Sunday, March 6, 2016

Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Tri-County Regional Class of 2016 Announced

Superintendent-Director Stephen F. Dockray is pleased to announce the Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Tri-County Regional Class of 2016. Jennifer Bowness, of North Attleborough, has been named Valedictorian, and Thomas Vagnini, of Medfield, has been named Salutatorian.

“We are extremely fortunate to count Jennifer and Tom as students and future alumni of Tri-County,” said Superintendent-Director Dockray. “I am certain that both of these students will be extremely successful in whatever career path they choose.”

Jennifer achieved a 4.45 GPA by mastering a rigorous academic schedule that included Advanced Placement Physics, Statistics, and Literature and Composition. The Medical Careers student maintains several professional certifications and is committed to expanding her knowledge of the field through professional experience. She previously held positions at Golden Pond Assisted Living, Milford Hospital, Medway Country Manor Nursing, and the Wrentham Developmental Center, to name a few.

In addition to being an excellent student, Jennifer is also a gifted athlete. She was captain of Tri-County's Cross Country team for two years and a member of the Track and Field team for four years.

As a member of the National Honor Society, Jennifer devotes herself to community service projects. Her volunteer efforts include working at an animal shelter for the past four years, participating in Homeless Awareness Weekend, and helping out at the Central Congregational Church.

In December, Jennifer was selected as this year's recipient of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS) Certificate of Academic Excellence. The certificate is awarded each year to a student of excellent academic standing who has made significant contributions to the Tri-County community.

Thomas Vagnini maintains a 4.38 GPA and has taken Advanced Placement Language and Composition, Calculus, and Physics I. As a student in Tri-County’s Engineering Technology program, Tom participates in several prestigious programs. During his junior year, Tom was a member of Tri-County’s HUNCH (High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware) team. In April 2015, Tom and his teammates traveled to Houston to present their prototype of a microgravity scale to NASA officials. Tom designed the scale’s frame on a 3D printer. His design won first place in the national Stratasys Extreme Redesign Challenge.

Tom has been a leader on the school’s First Robotics team since his sophomore year, a member of the Math Team during his sophomore year and senior year, and a member of the National Honor Society since his junior year.

In addition to his love of Engineering, Tom is also an avid runner. He has been a member of the Cross Country and Track teams since his freshman year and was named Co-Captain of the Cross Country team in 2015.

Both students plan to continue on in their fields of study in college.

As Valedictorian and Salutatorian, Jennifer and Thomas will help to lead the procession at their Graduation Ceremony, scheduled for Sunday, June 5.

From L to R: Bowness, Dockrey and Vagnini
From L to R: Bowness, Dockrey and Vagnini
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