Every time Chelsea High girls track coach Mark Martineau set a goal for Stephanie Simon this season, the 5-foot-4-inch sophomore eclipsed it.
Stephanie Simon is on her
way to another victory for the Chelsea High girls track team.
“I think Stephanie exceeded our expectations to the point that we don’t know what the expectations should be for Stephanie,” said Martineau, who has piloted the CHS track program’s resurgence and helped Simon develop in to its marquee performer.
Simon just completed an outdoor track season that was unprecedented in school history. She was the Commonwealth Athletic Conference MVP in the track and field events at the CAC Meet and the season-long honoree. She set six school records and won every event in which she competed, with the exception of one. Her older sister, Martine, an All-State performer heading to Mass. College of Art, edged her out one time in the triple jump.
Stephanie qualified for the Division 1 State Meet in six events (high jump, triple jump, long jump, 100 meters, 200 meters, and 100-meter hurdles). She entered three events in the Division 1 Meet and finished second in the triple jump, third in the high jump, and third in the 100-meter dash.
Competing in the New Balance Nationals at North Carolina A & T State University against the trop track athletes in the country, Simon placed 15th in the high jump and 27th in the triple jump.
Martineau believes Simon’s improvement has been striking and that her future is exceedingly bright.
“Stephanie has improved a ton from freshman to sophomore year, which leads us to believe that there is more room to grow,” said Martineau. “It’s hard to predict what her ceiling is.”
So who is this emerging superstar that is already drawing comparisons to Autumn Lopez, Denise Chappell, Kristin Rosa, Tiffany Moore, Katrina Hill, Nancy Pilcher, Laurie Taraskiewicz, Minerva Cruz, and Loreen Bradley – some of the greatest female athletes to wear the CHS uniform?
Stephanie is the 16-year-old daughter of Hubert and Mathilde Simon, who are of Haitian descent. Both parents played soccer in Haiti. Stephanie attended the Early Childhood Learning Center, the Berkowitz School and the Clark Avenue Middle School. In addition to an older sister, Martine, she has an older brother, Norbert, a graduate of CHS and UMass/Boston and a former CHS track athlete, and a younger brother, Emmanuel, who will be a freshman at CHS.
What is Stephanie Simon’s best track event?
“The high jump is my favorite event, but my best event is the triple jump,” she said.
Simon is already raising the bar for next season.
“My goal for the high jump is to jump 5-6 by the end of indoor season and 5-8 in the outdoor season. For the triple jump, I want to be able to jump 38 feet consistently and in the 100 meters, I want to be in the high, 11-seconds. And we’re going to try out the 400 meters next year,” she said confidently.
She views her sister, Martine, as a role model and a motivating influence in her track career.
“Martine taught me in my freshman year the do’s and don’ts and I appreciate all that she has done for me,” said Stephanie.
The MVC (Most Valuable Coach) in her athletic career is Martineau, without a doubt. Martineau, however, is stepping down as coach to be the Grade 9 assistant principal at CHS.
“Coach Martineau has been an incredible mentor who has brought out all the excellence in me and I’m definitely going to miss him as my coach,” said Stephanie, with emotion in her voice. She added that she was also appreciative of CHS Athletic Director Amanda Alpert’s support and encouragement.
College coaches are becoming aware of Stephanie Simon’s record-breaking accomplishments. A good student, Simon is looking at such prestigious institutions as Amherst College, Smith College, and Tufts University.
“I’m only a sophomore and I believe I can get better,” said Stephanie.
Chelsea High track star Stephanie Simons became the first female athlete to participate in the National High School championship meet last weekend in North Carolina, doing the city proud as she took 15th in the high jump and 27th
CHS Sophomore track star Stephanie Simon in a promotional photo from the New Balance High School National Championships last weekend at North Carolina A&T University.Simon was the first female athlete in CHS history to go to the nationals, and she competed in two events. She placed 15th out of 54 in the high jump.
in the triple jump.
Simon, only a sophomore, has starred for the track team over the past year, along with her sister, Martine, who is a senior. Stephanie distanced herself from the pack in qualifying earlier this year to compete at the New Balance High School National Championships last weekend at North Carolina A&T University.
In the high jump, the talented sophomore finished 15th out of 54 competitors from all over the United States.
Meanwhile, in the triple jump, she placed 27th out of 44 competitors.
“The sky is the future for this talented student athlete – who is just a sophomore,” said Coach Mark Martineau. “She is already looking forward to next year and even better performances.”
Simon has already set several school records and placed high at the Division 1 State Meet earlier this year.
She is also a very talented hurdler as well.
Lifelong Chelsea resident
Stephanie B. (Mikolajewski) Malachowski passed away Sunday evening, June 21 at the Charlwell House in Norwood where she had been receiving supportive care for the past two years. She was 95 years old.
She was born and raised in Chelsea, one of five children born to the late Franciszek and Anastasia (Budzinski) Mikolajewski. After attending local schools, Stephanie worked briefly as an assembler for Standard Box Co., in Chelsea. She married Bronislaw Malachowski in 1947 and together the couple raised their family of two daughters and one son. She dedicated much of her life to caring for home and family.
She was a lifelong communicant and parishioner of St. Stanislaus Church in Chelsea and was a devoted member of the former Rosary Society and St. Stanislaus School Mothers Club. During her life she mostly enjoyed the quiet home life style and keeping up on current and family affairs.
In addition to her parents, Stephanie was preceded in death by her husband, Bronislaw after 60 years of marriage and by her sisters: Mary Kondracki, Jeanette Banusiewicz, Matilda Mroczek and her brother, Wallace Mikolajewski. She is lovingly survived by her devoted children: Ann Malachowski of Dedham, Janice Laskowski and her husband, Timothy of Portland, CT. and Paul Malachowski and his wife, Carol of Franklin. She was the cherished grandmother of Craig Laskowski and his wife, Melanie of Milton, Kenneth Laskowski and his wife, Melissa of Chicago, IL and Stephanie Malachowski of Franklin, adored great grandmother of Chase Laskowski and by many loving nieces and nephews.
Her Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday June 25 at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea at 9:30 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Millis. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to “Boston” Catholic TV, PO Box 9196, Watertown, MA 02471. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit
Former proprietor of State House Cleaners of Bowdoin Street, Boston.
Ramona Vega-Amaro of Chelsea, formerly of Maunabo, PR, died on June 18
The former proprietor of State House Cleaners of Bowdoin Street, Boston, she was the beloved wife of the late Ulysis Amaro; devoted mother of Roberto and Yvette Colon of Puerto Rico, Anthony G. Ortiz of the Chelsea Police Department and the late Rolando Colon; dear sister of Frank Vega, Jr., Annette Vega, Jeanette Vega-Alvarez, all of New York City, Angel Vega of Florida and the late Eve and Ralph Vega. She was the adored grandmother of Rolando Colon Jr., and Anthony Ortiz Jr. and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, Orient Heights, East Boston. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Of New Hampshire, formerly of Chelsea
His greatest joy was to spend time
with his family
Joseph A. Richard died suddenly on June 16 at his residence in Dunbarton, NH. He was 71 years old.
Born in Chelsea, he has resided in Dunbarton for the past 23 years.
The son of Benjamin and Jeanette Richard, Mr. Richard worked his entire life as a machinist starting with the Gaulin’s Corporation of Everett. He was a US Navy veteran and a member of the VFW Post #834. Joe loved spending time in the outdoors fishing and hunting, however his greatest joy in life came from spending time with his family and especially with his granddaughter, Jordan.
Members of his family include his wife of 50 years, Diane Richard of Dunbarton, his daughter Nicole Richard and son in law Joe Bonta and granddaughter Jordan Richard all of Winchendon, MA. Joe is also survived by his siblings Elaine Patti, Linda Riley, Janet Sturgis, Annette Purcell, Joanne Scribner, Arnold, Eddie, Wayne, Ernie and Barbara Richard, all of Chelsea.
Funeral arrangements were by the
French and Rising Funeral Home, 17 South Mast Street, Goffstown, NH. Burial with military honors was at the Massachusetts Veterans Cemetery in Winchendon, MA.
For more information or to sign an online guestbook go to: www.frenchandrising.com