Exhibitors, volunteers, planners, and speakers brought their “A game” to create a dynamic and upbeat Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices Expoon January 8. Thank you to the everyone who helped create the 9thannual expo!
The expo, sponsored by the NNHS PTSO, took place in two parts. During lunch blocks, interested Newton North students had conversations with representatives from non-profits about numerous topics including sun safety, dating safety, pedestrian and bike safety, mental health support, e-cigarettes and vaping, and marijuana myths and facts. They also had a chance to learn about local agencies with teen programs, including John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club, Newton Free Library, and West Suburban YMCA. In the evening, middle schoolers, high schoolers, and parents/guardians gathered at Newton North to visit with non-profit representatives, attend an educational session about vaping, listen to musical performances, watch yoga demos, bask in henna tattoos and mini-massages, and enjoy light refreshments.
Thank you to all of the non-profits (see the exhibitor list here) who attended the expo, and thank you to the many other people who helped in various ways! Please pardon any omissions.
Planning: Sally Brickell, Patty McCabe, and Valerie Pontiff
Documentation: Michelle Markert
Tech support: Agi Sardi and Paul Zagaeski
Outreach, food: Patty McCabe
Treat bags: Meghan Smith and Jennifer Conley
Water: Shiri Katz-Gershon
Purchasing and money management: April Stein
Preparation and day-of set up, staffing, and clean up
Danielle Ahite, Joel Bloom, Kim Buckton, Johanne Campbell, Jennifer Conley, Jeff Dagostino, Dana Davis, Jennifer Davis, Teri Deodato, Alice Fink, Alyssa Kaplan, Bennett Kaplan, Jeff Kaplan, Andrea Katsenes, Lori Knowles, Kathy Larsen, Millicent Lawton, Rosa Marzen, Patty McCabe, Alison Montague, Valerie Pontiff, Brian Redmond, Elizabeth Reilly, Claire Robertson, Agi Sardi, Vani Sayeed, Betty Sierra, Ursula Steele, Lexi Turner, Cyrus Vaghar, and Ted Vahey.
Publicity support: Laura Marks and Una Simmons
Newton North support
Henry Turner, Amy Winston, Alison Malkin, Tom Donnellan and Graphic Communications, Anna Ford and main office staff, Tim Keefe and custodial staff, Chris Murphy, Beth Swederskas, Michael Barrington-Haber, Adam Brown, and Todd Young.
Newton South support: Dan Rubin
Jodie Cohen, science teacher
Alison Malkin, prevention/intervention social worker
Thank you to Linda Hanusaik, Elizabeth Reilly, and Vani Sayeed for procuring the prizes and running the drawing. Special thanks to Ted Vahey for jumping in to draw and announce the winning names. Here are the prize winners.
Riquelme De Aguiar – Tiger’s Loft gift certificate
Alex Katz – school spirit bag
Sophia Arkhitekorova – Starbucks basket
Henry Chow – Movie basket
Adriana Dukakis – Beats headphones
Lasya Thavanati – Junior semi-formal ticket
Emiliya Aleksanyau – Junior semi-formal ticket
D&A House of Pizza, Girl Fit Physical Therapy, Honda Village. Russos, Sodexo, Star Market, Teen Life, Trader Joe’s, Wegmans, Wellbridge Physical Therapy, and Whole Foods Market, Newtonville.
Yoga: Barbara Perlo
Jesse Trepiak and West Suburban YMCA Center for Creative Arts
Newton South and Newton North South Asian Student Association members Emi Aleksanyan, Jai Khurana, Iman Sayeed, Shivani Shah, Natasha Sharma, Lasya Thavanati, and Jennifer Weng.
Table Tennis Challenge