Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School officially gave 208 diplomas to the Class of 2018 during the school’s 39th graduation ceremony held on Sunday, June 3rd, at 12 p.m.
Joining Superintendent-Director Stephen Dockray at the stage were School Committee Chair Steven Trask, of Franklin, School Committee Vice Chair David Bento, of Medfield, Principal Michael Procaccini, Vocational Director Jean George, Director of Special Education John Martin, Class Valedictorian Jeffrey Blenkhorn, of Medway, Class Salutatorian Carolyn Kiely of North Attleboro, and Class President S. Alexandra McDonald of Seekonk.
“Our graduates will take different paths after graduation today,” Superintendent-Director Stephen Dockray said. “Whatever path you choose after today, I hope that you take with you the skills you have learned from your academic and vocational teachers over the past four years. Continue to work hard, be passionate, be humble and remember to thank your parents or other extended families for their help in your success today.”
During his valedictory speech, Blenkhorn asked his classmates, “Are you prepared for what’s ahead?”
While the future always holds some level of uncertainty, Blenkhorn said, the key to success is preparation, as inventor Alexander Graham Bell once pointed out. “Like Bell, all of us desire to succeed,” Blenkhorn said. “Are you prepared? The answer is yes. Tri-County has prepared you with four years of dedicated study. As we leave Tri-County, I urge you to never forget the lessons we’ve learned here. Yes, the future may be uncertain, there will be difficulties, but obstacles do not exist if yielded to. As we leave Tri-County, I urge you to never forget the lessons you learned here. With the skills and knowledge you have gained during your time at Tri-County, all of us have the tools to succeed.”
During the ceremony, several students found out they received scholarships and tool awards totaling $76,000 that were available only to Tri-County students. Similar to scholarships, tool awards are given by local businesses, civic organizations and families to aid students entering the workforce with the purchase of tools of the trade.
One of the biggest scholarships given out at graduation was the Dean College scholarship given annually to one Tri-County graduate. Jayme Martello, of Franklin, has been awarded a $33,000 tuition scholarship to Dean College for the 2018-2019 academic year. The scholarship is renewable for up to 4 years/8 semesters of attendance at Dean College. This is the twentieth year that Dean College is awarding the scholarship to a Tri-County Regional student.
Congratulations to the Class of 2018.