The Woodward School Celebrates its Founders and Academic Excellence

Lindsey Downey

Lindsey Downey

The Woodward School community gathered for its annual Founders’ Night on Thursday, March 23rd at the School in Quincy.  The annual event celebrates the vision and generosity of the School’s founders’, Dr. Ebenezer Woodward and Mary Greenleaf Woodward, as well as the academic achievements of its students, including the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony, presentations for the Founders’ History Paper Competition, and Declamation Awards.

Students inducted into the National Honor Society in recognition of their scholarship leadership, service and characters:

NHS inductees all Class of 2018

Hailey Costello - Quincy; Jane Guay - Quincy; Maura Hegarty - Quincy; Nhi Luu – Braintree; Kelly Lynch - Quincy; Sarah MacDonagh - Norfolk; Fiona Powers-Ozyurt - Dedham; Ngan Truong - Quincy; Julia Vazzana – East Bridgewater; Ngoc Vo - Braintree; Li Jie Zhao - Quincy

Also recognized on Founders’ Night were the finalists and winner of the Founders’ History Paper Competition and Scholarship Prize, The Founders’ Paper is a junior class requirement, where students write a thesis paper on a topic in U.S. History, and an independent group of judges from outside of the School read and score the finalists’ papers, whose authors are identified only by number.  The Grand Prize Winner is the recipient of the Susan M. Hayes History Award, a tuition scholarship established in memory of former Woodward history teacher and Dean of Students, Susan Martin Hayes.  

Founders’ History Paper Competition Winners:

1st Place (scholarship winner), Fiona Powers-Ozyurt – Dedham; 1st Runner-Up,  Zoe Strassell – Quincy; 2nd Runner-Up, Kelly Lynch – Quincy; 3rd Runner-Up, Lili Zhao - Quincy; 4th Runner-Up, Sarah MacDonagh - Norfolk 8th Grade


Juliana Bangari of Quincy - “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost

Nia Holloman of Dorchester - “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou

Natasha Rawls of Bridgewater - “A Natural Fantastic” by Payton Rawls

Swetha Vissapragada of Scituate - “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou

Jordan Cedrone of Braintree - Susan B. Anthony Speech

Vanessa Clayton of Randolph - “If” by Rudyard Kipling

10th Grade Rhetoric Declamations:

Lauren Fidler of Holbrook - “Gettysburg Address”

Kamille Garrick of Milton - John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s “Moon Speech”

Kimberly Herlihy of Abington - “Election Year”  by Richard Blanco

Mizuki Matsuoka

Mizuki Matsuoka

Mizuki Matsuoka of Quincy-  “I    KI    Ru”   by Shuntarou  Tamkawa

Nia Twitty of Randolph - “Man in the Arena” by Theodore Roosevelt

Grace Neville of Hull - Taliban victim Malala’s speech to the UN

Hailey Peckham of Canton - Holocaust victim Elie Wiesel to President Ronald Reagan

8th Grade Latin Declamations:

Aisling McGillicuddy of Milton and Arianna Ruhoy of Chestnut Hill - De Urbe Condita by Livy

Swetha Vissapragada of Scituate and Nia Holloman of Dorchester - Roman adages

Juliana Bangari of Quincy - Carmen V.40 by  Marcus Valerius Martialis.

The Christina Cutler Coots Award was presented by Woodward’s Board Chair, Eileen Shaw of Quincy, a gift to support the professional development of Woodward’s excellent faculty, generously given, by the family to remember and honor Christina Cutler, a 1969 graduate of the School.  

Row 1: Kelly Lynch, Maura Hegarty, Haley Costello -  Row 2: Li Jie Zhao, Julia Vazzana, Fiona Powers-Ozyurt

Row 1: Kelly Lynch, Maura Hegarty, Haley Costello -  Row 2: Li Jie Zhao, Julia Vazzana, Fiona Powers-Ozyurt

The Woodward School Student Government Supports QCAP

The Woodward School, a 122-year-old independent college preparatory school for girls in the heart of Quincy Center, embraced the spirit of giving with a food drive for the Southwest Community Food Center.  The student government representatives from grades 6 and 10 worked with representatives from Quincy Community Action Programs (QCAP) to organize a holiday food drive help families in need throughout Boston, Quincy and across the south shore.

Grade 6 student government representatives Iwalani Kaumeheiwa (Weymouth), Lindsey Packard (Quincy), Monica Warwick (Braintree), Georgia Keady (Dorchester) along with 10th graders Grace Nevill (Hull), and Hailey Peckham (Canton), organized collection locations throughout the school, posted signs, and communicated with families and visitors to bring in food donations that included much needed holiday items in high-demand during the holiday season.  

The Food Center serves more than 600 households every month, providing 520,000 meals a year. From Thanksgiving through December, and for Easter/Passover and the Asian New Year, the organization distributes an additional 1,600 holiday orders. Special holiday food drives are needed to help the Food Center meet this demand. People having difficulty stretching their budgets to cover food costs can receive fresh and non-perishable food once a month. The Food Center staff also provide SNAP application assistance and advocacy, menu planning and budgeting, and provide help to connect households to other QCAP and community services that will help them become economically stable.

"We are so grateful to the Woodward School for lending their support to us through initiatives throughout the year and in particular during the holiday season when families struggle the most," said Beth Ann Strollo, QCAP's Chief Executive Officer. "We rely upon the generosity of our community to carry out our mission, and the young women of the Woodward School represent the next generation of strong, engaged members of our community."

“Civic engagement is a critical component to fulfilling Woodward’s mission of preparing young woman to be inspired leaders and engaged global citizens,” said Walter Hubley, Woodward Headmaster. “QCAP does amazing work to  positively impact its community through the many services they provide.  I am proud to serve as a member of QCAPs’ board of directors, and I am especially proud of our student government’s efforts to help families in need.”

About QCAP
Quincy Community Action Programs, Inc. (QCAP) is the leading private nonprofit organization in the Greater Quincy area dedicated to reducing poverty and helping low-income people achieve economic security and stability. Incorporated in 1965, QCAP serves more than 22,000 unduplicated individuals annually in Quincy, Weymouth, Braintree, Milton, Hull and more than 80 surrounding Norfolk County, Metro Boston, and South Shore Communities. Since the organization’s inception, QCAP has provided nutrition assistance, helping to reduce hunger and malnutrition, and advocate on behalf of low-income families who are “food insecure.” In addition to the Food Center, QCAP provides housing services, adult education and workforce development programs, Head Start and Early Head Start, access to quality and affordable early education and care, family engagement activities, and heating assistance and weatherization.

Woodward Hosts Annual Craft Fair

Led by a volunteer team, The Woodward School held its 8th annual Craft Fair on Sunday December 11th in the main schoolhouse building on Hancock St.  The Robert Johnston Auditorium, the Greenleaf Room, and the lobby were hosts to crafters and vendors offering a wide range of gifts for sale at over 40 tables. Items for sale included jewelry, candles, fudge, flower designs, crocheted and handknit items, photography, gift baskets, clothing, herbed salt, airbrush tattoos, glassware, shell crafts and blankets.

Woodward students sang and performed musical numbers, filling the halls with the sounds of the season.  A cafe decorated by the National Arts Honor Society featured art from Woodward students and offered a place for holiday shoppers to relax and enjoy donated baked goods, hot chili, chowder and other items.

Many of our crafters and vendors have participated in this event over the years and we are especially grateful to them for their support again this year. Planning for next year’s fair is already underway!

A big thank you for to our guests, crafters, vendors, and family, student, and staff volunteers for making this year’s Craft Fair a fun filled success.

The Woodward Drama Club Presents, The Crucible

Over the weekend, the Woodward Drama Club presented The Crucible to  packed audiences, in a two night run at Wesner Hall.  Woodward families, staff, and friends from the community enjoyed a wonderful presentation of this classic tale from American Playwright Arthur Miller, telling the story of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1692.  Theater Director Allison Tucker led the production amidst an imaginative and beautiful set constructed by students and Mr. Stiffler. Talented alumna Katy Flaherty once again produced authentic looking period costumes, and the production also had excellent help from parent volunteers and faculty. Bravo and thank you to all.


The Woodward School, Pioneer in Women’s Education, Inspires Next Generation of Technology Leaders

The Woodward School, Pioneer in Women’s Education, Inspires Next Generation of Technology Leaders

QUINCY, MASS. –  The Woodward School, a 122-year-old independent college preparatory school for girls in the heart of Quincy Center, celebrated Computer Science Education Week with an interactive presentation from Quincy-based General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS).  Systems engineer and developer Amy Underwood presented in an assembly of the entire school, grades 6 through 12 and faculty, at the school’s original schoolhouse on Hancock Street in historic Quincy Center. In prior years, Woodward celebrated Computer Science Education Week by participating in the national Hour-of-Code initiative, but has since implemented software development as part of the school’s regular academic program.  Underwood’s appearance is part of an on-going speaker series at Woodward where professionals of various disciplines engage students in discussion and presentation.

Quincy Sun: Discover Quincy Promoting Arts, Culture in Quincy

Pop-Up Art Gallery Nov. 17-19 - 4-8 PM

Discover Quincy has been working to promote arts and culture in Quincy, including the setup of a pop up art gallery in Quincy Center.

"We have partnered with the Quincy Ary Association to transform a vacant retail space downtown into a Pop-Up Art Gallery featuring the work of local artisans:  Alan Jenkins, Amber Buck, Dan Myers, David Osheskie, DJ Stenny, Isabel Shamitz, James Kavanaugh, John Marshall Dyke, Karen L Giovanniello, Lily Kwan, Steve Powers, Tony Andrade, students from the Woodward School for Girls & more, " said Margaret Laforest, Vice President of Tourism for The Quincy Chamber of Commerce.

"The Pop-Up Art Gallery is a wonderful event that brings together professional artists, aspiring artist, as well as students - everyone has something to bring to the arts," said Quincy Art Association President Karen Giovanello. 

Woodward Headmaster Walter Hubley adds, "The arts are a critical part of our STEAM initiative at The Woodward School - the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics with the Arts.  The Pop-Up Art Gallery is a great way for artists throughout the community to get involved, have a voice, and our students are proud to be a part of it." 

The Pop-Up Art Gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from 4 to 8 PM November 17-19. Admission is free.

"As we renovate our cities downtown we recognize the value arts and culture contributes to our City's vibrancy," said Laforest. "With so many great restaurants within walking distance of our location, we encourage diners to stop in to the Gallery where art can be appreciated and purchased. We are grateful to our donors who are committed to the arts and helped bring art to a retail space that wouldn't be financially sustainable without their support. This event is made possible thanks to the support of Discover Quincy, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Key Realty, Quincy Mutual Group, Related Beal, Northeast Community Bank and our media sponsors, Artscope Magazine and The Quincy Sun."

The Woodward School, Pioneer in Women’s Education, Inspires Next Generation of Voters through Reader’s Theatre

The Woodward School, Pioneer in Women’s Education, Inspires Next Generation of Voters through Reader’s Theatre

The Woodward School, a 122-year-old independent college preparatory school for girls in the heart of Quincy Center, recognized this election season with an inspiring, dramatic reinterpretation of Susan B. Anthony’s historic speech, after her arrest for casting an illegal vote in the presidential election of 1872. Susan B. Anthony was a suffragist, Women’s Rights Campaigner, Temperance Worker, Labor Activist, Educational Reformer, and Abolitionist. For her act of voting, Anthony was tried and fined $100, which she refused to pay. 

Patriot Ledger: Woodward wears crown

The Wildcats beat Covenant Christian Academy, 2-1, Thursday to claim their first-ever league tournament title.

By Matt Cook
The Patriot Ledger
QUINCY – It was the biggest thing that’s ever happened to Woodward School.

Those were the words of soccer coach Bob Giordano on Thursday after his team defeated Covenant Christian Academy, 2-1, in the Girls Independent League tournament championship game.

It was the first tournament title in the program’s history, and it came fresh off the Wildcats’ first-ever undefeated regular season (9-0-2).

So it certainly wasn’t hyperbole.

“We’ve always been a basketball or softball kind of power,” said Giordano. “These last couple of years, we’ve only lost one regular-season game. It was their first time going to a championship game, and they held it together.”

Freshmen Dana Galloway (Weymouth) and Sara Cole (Quincy) provided two first-half goals that proved to be the difference. Cole’s 14 goals set a record for the most by a freshman in Woodward history.

“We started together in August, and I’ve got to tell you, I’ve been coaching at Woodward for 20 years, and they’re just a great group,” said Giordano. “There’s never been one problem. It’s always about the team. It’s not about one individual person.”

The Wildcats closed out the year with a record of 11-0-2. They outscored opponents, 59-9, and surrendered just three goals over the final eight games.

Much of that credit has to be given to junior goalkeeper Jasmine Bean (Quincy), who was a backup last year and has since been the go-to netminder.

“I felt like we had everything to lose because we were going undefeated,” said Bean. “And (Covenant Christian) came here fighting for everything. We had a disadvantage, but we also had an advantage because we had beaten them twice.”

As a junior, Bean said she’s thrilled to get another year with the program.

“I’m very happy to have another season,” she said. “The seniors now, they did really well, and I’m glad they went out with a bang.”

Among those seniors is Marissa Albanese (Milton), who set a new single-season scoring record for the program with 19 goals during the regular season.

“It’s definitely great,” she said of the win. “I’ve been here since freshmen year and we’ve always been so close to (winning it all), but this time we really came together.”

She also acknowledged how the team was able to adapt with a change in personnel.

“Coming into this year, we lost a lot of seniors,” said Albanese. “So we had a lot of miscellaneous people coming from different skill levels and we definitely came together to pull through and win.”
Fellow senior captain Molli Morris (Norwell) said that she knew the team had to step it up after having fallen short in each of the last two years.

“Everyone’s personality is so strong on the team,” she said. “When we first came on in August, I barely knew some of the people. It was about us all coming together and making this possible.”

Chidera Onwunaka (Quincy), also a senior captain, said, “playing together as a team and making history together is really important to us, and it means a lot.”

Did Woodward feel any pressure after rolling through the regular season?

“Yeah, obviously,” said Morris. “Going through the tournament, we were all so nervous today.

“But we did it.”

Patriot Ledger Article

Patriot Ledger: Woodward beat Waldorf, 5-0, on Monday to wrap up an unbeaten regular season and clinch a league title.

By Staff reports

Coach Bob Giordano said that before the season started expectations were “very high” for his Woodward School soccer team.

Then star striker Sarah MacDonagh suffered a knee injury and all bets were off.

Turns out, Woodward has been just as good as advertised, even with MacDonagh sidelined.

With senior co-captain Marissa Albanese of Milton setting a new single-season scoring record for the program, Woodward on Monday blanked Waldorf, 5-0, at home in Quincy.

Woodward completed its first-ever undefeated regular season (9-0-2) and won its first-ever league championship, claiming the Girls Independent League crown with a 6-0-2 mark.

“I gotta tell you, the kids rallied around each other (after MacDonagh got hurt) and played super,” Giordano said. “This is one of the best teams I have ever coached in terms of teamwork and pulling for each other.

“They have total confidence in each other. They never quit, they never put their heads down. They worked hard. They deserved (the league title).”

Junior goalkeeper Jasmine Bean (Quincy) posted her fourth shutout of the season.

Freshman Sara Cole (Quincy) scored twice for Woodward, and classmates Dana Galloway (Weymouth) and Carlie Abbate (Weymouth) also found the net.

The other goal came from Albanese, her 19th of the season to break Jasmin Johansen’s record of 18, set about a decade ago.

“She has a knack for the game; she knows where to be,” Giordano said of Albanese. “Her field sense is terrific. And she makes players around her better. That’s the best compliment I can give a player.”

Albanese’s scoring touch has helped Woodward deal with the absence of MacDonagh, although Giordano pointed out that the injured forward hardly has disappeared since bowing out of the lineup.

“She’s really stepped up” in terms of leadership, Giordano said. “It was a devastating blow to the team and to her personally, but she is every bit a part of the team as anybody.”

Woodward will start its league playoffs next week.

The Woodward School, Pioneer in Women’s Education, Gives Voice to Next Generation with New Art Studio

The Woodward School, a 122-year-old independent college preparatory school for girls in the heart of Quincy Center, celebrated the opening of its new art studio last week as the latest development in the school’s long history of giving a voice to young women.

“This beautiful studio demonstrates our continuing commitment to the arts, and the space will inspire the next generation of young women to find their creative voice,” said newly appointed Headmaster Walter Hubley.

The Quincy Sun: Walter Hubley Appointed Headmaster at Woodward

The Quincy Sun – Vol. 48 No.52 – Thursday September 15, 2016

Walter Hubley, a lifelong Quincy resident, has been appointed Headmaster of the Woodward School in Quincy.  Hubley is the thirteenth Headmaster of the school that is beginning its 122nd academic year this fall.  The Woodward School first opened its doors in 1894. Founded in 1869 by President John Adams' cousin and family doctor, Ebenezer Woodward and his wife, Mary Greenleaf Woodward, The Woodward School is an independent college preparatory school for girls in grades 6 through 12.  

Hubley's professional experience spans 28 years, working for major communications companies such as Continental Cablevision, as well as three software startup companies through Pilot House Ventures in Boston. His work includes organizational leadership, software development, product management, and business development. 

Hubley has a BS in Business Administration, a Certificate in Leadership and Management from MIT Sloan School of Management, and leadership training with Thayer Leadership Development Group at West Point.

"I am honored to join The Woodward School, a historic institution that has bridged three centuries by remaining true to its founding mission of educating talented and hardworking young women to thrive in college and beyond as engaged citizens and leaders" said Hubley. "Our strong classical curriculum serves as the foundation upon which the School will continue to excel and I am thrilled to lead the School."

Hubley will draw from his leadership experience, technology background, and passion for the arts to lead Woodward into the future. “Woodward embraces the convergence of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and the Arts - a convergence known as STEAM. Making cross-curricular connections throughout our programs creates a powerful approach to teaching,” Hubley continues. “We will continue investing in the arts and introduce more advanced computer science classes, critical for advancement in today's globally competitive economy.  At Woodward, it’s full STEAM ahead."

"Walter cares deeply about the future of our City and its young people, dedicating his time and talent to a wide range of community issues over the years. His passion for Quincy, and for The Woodward School's place in it, will serve the school community tremendously well. I very much looking forward to working with him." said Mayor Thomas Koch.

Recently appointed to the Board of Directors of Quincy Community Action Programs (QCAP), Hubley is dedicated to community service. He is the Co-Founder and President of the Wollaston Hill Neighborhood Association, which spearheaded the recent Community Preservation Act (CPA) project at Safford Park on Beale Street, which was managed by the City of Quincy Parks & Forestry Department. He is a former foster parent and long time volunteer foster care case reviewer for the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and a member of the Sons of the American Legion in honor of his father, Edgar, who served in WWII and the Korean War.  

This past summer, Hubley partnered with Councilor Ian Cain and Discover Quincy to organize the first annual PorchFest Quincy, a music festival featuring 70 performances at over 40 locations. Thousands of people from across the South Shore enjoyed music from all genres hosted on neighborhood porches in the Wollaston and Squantum neighborhoods in this free music festival that engaged the community while celebrating local artists.  

Hubley lives on Wollaston Hill in Quincy with his wife Kathryn, and their two children, Victoria and Nathan. His daughter Victoria is a 2016 graduate of Woodward and has begun her first year of studies at Lesley University. His son Nathan is a freshman at North Quincy High School.