Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School officially gave 239 diplomas to the Class of 2019 during the school’s 40th graduation ceremony held on Sunday, June 2nd, at 12 p.m
Joining Superintendent-Director Stephen Dockray at the stage were School Committee Chair David Bento, of Medfield, School Committee Vice Chair Brian Mushnick, of Norfolk, Principal Michael Procaccini, Vocational Director Cathie Rebelo, Director of Special Education John Martin, Class Valedictorian Nathaniel Clarke of North Attleboro, Class Salutatorian Maia Lavigne of North Attleboro, and Class President Michael Hulbig of North Attleboro.
“While today is a day to celebrate with family and friends, in the next few weeks you will begin a new set of challenges,” Superintendent-Director Stephen Dockray said. “As you begin this next journey in your lives, dream big, work hard and be passionate in whatever career path you choose.”
During his valedictory speech, Clarke addressed his classmates by asking them to give a round of applause to the audience for helping them to graduate and for taking the time to celebrate the day.
Clarke spoke of his love of competitive bowling and the perfect score. “The highest possible score is 300 and I’ve fell short of that by a single pin.” He further explained, “When things don’t go your way, when you try your hardest and give it your all, you don’t quit. You try again. It’s only a matter of time until that metaphorical “one pin” falls and you achieve your goals.”
During the ceremony, several students were awarded local scholarships and tool awards totaling $80,000 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. Julia Farrell of Medfield, has been awarded a $34,000 tuition scholarship to Dean College for the 2019-2020 academic year. The scholarship is renewable for up to 4 years/8 semesters of attendance at Dean College. This is the twenty-first year that Dean College is awarding the scholarship to a Tri-County Regional student.
Many Tri-County graduates will further their education by attending a university or post-secondary education, others will enter the workforce, and six Tri-County graduates plan to enter into the U.S. Military.
Congratulations to the Class of 2019.