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FAL-WIN 2016

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CLASS NOTES FALL 2016 \ PIERCE 59 Livingston Manor, NY, and holds an officer position in NJ State Council Trout Unlimited, as well as other fishing organizations in NJ. She divides her time between the classroom, the stream, and her family, and friends in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. Marisa Giannone '99 reports, "After a 16-year hiatus from teaching, I have left over a decade of retail jobs and three years in the mortgage industry to return to the classroom! On Monday, August 8, 2016, I will begin to complete my 7-12 social studies certification down here in the Lone Star State (Texas), where everything literally is bigger! August 22, 2016, will be my first day back in a classroom teaching 10th grade world history at a school that is home to 3,200 students in only three grades. I'm excited my previous nomad lifestyle has lead me to Houston, where I have really found a home and place to "land" and my new/ old career." Keith Harrington '99 won the 12th annual Pickman Park Chili Cookoff in Salem, Massachusetts. He was able to knock off nine other competitors with his trademark "Category 5 Hurricane Chili." He is now setting his sights on the West Newton Fantastic Flapjack Fiesta in November. 2000 Keith Czajka '00 reports, "I bought my second house in 2016 and had a kidney and pancreas transplant in 2014! Both new organs are doing fantastic." Scott A. Spencer '00 was elected to the Massachusetts Democratic Party's State Committee on March 1, 2016. Scott will represent the Massachusetts' Second Essex Senate district for a four year term. 2003 Ali (Farsun) Dembishack '03 was recently presented with a "40 Under 40" award by the Fairfield County Business Journal. For the 12th year, the journal selected 40 leading professionals under the age Laura (King) Murphy '05 , MBA '07 writes, "I am married to my husband, Patrick (November 2010). We have two boys Declan (3.5) and Connor (1) and live in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. I played soccer at FPC (will always be FPC to me). I have remained close to my teammates and friends throughout the years and get together as often as possible. We have unforgettable memories that we continue to reminisce about. Looking forward to coming back to visit soon." Rebecca (Robitaille) Bagtaz '05 writes, " Michael Bagtaz '05 and I had our second baby in December. Rachel Elizabeth joined us on 12/23/15, almost eight weeks earlier than we were expecting her! She is now six months old and thriving! Her big brother, Joshua, loves her to pieces! In September, I will be going back to Hollis-Brookline High School to start my 4th year as a special education case manager." Tracy (Goguen) Johnson '06 writes, "In 2016, my husband and I welcomed our second child into the world, Greyson Vincent Johnson, born 1/24/16. He joins big sister, Harper Michelle, who is now three years old. Pierce Pride surely runs in their blood!" Melissa (Hebert) Gendreau '00 writes, "I moved into my husband's home in Nashua, New Hampshire. We got married in 2011. We had a baby boy named Vincent on 1/1/12--New Year's Day baby! I have two wonderful stepchildren, Emma and Jaxon. I've been working at PC Connection for the past 11 years, and for six of those years I was also doing part-time work at Bath & Body Works. We just went on a family vacation to Disney in April." Mindy (Lariviere) Ruddock '01 bought a house in Upton, Massachusetts, last year with her husband, Steve, and two sons Daniel (10) and Kevin (8). She is also the proud momma to an English Mastiff who weighs more than she does. Mindy is a licensed massage therapist, esthetician, and spa educator in Franklin, MA. Christopher Cookinham '02 writes, "I am happy to share about my family's newest venture. As a business student at FPC/FPU, I have always wanted to take what I have learned and invest in my future. My wife, Kara, is a lifelong student of dance and movement and when an opportunity to purchase some commercial real estate in our town came up, we thought it was an amazing opportunity to couple my business acumen with her talents. Making our dreams a reality has been hard work, but we finally opened a new dance studio on New Hampshire's seacoast at the start of this past summer 2016. KB's Center of Dance and Movement is located in Hampton Falls and caters to both adults and children. We also feature specialty classes for those who wish to free themselves with movement, but have a physical or mental disability. Our offerings include yoga, zumba, modern, jazz, contemporary, ballet, tap, and much more. KB's Center of Dance and Movement: Where movement frees you!"

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