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Minuteman students design aid effort

Minuteman students design aid effort

A fund-raising event benefiting the Sarcoma Foundation of America and the Catherine J. Malatesta Scholarship Fund, titled "A 'CAT'Pella Festival to Belt Out Cancer," is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at Arlington High School's Lowe Auditorium.

A silent auction, raffles and T-shirts will be available at the festival.

General-admission tickets are $15 and can be purchased at, where you can also find the list of a capella groups performing.

If you are unable to attend, we encourage you to make a donation at the same website.

Malatesta, an AHS senior standout in sports and on stage, died of cancer in 2015.

Students in the Design and Visual Communications program at Minuteman High School in Lexington recently created publicity materials for an event that will serve two noteworthy purposes -- honoring an Arlington teen who lost her life to sarcoma and raising awareness and money to fight this rare form of cancer.

Several juniors designed and printed postcards (shown above), tickets, sandwich board signs and the event program. 

Minuteman design and visual communications teacher Maria Galante said the event organizers -- Catherine’s mother, Jennifer Goodwin, and Dawn Terry -- met with Minuteman juniors in the design program, some of whom knew Catherine, so they could gather information and start brainstorming. Then, the class broke down into smaller groups to create each item.

The participating students were Lili Allen, Christopher Cercone, Nicholas Cinganelli, Lucille Couet, Charles Garvey, Melanie Hennessey, Sydney Kindle, Timothy Meridal, James O’Connell, John Ross, Emari Scott, Andre Scotto, Mariana Torres-Roman, Ryan Vail and Hailie Wentworth.

Galante said the students learned a great deal from this project. She said: "They had the opportunity to share their technical skill in a way that helps support their community while they are provided with an experience that represents what happens every day in the industry. As a teacher, I’m always grateful when I see students working with the community as designers, illustrators, photographers, video editors, animators, or whatever it is they’re on their way to becoming. It means the world to me when I see students pursuing their passion while helping others."

One of the students involved, Sydney Kindle, expressed her enthusiasm for the project: "The clients were great to work with and working with them to create something was awesome."

Catherine’s mother expressed her appreciation for the efforts of the Minuteman students and their teacher" The partnership between the A CATpella Festival Committee and the junior students in the Design and Visual Communications program has been fantastic. The promotional materials that the class produced are beautiful and have been received with much enthusiasm. Catherine was 16 when she died. She would love that her peers designed these materials. We are so thankful to have found Ms. Galante and Minuteman High School. What a resource in our community."