Three successful BHS graduates from 2020, who were unable to be honored due to COVID-19, and three who will be recognized this year, will receive awards from the BHSAA in late May in the organization’s 18th year of honoring its alumni/ae.
Alumni Achievement Award: Jillian Morlock, ‘04
Alumni Service Award: Brett Gormley, ‘98
Young Alumni Award: Sharisse Scott-Rawlins, ‘12
Alumni Achievement Award: Eric J. Rubin, ‘76
Alumni Service Award: E. Macey Russell, ‘76
Young Alumni Award: Sabrina Victor, ‘14
The Brockton High School Alumni Association is pleased to announce the 2021 Alumni Award recipients who were chosen from a competitive pool of nominations. BHSAA Board President Anne Beauregard said the decisions were difficult given the many worthy candidates who were submitted this year.
“The alumni of Brockton High School make up such a large pool of remarkably talented individuals, the challenge to select Distinguished Awardees grows each year,” Beauregard said. “It is an honor to recognize these three graduates for their accomplishments and contributions. Congratulations, 2021 winners!”
Dr. Jillian Morlock '04 is currently the Chief Medical Officer of eight physicians at the Community Animal Hospital in Shrewsbury. In 2020 she was named Best Veterinarian in Central Massachusetts, highlighting her commitment to her patients, their families, and her community. Jillian received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in 2015, was honored for excellence in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine and was inducted into Phi Zeta, the honor society of veterinary medicine.
The practice supports community outreach and pays for medical care for stray animals, was the main sponsor to build a playground for a local school district, supports seven major charities, provides internships to three college veterinary programs and three high school community service programs, and sponsors two local sports teams. At BHS, Jillian was involved in Key Club, National Honor Society, Gay-Straight Alliance, TV Club & Student Mentors. She is beloved by her staff and patients and has not only made an impact in the lives of creatures great and small but how her staff responded to her win last year on their social media says a lot about who Jillian is: "Jillian is always there for us when we need a hug, a good shoulder to lean on in confidence, (she) helps everyone out with cases and always peps us up when we need some good motivation. Today we not only stand with her as proud coworkers but even more proud friends.”
Brett Gormley '98 has served the Brockton community from the heart for years, bringing his love of sports and education into everything he does. He served as a representative of Ward 4 on the Brockton School Committee for two terms from 2016 - 2020 and was a member of the Community Schools of Brockton Advisory Board in 2020. Brett is a member of the Brockton Sports Foundation, known as Save Our Sports, which finds ways to raise money so students never have to pay to play sports in the Brockton Public Schools. He is a Physical Education and Health Teacher at the McCormack Middle School in Boston where he has coached football and track. Over the past 10 years he has served as an ardent advocate of BHS sports, serving as a volunteer coach in football and track and is currently a volunteer for the Boys' Basketball program. He faithfully attends sporting events and clinics at all levels. He is the Vice-President and one of the founders of the Brockton Track Club. He has organized and run youth basketball clinics for the Community Schools Office, and he has been a vocal advocate for proper school funding in the Commonwealth.
Young Alumni: Sharisse Scott-Rawlins '12 is an entrepreneur, Howard MBA, fashion designer, artist and teacher who was recently chosen as the winner of the TB12 Empowerment Through Art Competition for 2021 with @poa.brockton for her design of the new TB12 T-Shirt “Humble & Hustle.” All proceeds of the sales of the new T-shirt will benefit the Metro South Boys and Girls Club in Brockton. Sharisse is a 26-year-old fashion designer who started her own fashion design business and brand @bysharisse as a sophomore at Brockton High School and to date she has created 600+ custom pieces. Sharisse received her undergraduate degree from Lasell College in fashion design, spending a year at the London College of Fashion before receiving her master’s degree in Business from Howard University, where she was the student founder of the Entrepreneurship Center at the School of Business.
Her upbringing in Brockton inspired Sharisse to use her brand to make a difference and encourage confidence, individuality, and equality in her community. She has volunteered to mentor kids in Washington DC as an academic coach at Healthy Families Grow and says it was Former South Middle School Principal -- now BHS Athletic Director -- Kevin Karo whose support and enthusiasm moved her as a teen to believe in her own superpowers and helped her to find the confidence she needed to succeed as she explored the beginnings of her art career. Today, the motto Sharisse displays on her LinkedIn page is "Think with Your Heart."