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CRS Model UN and Robotics Teams Shine in Local Competitions

After months of preparation, the Charles River School Model United Nations and Robotics teams competed in local competitions this month. At both of these events, students had the opportunity to apply all they’d practiced and learned this fall, and to think on their feet.

On December 9, 21 CRS students in grades 6-8 took part in the day-long Middle School Model UN Conference held at Northeastern University; more than 500 students from 30 different schools came together for this event, making it the largest conference ever. Representing Australia and Bangladesh, CRS delegations applied their collaboration and negotiation skills in committees discussing child refugees, clean water, climate change and nuclear disarmament. Six of the CRS delegations were recognized for their outstanding work – a tremendous accomplishment! Awards included Best Delegate, Best Public Speaker and Best Negotiator.MUNNortheastern2017cropped

Also this month, the CRS Robotics team competed at the First LEGO League Robotics Competition. For this competition, teams worked at robotic challenges and created a presentation to address a global water issue. Due to a misunderstanding of the rules, the team needed to recode all of their programs between rounds (they had spent months working on the initial programming). The team rose to the challenge and was able to reconstruct 80% of the programming to meet the new restrictions, earning 15th place out of more than 30 teams!IMG_2930

Janie Howland, CRS parent and coach of the CRS Robotics Team commented, “The students were level headed, hard-working, dedicated, and could solve problems on their feet. They took it step by step and did great, and didn’t get upset when things went wrong. This is a testament to CRS, the education students receive there, and the atmosphere of the school.”

The Model UN and Robotics clubs both provide students with the opportunity to apply problem-solving skills to real-world problems and to think on their feet, leveraging skills they’ve developed over the preceding months. CRS has offered the Model UN Club for more than 10 years, and this is the second year the school has offered the Robotics Club.

The following students were recognized with Model UN awards:

  • Ian Brassard, Needham
  • Mary Cate Clayton, Natick
  • Ali Ehlinger, Wellesley
  • Max Heredia, Dover
  • Hannah Lapides, Wellesley
  • Isabelle Mathews, Wellesley
  • Carson Moellering, Natick
  • Patricia Plunkett, Wellesley
  • Grady Savage, Needham
  • Emma Somol, Dover
  • Eva Tutin, Natick

Wellesley Historical Society 2017 Holiday Party

The Wellesley Historical Society Holiday Party was held on Tuesday evening, December 12th.

Photos by John Harmon Photography

A Party with A Purpose Hosted at Selami Law Offices’ Wellesley Location December 13th

A Party with A Purpose

The Law Offices of Sonja B. Selami’s annual holiday party is quickly becoming an event that Bostonians (lucky enough to know Sonja) look forward to all year. Hosted by Sonja and her talented staff at their beautiful new location in Wellesley, the night was a glittering gathering of friends and associates from the Boston area and beyond. In addition to a fun holiday celebration, Sonja tied in the spirit of the giving season by holding a silent auction, and donating proceeds of the night all towards St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.


Sonja Selami, Selami Law Offices, Wellesley, Boston, Bedford, Lexington, Tom Aaron, Coldwell Banker, Wellesley, Ming Tsai, Blue Dragon, Wellesley Celebrity Chef

Upon entering the Selami offices, guests could choose between oysters, fresh seafood and chowder by Legal Seafood of Boston to their left or salmon tartare spoons, Duck Confit Potstickers and more by celebrity chef Ming Tsai to their right. Others opted for dessert and chose champagne and imported Parisian Ladurée macarons showcased in the back of the virtually endless new office space.

Not only were guests able to enjoy some of Ming Tsai’s signature bites, but they got to meet and converse with the warm and gracious chef himself.

As guests enjoyed the holiday fare, music by Boston band Almost Owen rang through the Selami halls bringing the crowd together on the dance floor.


Sonja Selami, Issac Haselkorn, Joni Shore and Ken Tutunjian

The atmosphere was abuzz with good music, holiday goodwill and cheer. And with the generosity of Selami’s friends and colleagues, they were able to raise money for an incredible cause in the truest spirit of giving.


Bostonian philanthropist, Ashley Bernon and Sonja Selami

Bostonian philanthropist, Ashley Bernon, said of the night, “I think it’s just awesome how Sonja has brought these people together. From business, to fashion, to real estate to philanthropy, everyone here in the end is here for an amazing charity.”

The goal of the event was to raise $10,000 for St. Jude’s, yet through the hard work of Sonja Selami and her team, they met and exceeded that goal.

Great company, delicious food, and warm hospitality provided by Sonja, could there be a better kickoff to the holiday season?


Ming Tsai, Blue Dragon, Wellesley and MingTV, providing a guest with the perfect bite.

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Article by Caroline McCann, Freelance Journalist