Haverhill High history teacher Phil Brown is always spreading the gospel of how interesting Haverhill history is. This school year he challenged his students to not only learn as much as they could about the city’s past and present, but help update the trivia book that was created in 1988 by Patricia Garwich, who then taught sixth grade at Consentino Middle School and is retired.
Brown graded his students on their participation in the project. Kathleen O’Neil, a junior, helped with typing, photography layout and formatting. Senior Rochelle Rothermel researched statistics and demographics, while senior Stephen Alongi helped with research and organizing. Rothermel and her classmate Josseline Medrano researched demographics for the book.
”My family moved from Malden to Haverhill last year and I really didn’t know much about the city’s demographics, such as how many churches there are in the city or the city’s population, which is 62,373 per the 2010 census,” Rothermel said. “It was a fun project and I learned a lot about the city. I never knew a lot of celebrities were from Haverhill, like Tom Bergeron.”
Bergeron, a Haverhill High graduate, an Emmy award-winning TV show personality who hosts “Dancing with the Stars.’’
Rothermel said she’s been reading the trivia book to learn about the city. She recommends others read it too.
“It’s an interesting book and I think people will want to buy it,” she said.
Senior Selena Rosario helped organize and type the book’s questions and answers. She said she enjoyed looking through the original trivia book and the Internet to researching information for the revised book.
“I learned a lot about Haverhill,” Rosario said. “Haverhill has a lot of interesting and famous people like (major league baseball player) Carlos Pena, who is on the big mural on Essex Street, as well as other famous people including opera singers and radio announcers.”