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November 13, 2012

Thomson School students honor teen killed in WWI


Bullis is the son of Thomson School special education teacher Doreen Rose, who coordinated the students’ letter writing to troops. Several of those letters were read at the assembly.

Fifth-graders Riley Birchall, Katie Kooken and Caroline Pace led the assembly in singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

David Baylies, a North Andover High School senior who attended Thomson School, played taps toward the end of the assembly. Farshad Chowdhury, also an NAHS senior, played the echo for taps.

Students concluded the program by singing “You’re a Grand Old Flag.”

Thomson School has observed Veterans Day in a grand fashion for many years.

“They do such an incredible job,” said Selectman Tracy Watson, whose son Cameron is a fourth-grader at the school. “They make me proud to be an American.”

Assistant Superintendent Gregg Gilligan, who was principal of Thomson until he was promoted to his current position earlier this year, was the master of ceremonies yesterday.

The new Thomson principal, Lorene Marx, said she was “blown away” when she attended her visit Veterans Day observance at the school several years ago. At that time she was a special education teacher at Thomson.

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