Sign-up info for the Walk for Hunger on Sunday, May 4

Sign Up for the Walk for Hunger 2014 (Sunday May 4th)

How To Join: 
  • go to
  • click “The Walk For Hunger”
  • click “join a team”
  • the team name is BHR NHS 2014
  • follow the steps on the screen to sign up
(IF you are under 18 years old see Mrs. Ray for a permission sheet to walk)
How to Raise Money
(You must do one of the following to walk)
See Mrs. Ray in room 239 or see N’Dea Jackson for:

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Information about the Prom on Friday, May 2

Date: Friday, May 2, 2014
Theme: A Trip to Paris

Grand March Info:

Arrival Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Blue Hills Regional Gymnasium
All Seniors must attend to be let in to Prom
Parents and friends are invited to watch this

Prom Info:

Starts at 7:00pm
Students must be there by 7:30
Lasts until 11:00

Location is at Gillette Stadium

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Two BHR Culinary students create a whimsical cake to honor Canton resident Billy Cravens when the Luce School field is named for him

TOP PHOTO: The stunning cake made by Culinary students Christine Nearen and Andria DePillo for the dedication of the Luce School field in honor of Billy Cravens.  Photo by Judy Bass

LOWER PHOTO:  BHR Culinary students Nina Wirta, left, and Andrea Eng represented the school at the dedication ceremony naming the Luce School field for Canton resident Billy Cravens.  Photo by Linda Wirta.

By Judy Bass

Some cakes are truly works of art that are as lovingly and meticulously created as any painting or sculpture.

Such a cake was recently made by two Blue Hills Regional Culinary Arts students from Randolph, seniors Christine Nearen and Andria DePillo, whose expertise and artistic flair wowed everyone who saw their remarkable confection.

The large decorated sheet cake they crafted pays whimsical tribute to Canton resident Billy Cravens, a beloved figure in the town who is now battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, an incurable degenerative condition.

Cravens, 56, a longtime employee of the Canton Recreation Department, was honored on Sunday, April 13, when the field at the Dean S. Luce School in Canton was named in his honor.  The cake, which depicted the school, its grounds, and Cravens himself, was featured at the event.

Linda Wirta of Canton, who is on the Advisory Board for the Culinary Arts program and has a daughter, Nina, who is a student in that program, was at the event, which she estimated was attended by approximately 200 to 250 people.  Nina and another Blue Hills Culinary student, Andrea Eng of Canton, were there representing the school.

In the midst of all the hoopla celebrating Mr. Cravens, the crowd was buzzing appreciatively about the cake.  “The cake was amazing,” Linda Wirta said.  “The detail [on it] was really impressive.  Mr. Cravens loved it.”

According to Chef David Green, an instructor in the Blue Hills Culinary Arts program who oversees the students’ pastry-making, the cake was chocolate, with a base coat of vanilla frosting, and “grass” made of vanilla frosting that was colored green. 

The replica of the Luce School was constructed of Rice Krispies covered with fondant.

The crowning glory of this edible masterpiece was undoubtedly the miniature representation of Cravens sitting proudly at the wheel of a tractor pulling a lawn mower, trimming the school’s field while a shower of little red hearts emanated from the rear of the vehicle.

When three individuals from the Canton Recreation Department, including Recreation Director Janet Maguire and Recreation Dept. maintenance workers Jimmy Walsh (a 1984 Blue Hills graduate) and Mike Mitcheroni came to Blue Hills to take possession of the cake, they were clearly delighted with Nearen and DePillo’s handiwork and the quality of what they produced.

Calling them “talented young people,” Walsh said, “We were thrilled [with the cake].  I know the public’s going to be thrilled, too.”

Beaming, Nearen said she liked working on the tasty project.  “I’m happy with it,” she declared.











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Senior N’Dea Jackson honored as BHR’s Outstanding Vocational-Technical Student of the Year

N’Dea Jackson at the annual Outstanding Vocational-Technical Student awards banquet at Mechanics Hall in Worcester holding the plaque she received as the 2014 Blue Hills honoree.  Photo courtesy Mr. Calvin Jackson.

N’Dea Jackson of Randolph, the daughter of Calvin and Sheila Jackson, is the Outstanding Vocational-Technical Student of the Year at Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton.

She is a senior who has excelled in the computer information systems technical program at the school. She is ranked fifth in the senior class while enrolled in both honors and Advanced Placement courses. N’Dea is the recipient of a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship and the Daughters of the American Revolution and Comcast Future Leaders and Achievers Scholarships. A four-year member of the girls’ basketball team, she is a member of SkillsUSA, the National Honor Society, the Recycling Club, and is a peer tutor. Outside of school, N’Dea is involved in her church as an usher, is also a volunteer martial arts instructor, and holds a part-time job. She will continue her education at Virginia State University majoring in computer engineering.

N’Dea was honored on April 10, along with dozens of exceptional young men and women from across Massachusetts who are their schools’ Outstanding Vocational-Technical Students, at an awards ceremony and banquet held at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.  The event was sponsored by the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA) and the Massachusetts Vocational Association (MVA).

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College Fair for BHR juniors on Wednesday, April 30 at 1:00 pm


College Fair Worksheet-1

A college fair for Blue Hills Regional juniors will be held in the cafeteria Wednesday, April 30, at 1:00. 

Students will meet with 30-40 college and military representatives (see list). Teachers should please remain with their students for the duration of the fair to provide supervision.

Attached is a list of colleges scheduled to attend and the College Fair Worksheet instructors have used with their junior students in the past.

Thank you for your time and cooperation–if you have any concerns or suggestions, please contact Guidance.

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BHR students travel to New Orleans to repair buildings damaged by Hurricane Katrina

A group of BHR students recently went to New Orleans to work on structures damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Left to right: Rita Mancuso, Lucas Camilo, Anthony Ventosi, Sam Waterman, Lucy (Belgian student volunteer), Joe Michel, Sean Arnstein, Lynda Chambers Bellamy, Darin standing back row, volunteer, Ms. Jill Bearse and Mr. Robert Foley front row.
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