The Tisbury School held its Recognition Day for grades five through eight on Tuesday, June 17..  The following special awards were presented.

Jeffrey T. Goodale Memorial Award to Nathaniel Porterfield, grade 5; Dorothy Larkosh Roberts Award to Danielle Middleton, grade 6; Rose Anthony Award for Achievement in Literary Arts to Owen Porterfield, grade 7.

8th Grade Awards: Kerry Alley Humanitarian Award to Devon Teves; Eugene W. Baer Creative Arts Award to Emily Hewson; James Norton Technology Award to Curtis Fisher; Maurice Bresnahan School Service Award to Curtis Fisher; Fred Glodis Science Award to Margarett Burke; Michael Ovios Golden Hammer Award to Salyn Yancey; Principal’s Award to Elizabeth Williamson and Benjamin Tillman.

James Pringle of Vineyard Haven was appointed to another term as a Justice of the Peace for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, with a “special designation to solemnize marriages, for seven years, if said appointee shall so long behave well in said office.”

Julia MacNelly of West Tisbury has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowshipto teach English in Tryavna, in central Bulgaria. Julia is a 2014 graduate of Scripps College in Claremont, Calif.

Isabella R. Hazell-El-Deiry of Vineyard Haven has become a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Isabella is a student at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Simi Horwitz, a seasonal resident of Vineyard Haven, has won the New York Press Club Award for Entertainment News, for a piece on the challenges faced by Jewish feminist theater artists performing in Muslim countries. The story appeared in The Jewish Daily Forward. For the same story Ms. Horwitz won the American Jewish Press Association Award for Excellence in Jewish Journalism.

Faith Smalley of Aquinnah has been awarded a Mansfield E. Pickett Scholarship by Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield. Faith plans to attend Guilford College, in Greensboro, N.C.

Jack O’Malley of West Tisbury is the recipient of the 2014 scholarship award from the Martha’s Vineyard League of Women Voters. Jack has completed his freshman year at Grinnell College in Iowa.


Alea Braga of Vineyard Haven received a Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, Conn.

Max Conley of West Tisbury received a Bachelor or Arts from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Olivia E Gross of West Tisbury received a Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, from the University of Vermont in Burlington.

Nicole Shepherd of Vineyard Haven received a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Dean’s List

Augusta Dillon of Vineyard Haven at Simmons College in Boston.

Emma K. Forbes of Oak Bluffs at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.

Charlotte L. Hall of Oak Bluffs at Wheaton College in Norton.

Genevieve St. Onge Hammond of West Tisbury at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Corey P. Perrotta of Vineyard Haven at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C.

“Shenandoah Nights” by Lisa Belcastro of Edgartown won the Speculative Fiction Reader’s Choice Award last weekend at the New England Chapter of the Romance Writer’s of America conference in Boston. Miss Belcastro’s “Shenandoah Crossings” placed second in the NEC-RWA awards. “Shenandoah Nights” also garnered Romance Book of the Year from the CSPA in April.

The first two books in the Winds of Change trilogy were released last year. They are finalists for seven additional awards that will be announced later in the year.

Miss Belcastro’s third book, Shenandoah Dreams, will be released by OakTara Publishers on July 1.

James T. Morse of Oak Bluffs was recently installed as a District Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts at the fraternity’s Boston headquarters. Mr. Morse will preside over eight lodges in the 20th Masonic District for the year.