School Notes: Randolph Theater Production Tells a Kennedy Family Story

Valley News Staff Writer
Monday, March 12, 2018

The theater program at Randolph Union High School will explore a lesser known chapter in the saga of the Kennedy family dynasty this week, performing a play centered around the child whom patriarch Joseph Kennedy kept out of public view.

In 28 Marchant Avenue: Six Summers at Hyannisport, senior Lukina Andreyev will portray Rosemary Kennedy, the third of Joseph and Rose Kennedy’s nine children and a sister of president-to-be John F. Kennedy and Sens. Robert and Edward Kennedy. While grooming his sons for public service, Joe Kennedy forced the free-spirited, developmentally-challenged Rosemary to undergo a lobotomy and live in an institution. Steven Carl McCasland, who wrote the play, will attend one of the three performances scheduled for 7:30 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Bruce Rainville, who runs the theater program and teaches American history at the high school, said last week that McCasland “offered a very fair contract” to the school to stage the play.

“I found this script a year ago in New York City, when I was on sabbatical,” Rainville said week. “It had just been published, and the story spoke to me.”

Randolph Union High School stages 28 Marchant Avenue: Six Summers at Hyannisportin the school auditorium on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30. Admission is $5 to $8.


Clarkson University, in Potsdam, N.Y., recently awarded scholarships to Norwich resident Sebastian Vecchi and to Sharon’s Richard Morrill.

Vecchi, a senior, received the Purcell J. and Edith O. Brownell Endowed Scholarship toward his studies in mechanical engineering.

Morrill, a freshman, was awarded scholarships from Clarkson’s Douglas I. and Mary L. Relyea Chemistry Endowed Fund and from the Stephanie L. Kwolek Endowment.

Collegiate Recognition

The University of Vermont recently named more than 50 Upper Valley residents to its dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester.

Making the grade, by hometown, were:

Lebanon — Stephanie Brooks, Trevor Mayes and Eli Weitzman.

Hartland — Katherine McGrath, Madlen Fields and Michael Finley.

Hanover — Eleanor Tsapakos and Thomas Hackett.

Norwich — Joseph Porter, Abigail Rhim, Joshua Goodrich, Brenna Nolan, Michelle Caver and Emma Woloshin.

Sharon — Christopher Gish and Margaret Gish.

South Royalton — Mackenzie Young and William Wuttke.

Orford — Ryan Landgraf.

Fairlee — Talar Gelenian and Moriah Ludwig.

Woodstock — Gordon MacMaster, Caitlyn Lowe, Jason Drebber and Frances Hoag.

Windsor — Sara Spencer and Mallory Curtis.

Strafford — Julio Lopez Linehan.

Tunbridge — Faith Pease.

Bradford — Claire Cook, Sydney McIntire and Griffin Shaw.

Barnard — Kimberly Buckholts.

Newport — Tyler Triquet and Sarah Stevens.

Claremont — Samantha Lavertue.

New London — Jonalyn Burt.

Newbury, Vt. — Briggs Heffernan and Colin Serra.

Randolph — Arianne Conde, Cobalt Tolbert, Alyssa Miller and Abigail Zani.

Chelsea — Jesse Brinkman and Anthony Spinella.

Springfield, N.H. — Margaret Lee.

Springfield, Vt. — Danielle Marasa, Corrina Johnson, Alexander Naccarato, Tyson Pond, Jennifer Flint and Ericka Schoff.

St. Lawrence University recently recognized 15 Upper Valley students for their academic achievement during the fall 2017 semester at the Canton, N.Y., school.

Making the dean’s list, by hometown, were:

Lebanon — Ian Girdwood and Matthew Sullivan.

Hanover — Rachel Boghosian, Miza Mwanza and Jack Pattison.

Hartland — Claire Mendes.

Lyme — Lane Celone.

Woodstock — Brielle Finer and Elizabeth Kamb.

Claremont — Scott Garrison Jr.

Vershire — Megan Perkins.

Randolph — Kira Delhagen.

Sunapee — Katherine Frederick.

Springfield, N.H. — Timothy Cunningham.

Braintree, Vt. — Cole Poulin (graduate of Randolph Union High School).

Eleven Upper Valley residents made the grade for the dean’s list at Rochester Institute of Technology, during the fall 2017 semester at the upstate New York school.

Dean’s list honorees, by hometown, follow:

Lebanon — Stasha Blank and Xufeng Pan.

Lyme — Leon Kuhne.

Fairlee — Aquene Sausville and Zachary Lichvar.

Grantham — Alexandra Brandt.

Barnard— Tessa Mellinger.

Claremont — Stephen Bosonac and Joshua Strobel.

Sunapee — Phillip Ridley.

Charlestown — Signe Tarmey.

Tunbridge resident Eleanor Frost, Hanover’s Lucas Shapiro and Griffin Johnson, and Woodstock’s Shannon Duffy are on the fall 2017 dean’s list at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y.

Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, named Hanover residents Andrea Boitnott and Brian Boitnott and Newbury, Vt.’s Carter Goodell to its dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester.

Sharon resident Madisyn Demara, Plainfield’s Joseph Grout, Fairlee’s Samuel Kamel and Springfield, Vt.’s Kelsie Fraser and Quentin Scheffler qualified for the dean’s list at Coastal Carolina University, in Conway, S.C., with their academic performance during the fall 2017 semester.

For her academic performance during the fall 2017 semester, Hanover resident Bevin McDevitt earned a place on the dean’s list at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Penn.

Emmanuel College in Boston named Woodstock resident Sophia Halik and Sunapee’s Meagan Curry to its dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester.

South Pomfret resident Jacqueline Davenport and Sunapee’s Alexander Yonchak earned spots on the fall dean’s list at the University of Rhode Island.

Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., named Hanover resident Evelyn Walsh to its dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester.

David Corriveau can be reached at dcorriveau@vnews.com and at 603-727-3304. Education-related news and announcements also can be sent to schoolnotes@vnews.com.