Showing posts with label Valedictorian. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Valedictorian. Show all posts

Friday, June 17, 2022

"Sharing gives meaning to life" (video)

"Life is for service." Those are the words Rollins College valedictorian Elizabeth Bonker lives by -- words that inspired Rollins' most famous graduate, Mr. Fred Rogers. Bonker, who is nonspeaking and has autism, gave a remarkable address during her school's recent commencement ceremony in Winter Park, Florida. 
Clad in a cap and gown decorated with flowers, Bonker explained, through a text-to-speech program, how she typed her remarks using a single finger with the help of a communication aide. People with nonspeaking autism have trouble developing speech, and in Bonker's case, neuromotor issues inhibit her communication and her ability to do some other basic tasks. 
Learning to type changed everything. 
"That one critical intervention unlocked my mind from its silent cage," she said during her address."
Continue reading the article on Elizabeth Bonker online

Direct video link -> https://youtu.be/8g5aJExZQwg

Friday, March 11, 2022

Tri-County names Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Class of 2022

The Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School District is pleased to announce the Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Class of 2022. Shriya Sivakumar, of Seekonk, has been named Valedictorian, and Emily Matheson, of Medway, has been named Salutatorian.

Tri-County’s Valedictorian, Shriya, is an Engineering Technology and Advanced Manufacturing student and maintains the highest cumulative GPA of 4.545. Since her sophomore year, Shriya has served on the Student Council and is currently the President. She also joined Students in Action, National Honor Society, and became a Student Representative during her junior year.

Shriya Sivakumar
Shriya Sivakumar

In addition to mastering rigorous academic classes, Shriya volunteers at the Miriam Hospital, helping in the transport of patients. You can find Shriya working at her cooperative position at S.W. Cole Engineering or at Barnes and Noble, working as a part-time bookseller when she is not volunteering.

Shriya is looking forward to pursuing a degree in Biology/Biological Sciences from a university in the Northeast and traveling after graduation.

Tri-County’s Salutatorian, Emily Matheson, maintains a cumulative 4.504 GPA as an Engineering Technology and Advanced Manufacturing student. While maintaining a demanding academic schedule, Emily has earned real-world experience at CSI Groups as a Parts Finishing and Quality Control Intern and currently as an intern at Allurion Technologies in Natick.

Emily Matheson
Emily Matheson

In addition to being a dedicated student, Emily enjoys giving back to her community. She serves as a CCD Volunteer at St. Joseph’s in Medway and as a Girl Scout where she helped make holiday boxes for the elderly and collected debris from public parks as part of an initiative to help educate the community about environmental issues.

Emily will pursue a degree in Biomedical Engineering and pursue a career in research.

Both Shriya and Emily called out the NASA HUNCH program as their favorite projects during their time at Tri-County. HUNCH is a collaboration between NASA and high schools nationwide. Working with a team and attempting to solve issues currently facing astronauts was challenging but rewarding.

“It is a pleasure to recognize Shriya and Emily as top scholars. Their hard work exemplifies our ‘Work Hard, Today Counts’ motto, and we know they will excel in their future endeavors. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for each of our graduates.” Karen Maguire, Superintendent.

As Valedictorian and Salutatorian, Shriya and Emily will lead the graduation procession and are scheduled to address their classmates at the Commencement Ceremony scheduled for Sunday, June 5, 2022. 

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Pantherbook: Student Spotlight -> Carolyn Hagy and Elaine Pu

"Congratulations to Carolyn Hagy and Elaine Pu for being named Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Class of 2021
Pantherbook reached out to both girls to hear their thoughts on this amazing accomplishment and learn more about how they achieved this!"

Carolyn Hagy’s Senior Photo(left) & Elaine Pu traveling to Niagara Falls(Right)
Carolyn Hagy’s Senior Photo(left) & Elaine Pu traveling to Niagara Falls(Right)


Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Seested and Ayotte named Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Tri-County RVTHS Class of 2021

The Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School District is pleased to announce the Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Class of 2021. Vivienne Seested, of Franklin, has been named Valedictorian, and Gerard (Ace) Ayotte, III, of Seekonk, has been named Salutatorian.

Tri-County’s Valedictorian, Vivienne, is an Engineering Technology and Advanced Manufacturing student and maintains the highest cumulative GPA of 4.493. During her four years at Tri-County, Vivienne has participated in several extracurriculars, including NASA’s HUNCH Program and SkillsUSA. The Engineering Technology student won a Bronze medal for Additive Manufacturing and is a District Competition NASA HUNCH finalist.

Vivienne Seested
Vivienne Seested

Vivienne has acquired her 10 Hour OSHA Certification, MACWIC I Certification, and CPR Certification. She is committed to expanding her knowledge by pursuing her Autodesk Revit Architectural Drawing, SolidWorks CAD, HAAS CNC Machining certifications.

In addition to mastering rigorous academic classes, Vivienne joined the Volleyball team and participated in Varsity Track & Field. When she is off the field, she is experiencing first-hand what her career may consist of at her Co-op position at Dell.

Tri-County’s Salutatorian, Gerard (Ace) Ayotte, III, maintains a cumulative 4.439 GPA while having a demanding academic schedule, including Advanced Placement Calculus and Physics, Honors English and World History, and Dual Enrollment Spanish. Ace is an Automotive Technology student and enjoyed learning the mechanics of a car and how to repair automobiles. He wishes to apply what he has learned during his high school career at a four-year college by studying Mechanical Engineering or International Business. Ace has maintained his status on the honor roll for his high school career and is a National Honor Society member. 

Gerard (Ace) Ayotte, III
Gerard (Ace) Ayotte, III

In addition to being a dedicated student, Ace is a gifted athlete and has been captain of both the Football and Baseball teams. Being captain has helped him learn about leadership both on and off the field. He hopes to play college-level baseball next year. Ace dedicates time to his community through his volunteer work at St. Cecilia’s Church as a Food Pantry Volunteer and at Ken Ryan’s Baseball Academy as an Assistant Camp Counselor.

“It is a pleasure to recognize Vivienne and Ace as our two top graduating scholars. Their commitment to academic and vocational excellence exemplifies our Tri-County philosophy of working hard each day. Congratulations to Vivienne and Ace. We look forward to seeing what the future holds and wish them continued success in their future endeavors.” Stephen Dockray, Superintendent.

As Valedictorian and Salutatorian, Vivienne and Ace will lead the graduation procession and are scheduled to address their classmates at the Commencement Ceremony scheduled for Sunday, June 6, 2021.

 

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Tri-County RVTHS Announces 2019-2020 School Year Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School has chosen the valedictorian and salutatorian for the 2019-2020 school year: Hannah Davis and Emily Foley. Both have demonstrated scholastic excellence and exceptional character this school year, representing Tri-County’s core values to work hard and strive for vocational, academic, and personal growth.

Emily Foley, of North Attleboro, has been named salutatorian for her strong academic performance and participation in extracurricular activities. Her current GPA is 4.36, taking multiple AP courses and studying engineering technology.

In her freshman year of high school, she achieved high honors from Tri-County, as well as recognition in the Continental Mathematics League. She was also named to high honors as a sophomore, was published in a statewide secondary school arts publication, The Marble Collection, and received the school’s Cougar Culture Award. She was recognized as an honors student as a junior. She is a member of the Women of Science Club and the Math Team.

Additionally, Foley was a member of the varsity soccer team and was named a two-time All-Star, and captain of the conference and state championship team her junior year. She is a member of the Track and Field and was named Distance Runner of the Year her freshman year. Foley is also the student representative on the School Committee at Tri-County.


From right to left, Tri-County 2019-2020 salutatorian Emily Foley, North Attleboro, Tri-County Superintendent-Director Stephen Dockray, and Tri-County 2019-2020 valedictorian Hannah Davis, Franklin
From right to left, Tri-County 2019-2020 salutatorian Emily Foley, North Attleboro, Tri-County Superintendent-Director Stephen Dockray, and Tri-County 2019-2020 valedictorian Hannah Davis, Franklin

Franklin resident Hannah Davis has been named valedictorian, finishing the year with a 4.50 GPA in her engineering technology program and in her Spanish 101 and 102 Dual Enrollment Courses.

Davis was recognized as High Honors her freshman, sophomore, and junior years and has received Biology, Chemistry, English, Business, and Cougar Culture Awards from Tri-County. In 2018, she joined the National Honor Society, and she currently leads the club as Vice President. She is a varsity cross country captain and a member of the varsity basketball and track and field teams.

Additionally, she is on the FIRST Robotics Team for which she won and TriForce 3236 Safety Award and was a finalist in the WPI District Competition in 2018. In 2019, she placed second in the Voice of Democracy Speech/Essay Contest.

Davis is an active member of the technical and career student organization, SkillsUSA, and won bronze in the State Leadership Competition in Exploratory Demonstration in 2016 and gold in the State Leadership Competition in Additive Manufacturing in 2017 and 2018. She participated in the National Leadership Competition in 2018 and placed 6th in Additive Manufacturing.

Tri-County wishes to congratulate Emily and Hannah for all of their hard work and tremendous academic success.


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Tri-County Announces Class of 2019 Valedictorian & Salutatorian

The Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School District is pleased to announce the Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Class of 2019. Nathaniel Clarke, of North Attleboro, has been named Valedictorian, and Maia Lavigne, of North Attleboro, has been named Salutatorian.

Nathaniel, a student in Tri-County’s Engineering Technology program, has achieved the highest cumulative GPA of 4.32 by mastering a rigorous academic schedule. The Engineering Technology student maintains several professional certifications and is committed to expanding his knowledge in the field as he will be studying Engineering while attending college.

During his four years at Tri-County, Nathaniel participated in NASA’s HUNCH Program and SkillsUSA. The Engineering Technology student has acquired several certifications including Certified SolidWorks Associate, MACWIC Level 1 and Level 2 Manufacturing, AutoCAD Certified User, Inventor HSM (CAM), RoboCell (Robotic Automation), and a 10 Hour OSHA certification. Nathaniel has also achieved Perfect Attendance throughout his high school career.

In addition to being an excellent student, Nathaniel is also a gifted athlete. He is champion bowler in his community, has won several tournaments, and even earned a scholarship. He recently won the 2018 Bristol-Plymouth Youth Championship. His love of bowling includes working part-time at North Bowl Lanes in North Attleboro.

When not involved in competing in bowling tournaments or working, Nathaniel volunteers in the North Attleboro community as a youth media leader, game tower leader, and a group leader at his church. He also volunteers at Friend’s Helping Friends: Cancer Sucks, a foundation that has events during the summer until October, in which all proceeds go to cancer patients and research to help cure cancer.

Tri-County’s Salutatorian, Maia Lavigne, maintains a 4.43 GPA having an arduous academic schedule that includes Advanced Placement Literature and Composition, Statistics, World History Honors, and Anatomy & Physiology Honors. Maia is a student in the Medical Careers program and has earned certifications including Certified Nursing Assistant, Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Certification 30-Hour, American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED (adult, child and infant), OSHA 10 Hour Certification, Dean Vaughn Medical Terminology, and Medical Office Assisting. Maia plans on majoring in General Sonography in college. She is a member of SkillsUSA.

Along with maintaining her academic and vocational achievements, Maia participates in a plethora of other academic initiatives including the Project Lead The Way Biomedical Science curriculum. Maia is also currently taking college courses at Bristol Community College. She is employed as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Cornerstone at Milford Assisted Living and Memory Support. She also volunteers her time at her church.
Nathaniel Clarke, of North Attleboro - Valedictorian, and Maia Lavigne, of North Attleboro - Salutatorian
Nathaniel Clarke, of North Attleboro - Valedictorian, and Maia Lavigne, of North Attleboro - Salutatorian

Both Nathaniel and Maia are recipients of the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship.

“It is a pleasure to recognize our two top scholars for their academic and vocational achievements,” said Stephen Dockray. “Their diligence and commitment to excellence exemplifies the Tri-County philosophy of working hard every day to strive for vocational, academic and personal growth. Congratulations to Nathaniel and Maia. We’re proud of them and wish them continued success in their future endeavors.”

As Valedictorian and Salutatorian, Nathaniel and Maia will lead the graduation procession and are scheduled to address their classmates at the Commencement Ceremony scheduled for Sunday, June 2, 2019.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Tri-County Announces Class of 2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School administration and staff are pleased to announce the Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Class of 2018. Jeffrey Blenkhorn, of Medway, has been named Valedictorian, and Carolyn Kiely, of North Attleboro, has been named Salutatorian.

Jeffrey, a student in Tri-County’s Engineering Technology Program, has achieved a 4.49 GPA by mastering rigorous academic classes that include Advanced Placement Physics, Literature and Composition, Statistics and Honors History. Jeffrey is committed to expanding his knowledge in the engineering field and gaining professional experience through cooperative education while working at Paradis Metal Works in North Attleboro where he produces mechanical drawings using AutoCAD and SolidWorks.

During his four years at Tri-County, Jeffrey participated in NASA’s HUNCH Program, SkillsUSA and the National Honor Society. The Engineering Technology student has acquired several certifications including Certified SolidWorks Associate, MACWIC Level 1 and Level 2 Manufacturing, AutoCAD Certified User, Revit Certified User and 10 Hour OSHA Card.

A Medway resident, Jeffrey is involved in Boy Scouts of America where he is pursuing the rank of Eagle Scout. Jeffrey also works part-time for Roche Bros as a cashier and volunteers at the Medway Food Pantry.

After graduation, Jeffrey aspires to become a mechanical engineer. He is currently deciding between Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) or the University of Massachusetts Lowell to attend in the Fall.
Superintendent Stephen Dockray met with Class of 2018 Valedictorian Jeffrey Blenkhorn (left) and Class of 2017 Salutatorian Carolyn Kiely (right)
Superintendent Stephen Dockray (center) met with Class of 2018 Valedictorian
Jeffrey Blenkhorn (left) and Class of 2017 Salutatorian Carolyn Kiely (right)

Tri-County’s Salutatorian, Carolyn Kiely, maintains a 4.44 GPA having an arduous academic schedule that includes Advanced Placement Physics, Literature and Composition, Statistics and World History Honors. Carolyn still finds the time to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities including SkillsUSA and the Math Team. She is also president of the National Honor Society, president of the Gender and Sexualities Alliance, a Student Representative on the Tri-County Advisory Board, and represents the Cosmetology program at several school events throughout the year.

Carolyn devotes herself to community service by volunteering her time at the Stony Brook Audubon Sanctuary where she sells tickets, assists patrons and prepares trails for the winter season. She also loves music and is engaged in singing, guitar and drum lessons.

Carolyn is still contemplating which university she will attend after graduation, but plans on pursuing a degree in psychology.

Both Jeff and Carolyn have received Tri-County Perfect Attendance Awards, having had perfect attendance during all of their high school years.

“Over the past four years Jeffrey and Carolyn have excelled in both their academic classes as well as their vocational programs and are truly deserving as Valedictorian and Salutatorian respectively for the Class of 2018,” said Superintendent Dockray. “We congratulate them and look forward to hearing great things from these two exceptional students in the future.”

As Valedictorian and Salutatorian, Jeffrey and Carolyn will help to lead the graduation procession and are scheduled to address their classmates at the Commencement Ceremony scheduled for Sunday, June 3, 2018.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tri-County Announces Class of 2017 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Superintendent Stephen F. Dockray is pleased to announce the Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Tri-County Regional Class of 2017. Samantha Frey, of Medway, has been named Valedictorian, and Kathleen Loonie, of North Attleborough, has been named Salutatorian.

“Samantha and Kathleen have excelled in their vocational programs and academic classes over the past four years at Tri-County, while still finding time to participate in numerous extracurricular activities,” said Superintendent Dockray. “We are truly fortunate to have these outstanding young ladies represent Tri-County now and in the future.”

Samantha achieved a 4.39 GPA by mastering rigorous academic classes that included Advanced Placement Physics, Literature and Composition, Statistics and Honors History. The Dental Assisting student is committed to expanding her knowledge of the field through professional experience. During her junior year, Samantha participated in the Externship where she assisted and observed in several dental offices in the area. She received the Cougar Culture Award in her sophomore year and the Shop Excellence Award for the past three years.

In addition to being an excellent student, Samantha is also an exceptional athlete. She was captain of both Tri-County's Varsity Volleyball and Varsity Softball teams. Samantha also played on the Varsity Women’s Basketball team. Over the past four years, she has received multiple Coaches awards, MVP, Rookie of the Year, and All Star awards for the sports in which she played.

Samantha is the President of the National Honor Society and dedicates much of her time to community service. Her volunteer efforts include working at My Brother’s Keeper and the Community Education Art Class through the Medway elementary school. She also volunteers at concession stands for the Tri-County Boosters at a multitude of events as well as is a Student Ambassador at Tri-County.

Samantha has been a member of the Math Team as well as participating in SkillsUSA. She is also a member of Congressman Kennedy’s Youth Cabinet, the Central Massachusetts Regional Student Advisory Council, Program Advisory and Ski Club.

In December, Samantha 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.

After graduation, Samantha plans on attending Merrimack College where she will major in Psychology.
Superintendent Stephen Dockray met with Class of 2017 Valedictorian Samantha Frey (left) and Class of 2017 Salutatorian Kathleen Loonie (right) on to commend them for their commitment to scholastic excellence. (Photo courtesy of Tri-County)
Superintendent Stephen Dockray met with Class of 2017 Valedictorian Samantha Frey (left) and Class of 2017 Salutatorian Kathleen Loonie (right) on to commend them for their commitment to scholastic excellence. (Photo courtesy of Tri-County)

Kathleen Loonie maintains a 4.37 GPA and has taken Advanced Placement Physics, Literature and Composition, Calculus and Honors History. As a student in Tri-County’s Medical Careers program, Kate has acquired several medical certifications and is in the process of obtaining her Medical Assisting certification.

As a member of the National Honor Society, Kate devotes herself to community service projects. Her volunteer efforts include working at a park and zoo for the past four years as well as serving as a camp counselor for Camp Sunshine in Casco, ME.

Kate is an avid athlete. She has been a member of Tri-County’s varsity soccer, basketball and softball teams and was the team captain for soccer and basketball. She has been awarded multiple athletic accolades including All-Star, MVP, and Rookie of the Year.

Kate plans on attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she will pursue a pre-veterinary program. She aspires to become a veterinarian.

As Valedictorian and Salutatorian, Samantha and Kathleen will help to lead the procession at their Graduation Ceremony, scheduled for Sunday, June 4.