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John and Abigail Adams Scholarships Awarded to 75 Seniors at Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School

Thales Oliveira of Stoughton celebrates his scholarship announcement with his mother
Thales Oliveira of Stoughton celebrates his scholarship announcement with his mother
(South Easton, MA) - On Wednesday, December 3, 2013, families of the seventy-five Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School students celebrated and applauded their teens for their success in qualifying for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship.  “It was nice to see so many families at the reception. The Culinary Department made terrific hors d’oeuvres for our guests of honor. I am always so proud of the number of students and families that make education a priority in their home,” reflected Christina Guarini, Director of Guidance.

School Committee member Mike Pietrowski and Guidance Counselor Jan Combs addressed attendees with compliments about the students’ academic success and achievements. The night transitioned into a Financial Aid Seminar with the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA), which allowed students and their families to explore the financial aspect of the college planning process.

The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship Program helps Massachusetts students with tuition waivers to public colleges and universities within Massachusetts. Its purpose is to “reward Massachusetts students who do well in school, to encourage high-performing students to attend public colleges and universities in the state, and to help families pay for higher education,” according to massresources.org. The waiver can be used for 4 years (8 semesters) of undergraduate studies.

Recipients of the scholarship are required to score Proficient or better, with at least one at the Advanced level, in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics, on their first attempt at their grade 10 MCAS test. Combined scores placed these students in the top 25% of students in the graduating class. Qualifying students at SRVTHS received an award letter and information in the fall. In January, they will receive assistance in completing the required Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at the SRVTHS Guidance Department, although the John and Abigail Adams scholarship is based on merit rather than financial need.

John and Abigail Adams Scholarship recipients for the Class of 2014 include the following, by community of residence:

Brockton: Talisa Albanese, Angel Aponte, Karinelis Ayala, Tyoviginou Beauvais, Alayna Dauwer, Kasey   Dean, Rodney Dukes, Joseph Gallagher, JohnHamelburg, Justin Harris, Cody Howie, Jolina Jean-Philippe-Kava, Ana Johnson Escauriza, Clay Killachey-Seaver, Sierra Lewis, Jamesha Lewis, Gwenevere Marchand, Brendan   Martin, Anthony Mendes, Alanna Noyes, Gabriel Pereira, Destiny Pina, Yasmeen  Rahman, Carl Raimondi, Anaik Reid, Lizender Santos Afonso, Manuel Shaw, Brandon  Thellen, Colin Weaver, Nicholas Whitcher, Zachary Willett, Jason Xavier, Angelino Xenos, Linda Yanes Velasquez

East Bridgewater: Ryan, Adams, Alyssa Duncan, Micheal Hoppe, Hannah Jamieson, Scott Miller, Courtney Owen, Nathan Stewart, Christopher Sullivan, Mark Wilburn

Easton: Richard Alger, Jonathan Berry, Joseph Hazel, Nicholas Rivera, Dylan Spender

Foxboro: Ryan Curran

Mansfield: Cathal Delaney, Alexandra Downey, Jonathan Drew, Brendan McCormick, Robert Wilcox

Norton: Craig Arsenault, Kristina Beatty, John Callahan, Sean Campbell, Cassandra Coughlin, Casey Ferreira, Crystal Hayden, Zachery, Mitchell, Chelsea Reynolds, Emma Sparks

Sharon: James Townsend

Stoughton: Russell Fraine, Alexandra Giomaki, Thomas Hanrahan, John Musto, Thales Oliveira, Jennifer Resendes, Brendan Russell

West Bridgewater: Matthew Niklason, Samuel Pike, Morgan Prendergast

Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School is a public 9-12 vocational high school located in South Easton, Massachusetts, serving approximately 1,277 students from the city of Brockton and the towns of East Bridgewater, Easton, Foxborough, Mansfield, Norton, Sharon, Stoughton, and West Bridgewater.

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Lorraine Rosa, SERSD Freelance Reporter December 12, 2013 at 07:58 AM
Congratulations, students and families.


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