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March 19, 2014

AEFI announces Hall of Honor inductees

AMESBURY — The Amesbury Educational Foundation’s 12th annual Hall of Honor ceremony is Friday, May 9, at 6 p.m. at Holy Family Parish Hall, 9 Sparhawk St.

Three individuals will be inducted into the Hall this year: former student Peter Randall, former educator Maria Ferrandini, and friend of education Carol Bartlett.

Peter Randall, AHS Class of 1959

Randall is the founder of Peter E. Randall Publisher, a book production company specializing in local history, genealogy and biography. His company has published 500 books, and Randall has authored 14 books ranging from collections of photographs and travel guides to local history. He was also the co-founder and editor of the Portsmouth Marine Society. Since his retirement, he has continued his love of photography and teaching, curated several exhibits, and produced and directed two documentary films. He has a particular passion for the Isles of Shoals including Celia Thaxter’s Island Garden.

Maria Ferrandini

Ferrandini inspired hundreds of students in Amesbury schools for 25 years. Equipped with a master’s degree from Lesley University, her impact extended well beyond the walls of her classroom. In 1997, she was selected as one of eight Massachusetts Milken Family Foundation award winners and received $25,000 and a trip to the Milken Family Foundation Conference in California. She also won other state and local awards including Rotary Educator of the Year.

Carol Bartlett

Bartlett is the epitome of what the Hall of Honor is all about and could fit into all three categories as a 1965 AHS alum. Working as an administrative assistant in the Amesbury Public Schools Central Office, she is the go-to person for whatever need arises. She has dedicated herself to the youth of Amesbury and serves as the link from the schools to AEFI. Bartlett is the president of the Foundation for the Amesbury Academy Charter Public School.

In addition to honoring the above Hall of Honor inductees, AEFI will also be awarding up to $25,000 in grant money to fund various innovative educational projects designed by teachers and staff to benefit students attending Amesbury Public Schools.

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