Friday January 20, 2017
SOMERSET — From September through the middle of December, Alexandria Murphy worked in the Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen four days a week and then on Fridays went to seminars with guest speakers about topics, such as running for office, ethics and networking.
Those activities were part of a fellowship that Murphy was chosen for by Running Start, a non-profit and non-partisan organization that offers multiple programs for young women in politics. Murphy was chosen for the Star Fellow program which chooses seven college-aged women from around the country each semester to intern for a female member of Congress. The fellows are given housing on Capitol Hill and a $2,000 stipend.
In the office of Ros-Lehtinen, Murphy answered telephone calls from constituents. She said that one of the lessons she learned from the experience was that if someone was calling the congresswoman’s office, it may have been their last chance to get their problem resolved and that if they were reaching out, it was important to pay attention to their concerns. Murphy said hundreds of calls came into the office about the North Dakota access pipeline issue. She said the access through the tribal land was denied and she thinks the contact with legislators, like Rep. Ros-Lehtinen’s, had an impact on that.
“It was just great to see democracy work in action with that,” Murphy said.
Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, whose family fled the oppression of the Fidel Castro communist regime around 1960, represents Florida’s 27th congressional district.
Murphy said she also met Caitlyn Jenner in Rep. Ros-Lehtinen’s office when she came to meet the congresswoman who has a transgender son. Murphy said that while Ros-Lehtinen is a Republican, she is socially liberal.
She also gave tours of the the Capitol Building during her internship, showing people the House and Senate galleries, the speaker’s balcony and the old Supreme Court.
Murphy, a Somerset resident who graduated from Somerset Berkley Regional High School in 2014, attends Worcester State University where she is a junior majoring in communications and criminal justice with a minor in pre-law and concentrations in advertising and global studies.
The Running Start program did make her think about running for office in the future, Murphy said. She said she is gearing up to run for Student Government Association president at Worcester State. She currently is a member of the executive board of her class’s committee for Worcester State’s commencement in 2018 when she will graduate.
Murphy also was just hired as an intern to work in the Newton office of U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy who is the congressman that represents her town. She was to start working there this month.
An unenrolled voter, she said it will be exciting to see the Democratic side of the House after having just worked in the Republican side.”
THURSDAY MARCH 24, 2016
SOMERSET- Somerset resident Alexandria Murphy will represent Massachusetts in the Cherry Blossom Princess Program that will have young women from across the country gathering in Washington, D.C. for different programs next month.
The program is a cultural, educational and professional development program for women between the ages of 19 years old and 24 years old that takes place in the nation’s capital during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The event is sponsored by the National Conference of State Societies.
Some of the activities for participants in the Cherry Blossom Princess Program will include a parade, community service, a lantern lighting ceremony, presentations at embassies, a celebration of states and a congressional reception.
“It’s just a great cultural immersion and women’s leadership program,” Murphy said. “It’s a great program that allows young women to pursue their dreams and careers and get those connections that are possible.”
Murphy is a student at Worcester State University where she is a sophomore with a major in communications and criminal law and a minor in pre-law. Murphy is a 2014 graduate of Somerset Berkley Regional High School. Murphy also went to Washington yesterday with Worcester State and will be there until March 26 with the 2016 Presidential Leadership Program advocating for her peers. She is also running for Student Senate as a resident senator at WSU. She is a committeewoman on the Class Committee of 2018 at WSU.
A queen will be chosen from the Cherry Blossom Princess Program participants to represent the U.S. on a trip to Japan. Murphy said the queen will be chosen randomly with a spinning wheel. She said there will be no pageant.
Murphy’s Gold Award advisor in the Girl Scouts was a woman who represented Rhode Island in the Cherry Blossom Princess Program and is now Miss Rhode Island.
“I believe it will be a great experience to get out there and meet new women who are empowering themselves,” Murphy said.
Murphy said she would like to learn about the Japanese culture and the rich history between that country and the United States.
“And it will allow me to become a better collaborative leader and to be a role model for younger women for whatever they want to pursue in the future,” Murphy said.
Murphy will be attending the program from April 10 to April 17. She is raising money for her expenses for the trip with a Go Fund Me page which people can access by going to gofundme.com/macherryblossom16.”
Saturday October 11, 2014
SOMERSET — Kristen Rose said she lived the first five years of her life in Somerset. Her family moved away from town and lived in Dartmouth. But Rose now has another strong connection to Somerset that will require her to spend a little more time in town.
Rose was named Miss Somerset at a pageant that was held on Saturday night at Somerset Middle School.
…Miss Massachusetts, Lauren Kuhn, who was the fourth runner-up in the Miss America competition, also attended the pageant at Somerset Middle School over the weekend. Somerset resident Alexandria Murphy won the the Overall People’s Choice Award voted by the audience. Murphy, who graduated from Somerset Berkley Regional High School in June, is a student at Worcester State University where she has a double major in public health and nursing with a minor in Spanish.
Murphy’s platform for the pageant was “Fighting The Invisible War” which she said is about the epidemic of sexual assault in the military. Murphy did baton twirling for the talent portion of the competition. This was her second time in such a pageant. She said she enjoys the pageants and will continue to enter them.
“I like expressing myself and I want to be a role model for young girls, and I want to pursue my platform because I want to be an officer in the Navy and help the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,” Murphy said. “That’s Miss America’s national platform…”
Wednesday June 11, 2014
SOMERSET- “No matter what building where they attend classes, they will always be Somerset Berkley Regional High School graduates.
…Scholarships and awards were also passed out at the graduation ceremony. Samantha Rogers received the Donald J. McNamara Memorial Scholarship. Kaitlyn Machado was presented with the Raymond J. McDonald, Jr. Memorial Scholarship. Chandler Hayes was given the Carl W. McDermott Scholarship, Rachael Lake and Alexandria Murphy received the Somerset Berkley Regional High School Parent-Teacher Organization Scholarships. Rogers and Estrella received the Somerset Berkley Athletic Boosters Club Scholarships and Michael Pettine received the James F. Sullivan Memorial Scholarship.”
Sunday May 18, 2014
SOMERSET — Student Michael Valley registered to vote during the lunch period at Somerset Berkley Regional High School last Thursday…
…Somerset Town Clerk Dolores Berge set up an area in the cafeteria of the high school where students who have turned 18 years old could register to vote during their lunch periods. Thirty students registered to vote during the session. If the students were going away to college this year, Ms. Berge gave them some information on how to vote by absentee ballots. She said more students registered to vote last Thursday than she thought would…
…In the cafeteria, Ms. Berge and registrar Joseph Costa helped to register people to vote, as did selectmen’s candidate Steven Moniz and one of his campaign organizers, Gen Andrade. Alexandria Murphy, a student at the high school, volunteered to walk around the cafeteria and ask seniors about registering to vote. Miss Somerset, Courtney Stern, also attended to help promote students registering to vote…”
Sunday April 20, 2014
SOMERSET- On Sunday, April 6, the Somerset Majorettes competed in the Championship Competition of the New England Majorette Association (NEMA). It was hosted at Brockton High School. Somerset had 15 twirlers, five of them in the Novice class, and they placed fourth in the season out of five. They also placed third twice over the season at other competitions. Novice had a theme of “Jailhouse Rock.”
…There are two seniors on the team. They are Connie Pereira and Alexandria Murphy. They are both Somerset Berkley Regional High School Seniors, and have been twirling with the organization for eight consecutive seasons, beginning in 2006. Both Connie and Alexandria were inducted into the “2014 NEMA All Stars Team.” The Somerset team awarded both seniors a scholarship. Connie was also granted a scholarship from the NEMA board. There were a total of 10 seniors in NEMA for the 2014 Graduating class…”
Wednesday July 17, 2013
Right On Target: Somerset resident Alexandria Murphy won a gold medal in the archery competition of the Bay State Games over the weekend.
SOMERSET– Somerset resident Alexandria Murphy won a gold medal in the archery competition of the Bay State Games over the weekend.
Murphy competed in the female cadet Olympic recurve division for girls up to 17 years old. Her finish was better than when she competed in the Bay State Games in 2008 when she finished in second place in her division.
On this past Saturday, Murphy was shooting at targets that were 60 meters and 50 meters away. On Sunday, she shot at targets that were 40 meters and 30 meters away. There were four rounds in the competition and she shot 36 arrows in each round.
She practices at Buckley Family Archery on Shove Street in Fall River. Murphy shoots inside in Fall River, but the competition for the Bay State Games was outside.
“I like the outdoor better because it’s more relaxed,” Murphy said of what she likes about the Bay State Games competition. “It’s not like a silent room where you hear all the arrows hitting the targets. You meet people from all over and it’s more kids your age.”
While Murphy won the Gold, she said her score was not quite as high as it could have been as she scored 290 points out of a possible 1,240 points. The reason for that, she said, is because her 20 pound recurve bow is not made for shooting the types of distances she was at the competition that was held at Simcock Farm in Swansea on Saturday and Sunday.
“So, I had a lot of misses in the first round and second round,” Murphy said.
Murphy said she has had the bow since she was six years old. She has been practicing archery since she was five years old.
Murphy will be a senior at Somerset Berkley Regional High School in September and said she would like to be on a college archery team.
Wednesday October 12, 2012
SOMERSET — Tomorrow night at the Musictown Festival Ball at the Venus de Milo, 14 students from Somerset Berkley Regional High School will be hoping their name is called when the annual Somerset Musictown Festival queen is announced.
The decision will be based on an application, essays that the candidates wrote and an interview that they did with a panel of judges on Sunday afternoon at the high school.
…The 14 candidates for the Musictown Festival queen are Samantha Cabral, Hannah Pariseau, Jessica Burns, Hanna Bettencourt, Allison Baker, Madison Hyde, Alexa Pacheco, Kaitlyn Sheehan, Sydney Cardinal, Morgan Deplitch, Alexandria Murphy, Kelsey Alexander, Emily Esten and Kendra Ford.
“I want to bring more publicity to the Music Department,” Murphy said when asked why she wants to be Musictown Festival queen. “We have a really good Music Department, but it doesn’t get noticed. The sports gets more funding than the Music Department.”
Murphy, a junior at the school who was one of the candidates for queen last year, said she enjoys dressing up and feeling like a princess at the ball. One of the things she said she likes about the contest for Musictown Festival queen is that it is not based on physical looks, but more has to do with personality and poise during the judging and presentation with the essay. She said what type of character a person has and how they can benefit the community is taken into consideration.
“I just wanted to be a symbol for younger girls who want to try out,” Murphy said. “You don’t have to be a certain height, weight or size. You don’t have to be a model.”
Whether she is selected or not, Murphy said that participating in the queen selection process is good for college resumes, helps someone to get to know herself, improves self confidence and is a good experience.
Murphy plays violin in the string ensemble and orchestra, but students do not have to be in the Music Department to compete for queen…”
Wednesday March 28, 2012
SOMERSET — “Students of the Month for February have been named at Somerset-Berkley Regional HIgh School.
They include junior Julia Le in art, senior Lauren Cassidy in business, sophomore Kyle Souza in English, junior Jennifer Goddu in engineering and technology, senior Nicole D’Alesandro in mathematics, junior Michael Raposo in music, sophomore Megan Camara in science, junior Zachary Ferris in social studies, senior Shane Pacheco in wellness and sophomore Alexandria Murphy in world language.”
Tuesday October 11, 2011
SOMERSET — “Helena Sowa, chairperson of the selection committee for the queen of this year’s Somerset Musictown Festival, said she has had candidates come up to her and say it does not matter if they win, because they just feel they benefit from the experience of going through the process.
“They know that they better themselves by doing this,” Ms. Sowa said.
The 15 students at Somerset-Berkley Regional High School who are candidates for queen, princess and Miss Congeniality this year wrote an essay about what music means to them and also answered questions from a panel of judges in the high school auditorium on Sunday…
…Alexandria Murphy who plays the violin in the orchestra…
Wednesday October 27, 2010
SOMERSET — “There were a lot of students and staff members who were wearing purple colored clothing at Somerset High School last Wednesday. And it was not just a coincidence. They were wearing that color in recognition of Spirit Day, a national observance to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender students who have committed suicide recently after being bullied…
…Alexandria Murphy, a member of the GSA, said she has been bullied, but not because of her sexual orientation. But she said it still hurt.
“People who do bully other people, they need to know what it feels like, because it does not feel good at all,” Murphy said…”
Wednesday April 21, 2010
Wednesday December 23, 2009
SOMERSET — “…The honor roll for the first marking period at Somerset Middle School has been announced… Honors…Alexandria Murphy…”
Wednesday September 16, 2009
SOMERSET — “At the pet contest held on Sunday at Somerset Village Waterfront Park, a German shepherd named Miley, owned by Alexandria and Samantha Murphy, won the Spirit of Somerset award. Miley is two years old…”