“It’s hard to believe a city with such civic pride and high achievement has gone without a formal Hall of Fame for this long.” So opened the first-ever Woburn Hall of Fame Induction event, held on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at the Hilton Boston/Woburn. A collaborative effort by the Woburn Community Educational Foundation and Woburn Memorial High School set out to change that, and establish an institution to honor and recognize those individuals whose integrity, achievements, sportsmanship and character have enhanced the overall educational experience of our youth and inspired pride in our schools and community.
The inaugural induction event attracted almost 300 Woburn alumni and community members for this reunion and celebration of Tanner Pride. Emceed by Alex Thomas, the event, through video interviews, captured the spirit of teamwork, talent, hard work, and community and that is the at the heart of Woburn High.
In her opening comments, Woburn Memorial High School Principal Jessica Callanan commended her fellow committee members who worked to bring the program to fruition: WMHS Vice Principals Ed Maguire and Meg Patrissi, Athletic Director Jim Duran, WCEF Board Members Mike Martini, Don Queenin, Brian Teague, Maureen Willis, Maria Zeqo, and community members Paul Andrews and Bob Norton.
A highlight of the evening was a video of interviews, during which each inductee, their families and team mates reflected on their fondest memories and the meaning of Tanner Pride. Produced by Brian Ouellette and Woburn Public Media, the presentation was timed to each inductee announcement and in its entirety showcases the talent, integrity and sportsmanship of this year’s inductees.
Special thanks to the event sponsors, whose investment set a foundation upon which to build on for the future Woburn Hall of Fame: North Suburban Transportation, Rick Metters & Maura Embler, J. Mulkerin Realty, Northern Bank & Trust and Winchester Cooperative Bank. Sales of ad space in the commemorative program also contributed much to this founding effort.
In closing the Woburn Hall of Fame event, the committee announced that there will be an induction event in 2020. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2nd class of inductees through December 1, 2019. Community members are also being sought to join the committee to support the success of the 20202 Event. Those interested should call Maureen at 781-281-9589.
The induction event was filmed by Woburn Public Media. For a link to the video, to view the Woburn Hall of Fame Event Program, order copies of the inductee interview video or to download nomination forms for the 2020 Woburn Hall of Fame event, please visit the Woburn Hall of Fame website at https://bit.ly/2CYX1S8.