Friday, May 22, 2015

Tri-County Reg Voc Technical High Sschool Valedictorian Receives $80,000 Scholarship To WPI

Tri-County RVTHS senior Laura Auerbach, of Franklin, has been awarded the $80,000 Worcester Polytechnic Institute FRC New England District Championship Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded annually to one high school senior who is an active participant on a First Robotics team competing in one of the New England District Tournaments. An adult leader on each team can nominate one student for the scholarship. Auerbach will receive $20,000 per year for four years of undergraduate study at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Tri-County senior Laura Auerbach stands alongside Superintendent-Director Stephen Dockray
Tri-County senior Laura Auerbach stands alongside Superintendent-Director Stephen Dockray

Laura, a student in Tri-County’s Engineering Technology Program, achieved a weighted GPA of 4.54 and is the Valedictorian of the Class of 2015. With an academic schedule that included Advanced Placement Calculus, Language and Composition, and Physics, Auerbach still found the time to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities. During her four years at Tri-County, Laura participated in Junior Varsity Basketball, Varsity Track, Math Team, First Robotics, NASA’s HUNCH Program, SkillsUSA and National Honor Society.

In addition to an already lengthy roster of extracurricular activities, Laura took on a number of leadership roles. She was captain of the Varsity Soccer team for two years and was one of two students selected to represent Tri-County as part of the Congressional Youth Cabinet for the 4th Congressional District formed by U.S. Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III in 2013.

In December, Laura was selected as the 2015 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.

Laura plans to major in Mechanical Engineering in college and later pursue a Master’s Degree in Biochemical Engineering.

Tri-County RVTHS, located at 147 Pond Street in Franklin, is a recipient of the High Schools That Work Gold Achievement Award and serves the communities of Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleborough, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole, and Wrentham.

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