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QNQ Robotics

At the FIRST Robotics WPI Event Team HYPER, our QNQ Robotics team competed in a field of 36 teams from all over New England.  HYPER did well enough in the Qualification Rounds to be selected to the second seeded alliance.  In the Playoffs, this alliance made it to the finals of the competition, giving HYPER a second place finish, capping a great weekend for the team. 

hyper robotics team

🌎april: celebrating earth day!!🌎

Earth Day is an annual celebration in the United States that honors the achievements of the environmental movement as well as raises awareness for the need to protect Earth’s natural resources for future generations, practicing sustainability. It’s celebrated on April 22nd in the United States, but other countries will either celebrate on April 22nd or the day the spring equinox occurs. 

The Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, the first organizer of Earth Day, was inspired by environmental activism during the 1960s, so he wanted to create a national celebration to unite the environmental movement. On April 22, 1970, he educated participants on the necessity and importance of environmental conservation. Twenty million people across the United States attended and demonstrated. The event strengthened support for environmental legislation like the Clean Air Act to be strengthened and for the Endangered Species Act to be created. 

Then in 1990, Denis Hayes, a graduate student from Harvard University and one of the people who helped Gaylord Nelson during the first Earth Day, organized a global Earth Day that had over 200 million participants in over 140 countries. Earth Day is now a globally recognized holiday where citizens and activists across the world are brought together to raise awareness and take action in their respective countries regarding environmental concerns like global warming and renewable energy. 

Today, the Earth Day Network (EDN), which has more than 20,000 partners and organizations in over 190 countries, supports the mission statement of Earth Day all year round. Their mission statement is based on the premise that all people, regardless of race, gender, income, or geography, have a moral right to a healthy, sustainable environment. They pursue this mission through education, public policy, reform, and activist campaigns. These campaigns reach more than one billion people every year, which makes them one of the largest public, secular events in the world. 

Earth Day, as well as being an event to increase awareness of environmental problems, is also a way for a community to gather together to clean up litter, plant trees, or simply reflect on the beauty of nature. Here are four ways to improve your local environment!

Sources: National Geographic Earth Day

EPA History: Earth Day

  How to celebrate Earth Day 

~ Avery W.


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Marine Corps Parris Island Band visit NQHS!

North Quincy High School had the honor of hosting the Marine Corps Parris Island Band on Tuesday, March 12th. The Marine Corps Parris Island Band performed in the auditorium for the QNQ Band. The idea to have the Marine Corps Parris Island Band perform first came about when Sergeant Sweeney stopped by NQHS on a surprise visit with two of his command staff, Major Thompson and Master Gunnery Sergeant Snyder. The impressive amount of clubs and programs that both schools - North Quincy and Quincy High - have was mentioned, including the band, and Master Gunnery Sergeant Snyder proposed the idea that they could have the Marine Corps Parris Island Band perform at North, when they just so happened to be on tour. The request was sent to Mr. Gilbert, who approved it quickly.

The first few pieces were conducted by Warrant Officer Mardia Tompo, who serves as the Officer in Charge for the Parris Island Marine Corps Band; and then was handed over to Staff Sergeant Michael Barnett, who serves as the Ceremonial Conductor in the Parris Island Marine Corps Band. To start the performance, North Quincy’s Air Force JROTC did the Presentation of Colors, followed by the NQ Class of 2024’s only Marine Corps Poolee, Chloe Hawco, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. For their final performance, Warrant Officer Tompo handed over the baton to our very own Mr. DeMarco to conduct the band’s performance of “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” 

Amongst the crowd of the QNQ Band was Christine Cugini, the Director of Veteran Affairs for the City of Quincy; accompanied by Mildred Cox, a Marine Corps Veteran who served in World War Two and is turning one hundred years old this year. NQ’s Marine Recruiter, Sergeant Sweeney, also had the pleasure of watching the band perform. Thank you to Mr. Ragusa, Mr. Gilbert, Mr. Cavanaugh, Mr. DeMarco, and - of course - Sergeant Sweeney for making this amazing performance possible!

Interested in finding out more about the United States Marine Corps?

Contact Sergeant Sweeney at 617-320-2655 or read more about him here!

Chloe posing with Sergeant Sweeney
Marine Corp Band
Marines with Chloe

A Winner APP for NQHS Students!

North Quincy students again took home the first prize at the 3rd Annual CGI IT Girls Challenge. Students were tasked with working in a team, developing an idea for an app, and then learning how to use coding and programming software to develop a prototype to present to a panel of professionals. Hannah Moriarty, Alexia Laci, Melani Wijaya and Xuan Mai Ippolito (all NQHS 11th grade students) created FalconFocus, a focus app geared toward high school students and won a $20,000 scholarship for their work and presentation of their work. Last year, current seniors Nichole Chen and Jialin Yu won the competition for the app design and pitch. 

Students with CGI employees
students posing with check and CGI employees
winners posing with check

QNQ JAzz gets the gold!

This past weekend, the QNQ Jazz Ensemble directed by Matt Cavanaugh performed in their first ever MAJE State Finals at Norwood High School and brought home GOLD! An outstanding musicianship award was given to sophomore tenor saxophonist Nathan Aronoff. The group will be featured at the MAJE Gold Medal Showcase on May 5th at the Hatch Shell in Boston. Congratulations QNQ Jazz! 💙♥️♥️🎶

Special thank you to Mr. Gilbert and Mr. Tag who came out to see us!

qnq jazz ensemble performing on stage
qnq jazz ensemble posing with director Matt Cavanaugh and NQHS principal Dan Gilbert
student winners posing with principal

Sofija, Mr. Gilbert, and Vincent at the Scholarship Ceremony.

Scholarship Celebration!

NQHS seniors, Sofija Slezas and Vincent Chen, traveled with Mr. Gilbert to the Quincy Neighborhood Club to celebrate their awarding of the Reuban and Lizzie Grossman scholarship. This scholarship was awarded to two seniors who were chosen by Mr. Gilbert for showing their participation in the North Quincy High School community. Two seniors from many high schools in the South Shore area were selected to go to this lunch in and learn about how much the Grossman family has given to the school systems in the South Shore areas. 

~Sofija S

qnq jazz continues to shine!


Students in the QNQ Jazz Ensemble are going on to state finals for the first time in our district's history. Groups are only extended an offer to state finals if they receive a gold medal, or a high enough silver medal rating to warrant an invitation. Tonight our students received a high silver with an invitation to state finals! 

Outstanding Musicianship Awards were given to Sophomore Tenor Sax - Nathan Aronoff, Sophomore Bassist - Dave Jean-Philippe , and Senior Vibraphonist - Lyna Dang. 

We are so proud of our students’ dedication to the medium and art form of Jazz in the Quincy Public Schools. 

On to state finals on Saturday March 16th at Norwood High School!

QNQ Jazz Ensemble performing onstage.
group picture of QNQ Jazz Ensemble

Congratulations QNQ Colorguard!

This past weekend the QNQ Winter Colorguard competed in their first show of the 2024 season at Dartmouth High School. They placed 3rd with a 70.75 in the Scholastic Regional A-White division. Their show this year is titled Jump, Jive, & Shimmy and features jazz inspired video game music from Cuphead written by Kristofer Maddigan. 

We wish you luck this month with all of your competitions, keep up the amazing work QNQ Winter Colorguard!

students in the colorguard performing in an auditorium

NQHS Celebrates Lunar New Year!

Senior Johnny Hoang & junior Carlin Chan performed the Lion Dance while juniors Kalven Lin and Mike Zhu played the drum and cymbals (respectively)  during all four lunches on Thursday, February 15th, to celebrate the Year of the Dragon. It was an amazing performance! Check out the videos and pictures below!

dragon dance performance
dragon dance performance
dragon dance performance
dragon dance performance
dragon dance performance
dragon dance performance
dragon dance performance
Students posing with drum

Carlin Chen, Timmy Lin, & Johnny Hoang pose with the drum after the Lunar New Year Performance. 

group of band students with instruments

Bridgewater State University Honor Band Festival 2024

North Quincy High school band students Tammy Chen, Thia Chen, Nathan Choi, Joyce Gao, Anthony Magnarelli, and Alvin Nikolla as well as Quincy High School band students Jayden Francois, Miyana Johnson, Tucker MacDonald, Owen Veith, and Jenna Zarges were invited to visit Bridgewater State University on Thursday, February 8 for a special Honor Band Festival with other select students from local high schools. These students spent the day rehearsing an exhilarating concert band program under the direction of composer and conductor Erika Svanoe and Professor Donald Running, conductor of the BSU Wind Ensemble. Flute students also had the opportunity to take part in the Flute Symphony with Professor Donald Zook. In addition to preparing this challenging repertoire in just one day, students attended presentations about professional life skills for musicians as well as sat in on an open rehearsal with the BSU Wind Ensemble. The festival culminated in an evening performance of the day’s repertoire for a live concert audience.

Winter Recital Night

Select vocal and instrumental students from Quincy and North Quincy High Schools had the opportunity to perform at North Quincy High School’s Peter Chrisom Auditorium on Wednesday, January 24 for our Winter Recital Night. Twenty six students in sixteen different groups were featured and performed a varied repertoire of solo, chamber, and popular music. Our spring recital will be on April 24 at North Quincy High School. 

student musicians and performers from the winter concert
student musicians performing
student playing piano while another student sings
student playing the piano
student playing marimba
student playing flute

Groundhog Day 2024: Punxsutawney Phil Predicts an Early Spring

The world's most famous groundhog, with his handler, Ms. McCarthy, did not see his shadow!

🎼congratulations are in order!🎵

picture of mmea finalists

The Quincy Public Schools would like to recognize the accomplishments of the following students who were recently selected to participate in the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) Senior District and All-State Music Festivals.

North Quincy High School Choir student, Michael Romeo, and Band students, Anders Eshelman, Alvin Nikolla, Fanny Yang, and Justin Zhao, as well as Quincy High School Choir students, William Caberoy, Devereux Fuller, and Matthew Hollatz, and Band student, Owen Veith, were selected to participate in the MMEA Senior District Festival on January 5th and 6th. The Festival took place at the Milton High School on January 5th and 6th and ended with a concert that featured the Orchestra, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Mixed Chorus. The Festival included high school musicians, selected by audition, from 30 Eastern Massachusetts cities and towns.

picture of Justin Zhao

Justin Zhao Gr. 10, Bassoon

Picture of Fanny Yang

Fanny Yang Gr. 12, Bassoon

picture of Michael Romeo

Michael Romeo Gr.11,  Chorus, Bass

picture of Anders Eshelman

Anders Eshelman    Gr. 11, Trumpet

picture of Alvin Nikolla

Alvin Nikolla Gr. 10, Flute

Additionally, QHS Choir student Matthew Hollatz, and QHS band student Owen Veith met the qualifying scores and were selected to perform at the upcoming MMEA All-State Music Festival, which will take place in March at Symphony Hall in Boston. 

picture of Owen playing trumpet
picture of Matthew singing

Auditioning MMEA students are required to prepare musical scales, an assigned vocal or instrumental solo, as well as demonstrate their sight-reading skills. Every step in this process is evaluated by judges from around the state and only the top-ranking musicians in grades 9-12 are accepted. With each round of auditions, the process becomes more selective as the pool of students grows. 

The Quincy Public Schools high school music faculty includes choral directors, Timothy Carew and Joanna Compitiello, and band directors Matthew Cavanaugh, and Michael DeMarco. DeMarco is also the Citywide Music Department Chair. 

NQHS has a new club: 

The NQHS Literary Magazine!  Check out their site here!

Wondering how to spend your February Break? Check out these ideas from staff reporter, Anastasiya B here!

Check out these Star Students! 

Way to go, Raiders!

Congratulations are in Order! 

In late-October, students in junior and senior English classes began preparing their speeches for the annual Lions Club Youth Speech Competition.  This year's question: "With which historical figure would you most like to speak?" Students went to work on choosing a historical figure, writing a speech and delivering it in English class. After Thanksgiving break, English teachers submitted their top speeches for consideration to be representatives of North Quincy in the Speech Competition, held on December 13, 2023.  In this group, there were thirteen students competing for three representatives.  

The English Department has been involved in this speech contest for seventeen years and narrowing the speeches down to three has never been easy.  There were many good speeches but eventually, three were chosen to represent North: Aryanna Paige (junior), Vanston Ly (junior), and Chloe Wu (senior).  They had the weekend and three days to polish up their speeches and arrive ready for the contest held at the Quincy Historical Society / Adams Academy located at 8 Adams Street.  The Quincy Historical Society has a wonderful history and looks to the future under the leadership of Dr. Edward Fitzgerald, whose son, Peter, graduated from NQ in the mid-2000s. 

In attendance were Aryanna, Vanston, and Chloe, along with their families, friends and a few of their English teachers, as well as the Quincy High speakers, Lions Club members, and judges.  The speaking order was determined randomly, as the speakers remained anonymous to the judges until final decisions were made.  After hearing all six speeches and deliberating for some time, the judges announced the results: the 1st runner-up was Vanston Ly and the speech winner was Chloe Wu.  Now that she has won the Club level, she will move next to the Zone, Region, and District levels before having a chance to compete at the State level, if successful each time.

Way to go, Chloe, Vanston, and Aryanna. You have made NQHS proud!

photo of Chloe Wu

Chloe Wu, Club level winner

photo of Vanston

Vanston Ly, first runner up

photo of Aryanna

Aryanna Paige, NQ finalist

2023 Winter Concert Flyer.pdf

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Alm❤️st, Maine

Did you see the Drama Club's production of Alm❤️st, Maine, last week! Here are some pictures, courtesy of Mr. Ragusa. Well done, actors!

two students, one standing, one sitting, performing on stage
two students sitting, performing on stage
two students performing on stage
three students, two at a table, one holding a tray with bottles, performing on stage
two students hugging during their performance on stage
The cast of Almost Maine on stage, at the end of the play.
2 Football Players/Band Members on Thanksgiving

QNQ band members and varsity football players: Alvin Nikolla (NQHS sophomore- Flute/ Piccolo) & Jayden Francois (QHS junior- Trumpet)

picture of QNQ band and colorguard members

The Reviews are IN! 

Check out what the Journalism Class has to say about everything from Coffee, to M&Ms, to golf courses, to jeans. 

Read them HERE!


students making bagged lunches in the school store
two students pose while making lunches

The students from SADD make sandwiches every other week for Mrs. McCarthy to give to a community outreach partner.   

The 2023 Holiday Shopping Expo 

NQ's Official Start to the Holiday Season!

Torrey Newcomb Smith and Kenda Coulter enjoyed an afternoon of Holiday Fun!

A variety of Food Trucks and vendors were available out front for shoppers to refuel. 

The Holiday Shopping Expo was held on Saturday, November 11th. For a $5 entrance fee, you got access to dozens of pop-up shops run by local as well as personally owned businesses. These shops ranged from those targeted at young kids all the way to nice gifts to give grandparents. These stands included handmade jewelry, decorative wreaths, soaps, collectables, dog accessories, tie-dye clothing, paintings, and raffle baskets. The raffle baskets were set up in the Hunt Street lobby, where you could buy a couple of tickets and enter them into the baskets you would like to win. North Quincy cheer and volleyball had shops in the gym along with the other stands. Ginger Betty was set up in the cafeteria right next to a photo opp with Santa Claus. There was a chance for the kids that attended the event to take a picture with Santa as well as the Grinch who was walking around all the rooms. Outside of the school, two food trucks were set up with comfort food. One of these trucks served a variety of dumplings, while a stand set up had grilled foods such as hot dogs with various toppings. The expo is a great opportunity for small business owners to get their products out to people who might not know them. It was also a great way to support NQHS PAC and the Senior Stay Out, all while people get a head start on their holiday shopping with heartfelt handmade gifts, or they get to make memories for their children with a picture with Santa. Thank you to Ms. Warren for providing pictures of the event. 

- Aryanna P


Picture of Drum Major- Cemre Gumus QHS, Assistant Drum Majors Jenna Zarges QHS / Lillian Carey NQ, and Colorguard Captain Laura Zhu NQ.

Drum Major- Cemre Gumus QHS, Assistant Drum Majors Jenna Zarges QHS / Lillian Carey NQ, and Colorguard Captain Laura Zhu NQ. 

This weekend the QNQ Marching Band & Colorguard received a silver medal at the MICCA State Marching Band Finals held at Veterans Stadium here in Quincy. The group received its highest MICCA score in the groups history while also receiving a 5 star rating in Music Effect and Music Performance with an overall rating of 4 stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️. Congrats QNQ! Next week the group will participate in the New England Scholastic Band Association championships! Good luck! 

A Message from Mr. Gilbert:

Welcome back Raiders!! 

I hope you are as excited as we are for another great school year.  Take advantage of all the amazing opportunities NQ  has to offer and make sure you come to school every day ready to make a positive impact on our community.  

Go Raiders!!

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Journalism students collaborating on their first assignment of the year!

Pen & ink drawing of North Quincy High School.

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