About

Breaking the Barriers is a community service and leadership club, supported by a DFC-funded coalition, with the hope of inspiring youth to make healthy choices and giving them the qualities to become a leader of today.  We strive to spread our message to the entire high school community, not just our members, by forging connections with other clubs and sports teams.

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(L-R) BTB’s six founders: Liz Cahill, Neha Shabeer, Stephanie Moscaritolo, Haley Boccuzzi, Annabelle Rutherford, and Selma Chamime along with faculty advisor, Lindsay Hogan.

Meet Our Board

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Neha Shabeer: co-founder/President of BTB & youth sector holder of DAET, AHS Class of 2019

Neha Shabeer co-founded BTB and has served as the club’s President since its founding. She is also the youth sector holder for the Decisions at Every Turn Coalition. She has been involved with the Decisions at Every Turn Coalition since fourth grade and has consistently been a leader in the Ashland community. On behalf of DAET, she attended the CADCA conference in 2016. Furthermore, she is involved in numerous organizations at Ashland High such as Ambassadors, Academic Decathlon, Junior Statesmen of America (which she is the Secretary for), Principal’s Advisory Committee, Student Council, Make-a-Wish, among others. Her involvement has earned her the Student of the Term Award for Involvement and the Dean’s Award.  Outside of school, she is a competitive dancer, Alumni Public Relations chair for the Foundation for Metrowest, & Strike intern for Hammer & Chisel nonprofit. Additionally, she writes a monthly column in the Ashland Local Townpages. Her passion for helping others extends outside of the Ashland community as she is traveling to South Africa during summer 2017 for a one-month internship teaching impoverished kids. After high school, she aspires for a career in medicine.


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Haley Boccuzzi: co-founder/Publicist, AHS Class of 2019

Haley Boccuzzi co-founded BTB and has served as the club’s Publicist since its founding. She has been involved with the Decisions at Every Turn Coalition since freshman year and is passionate about making a positive difference in her community. She is a participant in many Ashland High School clubs and organizations such as Student Council, the Principal’s Advisory Committee, Make a Wish, and Junior Statesmen of America. Her participation has earned her the Student of the Term Award for Involvement as well as the award for computer science. She has also been an attendee of the CADCA Conference on behalf of the Decisions at Every Turn Coalition for 2 years (freshman and sophomore year). Outside of school, she volunteers frequently at the Danforth Art Museum and tries to make a difference through her involvement with Project 351.                                                                                                                           


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Julia Caruso: Treasurer, AHS Class of 2019

Julia Caruso is the Treasurer of BTB. She was elected due to her money-management skills acquired while running her own henna business. She is the former Publicist of Ashland High’s Amnesty International club. She is also a member of Student Council and has received 2 Academic Awards from the art department. She is a junior looking to work in a future job that directly helps people in need.

                                                                                                             

 

 


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Lily Orr: Secretary, AHS Class of 2019

Lily Orr is the 2017-18 Secretary of BTB. She began her involvement with BTB and DAET in her sophomore year (2016-17). She attended the CADCA conference in February 2017 on behalf of the Decisions at Every Turn Coalition. She is involved in many school organizations such as Student Council, Peer Leadership, and Yearbook, as well as the Varsity Soccer and Lacrosse teams. For her stellar commitment and work ethic, she received the ‘Unsung Hero’ award for her sophomore season of Spring Varsity Girls Lacrosse. Outside of school, she volunteers and coaches for Ashland Youth Soccer (AYS), plays club soccer and futsal, and is a senior Girl Scout member.

 


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Annabelle Rutherford: co-founder & former Secretary, AHS Class of 2019

Annabelle Rutherford is a co-founder & 2016-17 Secretary of BTB. (Detailed bio coming soon)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

                           


              

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Stephanie Moscaritolo: co-founder & former Treasurer, AHS Class of 2019

Stephanie Moscaritolo is a co-founder and 2016-17 Treasurer of BTB.  She has been with the Decisions at Every Turn Coalition since freshman year and attended the CADCA Leadership Forum in 2016 and 2017. Outside of school, she has been horseback riding since third grade, playing softball since kindergarten, and dancing since first grade. She also trains service dogs for veterans with her family.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    


                                                                                  

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Selma Chamime: co-founder, AHS Class of 2019

Selma Chamime is a co-founder of BTB. She joined the Decisions at Every Turn Coalition as a freshman and has been active ever since namely attending the CADCA Leadership Forum in 2016 and 2017. She is also a Student Representative for the Class of 2019, a member of the Student Council and Students Against Destructive Decisions Club.

 

 

 

 


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Elizabeth Cahill: co-founder & DAET Coalition youth sector holder

Elizabeth Cahill is a co-founder of BTB and a youth sector holder for the Decisions at Every Turn Coalition.  She has been involved in DAET since the beginning of her junior year. Her involvements outside of the Coalition include being a member of the Ashland High School National Honors Society, Ashland High School’s Student Council and a member of the swimming and diving team. She has committed to attend and dive Division I for the class of 2021 at Bryant University.