The Everett High School Class of 2021 made it over the finish line with flying colors last Wednesday in an upbeat ceremony during a traditional graduation.
The pandemic now slipping away behind us in memory allowed for a much more unrestrained celebration Wednesday. Keynote speaker Superintendent of Schools Priya Tahiliani struck just the right note during the graduation with her words.
“You have all gotten here on a very similar road together,” she told the graduates seated in front of her.
“You are a graduating class with integrity and grace that will go down in history.”
Assistant School Superintendent Charlie Obremski told the city council Monday night that a new high school is needed, is being applied for, and thus a five-year effort has begun.
Councilors questioned Obremski, who came prepared, as is his pro forma.
Obremski was knowledgeable, informed, and adept at treating everyone who questioned him with respect.
“The overcrowding of the schools is a real problem. We’re trying to deal with it as best
we can. Right now, we’re just putting in a document of “interest” to put us in line for another school. Again, that will take about five years. We need a long-term solution,” Obremski told the city council.
“It could cost as much as $400 million – $450 million,” Obremski said in response to a series of questions from the councilors.
The state will reimburse the city approximately 78%-80% of the total cost, which will still leave the city with a substantial financial responsibility.
Behind a note-worthy performance on the mound from junior pitcher Celeste Fuccillo, the Lady Tide picked up their first win of the season, topping Somerville 7-6 in the ninth inning.
A three-year starter for Everett, Fuccillo came into the match having surrendered 8 earned runs to Medford High School in the May 26 loss (14-2), but it was her bounce-back performance that stole the show and helped the Tide eke out the win.
“Celeste pitched an amazing game,” said Crimson Tide Head Coach Stacy Poste-Schiavo, who watched her ace fan 14 batters on the day. “After the Medford game, we told her she needed to lay off the outside pitches because when they came around late, they were getting a piece of the ball. She adjusted and as a result, she had 14 strikeouts and only 5 hits,” said Poste.
Crimson Tide softball opened the season Monday, coming up just short as rival Revere High School pulled off the come-from-behind victory on their home field.
Tied, 4-4, in the seventh inning, with two strikes and two outs and a man on second base, Revere hit a timely double to drive in the winning run.
Revere opened the game with a first inning home run off of Celeste Fuccillo to take the lead before the Lady Tide (0-1) stormed back with a 4-run third inning, powered by senior Macayla Bessler’s 2-run double that scored runners Haley Oteri and Kayley Rossi. Bessler also scored a run of her own on a passed ball in the inning.
The Crimson Tide crushed Revere High School, 43-6, in the last home game of the season at Veterans Memorial Stadium Friday.
It was a special night for 12 seniors including Josaiah Stewart, Samy Lamothe, Brandon Gibbs, Tyrese Baptiste, Tyler David, Egan Gouveia, Ali Fountain, David Matthias, Brendon Previlon, Jasheem Rivera, Donrae Richardson, and RadJiwa Norestant who were cheered on by family, friends, and teammates as they donned Everett crimson for the last time.
First-year head coach Robert DiLoreto said they exemplify the strength of Crimson Tide football.
“All 12 of our seniors have been outstanding leaders,” said DiLoreto. “They have committed themselves to working hard and buying into the team mentality. I am so proud. It has been a pleasure to coach each of them,” he said.