stopped: Cheer Wins Hockomock League Championship" (video)

"Franklin Panthers Won't Be Stopped: Cheer Wins Hockomock League Championship"
"Cheerleading competitions: massive gatherings of teams from all over, with crowds of parents and supporters packed into stands to watch the cheerleader’s routines. Of course, because of coronavirus restrictions, cheer competitions looked a lot different this year.

Although the cheer team typically competes in the Fall and Winter seasons, the MIAA changed the timeframe to be Fall II and Spring. In a regular season, the FHS team would compete in several invitational competitions before heading to Hockomocks (then, if all goes well, Regionals and States). This season, there was only one competition: Hockomocks.

After being denied a chance to compete for the Division I state championship when COVID struck last March, many members of the team were crushed, but they were eager to get back on the mat and prove themselves."
Continue reading the article online:
 
 
Video link => https://youtu.be/5cSfDYNbKWU

Members of the FHS Varsity Cheerleading team strike a pose during their performance for the 2021 Fall II Hockomock League Championship (photo - Eric Bichao)
Members of the FHS Varsity Cheerleading team strike a pose during their performance for the 2021 Fall II Hockomock League Championship (photo - Eric Bichao)



Monday, April 19, 2021

Pantherbook: Nation Honor Society holds food drive

"From April 5th to May 1st, the National Honors Society advisors and members have organized a food drive to support the Franklin Food Pantry.

Students can support the drive by leaving donations in buckets available at the Town Hall, FHS Lobby, or police station.

If you would rather donations be picked up at your house, fill out this google form  to arrange for a volunteer to pick up supplies from your house."

Continue reading the article online 

Google Form to schedule pickup

Pantherbook: Nation Honor Society holds food drive
Pantherbook: Nation Honor Society holds food drive

Friday, April 16, 2021

Pantherbook: Profile - Olivia Quinn, Franklin Nutrition, and Spring softball

A round up of three articles from Pantherbook:

" Student Spotlight: Olivia Quinn"

"Introducing…Olivia Quinn!

Olivia is a junior at Franklin High School in Franklin MA, and is the Hockomock League (Kelly Rex division) MVP! She’s also been named a Boston Herald AND Boston Globe All Scholastic! Congratulations Olivia!"

"Restaurant Review: Franklin Nutrition is the Latest Up-and-Coming Café "

"Have you heard about Franklin’s newest café destination? Look no further than Franklin Nutrition.

Franklin Nutrition is run by a family business with Josh Zicherman, Yianna Zicherman, Josh and Yianna’s daughter, Tatyianna Zicherman, and Tatyianna’s husband, Frank Ansah."

 
"Spring Softball Season – A Return to Normal"

"Girls softball tryouts for Franklin High School are right around the corner! With the pandemic still in place, there will be some modifications made to assure a successful and healthy season.

As of right now, softball is considered a moderate risk sport. Players are expected to wear face masks and social distance as much as possible."


Monday, April 12, 2021

Pantherbook: Student profiles - Ndoye, Rudolph

 

"In 2018, Ndoumbe Ndoye and several other students created the Diversity Awareness Club to address the negative experiences they had as students of color in Franklin.

Since then, the club has become a prominent one at FHS, meeting on Tuesdays from 3-4 and welcoming all students to become educated on racial issues in the community.

When asked why she felt the need to start the club, Ndoumbe explained, “I experienced many microaggressions and implicit biases growing up, to the point I was never comfortable in my skin and had such low esteem. When the club had started, I could not bare seeing others feel that way about themselves like I did.”

Continue reading the article online

"Kate Rudolph, a junior gymnast at Franklin High School, was recently named a Hockomock League All-Star for a second consecutive year. This season, Kate earned top scores of 9.1 on bars, 9.4 on vault, 9.4 on floor, and 9.6 on beam, giving her a high All-Around score of 37.2. One could say she is a huge asset to the high school’s gymnastics team, helping them achieve a 9-0 winning record this year.

Kate began participating in gymnastics when she was just 18 months old after her older sister’s gym opened a Mommy & Me class.  Once she started, she reflects, “I never went back [to my life before gymnastics].”
Continue reading the article online

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Pantherbook: "Safety In School" and "Everything You Need to Know"

Via Pantherbook, two articles on the return of students to FHS for in person learning as of April 12, 2021

"You may not notice many differences when you arrive at school on April 12, except for one particular detail – everyone is closer.  Seeing as there will be more students in the building, people will be able to stay three feet apart instead of six feet apart. The school is also exploring making use of alternate areas for classrooms such as lecture halls and the library. 

The only area where the six feet of separation will remain is in the cafeteria. Students are eating and not wearing masks, which poses a greater risk to safety. However, because there are more students in the building, the school must explore alternative seating options. Mr. Hanna mentioned the introduction of outdoor eating, just in time for the warmer weather. To begin, tents will most likely be placed in the courtyard for students to lunch under; the gym will also be utilized. Later in the year, there may be a half-day model of school where students leave before eating lunch. Alternatively, although this is an unlikely option, students may eat outside with personal picnic blankets."

Continue reading the article online

As April 12 draws closer, students are preparing for their return to school at almost full capacity for the first time in more than a year. Covid-19 has made it difficult for teenagers to have a “regular” high school experience, and getting the majority of students back into the building will no doubt nurture normal routines once more.

There is something to be said about rising safety concerns, however. With the emergence of a new 3-feet distance rule, pool testing, and stricter health protocols, day-to-day school life will look much different from the smaller cohorts from the beginning of the year. While in-person classrooms are not yet filled, these new guidelines are a quite important step on the journey towards a Covid-free education experience.


These rows of desks will soon be full of students! - photo by Sophia Francisco
These rows of desks will soon be full of students! - photo by Sophia Francisco


Thursday, April 1, 2021

Pantherbook: Girl Up club leads “A Discussion on Gender Equality" ; FHS switches to 'in person' learning Apr 12

"On Thursday, March 25, students met through the Girl Up club for “A Discussion on Gender Equality.” The meeting was led by Girl Up Teen Advisor Angelina Perez.

The meeting drew local participants as well as Girl Up members from LA, the British Virgin Islands, Syracuse, and Washington D.C.

The discussion started with the simple question, “How have you been impacted by sexism or misogyny?”
 
High Schoolers from Franklin and around the country met over Zoom to discuss gender equality. Photo used with permission from Angelina Perez

Quickly, the floodgates opened and girls shared deeply personal stories."

Continue reading the article online
April 12th is the finalized date for when Franklin High will be having nearly eighty percent of their students back in school. The CDC recently approved that it is safe for students to now be three feet apart in classrooms.

When talking to Mr. Hanna he explains how there are many different safety measures put in at FHS for not only the students, but the staff as well. There will be a maximum of twenty four desks per classroom all measured to be at least 3 feet apart, there will also always be six feet between a teacher and a student.
Continue reading the article online
 
 
FHS switches to 'in person' learning Apr 12
FHS switches to 'in person' learning Apr 12


Thursday, March 25, 2021

Pantherbook wins SNO's Story Page Excellence Badge

Pantherbook (@FHSPantherbook) tweeted on Wed, Mar 24, 2021:
Pantherbook has won SNO's Story Page Excellence Badge!
Thank you to all the amazing writers that contributed to this achievement!

Pantherbook wins SNO's Story Page Excellence Badge
Pantherbook wins SNO's Story Page Excellence Badge


Sunday, March 14, 2021

Pantherbook: "Race Relations at FHS"

 

"Diversity– “The practice or quality of including or involving people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds and of different genders, sexual orientations, etc” is what comes up when searched on google. But what does this really mean?

To myself and many others, diversity is being inclusive to all and not just the ones we look like; it is standing up for someone even if you don’t know them. It is being a kind human- when you see people being judged based on the color of their skin and you stand up for them. We all deserve equal kindness and respect.

In order to deep dive into race relations at Franklin High School, I interviewed Mr. Hanna and have included his thoughts."

Continue reading the article at Pantherbook
 
Pantherbook: "Race Relations at FHS"
Pantherbook: "Race Relations at FHS"


Sunday, March 7, 2021

Pantherbook: "The Inevitable Consequences of Remote Learning"

 

"As we near the one-year anniversary of when the world seemingly shut down, I want to take some time to reflect upon the toll that remote learning had on students. Although most of the effects of a virtual learning environment have been negative, it is important to not lose sight of the few positives. This school year has been like none other, and we look to share our experiences with future generations."

Continue reading the article online
 

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Pantherbook: Mock Trial Team advances to Sweet 16

"Congrats to the Mock Trial team for their victory over a brilliant Wayland team yesterday, 105-104. Both schools' coaches called it the most epic battle either had ever seen. With the win, Franklin advanced to the statewide Sweet 16 of the Mock Trial Tournament's "March Madness."


"The following Mock Trial students earned exemplary scores yesterday: Nipun Goel, Akash Shetty, Pratusha Nouduri, Erin McCaffrey, Nihara Lijan, Paris Arffa, Charlene Peng, and Matthew Parrella."

 

Pantherbook: Mock Trial Team advances to Sweet 16
Pantherbook: Mock Trial Team advances to Sweet 16


Pantherbook: "FHS Athletes' Perspectives on Fall II "

Take a look at FHS Athletes' Perspectives on Fall II 
@FranklinHS @FHSSports
https://t.co/crucFqJunJ
Direct link to Pantherbook

The football field is partially covered in a snowbank and the track is slightly wet from the weather.
The football field is partially covered in a snowbank and the track is slightly wet from the weather.


Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Pantherbook: "COVID-19’s Impact on FHS Faculty"

 

"COVID-19 has brought many schools new challenges and experiences which they have not faced before. Franklin High School principal, Joshua Hanna, says he is impressed with the students, parents, and facility’s hard work and positive attitude which he believes will allow us to get back to an in-person learning model.

Challenges

When asked what major impact did Covid-19 have on FHS staff, Mr. Hanna responded, “becoming crisis responsive regarding new regulations that have never been implemented before.” Schools were shut down almost a year ago and since then, a myriad of new regulations and safety precautions have been issued. As a result, teachers had to get quickly accustomed to educating students in socially distant classrooms or virtual google meets."

Continue reading the article online at Pantherbook
https://franklinpanthers.us/news/2021/02/25/covid-19s-impact-on-fhs-faculty/ 

Pantherbook: "COVID-19’s Impact on FHS Faculty"
Pantherbook: "COVID-19’s Impact on FHS Faculty" (image by Amulya Chirravuri, Writer)


Thursday, February 25, 2021

Pantherbook: "Fall II Preview- What’s Different?"

 

"On February 22nd, student athletes will be returning to their cheer, football, volleyball, and winter track seasons after a long wait.

However, MIAA guidelines will be different this season in order to remain safe and socially-distanced.

Indoor facilities such as gyms will only be operating at 40% capacity following the Massachusetts Phase 3, Step 1 guidelines, and spectators at games will be limited to low numbers."
Continue reading the article online
 
Previously published here are the Fall II sports modifications from the MIAA
 
and an update
 
Pantherbook: "Fall II Preview- What’s Different?"
Pantherbook: "Fall II Preview- What’s Different?"

 
The outdoor track and football field have been cleared of snow
The outdoor track and football field have been cleared of snow


Mock Trial Prosecution Team tops Hingham

Pantherbook (@FHSPantherbook) tweeted on Wed, Feb 24, 2021:

Congrats to the Mock Trial Prosecution team which defeated Hingham yesterday 105-96.  
Every performer yesterday earned an exemplary score: Katie Rabovsky, Carrie Rawan, Derek Halet, Aadit Bhatia, Grace Newton, Akash Shetty, Dom Sackley, Anton Sackley, and Ankit Boruah.


Thursday, January 28, 2021

Pantherbook: "The Reality of Online Learning: Students Perspective"

Tess Bower shares the results of her research into online Learning and its impact on Franklin students on Pantherbook.
"The swarm of kids rushing into school in the morning, the cool seats on the noisy bus, the crowded cafeteria and chattering media center. All sights students have not seen this year. With Hybrid Learning at FHS, some of these norms have taken new shape. The once loud, crowded cafeteria now has students quietly chatting amongst themselves while sitting six feet apart. The swarm of kids rushing into school is now only 1/3rd of the student body, socially distancing themselves while they walk in. Busses are disturbingly quiet and empty, and the media center has signs reading, “Closed before and after school”. To say our beloved FHS has an entirely new atmosphere, would be an understatement. These new norms have been put in place and everyone is continuing to adjust to them. "
Continue reading the article online: https://t.co/eLRaf7GxlG 


Pantherbook: "The Reality of Online Learning: Students Perspective"
Pantherbook: "The Reality of Online Learning: Students Perspective"



Saturday, January 16, 2021

Pantherbook: Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution at FHS

Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution at FHS
"On Wednesday, January 13, Coronavirus vaccinations were officially administered at Franklin High School. The vaccines, the first of a two-session dosage, were given primarily to frontline medical workers – included were various EMTs, nurses, and other healthcare personnel.

The gym, being the largest space in the school, was utilized to maintain social distancing guidelines while vaccinations were being distributed. Miniature “booths” were set at least six feet apart from one another, with plexiglass shields in front of patients and supervisors at all times. A temperature check was required before entry to the building, along with mandatory mask usage to ensure protection for those who came."
Continue reading the article at Pantherbook:  https://t.co/tzE3PkVGAT

A view of the Franklin High School gym during Wednesday’s COVID vaccinations.  Siddharth Chandra
A view of the Franklin High School gym during Wednesday’s COVID vaccinations.  Siddharth Chandra


Sunday, January 10, 2021

Pantherbook: "The Franklin Food Pantry’s Food Elves Make Biggest Impact Yet to Fight Hunger"

From Pantherbook we share the following:  

"As COVID-19 cases continue to grow each day, so do the lines for food pantries across America. According to NPR, nearly 1 in 4 households have experienced food insecurity this year, which can be described as the lack of constant access to sufficient amounts of food needed to live a healthy life. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, 10.5% of all American households (13.7 million) experienced food insecurity at some point in 2019. The image below displays the 4 main levels of food security and describes how households are affected at each level."

the 4 main levels of food security and describes how households are affected at each level
the 4 main levels of food security and describes how households are affected at each level