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|40 under 40 Awards|
|Written by Gillian Smith|
|Wednesday, 14 August 2013 09:08|
Three Duxbury residents have been selected as recipients of the Stars ’40 Under 40 Award,’ which recognizes emerging community leaders on the South Shore.
Among the recipients is Jessica Bartlett, a local correspondent for The Boston Globe who covers Quincy, Braintree, Hingham and Scituate. As a correspondent, Bartlett actively covers the four communities, writing articles on town hall activities, features on local people and restaurants and keeping up with breaking news. Charged with writing three to four stories for the web each day, Bartlett has spent the last three years developing a solid rapport with local officials and leaders, and has even found some old connections from Duxbury.
“One of my history teachers is now the assistant principal at Hingham High School and my principal at Duxbury High School is now the superintendent for Scituate,” she said. “Its interesting how we all move around but are still so connected.”
The executive director at Stars contacted Bartlett last year and encouraged her to apply. Just last week, she was informed she was selected as a recipient. At nearly the same time, she got engaged.
After attending the University of Vermont and majoring in English with a minor in studio art, Bartlett became enthralled with the idea of working for a newspaper and did an internship with the Patriot Ledger. With her passion confirmed, she began working in journalism and secured the job at the Globe. In an ironic twist, Bartlett covered the first Stars ’40 Under 40’ event as a journalist and said it will be odd to be a participant this year and not an observer.
In addition to her work for the Globe, Bartlett has also maintained her connection with the DHS drama troupe.
“I was active in the theater when I was in school in Duxbury, and Darin MacFarlane became a good friend and mentor to me,” she said. “While I don’t have much time to spend in the theater these days, it is nice to be able to help out as much as possible.”
Bartlett has been volunteering at DHS, helping Darin MacFarlane with the school’s drama troupe and their annual entry in the MA Drama Guild Theatre Competition. She has judged past festivals of plays and has acted as a timer for several years. Upon receiving notice of her selection to the awards, Bartlett said she was honored.
“It’s incredibly validating to be selected for this award,” she said. “As a journalist, you sometimes feel as if you are writing in a black box and you are unsure of your impact to your
community. It’s really nice to know people are reading what I write and are paying attention to what is happening.”
Duxbury resident Victoria King has also been selected as one of the “40 Under 40” recipients. She is the director of provisioning at Granite Telecommunications, and the panel of judges decided she has a proven ability to develop employees and successfully manage large teams. She is also actively involved in volunteering with local youth groups including youth soccer, the girl scouts, and a Boy Scout troop.
Cory Wyman, the supply chain manager at Island Creek Oysters, was selected by a panel of local judges for the award for his efforts with the Island Creek Oysters Foundation. The Foundation supports projects that use sustainable aquaculture as a food source and works to educate people about the value of aquaculture as a solution to the global issue of food production.
Recipients will receive their awards at a gala reception and awards ceremony on Sept. 27 at Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy. Proceeds from the reception will benefits Stars’ early education and youth development programs for children across the South Shore.
Stars, formerly South Shore Day Care Services, focuses on supporting low-income par ents and at-risk children with family child care, early head start, pre-school through high school and summer camp programs.