The Williston Northampton Medal is presented to an alumnus/a who has made significant achievements and contributions to his/her profession and/or community, shown a commitment to professional growth, or is recognized for leadership in his/her field. The contributions do not need to be publicly renowned but should represent important creative effort or accomplishment with professional, societal or educational value.
After attending Williston Academy, Paul Tamburello attended St. Michael’s College. He began his post-collegiate adventures with a stint in the Peace Corps in India, and he spent the next 34 years teaching and guiding fourth graders in Brookline, Massachusetts. He retired in 2004, having been honored by the Brookline Foundation with the Ernest Caverly Award for Teaching Excellence. He is a long-distance cyclist and as a sailor who cruised the coast of New England and crewed on vessels bound home from Bermuda and The Azores.
The Williston Northampton School honors Paul for his work in raising awareness and funding to fight ALS. He created “A Positive Spin for ALS” and once each year from 1995 to 2004 cycled from Plymouth Rock to Provincetown, Massachusetts, raising a total of $300,000, the money to be used in large part for patient care for those with ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Now named “Ride to Defeat ALS” by the ALS Association, the spin raises money in seven states. The 20th anniversary of Spin took place on September 28, 2014.