WILMINGTON, MA — At their banquet on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, Wilmington High School Class of 2019 presented Matt Hackett with the “Teacher of the Year” Award.
Hackett teaches history, psychology and sociology at WHS. He also serves at the school’s Girls Tennis coach and Model UN club advisor.
“My advice to you is quite simple,” Hackett told the students upon receiving the award. “Be strong. Believe you can handle anything. Try to nurture your sense of optimism by noticing the good things around you each and every moment. And when challenges come your way, look at them as opportunities to learn and grow.”
“I truly enjoyed my time with you guys. You inspired me everyday and made my job rewarding and enjoyable,” continued Hackett. “No graduation class is ever forgotten. The Class of 2019 is truly a memorable group who will be missed. Thank you for being great students, great people, and always pushing me to do my best. Thank you a gain for this incredible honor, congrats, and good luck.”
Class officers also announced that its yearbook has been dedicated to Louis Nardo, who is retiring this month after serving as a WHS physical education and health teacher for more than 15 years.
“There’s no doubt that Mrs. Nardo loves her job; her enthusiasm and positive attitude are infectious,” reads the dedication. “Her yoga and zumba classes are very popular. When it comes to staying active, Mrs. Nardo ‘walks the walk.’ It seems like she’s always up to something or off on an adventure… We wish her the best of luck in her retirement.”
Watch Tuesday’s WHS Senior banquet, which also includes the reading of the class prophecies, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:
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