MILLBURY, Mass. - A Millbury student had the opportunity to ‘report’ from the Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks Game on Thursday, April 26 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston.
Daniel Carew, a seventh grader at Millbury's Assumption school, won the Will McDonough Essay Contest and will represent the town in Boston.
Daniel naturally is very excited for his opportunity and said he, his parents and one of his friends will attend the game together. "We are going to get to watch the game from the press box in the Garden," he said. "And I am really excited about it," he added.
First place winners of the 8th annual Will McDonough Writing Contest:
4th Grade: Austin Jewel of West Roxbury - William H. Lincoln Elementary School
5th Grade: Matthew Malec of Newton - Horace Mann
6th Grade: Jenna Letterie of Weston – The Rivers School
7th Grade: Daniel Carew of Millbury – Assumption School
8th Grade: Julia Hall of Malden – Cheverus School
9th Grade: Kevin Lynch of Randolph – Catholic Memorial
10th Grade: Nicholas Nedzweckas of Sturbridge – Tantasqua Regional High School
11th Grade: Sarah Robertson of Gardner, – Gardner High School
12th Grade: Margaret Antonellis of Watertown – Watertown High School
Some of the dignitaries who are involved in the event include:
Rich Gotham – President, Boston Celtics
Fran Allen – Sports Museum Board Member and Chairman of Education Committee
Jackie MacMullan – Award Winning Sports Writer and Bestselling Author, ESPN Boston
Joseph Sullivan – Sports Editor, the Boston Globe
Sean McDonough – Ceremony Emcee and Sports Announcer for ABC/ESPN
Ryan McDonough, Erin McDonough, Gerry Corcoran - Will McDonough Family Members
Rusty Sullivan – Executive Director, The Sports Museum
The Will McDonough Writing Contest is designed to encourage the development of language and writing skills while incorporating the topic of sports and concepts such as teamwork, respect, and perseverance.
The winners are determined by judges from the Boston Globe, based on how well they organized and expressed ideas and addressed the topic. The winners and their guests will be invited to attend the Celtics vs. Bucks game at the TD Garden immediately following the ceremony.
The winners will also receive an e-reader as a prize. The writers’ winning essays will be displayed in the Will McDonough exhibit of The Sports Museum until next year’s contest.
Will McDonough, a former Boston Globe columnist of 44 years, was the only Boston Globe sportswriter to be nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He died in January 2003. McDonough was a mentor to young writers and for this reason, The Sports Museum and his colleagues from the Boston Globe dedicated this contest in his memory.
McDonough’s desk, photos and articles, and the winning essays are part of the Will McDonough exhibit in The Sports Museum.