Student of the Month

May 2018

Rosa Gachia | Grade 12 | Allied Health Technology | Whitman
Rosa is a senior from Whitman, enrolled in the Allied Health Technology Program at South Shore Vocational Technical High School. Her proud parents are Kenneth Njuguna and Teresia Kariuki.

An honors student, Rosa’s academic teachers speak of her with high regard. Mr. Scopelleti states Rosa is “One of the most compassionate, friendly, caring, and positive students I’ve ever encountered. She was a great positive force on our recent service trip, and she is always helping people in our Honors English class. She is focused, ambitious, and kind–a great representative for our school.” Mrs. Cromack says, “I think what stands out to me the most about her is her maturity level and true caring for the well being of others. She is constantly helping other students understand complicated ideas in Advanced Biology.”

Mr. Aubrey says of Rosa, “We often speak about staff hitting the ground running when they enter South Shore. Rosa personifies that as a student. She came in as a freshman and got involved on day one and has never looked back. She is the student body face of South Shore.” In fact, Rosa is our Student Body President, but that is not all. She’s a member of the National Honor Society, a Student Ambassador, a SkillsUsa participant, and a Peer Mentor. Next year, Rosa will be attending Bridgewater State University.

Please join us in celebrating Rosa Gachia as South Shore Vocational Technical High School’s May 2018 Student of the Month.

Pictured above is Rosa with her family and Whitman School Committee Rep., Daniel Salvucci

May 2018

Mikaela Drake | Grade 12 | Automotive Technology | Hanover
Mikaela is a senior from Hanover, enrolled in the Automotive Technology Program at South Shore Vocational Technical High School. Her proud parents are Ruth and Scott Drake. Mikaela is currently a valued co-op employee at Land Rover of Hanover.

An honors student, Mikaela’s academic teachers speak of her with high regard. Mr. Scopelleti states Mikaela is “one of the most hard-working, conscientious, and talented students I’ve ever encountered. She quickly became a sheetrocking pro on our recent service trip, and she never, ever stopped working.” Mrs. Cromack says, “I think what stands out to me the most about her is her maturity level and true caring for the well being of others. She is constantly helping other students understand complicated ideas in Advanced Biology.”

A quiet leader, Mikaela is the president of our National Honor Society. She also represents our school as a student advisory to the Vikings Athletic Association, as a Student Ambassador, and as our Outstanding Vocational Student of the Year. Not only is Mikaela skilled in academics and in her trade, she is a varsity member of South Shore’s Cross Country Team. Next year Mikaela will be attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Please join us in celebrating Mikaela Drake as South Shore Vocational Technical High School’s May 2018 Student of the Month.

Pictured above is Hanover School Committe Rep., Robert Heywood along with Mikaela and Family

March 2018

Evan Dogu | Grade 12 | Computer Info Technology | Rockland
Evan a senior from Rockland, enrolled in the Computer Information Technology Program at South Shore Vocational Technical High School. He is currently a valued co-op employee at Congruity, a data storage company in Pembroke.

An honors student, Evan’s academic teachers speak of him with high regard. A recurring theme is that he is mature, respectful and confident. He is a solid student, a natural writer and strong critical thinker. Both Mrs. Bourgea and Mr. Shaw commented on his ability to socialize well with his peers and his teachers. Mr. Shaw noted his “knack for a killer dad joke”.

A quiet leader, Evan is the president of our local chapter of Business Professionals of America. Additionally he represents our state as BPA Historian and most notable, he scored the highest in our state on the BPA exam for computer technology and computer theory. He will be going to BPA nationals in Texas in May. He also scored our highest score on the ASVAB test and participated in the SkillsUSA regional competition earlier this month.

Not only is Evan skilled in academics and in his trade, he is a two-season varsity athlete. Playing center and a linebacker, he was a captain on the varsity football team. He will play varsity lacrosse in the Spring of 2018. His football coach and shop instructor Mr. Scott states that he was a pleasure to teach and coach. He’s an exemplary student, teammate and classmate. Evan has a bright future ahead. He has a signed commitment to serve with the Air Force upon graduation.

Please join us in celebrating Evan Dogu as South Shore’s March 2018 Student of the Month.

March 2018 Student of the month Evan Dogu

March 2018 Student of the month Evan Dogu with Rockland School Committee Rep., Bob Mahoney

February 2018

Cole Hoadley February 2018 Student of the MonthCole Hoadley | Grade 12 | Metal Fabrication & Welding | Hanover
The son of Christine and Michael Hoadley, Cole is a senior from Hanover, enrolled in the Metal Fabrication and Welding Program at South Shore Vocational Technical High School. He is currently a valued employee at AMI (Architectural Metal Solutions).

Cole is a great representation of the best our school has to offer. Mr. Scopelleti states, he treats his work, his classmates and himself with respect and courtesy at all time. Cole appreciates everything that South Shore has to offer him, and he takes advantage of those opportunities. He is president of the Student Ambassadors and is actively involved with the SkillsUSA leadership team, most recently participating in the SkillsUSA leadership event. Currently Cole is planning a Touch a Truck event as a fundraiser for our local SkillsUSA chapter this May.

According to Mr. Mello, a Metal Fabrication and Welding instructor, his work ethic is one that every person should mirror. Cole completes tasks on time and always strives to do his best. Cole manages work, school, his personal relationships, and is a varsity player on South Shore’s hockey and lacrosse teams. After graduation, he plans to continue working in his trade while enrolling in a business management program at Massasoit Community College with the long-range plans of transferring his credits to one of our state universities.

Please join us in celebrating Cole Hoadley as South Shore’s February 2018 Student of the Month.

January 2018

Taylor McKinnon | Grade 12 | Culinary Arts | Abington
The daughter of Brad McKinnon and Lisa Tracey, Taylor is a senior from Abington, enrolled in the Culinary Arts Program at South Shore Vocational Technical High School. Taylor is a scholar athlete and student leader. She is an honors student, a member of our School Council, Student Council, softball team, and basketball team.

Here is what her teachers and coaches have to say. Her current Science teacher, Mr. Shaw says, “Taylor brings her personality into the classroom. She will liven up a conversation with her voice and isn’t afraid to share her opinion.” Her English teacher, Mr. Scopelleti reports, “I have had Taylor for three years now, and she continues to impress with her academic achievement, her great work ethic, and her desire to create a real and meaningful community. She does this last wherever she goes. She is a phenomenal public speaker, and she truly cares about the community we create here at SSVT. Just as Tedy Bruschi was the “perfect Patriot,” Taylor is the perfect Viking!”
Her Student Council advisor, Mr. Fallano states, “Taylor provides the voice and volume behind many school event planning sessions whether it is in Student Council or School Council. She brings her energy as well as culinary skills that enrich the quality of the things we do. She was our grill master during the Auto Show. She has genuine kindness but also has the tenacity of a bulldog when supporting the people that she cares about.”

One of her softball coaches, Mrs. Brennan reports, “While I only coached her for one season, she was the heart of the team, she knows what a team player is, she would rally the players together and always looked at the positive side of things. And her basketball coach, Mr. Gilmartin states, “Taylor has been a captain for the past 2 years. Watching her grow into that roll has been rewarding. She has the affectionate personality that is contagious to others, and she’s a leader on and off the court. She makes basketball enjoyable for her teammates even while pushing them to get better.”

Taylor has a bright future ahead – she’s been a standout in Culinary Arts. According to her shop instructor, Mrs. Monteiro, “Taylor has always shown outstanding leadership skills and a strong work ethic. She is a positive role model for other students, always one of the first to step up to volunteer for the team.” Taylor plans to stay in her pathway by enrolling in the Hospitality Program at Johnson and Wales University. Please join the faculty and staff of SSVT in recognizing Taylor McKinnon as the January 2018 Student of the Month.
Student of the Month January 2018 Taylor McKinnon

December 2017

Kyle Potts | Grade 12 | MET/Drafting | Scituate
The son of David and Lisa Potts, Kyle is a senior from Scituate, enrolled in the MET/Drafting Program at South Shore Vocational Technical High School. Kyle is a scholar athlete who is able to balance academics and sports, and maintains a co-op job at Sagamore Plumbing where he uses his skills in computer aided design to support their project-based work.
Here is what his teachers have to say:“Kyle spends a great deal of time on his work, making sure that it’s perfectly worded, researched and well thought out.” Additionally, “Kyle is excellent in classroom discussion and strong team leader when doing group work too”. Kyle is an honor student and an excellent athlete. He’ll graduate as a four-year varsity lacrosse player. He was a member of the 2016 Vocational State Champion Lacrosse team. Cross Country is where he truly shines. He’s a three-time Massachusetts Vocational Athletic Director Association All-Star, a two-time Mayflower League All-Star, serving as captain in his senior season. He was a member of the first boys’ Mayflower League Champion Cross Country team. He saved his best race for last, finishing sixth at the State Vocational Championships. Kyle has a bright future ahead, planning to study Facilities Engineering. To date he’s been accepted at Maine Maritime, Massachusetts Maritime and Norwich University. Please join the faculty and staff of SSVT in recognizing Kyle Potts as the December 2017 Student of the Month.

November 2017

Jade Watts | Grade 11 | Electrical | Whitman
The daughter of Kimberly Lewis and Kenneth Watts, Jade Watts is a junior from Whitman, enrolled in the Electrical Program at South Shore Vocational Technical High School. Jade is a two-season athlete who is able to balance academics, sports, and a part-time job. This Mayflower League Volleyball All Star is currently 2nd in the state in serving aces. Her coaches and teachers identify Jade as a great role model for the underclassmen and classmates alike. Jade is a high-achieving student showing great effort and care for others in shop, in the classroom, and on the court. Jade is committed to any group she joins and genuinely seems to enjoy SSVT. We look forward to seeing the additional contributions this student leader will make in our school, in our community, and on the basketball court in the 2017-2018 season. Please join the faculty and staff of SSVT in recognizing Jade Watts as the November 2017 Student of the Month.

October 2017

Amanda Crowley | Grade 12 | Allied Health | Whitman
The daughter of Jason Crowley and Melissa Anderson, Amanda is the October 2017 Student of the Month. Amanda, a senior in Allied Health who lives in Whitman, is a licensed Certified Nursing Assistant, a member of the cheerleading and girls’ lacrosse teams and is the Senior Class Vice President.
From our staff, we hear that Amanda is incredibly warm, welcoming, and helpful. In combination, she is confident, motivated, eager to learn and a strong advocate for herself. She brings these high-level tools and characteristics to Bay Path Rehabilitation in Duxbury, where she is currently working as a CNA. According to her Allied Health instructors who have seen her on clinical, Amanda is the kind of certified nursing assistant that any one of us would want caring for our family. Next year, Amanda plans to attend college to study nursing. Please join the faculty and staff in recognizing Amanda Crowley as October 2017 Student of the Month.

March 2017

cassidyBurtCassidy Burt | Grade 12 | Cosmetology | Whitman
The daughter of John and Kimberly Burt of Whitman, Cassidy is a senior in the Cosmetology Program at South Shore Vocational Technical High School. Cassidy is typically an honor roll student who always has a positive attitude in class. She is a great self-advocate, asking for help when she needs it. In class, Cassidy works well with her peers and jumps right in to help when someone nearby needs it. Cassidy’s strong interpersonal skills transfer directly to her success as an athlete. A three-sport Varsity athlete, serving as captain of the basketball and softball team, and a volleyball team member, Cassidy is a young athlete with an incredible work ethic. She’s dedicated to off-season training and to motivating her peers to be their best. She has been a rock solid role model as a player and a captain. In September Cassidy plans to begin training toward a career as a Radiologic Technologist at Massasoit Community College. While a SkillsUSA leader and an All-Star basketball player, Cassidy does not seek the praise she often deserves. Please join the faculty and staff of SSVT in recognizing Cassidy Burt as the March 2017 Student of the Month.

February 2017

James Dwyer | Grade 11 | Automotive | Hanson
The son of Allan and Elizabeth Dwyer, James is the February 2017 Student of The Month. James is a junior in the Automotive Technologies Program.Here is what his teachers have to say about him. “James is an incredibly hard worker. He is polite, punctual, and respects everyone in the building. He is always positive and happy. He is a joy to have in class.” Additionally, James performed CPR on his dad, saving his life. James handled this event with great maturity. He was back in school the following day, able to participate effectively in his program of study. Thanks to James, dad is doing well and is back home now. We are pleased to have a citizen like James at South Shore Vocational Technical High School. Please join the faculty and staff of SSVT in recognizing James Dwyer as the February 2017 Student of the Month.

January 2017

Katherine Dano | Grade 12 | Allied Health | Abington
The daughter of Gustav and Elizabeth Dano of Abington, Katherine is the January 2017 Student of the Month. Katherine, a Senior in the Allied Health program, is out on co-op working as a certified CNA. She is an active member of our National Honor Society, SkillsUSA, and the varsity volleyball team. Here is what her teachers have to say about her: “Katherine Dano consistently does outstanding work in all her academic classes and her Allied Health shop. She has a plan to continue her education in the medical field and has been working hard to make this come to fruition. She embodies the qualities of maturity and exuberance. Her pleasant demeanor and commitment to excellence make her an excellent candidate for student of the month.” Katherine loves her trade, and she hopes to pursue a career in nursing at the University of Connecticut next year. Please join the faculty and staff of SSVT in recognizing Katherine Dano as the January Student of the Month.