AMESBURY — Two graduates of the Amesbury Public School system and one former teacher were recognized by the Amesbury Educational Foundation Inc. throughout the day yesterday as they entered AEFI’s Hall of Honor.
“I’m blessed and humbled,” former Cashman third and fourth grade teacher Maria Ferrandini said. “I was shocked when I got the phone call. But I’ve always loved teaching, it’s my passion and anytime we can recognize teachers is a good thing.”
Inducted into the Hall of Honor as this year’s former educator, Ferrandini joined former student Peter Randall and friend of education Carol Bartlett yesterday morning at Amesbury High School where they were honored at an assembly of the entire student body, then feted at a luncheon at Ristorante Molise before the official induction banquet was held at the Holy Family Parish Hall last night.
This year marked the 12th annual Hall of Honor induction; previous honorees include actor Jeffrey Donovan and state Rep. Mike Costello.
“When one graduates from high school, you don’t expect to be back talking to a large number of students,” Randall said at the assembly. “When you are (a student) you don’t know where you are going to wind up.”
A member of the Class of 1959, Randall went to the University of New Hampshire then became the editor of the Hampton Union newspaper as well as the New Hampshire Profiles magazine. Randall also started his own book publishing business, Peter E. Randall Publisher, producing 450 books and writing 14 books himself along the way. Since retiring, he has curated several exhibits as well as produced and directed a pair of documentaries.
“I don’t think kids really appreciate high school as much as they ought to. It’s free education,” Randall said. “You don’t need to pay for it, it’s free. No one is charging you, it’s free. For the rest of your life, not much is free, you have to pay for everything else.”