Students Find Opportunity at NHS College Fair

By Preston Bogan
Staff Writer

NAUGATUCK –  On Tuesday morning, sophomores and juniors at Naugatuck High School were invited to attend a College Fair in the cafeteria.
Students were given free reign throughout the cafeteria where 66 representatives from colleges, tech schools, beauty schools, and the military set up booths filled with information.
At one of these booths, Junior Megan McSweeney talked with a representative while Juniors Jason Begin and Elizabeth Walsh waited patiently behind her.

“I find it [college fair] very useful,” said a bright and cheerful

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Megan McSweeney talks with college representatives at the NHS College Fair April 9.

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Jason Begin and Elizabeth Walsh look on as Megan McSweeney talks with a college representative at the fair Tuesday.

McSweeney. “Last year I wanted to be a music major, so there wasn’t a lot of schools around, but now that I’m intending to be a chemical engineering major, there are lots of useful schools here.”
Walsh also finds it useful. “Yes, it’s useful, but I don’t have a school yet, but a lot of my back up choices are here, none of my top schools though.”
When I asked about her top schools, Walsh had a lot to say. “They have a wide range of schools here, but no prestigious schools. Granted, Yale won’t come, but that second tier of schools isn’t here.”
Jason Begin also had complaints about how local most of the schools at the fair are.
“A college fair was held  last weekend in Hartford, so we knew the schools were going to be in the area,” Says Mr. Staib, NHS career coordinator who helped to set up this year’s college fair.
With college just around the corner, the emotions tied to leaving high school differ. McSweeney is more excited than nervous. “It’s overwhelming, but for now it’s pretty exciting!”
Walsh has a different perspective on things.
“Yeah I’m nervous. My grades suck. Hopefully they understand that I didn’t have a perfect semester.”

Spreading Awareness of Cystic Fibrosis

NAUGATUCK – Speaker Lauren Brenneman and her son Isaac both have cystic fibrosis, a hereditary disease that affects the lungs.  Recently, they came to speak at Naugatuck High School to offer informatLauren and Isaacion and to support Biology teacher Beth Rojas as she organizes a team to walk for CF.
YouTube Video: Cystic Fibrosis
CF is the most common fatal genetic disorder in the U.S. and there is no federal funding.  The Great Strides walk is an annual event to raise funds – 90% go toward research at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
The Great Strides walk this year is scheduled for Sunday, May 19 in Southbury.  For more info click below.

Groundbreaking Signals Start of NHS Renovation

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By Evelyn Rinaldi
Staff Writer

NAUGATUCK – Members of the Naugatuck Board of Education, Naugatuck High School faculty, and the borough administration gathered to commence the NHS renovation project by breaking ground in front of the school building this morning.

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School and borough officials break ground in front of the high school this morning. (Staff photo by Evelyn Rinaldi)

Board Chairman David Heller stated that the board determined to keep the project “on schedule, on task and within budget.”

“I’m excited to see my vision for Naugatuck High School begin,” said N

HS principal Janice Saam.

Mayor Bob Mezzo thanked all of those who are involved in the renovation p

roject, because it is a huge investment in the advancement of the community’s future.

When school closes for spring break, crews will be working on the sports fields beginning April 15. The first phase of the project, which currently includes work on the gymnasiums and the locker rooms, will be completed by January 2014.

The three-year project has been designed and is being overseen by New Britain architectural firm Kaestle Boos Associates. The renovations will cost $81 million, with about 75% of the cost being reimbursed through a state program.

Construction firm O&G Industries will be on school grounds starting April 2 as they create temporary teaching spaces and work on the athletic fields. Once completed, some new features of the school will include:

  • A new front entrance for the school with new administrative offices, replacing the patio and converting the current administration area into teaching space.
  • An expanded gymnasium area that will move lockers and weight-lifting facilities out of the basement.
  • New synthetic athletic fields and a new track.
  • Renovations to all classrooms and common areas.
  • New office space for the borough’s Board of Education.