Chelmsford High School Alumni Association
JOHN W. SARGENT
Awarding Criteria: Will be awarded to a deserving senior who plans on a career in teaching and has earned a varsity letter in baseball or softball.
John W. “Jack” Sargent graduated from Chelmsford High School in 1944. He joined the Navy for two years after High School and after returning home to Chelmsford he enrolled in Merrimack College, graduating in 1952. He later received his MEd at Fitchburg State College.
Jack put 31 years of teaching into the Chelmsford School System. Starting as a teacher/principal at the Highland Avenue School, followed by teacher/principal at the North School, Algebra/Math teacher at Chelmsford High School for many years, Assistant Principal at the McFarlin School and he finished his Chelmsford School System career as Assistant Principal at the McCarthy Middle School.
The time he spent as a classroom Math/Algebra teacher was the most enjoyable chapter in his teaching career. Jack’s wit and keen sense of humor made his Algebra class fun to be in everyday. Many of his former students have often said that he was “tough but fair”. He always felt it was easier to learn when you made it fun.
He was often heard saying to his students and even his own children that you should strive to get as much education as you can because it is one of the few things in life that can’t be taken away from you.
Jack was an avid supporter of CHS athletics, especially baseball and softball. He played baseball as a young man, and coached and umpired for many years in Chelmsford youth sports.
This scholarship is given in his memory to support a student who is planning to enter the field of education and has received a varsity letter in baseball or softball, to honor two of his life passions.