Massachusetts Honors 50 Outstanding Vocational Technical Students
25th Annual Awards Banquet Highlights Accomplishments of Students
The awards banquet occurs on the heels of Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray earlier this week announcing a new leadership model to help advance and expand access to vocational technical education programs across Massachusetts as part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's efforts to close achievement gaps through promoting innovative learning strategies.
"Our vocational technical schools provide students with a high quality education in a dynamic learning environment that prepares them for future careers in a very global economy," said Lieutenant Governor Murray. "We celebrate the accomplishments of these 50 tremendous students and of all our students statewide."
The award ceremony highlights the great accomplishments of 50 students for their outstanding accomplishments in the classroom and contributions to their communities. The awards banquet is sponsored by the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA) and the Massachusetts Vocational Association (MVA).
"I am proud to help honor these 50 fantastic students for their hard work, commitment and dedication," said Secretary Reville. "These are our future leaders and I know from what they've already accomplished that our future is bright."
"Massachusetts has a rich and accomplished history of vocational technical education," said Commissioner Chester. "I congratulate the students who are being recognized tonight for their excellence in vocational technical education and for their dedication to their own learning and future success."
MAVA Executive Director David Ferreira was on hand for the Lieutenant Governor's announcement earlier this week and the awards banquet.
"Both MVA and MAVA for the past quarter century have honored the truly outstanding seniors from the Commonwealth's vocational technical schools," said David Ferreira, the Executive Director of MAVA. "These young men and women are most deserving of this recognition for they are the best of the best."
The new leadership model announced by the Lieutenant Governor earlier this week will increase the focus on successful vocation technical education and expand partnerships between educators and employers and increase collaboration among state agencies with the goal of expanding the use of vocational technical schools, which on average demonstrate higher graduation and lower dropout rates compared to overall high school rates statewide, according to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's 2010 Dropout Rate Report. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will also hire an Associate Commissioner for Vocational, Workforce, and College Readiness Programs to head the initiative.
Information on each of the students honored at the banquet follows.
ASSABET VALLEY REGIONAL VOCATIONAL SCHOOL
Nicholas Mulherin, a health technologies student from Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, is the son of Timothy and Diane Mulherin and lives in Hudson. Nick has excelled scholastically and vocationally and has made significant contributions as a student leader at Assabet Valley. He is currently ranked second in the class of 216 seniors with a GPA of 4.45. Through Nick's enrollment in the health technologies program, he has received certifications in CPR/AED, First Aid, CNA and Alzheimer's Care. He will also earn an EMT-B certification by the end of this year through a dual enrollment program with Mass Bay Community College. He is involved in a wide range of extracurricular activities. He is the captain of the varsity baseball team, a member of the National Honor Society, and a member of the Student Council. He is a Massachusetts State Scholar and a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship recipient. As a member of SkillsUSA, Nick won a bronze medal in CPR/First Aid at the regional competition. His career goal is to become an athletic trainer. He has been working as an assistant to Assabet Valley's trainer since his junior year and has devoted numerous hours to helping school athletes. Nick plans to attend Springfield College and major in athletic training.
BAY PATH REGIONAL VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL
Zachary Louis Pecore
Zachary Louis Pecore, son of Debra and Louis Pecore of Charlton, is an exceptional senior in the plumbing program. A conscientious and diligent student, Zack ranks in the top 5% of his class. He has participated in SkillsUSA for the past three years earning a silver medal as a junior. Captain of this year's soccer team, he has played for Bay Path for four years and thirteen years for the Dudley-Charlton Soccer League. Zack is a contributing member of both the National Honor Society and Renaissance, and has held membership in S.A.D.D. He has represented Bay Path at the Rotary Youth Leadership Conference. In addition, he has attained the rank of Eagle Scout and has been a member of the Charlton Police Explorers for four years, assisting the police in community activities. A past participant of Bay Path's cooperative education program, Zack plans to attend a four year college and major in physical therapy
Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School
Baljinder Singh, the son of Kulbir Singh and Shashiprit Kaur of Milford, came to the United States from India in 2000 and proudly became a U.S. citizen in August, 2010. He is an outstanding student in the information technology program and is ranked in the top 5% of his class. A member of the FIRST Robotics Team, he is the team's media contact and maintains its website. He is also a member of the National Honor Society, a SkillsUSA competitor, and has volunteered at the Uxbridge town library. In addition to Outstanding Student Awards in science and health and consistently being named to the Superintendent's Commendation List, he has earned perfect attendance recognition for his stellar attendance record, and has worked for Valley Tech's Technology Department for the past two summers. Bal's technical expertise is recognized throughout the school as he volunteers extensively to assist the Technology Department in maintaining and servicing the school's network and IT functions. He has also been selected to contribute a student's perspective to a nationally distributed High Schools That Work publication on Teaching Students Habits of Success. Bal plans to enroll at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and to pursue a degree in computer engineering.
BLUE HILLS REGIONAL TECHNICAL SCHOOL
Daniel Zaleski, the son of Richard and Karen Zaleski of Avon, is an outstanding student in Blue Hills' electronics program. Throughout his high school career, Dan has consistently ranked highest in the Class of 2011 and currently maintains a 4.91 GPA. His transcript includes the Project Lead the Way engineering curriculum and enrichment coursework through the dual enrollment program at Massasoit Community College. A Rensselaer Medalist and a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship recipient, Daniel also serves as president of the National Honor Society and a competitor on the Math Team. His leadership is evident in a range of extracurricular activities that include the WBHR radio station, school newspaper, and SkillsUSA. Daniel has applied his facility in electronic technology in the Electrathon America Electric Car Project where he has worked as mechanic, pit crew member, primary driver and solar car conversion technician. He has been closely involved in the design, construction, and competition of the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV unmanned submarine) where he led his team to third place in the Northeast Region at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Dan's commitment to service and community is evidenced by his pending Eagle Scout status with the Boy Scouts of America. He also holds regular part-time employment and has earned Employee of the Month recognition at Staples for outstanding customer service and satisfaction. Dan plans to attend a four year college and pursue a career in electrical engineering.
Bristol County Agricultural High School
Mollie Enright, a floriculture major at Bristol County Agricultural High School, is the daughter of Richard and Sharon Enright of Raynham. She has been a high honor roll student throughout her high school career and is a member of the National Honor Society. Her current GPA is 4.3. Mollie is an active member of the Future Farmers of America where she holds the position of vice-president of the school's chapter. She hopes to continue her involvement in the FFA as an officer at the state level following her graduation in June. Mollie excels in her floriculture major and has earned numerous awards at both the state and national levels. Two awards of note are the Citizenship Award and the State Star FFA Award. As a participant on the National FFA Floriculture Team, Mollie earned a silver medal individually while the team ranked eleventh nationally. In addition to her school related activities, Mollie has also devoted many hours to the Bridge Center where she volunteers her time and talents to work in a therapeutic equine setting where she assists children with challenges. She is also a leader of a junior church youth group and works as a Christian camp counselor during the summer months. Mollie plans to attend Gordon College in the fall and will pursue a degree in chemistry. She hopes to someday combine her interest in chemistry with her love and appreciation for the agricultural industry.
BRISTOL PLYMOUTH REGIONAL TECHNICAL SCHOOL
Kelsey Olsen, a computer information technology student from Middleboro, is the daughter of Linda and Robert Olsen. Kelsey is enrolled in the Scholars Program and has excelled in both her technical and academic studies, earning a GPA of 4.6. She is ranked number one in her class. Kelsey is a member of the National Honor Society and is a recipient of a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship. She has also been an excellent representative of Bristol-Plymouth at the Business Professionals of America competitions and was honored as Student of the Term in her junior year. She has played girls varsity basketball for four years and volleyball and track during her freshman year. In addition, Kelsey has held a part-time job for the past two years and has participated in numerous volunteer activities through the National Honor Society. Kelsey will attend Bryant College where she will study international business and finance.
Cape Cod Regional Technical High School
Rob Hooper, the son of Robert and Jean Hooper of Brewster, is an outstanding student in the welding and metal fabrication program. Academically, Rob has always challenged himself by taking and achieving in the most difficult classes that Cape Cod Regional offers. He is currently president of the National Technical Honor Society and is a John and Abigail Adams Scholar. Rob has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills by serving as a student ambassador and as a student representative on the Dean's Selection Committee. In addition, he has made presentations to the Equipment Sub-Committee. A gifted athlete, he has played on the Cape Cod Tech's varsity lacrosse team for four years and is serving as team captain this year. Rob is planning on attending either Northeastern University or Lincoln Technical Institute in the fall.
WILLIAM J. DEAN TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL
Winnarath Son, the son of Vuthy and Voeun Son of Holyoke, Massachusetts, is an outstanding student in the electrical technology program. Winnarath consistently challenges himself to achieve to the best of his potential. Winnarath is a Tech Prep student and has maintained honor roll status in his academic areas and received "A's" in his technical program. Winnarath is the recipient of a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship. He has been a member of the Dean Technical High School football team for the past three years. He is also fluent in the Cambodian language. In September, Winnarath will be attending Springfield Technical Community College majoring in electrical engineering. He also plans to join the Electrical Union and work towards earning his journeyman's license.
DIGHTON-REHOBOTH REGIONAL VOCATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
Tyler J. Medeiros
Tyler J. Medeiros, the son of Thomas and Jamie Medeiros from Dighton, is a senior in the carpentry program at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School. Tyler is a member of the Dighton Junior Firefighters where he holds the rank of captain. He is responsible for eleven youth members and works closely with the chief in the overall management of the program. He is a certified First Responder and a CPR "healthcare provider." During the summer months, Tyler volunteers at the fire station through the ride along program. Recently, Tyler earned the rank of Eagle Scout, Troop 45 Dighton and he is a member of the Order of the Arrow. His service project included plotting out and labeling every fire hydrant in the town of Dighton with SOLAS reflective tape and creating an electronic database to be used by the town's communication center. Tyler is an assistant CCD teacher and is employed by Trucchi's Supermarket. He has been accepted to the bachelor of construction management technology program at New England Institute of Technology where he will begin his studies this summer.
Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School
Samantha-Rose Cabral, an office technology student, is the daughter of Octavio and Rosina Cabral. Consistently ranked in the top ten of her class, she is currently ranked fourth in the Class of 2011. As a goal-oriented student, she has taken advantage of all the opportunities available to her at Diman. Samantha-Rose enrolled in challenging honors classes and focused on shop assignments. Her diligence in both areas has earned her high honors status and a membership in the National Honor Society, where she serves as vice president. A gold medal winner in SkillsUSA, Samantha-Rose is the madam president of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies Team. A well-rounded student, she has participated on the varsity cheerleading team. Her trade fair projects have earned her several top awards, including the Overall Outstanding Project Award. Samantha continues to excel in the cooperative education work study program as a customer service representative earning a grade of A+. She will attend Providence College where she will study biology and participate in a combined degree program with New England College of Optometry.
Essex Agricultural and Technical High School
Stefan Yuhasz, the son of Ms. Margaret Henry from Rowley, MA, is an exceptional student in the natural resources program at Essex Agricultural and Technical High School. Stefan sets high expectations for himself and works daily to meet his own personal best. He is a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship recipient. While involved in a rigorous academic program, as well as a challenging plant science curriculum, he has achieved honors or high honors every quarter. Stefan is an active member of the National Technical Honor Society and is a four year varsity soccer team member. For the past three years he has served as a student representative for the Freshman Orientation Program and has volunteered to conduct tours at the Admissions Open House. Outside of school, Stefan is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying rock climbing, backpacking, and has received his certification as a Wilderness First Responder. He is employed by Metro Rock in Newburyport. While a student at Essex Aggie, Stefan has shared his passion for rock climbing and outdoor leadership as a counselor at summer camp. Stefan hopes to combine his leadership, outdoor skills, and passion for natural resources in his future career plans.
Franklin County Technical School
Christopher Jennison is the son of Neal and Debbie Jennison of Greenfield MA. As a junior, Chris earned a GPA of 3.94 which earned him a place at the top of his class. A member of the National Honor Society, he is employed as a technical artist, Web/game developer, and designer for HitPoint Studios of Hatfield MA. In addition, he works as a Water Pilates instructor at the Greenfield YMCA. Currently, Chris is maintaining a 4.0 GPA at Greenfield Community College where he is participating in a dual enrollment program. Chris's immediate plans are to attend UMass Amherst after completing Greenfield Community College and major in business management with a dual minor in computer science and Russian. His career goal is to own and manage a game and advertising development company.
Greater Lawrence Technical School
Aldolfo Acevedo, son of Adolfo and Ana Acevedo of Lawrence, has become a leader in Greater Lawrence Technical School's information technology program. His web design skills have earned him the opportunity to create the consumer website for Andover Federal Credit Union. Additionally, his co-operative education position as a tech support team member in Greater Lawrence's technology department has allowed him to help improve instruction of teachers by successfully repairing technological equipment. Adolfo is a recipient of a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship. He maintains a 3.74 GPA in advanced classes and is currently ranked second in the Class of 2011. Adolfo has maintained high honor roll status and has received all "A's" in his career area. A varsity golfer, he has also been involved in SkillsUSA and is the sports anchor for Greater Lawrence Tech's daily student news program. To better enhance his skills and options for the future, Adolfo has decided to enroll in a post-graduate program at a New England private preparatory school.
Greater Lowell Technical High School
Greater Lowell Technical High School is proud to introduce Vanneyra Chum as its outstanding vocational student. Vanneyra is the daughter of Sinan and Narin Chum, and is the top ranking student in the medical assisting program. Vanneyra has generously given her time to improve her community. She helped to coordinate local neighborhood food drives for the Merrimack Valley Food Bank and organized a domestic violence awareness campaign for the Alternative House Battered Women's Shelter. She also participated in the Lowell General Hospital Cancer Walk. She volunteers her time at Greater Lowell Tech serving as a peer tutor during the school year and as part of the Summer Academic Support Program. She has been awarded the Comcast Community Service Scholarship for her commitment to giving back to her community. Vanneyra is a member of SkillsUSA, the Debate Club, Student Council, varsity tennis team, and the National Technical Honor Society. She has been nominated twice as Student of the Month. Vanneyra is ranked number two in her class and is the recipient of a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship. She has also earned perfect attendance for the last eight years. Vanneyra is currently an intern in the laboratory at a busy community hospital. She has been accepted to Regis College and plans to pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing.
Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School
Brian Caton, the son of Donna and Fred Caton III from New Bedford, is an outstanding member of the legal and protective services program which is part of the Science, Engineering and Technology Cluster at Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech. Brian is enrolled in an advanced academic program, which includes honors and Advanced Placement courses, and he has excelled in his technical coursework as well. Brian has been the recipient of many awards. He has earned a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship as well as receiving a Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech Renaissance Award. He has been named to the Dean's List, the Principal's List, and has been honored with the Academic Excellence Award for history and a Trade Excellence Award for the legal and protective services program. Brian has also been awarded the National Honor Society Certificate of Membership and is an active member of SkillsUSA. His accomplishments also extend throughout his community, with partnerships at the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish at St. James Church, the Boy Scouts of America and the United Neighbors of Fall River/Community Connections where he received a Community Service Award for his dedication. Brian has been notified of his acceptance to Norwich University in Vermont and The Citadel Military College of South Carolina. He has also received the prestigious nomination to the United States Naval Academy by Congressman Barney Frank.
Joseph P. Keefe Technical School
Stephen Warren, the son of Kathryn Wellock, is a senior information technology student at the Joseph P. Keefe Technical High School. Enrolled in honors and college preparatory classes, Stephen has earned a cumulative GPA of 3.55. This year, Stephen continues employment at the TJX Corporation as part of the cooperative education program where he is employed in technical support. Stephen's extra-curricular activities are numerous. He has been an active member of the Leadership Academy for three years where he has donated his time to a recycle program as well as organized and sorted donations for "Just Because". He has spent time working at Camp Sunshine in Maine which is a camp for siblings and parents of children who are suffering from life threatening illnesses. He has also donated time to assist two local food banks. For the past two years, Stephen has held the positions of linebacker and offensive guard for the Keefe Technical School football team. He was selected as captain this year. An active member of SkillsUSA and the Business Professionals of America, he placed first in PC servicing and troubleshooting and fourth in network design team at the BPA state competition. Next year, Stephen plans on either entering the United States Air Force or attending UMass- Boston.
Leominster Center for Technical Education
Norma Bliss is the daughter of Diane and Douglas Bliss of Leominster. Norma is an exceptional student in the health occupations program at The Center for Technical Education (CTE). Ranked number one in the Class of 2011, with a 3.87 GPA, she has enrolled in all honors and AP level classes throughout high school. Norma is a scholar and an athlete. She excels at a wide variety of athletics. She has been competitive in soccer and indoor and outdoor track. Her efforts have been rewarded with varsity letters in all three sports. In addition, Norma has participated in Youth Recreation Soccer for the past 13 years and has worked as a referee for youth soccer for the past five years. She is a member of the National Honor Society and G.I.V.E. which is Leominster High School's student volunteer organization. In addition to her challenging academic program, she has also had the opportunity to gain hands on experience working in a health care setting with patients. She currently holds certification as a CNA as well as CPR and First Aid. As a senior, Norma's clinical placement is at Leominster Medical Associates. Norma has applied to Quinnipiac University, Stonehill College, Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and WPI. She plans to become a physician's assistant.
Lower Pioneer Valley Career and Technical Education Center
Alegra Goncalves, a culinary arts student from Ludlow, is the daughter of Hernani and Anne Goncalves. She has maintained an "A" average in her technical program and is an honors academic student as well. In addition to her accomplishments in both the shop and the classroom, Alegra has been an active member and vice president in the schools SkillsUSA chapter. She has taken a lead role in fundraising for her program and for other charitable organizations including the "Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism". She has also done an exceptional job as part of the school's recruiting team, introducing technical education to hundreds of in-district students. An avid horseback rider, Alegra is also very active in her church where she teaches Sunday school and assists in retreat activities. She is currently employed with a local caterer and plans on furthering her studies in the fall at the Culinary Institute of America.
LYNN VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE
Katherine Marie Kane
Katherine Marie Kane, of the health assisting program, was unanimously selected to receive the MAVA Outstanding Technical Student Award for Lynn Vocational Technical Institute. She has learned the skill of balancing academics, work, and extra-curricular activities. Having successfully passed the CNA exam, Katie was selected to participate in the cooperative education program where she is employed at Briarcliff, an Adult Day Healthcare Facility. She organized a group of LVTI students to assist in Briarcliff activities and a Walk for Alzheimer's. Katie is president of the Senior Class, president of the National Honor Society, and captain of the cheerleading squad. She is a member of the Student Council which meets regularly with the principal to discuss how students can become involved in improving Lynn Voc-Tech. She was selected to serve as a peer mentor to a group of incoming freshmen for whom she is expected to model best practices of a successful high school student. Katie is currently ranked seventh in the graduating class and has a GPA of 3.7. She is a recipient of a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship. Katie has been awarded a full scholarship to the University of Tampa where she will major in nursing.
Jean Michel Estime
Jean Michel, the son of Jacques and Magalie Estime, was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He is a member of the office technology program. An exemplary student at Madison Park High School, Jean Michel is an active member of the National Honor Society. He is currently enrolled in the most rigorous courses offered at Madison Park. Jean Michel is the vice-president of the Dream Writer's club, which focuses on improving the academic skills of English language learners. He is a member of the Summer Search Program, a program that has helped him to travel around the United States in addition to enabling him to take preparatory college courses at Ithaca College. In addition, he is also involved in the Youth and Police in Partnership Program. The main focus of this program is to improve the relationship between youths and the police department around Boston. Jean Michel enjoys helping people to attain their goals. The recipient of many college acceptance letters, he has not made a final decision about where he will study in the fall.
McCANN TECHNICAL SCHOOL
Amanda Cariddi, an office technology student from North Adams, is the daughter of Patrick and Barbara Cariddi. Amanda ranks third in her class, maintains a grade point average of 4.23, and competes in a rigorous program of studies. She serves as chapter president of the Business Professionals of America where she received second place in the National Administrative Support Team competition in 2010. Amanda also serves as vice president of the local SkillsUSA chapter and is the recipient of the SkillsUSA Leadership Award. An accomplished athlete in hockey and softball, she serves her community as a Summer Skate Youth Hockey coach and goalie instructor for the Northern Berkshire Youth Hockey League. Additionally, she serves as a member of both the Elementary School Community Service Project and the Berkshire County District Attorney Youth Advisory Board. Amanda participates in the cooperative work program as an administrative assistant for Berkshire Rides, organizing transportation for community members in need. Amanda has been accepted to the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University where she will pursue a degree in business.
MINUTEMAN Regional High School
Michael Breen, a resident of Bolton, MA, is the son of David and Kathy Breen. Michael, a senior in the biotechnology program at Minuteman Career and Technical High School, will graduate as the class valedictorian with a GPA of 3.96. In addition to achieving academic excellence, Michael was awarded the 2009-2010 Rensselaer Medal, which is given to promising secondary school juniors who have distinguished themselves in math and science.
Not only has Michael excelled academically, but he has also actively participated and served in leadership positions in the following extracurricular activities: chairperson of the Principal Student Council, president of the Minuteman Chapter of SkillsUSA, president of the National Honor Society, captain of the golf and swim teams, and stage manager of the Minuteman Players. As a SkillsUSA member, his "Sustainability Solutions" project earned him and his partner a gold medal at the 2010 National Skills and Leadership Conference in Kansas City. Currently, Michael is utilizing his skills as an intern at the UMass Stem Cell Registry and Bank. His work has included culturing stem cells, conducting bio-fluorescence experiments, instructing undergraduate students in laboratory procedures, and performing community outreach at local middle and high schools. Michael plans to continue his studies in biotechnology at a notable research university and eventually earn a PhD in virology.
Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School
Alicia L. McKean
Alicia L. McKean of Athol, a senior in the early childhood education program, is ranked first in her class of 302 students with a 3.97 GPA. Daughter of Dr. Jacquelyn McKean, she holds the distinction of being named a "Commended Student" in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program. In addition, she has also been selected as a winner in the 2011 Competition for the National Achievement Scholarship Program. She has also been named to the Presidential Scholar Program. Alicia was recognized as a recipient of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents' Certificate of Academic Excellence Award. As a recipient of this prestigious award, she was honored at the 2010-2011 Scholars' Luncheon held in January at Assumption College. She serves as treasurer of Monty Tech's chapter of the National Honor Society and as secretary for SkillsUSA. A member of the cross-country team since sophomore year, she has also been a member of the swim and track teams. She is a recipient of a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship. Active in her church youth group, Alicia spent a month working in Panama with an economically disadvantaged family. She has been awarded a full, four year scholarship to Boston College where she will study elementary education.
Nashoba Valley Technical High School
Felicia Lumbert, a culinary arts student from Westford, is the daughter of Cathy Lumbert. She is ranked first in the Class of 2011. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. Elected as class treasurer, she also serves on the Student Council and the Yearbook Committee. Felicia has played an integral role in the in-school restaurant winning the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce's "Taste of Nashoba Valley" contest for three consecutive years. OSHA and ServSafe certified, Felicia was selected by the staff as a sophomore to be a Kick-Off Mentor, helping incoming freshmen to acclimate themselves to Nashoba Valley Technical High School. She is captain and MVP of the cheerleading team, and competes for the track team. Felicia has passed the Advanced Placement exam in English, and has scored Advanced on the mathematics, English and science MCAS exams, qualifying for the Adams Scholarship. She plans to major in psychology and minor in education, with a goal of becoming a middle school guidance counselor.
NEWTON NORTH HIGH SCHOOL - Newton Public Schools
The faculty and staff at Newton North High School praise Justin Agner on his skills and enthusiasm in the culinary arts program. The son of Maura and Eduardo Agner, he has received the "Star Student Award" for outstanding achievement in both his sophomore and junior years. Currently, Justin is participating in a cooperative education placement at Boston College Food Services. According to his culinary arts instructor, he is indispensible as a teacher assistant in the culinary arts exploratory program. Justin has volunteered for numerous extracurricular activities through the culinary arts program including the Main Street Event which is a public relations and awareness event held at Newton North High School. Justin is also a member of the winning team at the Rotary Clubs' Scholarship Fundraiser and won first place in the dessert category for the past two years. Justin has been accepted at Johnson and Wales University and will be majoring in culinary arts in the fall.
Norfolk County Agricultural High School
Stephanie Hobbs, an animal science major from Plainville, is the daughter of Warren and Yvonne Hobbs. Stephanie, a high honor roll student, is secretary of the National Honor Society, a peer mentor and has been an officer of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) for two years. She is a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship recipient, with a natural talent for working with animals. Stephanie won first place in the FFA State Prepared and Extemporaneous Public Speaking competitions, and has gone on to win a bronze medal in this event at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. She has been selected as the NCAHS Animal Science Student of the Year, has placed first at the state FFA Job Interview contest and was named Overall Best Junior Dog Handler at the NCAHS Winter Match. Stephanie's outstanding cooperative work experience program includes placement at the Pembroke Equestrian Center, where she helps to care for the farm's stable of 20 horses. She is responsible for exercising and schooling young hunter ponies and dressage horses. Stephanie has also interned at Stall Minau, a dressage training facility located in Dieldsdorf, Switzerland where she helped care for 23 warm blood horses, including, three stallions and several Grand Prix level horses. Stephanie plans on attending college and using her background in agriculture as she pursues a degree in international affairs
Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational School
Jose Eduardo Araya
Jose Eduardo Araya, the son of Maria and Eduardo Araya of Revere, is ranked number one in the Senior Class at Northeast Metro Tech. Jose, an outstanding student in the drafting and design program, is a member of the National Technical Honor Society and SkillsUSA. Jose has won a gold medal at the state competition in the area of Architectural Design, and has competed on the national level as well. He is active in the school's mentoring program, serves as captain on the varsity soccer team, and outside of school, he volunteers to coach younger soccer players. Jose is very detail oriented, focused on producing quality work and solving design challenges; these skills are evident in the Japanese-themed "dream home" he designed for himself. He has been a scholarship student at the Boston Architectural College Summer Program. He plans to attend either Wentworth Institute or Northeastern University.
NORTH SHORE TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL
Joseph Marino, an information technology services student from Gloucester, is the son of Valerie and Joseph Marino. Throughout Joe's four years at North Shore Technical High School, he has displayed an above average work ethic earning a 3.80 grade point average. Joe has received the following recognitions; Student of the Month, Drama Scholar Award, the ITS Work Ethic Award, and he has earned his A+ certification. Joe was also nominated by the faculty for the Massachusetts Vocational Association Award due to his personal commitment to technical education and academic success. In addition to his academic and technical classes, Joe has a demanding schedule of extracurricular activities. He is the intern for North Shore's technology director where he has assisted her in setting up the network, updating machines, and working with faculty and staff. Joe has also been actively involved with the school's drama program since his freshman year. He has served as assistant director and director. Joe has also devoted time to serving as the technical advisor to the O'Malley Middle School's Drama Club. After graduation, Joe plans to enroll in an associate's degree program for network technology.
Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School
Lacey Cabral, a cosmetology student from Acushnet, is the daughter of Edward & Zenobia Cabral. Lacy is a college preparatory student and has maintained high honors for the past four years in both her academic and technical-related areas. Presently, she is ranked number two in the Class of 2011. She is an exemplary student who demonstrates her leadership capabilities as a three-year member of the National Honor Society where she has served as secretary and treasurer. She has participated in the State Leadership Conference for SkillsUSA. As a SkillsUSA member in 2010, Lacey earned a bronze medal in the Chapter Display competition. She is a student member on the cosmetology advisory board.
Lacey works as an office assistant and volunteer at St. Francis Xavier Church and the Acushnet Historical Society. Lacey also has participated in the Cosmetology Cancer Cut-a-thon in honor of a former student. She uses her manicure skills at the local nursing home. Lacey has been named Student of the Month on two occasions and has been selected for recognition in the annual 2011 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program which recognizes outstanding community service by young Americans. Lacey is a tech-prep student enrolled at Bristol Community College of Massachusetts and is a recipient of a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship. She plans to attend Bridgewater State University and major in elementary education.
Pathfinder Regional Vocational-Technical High School
AJ Czuprynski, the daughter of Ellen Czuprynski from Ludlow, is a student in the programming and web design program. AJ is a very determined individual and puts her all into everything she does. Her attention to detail and her ability to follow instructions have allowed her to excel in her courses. Her school work is one of her top priorities, as evidenced by her GPA of 3.88 which is top in a class of 136 students. She has been awarded a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship, is a member of the National Technical Honor Society and was recognized by the Sunday Republican All-Academic Sports Team for high school students in the Pioneer Valley. She has been a tutor in the after school program for the past two years and has participated in varsity basketball and varsity soccer. AJ has been accepted into the Doctor of Pharmacy-Boston program at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
PITTSFIELD HIGH SCHOOL
Romy Johana Cruz Orellana
Romy Orellana is the daughter of Bartola Isabel Orellano and she resides in Pittsfield. A cosmetology student, she was born in El Salvador and relocated to the United States with her family five years ago where she began to learn English. Romy has maintained an 89.1 weighted grade point average for the past six semesters and ranks 60th among 234 seniors. Romy is organized, manages time well and applies those skills to cosmetology, academics, the arts and to housekeeping duties at CONROY'S Bed & Breakfast during the summer seasons. She also participates in a pick-up volleyball team. Romy plans to attend Berkshire Community College to study biology or animal care.
PLYMOUTH SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL
Courtney Howland, an early education and childcare honors student at Plymouth South High School, is the daughter of Sandy and Michael Howland, and the granddaughter of Margaret Howland. At Plymouth South, she is known as a compassionate and hardworking young woman who demonstrates mature leadership qualities. A member of the National Honor Society, she has enrolled in the most challenging honors and Advanced Placement courses available to her. While maintaining a 3.88 GPA, Courtney is able to remain active in various activities such as SkillsUSA and the International Club. In addition, as the sports editor of the yearbook, she is in charge of compiling and editing the complete sports section of the 2011 yearbook. Courtney also volunteers her time by tutoring middle school students to help them gain the skills needed to improve their MCAS scores. She has received the Student Athlete Sportsmanship Award for displaying an outstanding attitude on and off the soccer field. Courtney plans to attend Providence College in the fall. Her long term goal is to become a child psychologist.
PUTNAM VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL
Regan Kilcoyne, a graphics communications student, is the daughter of James and Julie Kilcoyne. An outstanding scholar, she is ranked third out of 316 students in the Class of 2011. A consistent honor roll student, she is currently at Maximum Honors. Regan is a recipient of a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship. She serves as a math tutor after school and during study periods throughout the school day. Regan volunteers at the Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Shelter and has participated in numerous cancer and diabetes walks to raise funds for the causes. A well-rounded student, Regan has participated in dance for the past ten years, the Girls Scouts of America, as well as playing soccer. An accomplished musician, she plays the piano for several organizations. Her artwork has been on display at Tower Square as part of a school exhibit. Regan plans on attending UMass/Amherst where she will enroll in the pre-med program.
Quincy High School
Kevin Ung, the son of Mai Ha of Quincy, is a fourth year Project Lead the Way engineering student at Quincy High School. Kevin is an Advanced Placement student in the top 10% of the Senior Class and is the top ranked engineering student with a 95% average. He is the treasurer of the Student Council, a member of the National Honor Society, and vice president of Operation Day's Work. A varsity athlete, he was named captain of both the winter and spring track teams. Kevin placed fifth in the Patriot League for spring track. He also acts as the School Mascot at rallies and sporting events. Kevin is an integral part of the Quincy Public Schools Robotics Team, receiving recognition for Student Leadership, Pit Crew Performance, and Web Design. Kevin volunteers his time to assist teachers and other students with the technical equipment throughout Quincy High School. Kevin plans to attend college and pursue a degree in engineering.
Rindge SCHOOL of Technical Arts
Zack Boynton, the son of Ralph Boynton and Sara Gardner, is an outstanding engineering student in the Rindge School of Technical Arts at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School. In his four years of high school, Zack has enrolled in honors and AP courses almost exclusively, earning a 92.4 % average, including all A's in math and engineering classes. He is ranked in the top 10% of his graduating class. At CRLS, he has been a major contributor to the FIRST Robotics Team and he is also a member of SkillsUSA. Zack is currently working in a cooperative education assignment with Bolt Baranak Newman, a large Cambridge engineering firm. Outside of school, he is a nationally-ranked fencer, who has placed third in the New England Regionals and has recently participated in the Junior Olympics in Dallas. When he is not practicing or competing, he volunteers at Bay State Fencers as a coach and tutor for younger athletes. His personal athletic ambition is to compete in the finals of a national competition in fencing. Zack is planning to attend a four-year college where he will major in electrical engineering.
SALEM HIGH SCHOOL
Christopher Fraser, the son of Keith and Lisa Fraser from Salem, is an excellent student in the auto technology program. Chris has been an honor roll student and SkillsUSA medal winner. He has built his own computer and enjoys repairing four wheelers and snowmobiles. He participates in kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, skydiving and has worked at Superior Motors and H & H Propeller in Salem. In his spare time, Chris is enrolled in an evening machine technology program to improve his mechanical aptitude.
Shawsheen Valley Technical High School
Jessica Houghton, the daughter of Debra and the late Leonard Houghton from Billerica, is an outstanding computer-aided drafting and design student. She is an asset to her community where she has collaborated on projects including local Habitat-for-Humanity drawings; the design of the Billerica Little League dugout and storage facility; and a prototype, electric-motor-driven go-cart for the Solaris Corporation of Billerica. Ranked third among 329 seniors, Jessica is a John and Abigail Adams scholarship recipient, the secretary of the National Honor Society, a multiple Citizenship Award recipient, and the December Student of the Month. She was girls' varsity volleyball captain and is currently the girls' varsity basketball captain. As an eleventh grader, Jessica was named MVP of both the basketball and varsity girls' lacrosse teams. Jessica competes as a member of SkillsUSA and the Mathematics Club. She is a member of the Science Club and the Outdoor Club and she volunteers at Billerica's Senior Center. Jessica plans to attend Wentworth Institute of Technology to pursue a career in architecture.
Silver Lake Regional High School
Adam Fearing, an exceptional conservation horticulture student at Silver Lake Regional High School, is the son of Michael and Barbara Fearing of Halifax. He ranks near the top of the Senior Class, is president of the Silver Lake Chapter of FFA and has earned numerous awards from FFA State Competitions including a gold medal which qualified him to participate at the National FFA Convention. Adam was one of two students from Massachusetts chosen to attend a Green Living Technology® certification training seminar and is now certified to install Green Walls and Green Roofs throughout the country. Adam was actively involved in writing a grant that led his horticulture program to be awarded funds from Mass Ag in the Classroom. The grant money was used to promote local agriculture. His future plans are to attend college and major in landscape architecture.
SMITH VOCATIONAL AND AGRICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL
Bradlee Buzzee, is a senior in the carpentry program at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. The son of Gerald and Leah Buzzee of Westhampton, he is an excellent student who has earned a GPA of 3.9. He is a John and Abigail Adams Scholar and a National Honor Society member. He participated in the SkillsUSA Leadership training, and placed second in the regional competition in Cabinet Making. Brad is an excellent worker: as a tenth grader, he independently sought and obtained employment at Copper Beech Millwork. Last fall, he sought and obtained work with Route 9 Design. He still works for both companies and serves on the school's Advisory Board. Brad plans to study criminal justice at Westfield State University in the fall.
SOMERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
Jacalyn Smith, the daughter of Judy Smith, is an outstanding student in the metal fabrication program. Academically, Jacalyn maintains high honor grades and applies her academic talents beyond the classroom. She is a member of the Student Improvement and the School Budget Advisory Councils, the Advisory Board for Metal Fabrication, Student Government, and is an honors member of the Academic Decathlon Team. In shop, she demonstrates a high level of skill that incorporates an artistic and creative flair that makes her work outstanding.
Jacalyn works diligently to make her community a better place. She has volunteered at blood drives, raised funds for Haiti Relief, participated in the Walk-for-Hunger and for Multiple Sclerosis, raised money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and volunteered at the Shriner's Burn Hospital for Children. Jacalyn has been accepted at Colby Sawyer College which has awarded her a Presidential Scholarship. She has also been accepted to Newbury College with a scholarship offer as well.
Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School
Kris Lori Fuentes Cortes
Kris Lori Fuentes Cortes, the daughter of Leonor Fuentes from Brockton, is enrolled in the health services program at Southeastern Technical High School. Kris enjoys a challenge as evidenced by her enrollment in rigorous Advanced Placement and honors courses. She also holds several leadership positions including captain of the volleyball team, member of the state All Star and All Scholastic team, president of the National Honor Society, and historian for the local chapter of SkillsUSA. In addition, she is vice president of the Senior Class. Kris is a recipient of a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship and the Ka Makana Scholarship. She is an alumna for Girls State and START Leadership Conference, a representative for People to People Student Ambassador Program, and for National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine. She has also given back to her community by teaching English as a second language to children, participating in Christmas in the City, and also developing and implementing her own free volleyball clinic for children in the greater Brockton area. As a junior, Kris was accepted at Southeastern Technical Institute and Bridgewater State University. As a senior, she received early acceptance at Hawaii Pacific University. She hopes to attend either Harvard or the University of Chicago as a pre-medical student with the goal of becoming a pediatric neurologist.
South Shore Regional Vocational Technical High School
Lisa N. Osgood
Lisa N. Osgood is the daughter of Maureen and Russell Osgood of Abington, MA. Academically, Lisa is a very strong student and has maintained her number one status in the class since freshman year. She is enrolled in the drafting program and has participated in the co-op program at Gale Associates of Weymouth during her senior year. The staff at South Shore describes her as brilliant, positive, responsible and dedicated. Lisa elected to take every honors class that was available to her, challenging herself in all areas of her schooling. A member of the National Honor Society, she has also participated in SkillsUSA and became a finalist in her junior year. She has been the Student Body Representative for three years and a member of the Student Senate and the Safety Committee. In the area of athletics, Lisa has been a member of the volleyball team for four years and was elected senior captain and a recipient of a Mayflower League Honorable Mention. Lisa is committed to continuing her education at the college level.
TACONOC HIGH SCHOOL
Emily Hayes, the daughter of John and Patricia Hayes, has been a model student in the health technology program. While completing the nurse assistant program, Emily was noted for her ability to care for individuals with dementia. Emily also excels academically and is ranked as a high honors student and is a recipient of a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship for excellence on the MCAS exams. Emily plans to attend Berkshire Community College to study nursing.
TANTASQUA REGIONAL TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL
Tyler Latour, the son of James and Kathryn Latour, is a CAD/design student whose career focus for the past three years has been in the area of mechanical engineering. He ranks in the top 15% of all students, both academic and technical, at Tantasqua while carrying a challenging schedule of honors course. He has been named Student of the Quarter for the past three years and has maintained a perfect attendance record throughout high school. A member of the JV and varsity baseball teams, he is also an extreme sports enthusiast, participating in motocross and BMX bike riding, and snowboarding. He has participated in the SkillsUSA State Fall Leadership Conferences as well as the RYLA Leadership Conference sponsored by the Rotary Club. He has been involved with several community and volunteer projects including fundraising for the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, and the Doug Flutie Foundation for Autism. Tyler has been a member of the Student Council, the SkillsUSA Program Representative, and is currently the president of the SkillsUSA chapter. Tyler recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. His Eagle Scout project was to create a descriptive book case to help preserve and display fifty-two historic maps. Tyler has been accepted to UMass Lowell and UMass Dartmouth. His plans are to pursue a career in mechanical engineering with hopes of someday working for a major motorbike company.
Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School
Eric Sorenson, an automotive technology student, is the son of Benjamin and Anita Sorenson of North Attleborough. Eric is enrolled in Advanced Placement courses and ranks second in his class with a 4.25 GPA. He was recently named a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship recipient. Eric is treasurer of his class, a member of Student Council, and a member of Tri-County's US FIRST Robotics Team. A four year member of the Math Team, Eric has been named to the high honor roll. This year he is participating in the cooperative education program working at Franklin Ford. A member of the National Honor Society, Eric received the highest score in the state on the qualifying exam for the Automotive Youth Educational Systems Technology Competition. His team will compete at the national competition in New York City this spring. The accomplishments that Eric is most proud of are achieving the top ranking in his automotive technology program, his Senior Project: "Halogen vs. H.I.D. Headlights", and competing at the national AYES Technology Competition. After graduation, Eric plans on pursuing a bachelor's degree in business.
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School
Conor White, a plumbing and heating student, is the son of Andrew and Theresa White from Wareham. Enrolled in the honors program, Conor presently ranks 24th out of 155 students in the Class of 2011. Conor is a recipient of a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship for his outstanding performance on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS). As a plumbing student, he has participated in many community service projects including Habitat for Humanity, the Marine Center of Buzzards Bay and Shawme Heights in Sandwich, MA. Conor was awarded the silver medal at the state SkillsUSA competition in the area of Residential Plumbing. He has received the Top Shop Award and has consistently maintained honor roll status. Conor is Upper Cape's "Vocational Plumbing All-Star" for 2011. Employed as an apprentice plumber for John J. Maurer, Inc., he plans to continue working toward his Massachusetts plumbing license.
WALTHAM HIGH SCHOOL
James Dooley, the son of James and Cheryl Dooley from Waltham, is considered a meticulous and talented craftsman in carpentry. A member of the National Honor Society with a GPA of 3.70, he is captain of the wrestling team, captain of the lacrosse team and an officer in Y.O.U. (Youth Opposed to Using). James has helped coach the youth wrestling team and is very enthusiastic when it comes to participating in team sports. This past Christmas, he helped organize and distribute over 2000 Christmas gifts for 300 needy families in Waltham. James has applied to Westfield State, Stonehill College, Endicott, Bentley, Babson and Framingham State University. He hopes to dual major in accounting and criminal justice.
WEYMOUTH HIGH SCHOOL
Amanda Ritchie, the daughter of Robert and Margaret Ritchie from Weymouth, is an outstanding student in the early childhood education and teaching program at Weymouth High School. Over the past four years, Amanda has been enrolled in both college prep and Advanced Placement courses while maintaining A's in her technical program. She is an active member of SkillsUSA, participating at the district level competitions and she is also co-president of the Best Buddies program. Amanda has worked in the on-site childcare facility for the last three years where she interacts with infants, toddlers and preschoolers. She has also worked summers in a local daycare center assisting with children of all ages. Amanda is the recipient of the Wheelock College Book Award as well as a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship. She plans to attend Westfield State University in the fall where she will focus on elementary education. She hopes to become an elementary school teacher.
Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School
Tia Roy, daughter of John and Bernadette Roy of Haverhill, is an exceptional student in Whittier's health occupations program. She has been a member of the National Technical Honor Society for three years. Currently ranked 15th in the Senior Class, she has maintained a GPA of 4.0. Tia exemplifies commitment and excellence in academics and technical studies, and is a dedicated member of the Senior Class where she has served as the class president for the past three years. In addition, she has served as president of the Key Club for two years. Tia's leading performances in Whittier's theatrical presentations have been outstanding. In her community, Tia has been captain of the Relay for Life Team, charterer of the Builders Club and also a Summer School volunteer. She has been a Mass Representative and Good Citizen of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Tia is employed at Opportunity Works in Newburyport where she assists adults with mental retardation, autism and Downs Syndrome.
Tia has received early acceptance to Merrimack College where she will pursue a bachelor's degree in special education at the secondary level.
Worcester Technical High School
Amber Ustinovich, daughter of Debra and Anthony Ustinovich, is a student who has excelled in the allied health technical program. Her professionalism and dedication to the medical field has been observed by many while she has volunteered at St. Vincent's Hospital and the Christopher House Nursing Facility. Amber has demonstrated great discipline in the classroom participating in a rigorous course of study that has included honors and Advanced Placement courses. Her dedication to her academic program is evident in that she holds the highest grade point average and is ranked 1st in a class of 346 students. She is the recipient of a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship as well as the Posse Scholarship which is a full scholarship to Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. Amber has been the captain of Worcester Technical High School's basketball, softball and volleyball teams for the past two years. Amber will continue to pursue further education in the medical field at Centre College as a pre-med student.