Monthly Archives: December 2012


Yesterday, TORCH was featured on Minnesota Public Radio! The story, titled “Northfield Program Shrinks the Achievement Gap,” was aired on All Things Considered. Interviews include TORCH High School Program Director Beth Berry, Faribault’s CAST Program Director Martha Schultz, Carleton College’s Director of Academic Civic Engagement Adrienne Falcon, and Northfield High School seniors Jhosi Martinez and Frank Calvario. Click here to go to the story on the MPR website.


Christmas Sharing

TORCH students help prepare for Christmas Sharing at the CAC.

Every December, TORCH students volunteer at Christmas Sharing. This event, hosted by the Community Action Center, distributes hundreds of gifts to area children and families. Last year, they provided gifts for 866 children!

This year, 14 TORCH students have volunteered their time to help make this event possible. TORCH volunteers include alumni: Pablo Orozco, seniors: Frank Calvario, Cristian Lozada, and Jhosi Martinez, juniors: Preston Robinson, Helen Forsythe, and Yovany Herrera, sophomores: Nicte-Ha Calvario, Luis Dominguez, Avea Halverson,  Gregorio Leon, Leslie Rodriguez-Vazquez, Adilene Valeriano, and Giselle Vazquez.

Adilene Valeriano (left) and Giselle Vazquez (right) wrap presents for Christmas Sharing.
Seniors Cristian Lozada (left) and Frank Calvario (right).

Successful Night at
Soup for Scholarships

Thank you to everyone who supported our first Soup for Scholarships All Community Winter Dinner! We had a wonderfully festive and busy night, serving over 200 Northfield community members and raising over $1200 for scholarships that will benefit low-income, minority, and first-generation college-bound students at Northfield High School.

Special thanks to the following organizations, groups and individuals:
Suzie Nakasian
Arlo Cristofaro-Hark
Bon Appétit
Carleton College Facilities Management
Econo Foods
Jason Hallen
Jennifer Lompart
Juan Carlos Hernandez
Leslie Nieves
Mary Williams and the NHS Brass Quintet
Northfield High School and Middle School Staff and Teachers
Northfield High School Special Education Department
Teddy Gelderman
TORCH Alumni and Current Students