BVT Grads Launch Next Phase of Career Training

bvtUPTON – Equipped with high school diplomas and vocational certificates in their given trades, graduates of the Blackstone Valley Tech Class of 2015 are prepared to take their next steps down diverse career pathways.

As the recent graduates pursue post-secondary education, secure employment and apprenticeships in high-demand fields, and enlist in the military, they are doing so with some valuable assistance in the form of scholarships and awards totaling more than $1.2 million in renewable value. According to Superintendent-Director Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick, students use their financial aid to cover tuition at a college or university, while others earn new tools, clothing, and equipment to help them hit the ground running at their new jobs.

“The in-demand technical skills acquired by BVT graduates open numerous options for continued career training,” Fitzpatrick said. “Securing scholarships and awards helps them pursue those options while mitigating their reliance on debt accrual.”

For many BVT graduates, a combination of post-secondary education, workforce experience, and military service is an effective recipe for success. Valley Tech 2015 graduate Eric Peterson of Mendon, for example, utilized his vocational certificate in Electronics and Engineering Technology, employment at Boston’s iRobot, and participation in the ROTC to secure a $180,000 Naval ROTC scholarship. This fall, Eric will begin studying Electrical and Computer Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Many Valley Tech graduates have already entered employment with local companies, while others have entered apprenticeships with the New England Carpenters Training Center and the Iron Workers Union. Fitzpatrick noted that many graduates who enter the workforce or enlist in the military will likely take advantage of tuition reimbursement programs to finance their continued career training. As more and more industries require at least some post-secondary education and training for advancement, Fitzpatrick said Valley Tech students are prepared to reach new heights.

“Whether through a college or university, apprenticeship, employment, or military service, our graduates are building on the foundation they earned at Valley Tech,” Fitzpatrick said. “Their opportunities for long and lucrative careers are limitless.”

The following members of the Blackstone Valley Tech Class of 2015 earned scholarships and awards with a collective renewable value of more than $1.2 million:

Bellingham

John Bean, John & Abigail Adams Scholarship Quinsigamond Community College ($720); Mikayla Bibbo, University of New Haven Scholarship ($12,000); Nicholas Coutu, John Hancock Academic Scholarship ($14,000); Michelle Fortin, Blackstone Valley Tech Student Council Scholarship ($300), Southern New Hampshire University Scholarship ($18,000); Jarred Gagnon, John Hancock Academic Scholarship ($14,000); Brianna Kobel, Mount Ida College Presidential Merit Award ($80,000), Stony Brook Camera Club Scholarship ($500); Jeremy Laprade, John & Abigail Adams Scholarship University of Massachusetts Amherst ($1,714); Zachary Maher, David Rose Memorial Scholarship ($500); Zachary Milot, John & Abigail Adams Scholarship University of Massachusetts  Lowell ($1,454), Steven A. Garron Bellingham Memorial Scholarship ($750), Middlesex Savings Bank Scholarship ($1,000); Jaci Silva Sa, John & Abigail Adams Scholarship University of Massachusetts  Lowell ($1,454); Jacob Vater, Michael Linblad Memorial Award ($500); Cameron Wilson, Doug Flutie Foundation Scholarship ($1,000); Suzanne Wright, Bellingham Business Association Scholarship ($1,500), Massachusetts Vocational Association Presidential Award ($150).

Blackstone

Nicole Cavossa, Suffolk University Merit Award ($18,500); Devin Roy, Joey Wilson Memorial Scholarship ($600).

Douglas

Jordan Ayotte, Friends of Rachel Award ($200); Michaela Bennett, Massachusetts Gas Collectors Association David Millard Memorial Award ($200); Kyle Dowen, Framingham State University Scholarship ($2,000), St. Denis Catholic Women’s Council Scholarship ($300); Samantha Drew, Blackstone Valley Tech Educational Foundation Scholarship ($500); Douglas Octoberfest Committee Scholarship ($500); Brandon Gosselin, John & Abigail Adams Scholarship Quinsigamond Community College ($720); Lilly Howe, Friends of Rachel Award ($100); Kathryn Kelly, John & Abigail Adams Scholarship Framingham State University ($970); Elizabeth Mielnicki, Friends of Rachel Award ($200); Anthonly Milani, Wentworth Institute of Technology Merit Scholarship ($10,000); Jacob Mussulli, Plumbing ($500); Angela Pinto, Anna Maria College Merit Scholarship ($19,000); Emma Quinn, Lyndon State College Scholarship ($3,500); Celia Smith, Assumption College D’Alzon Scholarship ($68,000), 2015 National Grid Undergraduate Scholarship ($12,000); Olivia Tourony, Uxbridge Rotary Club Scholarship ($500); Victoria Webber, Nichol’s College New England Principal’s Leadership Award ($68,000).
Grafton

Brian Barthelmes, John & Abigail Adams Scholarship University of Massachusetts  Lowell ($1,454); Ryan Chevalier, University of Vermont Trustee Scholarship ($48,000); Lisa Davis, John & Abigail Adams Scholarship Westfield State University ($970), American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship ($500), Community Nursing Association Eliza C. Keith Scholarship ($2,000), Delisle-Goulet Memorial Scholarship ($500), Homefield Credit Union Marion Bolack Scholarship ($1,000), Westfield State University Merit Scholarship ($4,000); Mikayla Henault, DECA National Technical Honor Society ($1,000); Reagan Kaiser, Horatio Alger Massachusetts Scholarship ($42,000); Tyler Magri, Blackstone Valley Tech Teachers Association Award ($250), Matthew L. Fleming Memorial Award ($200); Mackenzie McLaughlin, Maine College of Art Scholarship ($50,000).

Hopedale

Brittany Firth, John & Abigail Adams Scholarship Framingham State University ($970); Carly Martino, Friends of Rachel Award ($200); Kaitlynn Samalis, Unibank Scholarship ($2,000); James Symmes, John & Abigail Adams Scholarship University of Massachusetts Amherst ($1,714), Massachusetts Vocational Association Presidential Award ($150).

Mendon

Shawn Clifton, James Franklin Memorial Award ($150); Hannah Goddard, Friends of Rachel Award ($100); Kaylie Iacovelli, Lyndon State College Scholar Award ($2,000), Pell Grant ($2,325); Austin Labastie, Mendon Selectmen Good Citizenship Scholarship ($500), St. Gabriel Catholic Women’s Club Scholarship ($300), Worcester Polytechnic Institute Presidential Scholarship ($15,500), Worcester Polytechnic Institute Scholarship ($13,300); Kevin Larson, Nichol’s College Presidential Award ($15,000); Francesca Niro, Stanley Statura Memorial Sport Award ($200), Wendy’s High School Heisman ($500); Eric Peterson, Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Massachusetts ($500), United States Naval ROTC Scholarship ($180,000), Worcester Polytechnic Institute Scholarship ($40,000).

Milford

Owen Amour, John & Abigail Adams Scholarship University of Massachusetts Lowell ($1,454), 2015 DVD Pro Video Scholarship ($250); Tony Arriaga, Joey Wilson Memorial Scholarship ($600); Veronica Auger, Blackstone Valley Tech Class of 2014 ($500), Blackstone Valley Tech National Honor Society ($500), Blackstone Valley Tech School Committee Academic Award ($200), Walter J. Markham Award ($500), Milford Federal Savings & Loan Scholarship ($1,000); Ian Boroczky, John LaChapelle Memorial Award ($500); Daniel Burdick, Charles S. Minney VFW Post 3329 Scholarship ($500); Samantha Corbin, Friends of Rachel Award ($100), University of New Hampshire Out of State Grant ($12,000); Maria Demko, Friends of Rachel Award ($200); Kaley Galindo, Dean Bank Scholarship ($1,000); David Hachey, John & Abigail Adams Scholarship University of Massachusetts Amherst ($1,714); Katelyn Lasser, The George H. & Viola E. Devendorf Milford Performing Arts Center Memorial Scholarship ($500), Milford Rotary Scholarship ($1,000), Rebekah Assembly of Massachusetts Memorial scholarship ($500), Rockland Trust Scholarship ($2,500), Shelley D. Vincent III Memorial Scholarship ($1,000); Vanessa Malloy, John & Abigail Adams Scholarship Quinsigamond Community College ($720); Dylan Phaneuf, Italian American War Veterans Post 40 Scholarship ($500), James Sochia Memorial Award for Tools ($250); Brittany Ramuta, Friends of Rachel Award ($200); James Roy, Jason K. Ball Memorial Scholarship ($250); Jonathan Sanuik, John & Abigail Adams Scholarship Quinsigamond Community College ($720).

Millbury

Adam Burdzel, John & Abigail Adams Scholarship University of Massachusetts  Dartmouth ($1,417), Charles S. Minney VFW Post 3329 Scholarship ($500); Ashton Gasco, BrassCraft Scholarship ($500); Jeffrey Hanratty, Blackstone Valley Tech Teachers Association Award ($250); Justin Paquette, BrassCraft Scholarship ($500), Vincent Palermo Memorial Scholarship ($300), Slovak Catholic Sokol Scholarship ($250); William Stevens, 2015 DVD Pro Video Scholarship ($250), Milford Area Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Science Scholarship ($1,000), Rochester Institute of Technology Presidential Scholarship ($13,000); Morgan Weaver, Daniel Joseph Gilbert Memorial Award ($500).

Millville

Ella Dehestani, John & Abigail Adams Scholarship University of Massachusetts Boston ($1,714), Lions Young Ambassadors Award ($250), Milford Area Chamber of Commerce Noorjanian Award for Volunteer Service ($1,000), Milford Regional Medical Center Scholarship ($1,000), Prudential Spirit of Community Award ($1,000), James Sochia Memorial Scholarship ($250); Samantha Ducharme, John Hancock Academic Scholarship ($13,000); Hailey Kasper, Friends of Rachel Award ($400), Mendon Lions Club Scholarship ($750); Shane McCabe, John & Abigail Adams Scholarship University of Massachusetts Amherst ($1,714).

Northbridge

Dillon Arnold, Yvette Manosh Memorial Scholarship ($1,000); Daniella Birri, Dean College Scholarship ($12,000); Jessica Carneiro, John & Abigail Adams Scholarship Worcester State University ($970), Friends of Rachel Award ($200); Lindsey Davieau, Coca-Cola Scholarship ($20,000); Jade Doan, Roger V. Burnes Memorial Award ($250); Samantha Fields, Blackstone Valley Tech Teachers Association Paul Sullivan Award ($500), Milford Federal Savings & Loan Scholarship ($1,000); Amal Khan, Assumption College Merit Scholarship ($17,000); Olivia Lareau, John Hancock Academic Scholarship ($14,000); Melissa Mello, Friends of Rachel Award ($400), Mount Ida College Presidential Merit Award ($80,000), Mount Ida College Trustees Scholarship ($2,000); Patrick Murphy, Blackstone Valley Tech Educational Foundation Scholarship ($500), Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators Association Student Achievement Award ($300); Jacob O’Donnell, Blackstone Valley Tech National Technical Honor Society ($500); Randi Ouillette, Friends of Rachel Award ($200).

Sutton

Jacob Bisson, John & Abigail Adams Scholarship MassBay Community College ($720); Eric Carkin, Blackstone Valley Tech School Committee Vocational Award ($200); Leah Perry, John & Abigail Adams Scholarship Salem State University ($910).

Upton

Derek Briggs, Corporal John Dawson Memorial Scholarship ($2,000); Charles Brodeur, University of San Diego Merit Scholarship ($40,000), St. Gabriel Catholic Women’s Club Scholarship ($300); Julia Calianos, Friends of Rachel Award ($200), Salve Regina University Merit Scholarship ($20,000); Zachariah Crosby, Friends of Rachel Award ($200), George Wood VFW Post of Upton Scholarship ($300); Alexia DeDeus, Chad Holbrook Memorial Citizenship Scholarship ($500), Mendon Lions Club Scholarship ($750), Town of Upton Risteen Scholarship ($500), Upton Men’s Club Scholarship ($1,700), George Wood VFW Post of Upton Scholarship ($300); Megan Lavoie, Upton Police Association Scholarship ($500); Gabriella Melnick, Mary Aldrich Scholarship/Upton Bloomer Girls ($1,000), Blackstone Valley Tech National Honor Society ($500), Upton Men’s Club Scholarship ($1,700), Henry Wielkmen Scholarship ($1,800); David Morais, John & Abigail Adams Scholarship University of Massachusetts Amherst ($1,714); Annelise Moyer, Medway Federation of Teachers Scholarship ($250); Danielle Reed, Aquinas Scholars Award ($72,000); Domenique Silvestri, John & Abigail Adams Scholarship University of Massachusetts Boston ($1,714); Samantha Smith, Blackstone Valley Tech National Technical Honor Society ($500), Town of Upton Ramsey Scholarship ($500), Upton Board of Selectmen Scholarship ($200); Gabriella Suazo, Robert Kaufman Scholarship ($2,000), Lesley College Presidential Scholarship ($10,000); Jake Tancrede, James Franklin Memorial Award ($150).

Uxbridge

Connor Dailey, BrassCraft Scholarship ($500); Samuel Danis, Uxbridge Grange Scholarship ($500); Owen Dugan, Stanley Statura Memorial Award for Tools ($200); Rose Hynes, John & Abigail Adams Scholarship Bridgewater State University ($910); Peter Linscott, Jason K. Ball Memorial Scholarship ($250); Sophie Makowski, John & Abigail Adams Scholarship University of Massachusetts Boston ($1,714), Beacon Scholarship ($12,000); Elizabeth Maloney, Coca-Cola Scholarship ($20,000); Brianna Morais, Blackstone Valley Tech Teachers Association Richard Bernard Award ($500); Jocelyn O’Brien, John & Abigail Adams Scholarship University of Massachusetts Amherst ($1,714); John Piotrowski, Herman Buma Memorial Scholarship ($500); Daniela Rodas, Friends of Rachel Award ($300); Patricia Rodas, Friends of Rachel Award ($300); Jacob Rota, John & Abigail Adams Scholarship Middlesex Community College ($720); Nicholas Taparausky, Timothy J. Yacino ($500); Timothy Tetreault, Chad Holbrook Memorial Sports Scholarship ($500); Matthew Wagner, Uxbridge Rotary Club Scholarship ($500).

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