DATELINE: June 3, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director of Marketing & Communications
Mark G. Auerbach
Mark G. Auerbach Public Relations
RETIRED SUFFIELD ACADEMY TEACHER BRAD GOOCH ESTABLISHES MERIT SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDENTS WITH PROMISE IN THE PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS
Suffield, CT—Brad Gooch, a faculty member at Suffield Academy from 1960-1966, has furthered his remarkable legacy at Suffield by establishing a merit-based, full one-year scholarship for a member of the Suffield Academy senior class who displays exceptional promise and deep passion for visual arts, performing arts, creative writing, or art history.
The Gooch/Vincenti Scholarship was named by Gooch to also honor the teaching excellence of Mario Vincenti. He led Suffield’s visual arts program from 1956-1964. Brad Gooch said, “I wanted this to be carefully targeted, for an especially talented student, so truly outstanding that he or she has the ability, and perhaps even the desire, to make whatever the chosen field a life's work.”
Brad was an Agawam, Massachusetts, native for many years before moving with his wife Mary to Rome, Georgia, where they currently reside. He taught English, Art History, Music History, and choral music at Suffield Academy. He was the director of Suffield's Glee Club and COGS, and has had a lifelong interest in the arts. He also coached soccer and the Academy's girls' varsity soccer field is named in his honor.
According to Suffield Academy Headmaster Charles Cahn III, “Brad has had an immense impact on Suffield, from his inspirational teaching and coaching to this remarkable gift. This scholarship is also another symbol of Suffield Academy's deep commitment to the arts. We have outstanding facilities and programs and feel the arts elevate the quality of our community and experience of our students. We are exceptionally grateful for Brad's generosity."
For more information, visit: http://www.suffieldacademy.org/gooch-vincenti
Suffield Academy, founded in 1833, is an independent, co-educational college preparatory school for boarding and day students in Suffield, Connecticut. Suffield Academy has a tradition of academic excellence combined with an encouraging environment and formal leadership training programs. For information on Suffield Academy’s programs and services: www.suffieldacademy.org.