|Zachariah Rigazio | Grade 12 | HVAC-R | Scituate
We are pleased to introduce Zachariah Rigazio, Scituate resident and senior in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, as our May 2019 Student of the Month. His proud parents are Erin and Jeffrey Rigazio.
Zachariah is a SkillsUSA state gold medalist who plans to stay in his co-op placement at Anderson Fuel after graduation, but not before he attends the Skills National Competition in Louisville, Kentucky this June. All SST educators gushed as they contributed accolades for Zachariah. HVAC instructors Mr. Mulkern and Mr. Morrill stated that he consistently performs at a high level, is responsible and can be relied upon to complete important tasks, often assisting his instructor in helping to train other students. His academic teachers Mrs. Bateman, Mrs. Mathews and Mrs. Brennan all complimented Zachariah as insightful, creative in problem solving, witty, motivated, and a man of honor, and of his word, adding that he is a leader and cheerleader when working with his peers. He keeps his groups on task and focused, and he keeps everyone organized on their individual tasks.
In addition to his positive contributions to his trade and his academic program of study, Zachariah is a stand-out member of the Drama Club. Mr. Bova and Mrs. Keith report that Zach has been an amazing stage manager, winning the first ever SST Stage Manager Award at this year’s METG Competition. He can handle any wrinkle or technical difficulty with calm efficiency and solve any problem he’s given. He is tireless, and the most “can-do” of any stage manager we’ve ever had.
Please join us in celebrating Zachariah Rigazio as South Shore Tech’s May 2019 Student of the Month.
|Jessica Silva | Grade 11 | Graphic Design and Visual Communications | Rockland
We are pleased to introduce Jessica Silva, Rockland resident and junior in Graphic Design and Visual Communications, as our March 2019 Student of the Month. Her proud parents are Christina and Daniel Silva.
Jessica is very active at SST. She’s very involved in SkillsUSA and our Drama Club. She’s found a home in Graphic Design and Visual Communications, recently earning a 2nd place medal in the National Trade Pin Design Competition. At our regional SkillsUSA competition she won a bronze medal for Screen Printing Technology in Graphic Design. Additionally, Jessica competed in the SkillsUSA National Anthem Competition. The results are not back, but if she wins, she will sing at the opening or closing ceremonies for the SkillsUSA State Conference.
Jessica has her hand in every aspect of SST’s Theatre program. She’s recently created their new logo and marketing resources reflecting the new SST brand. In the coming weeks you will see her in the lead role as Jimmy Deeanne in this year’s production of Second Samuel, capping the production with an a cappella solo.
Please join us in celebrating Jessica Silva as South Shore Tech’s March 2019 Student of the Month.
|Cody Campbell | Grade 12 | Manufacturing Engineering Tech | Rockland
Cody Campbell, son of George and Brenda Campbell, resides in Rockland and is a student who has excelled in our Manufacturing Engineering Program. His professionalism and dedication to the engineering field has manifested itself in Cody exploring equally our Electronics and Precision Machine pathways, attaining a successful co-op placement at UppaBaby, and winning a SkillsUSA Bronze Medal as a junior in the Additive Manufacturing Competition.Cody has demonstrated great discipline in the classroom, participating in a rigorous course of study that has included multiple honors level and dual enrollment courses. His commitment to his studies is evident in that he is in the top ten of his class and is a recipient of a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship.
Cody is Student Body President, Vice President of our National Honor Society chapter, and Treasurer of the Student Ambassadors program, as well as a member of our School Council and student representative to our School Committee.
Cody will be continuing his education in the field of engineering upon graduation.
Please join us in celebrating Cody as South Shore Technical’s January 2019 Student of the Month. Cody is also our Outstanding Vocational Student of the Year.
|Michael LoPorto | Grade 12 | HVAC-R | Rockland
We are pleased to introduce Michael LoPorto, Rockland resident and senior in HVAC, as our December 2018 Student of the Month. His proud parents are Kathleen and Nick LoPorto. Mikey, as he is know to us, is a valued employee at Healthy Air Solutions, a residential and commercial HVAC contracting service based in Norwell. He is also the captain of SST’s wrestling team.Michael’s teachers speak highly of him, noting his work ethic and willingness to help others.
His grade eleven ELA teacher Mrs. Provost states that he “is a student who truly cares about his peers and teachers. He is always mature and respectful. Mike has a wealth of knowledge about his shop (his job skills presentation was excellent)”. His wrestling coach Mr. Bello continues by adding that Mikey “has the respect from all of the wrestlers on the team, supporting them on the mat and in the classroom. I couldn’t ask for a better captain”.Things haven’t always been easy for Mike at SST. Mrs. Bourgea recognizes Michael’s grit, “I had Mike for his freshman year, and I have him again his senior year. I’ve seen tremendous growth, progress, and maturity. He’s a respectful student to all adults and peers. He is also fantastic in class discussion. He really enjoys learning new material and works diligently to understand and take ownership of his own learning. He represents everything that we want in our seniors.”When thinking about how to honor Michael, the theme of kindness to others persists. Mrs. Glass sums Mikey’s impact on SST this way, “His compassion and care for others is evident and he holds himself to high standards while at the same time recognizing his mistakes. I am honored to have played a small part in Mike’s education – in truth I have learned much more from him than he from me.”Please join us in celebrating Michael LoPorto as South Shore Regional Vocational Technical High School’s December 2018 Student of the Month.
|Jeremy Driscoll | Grade 11 | Computer Information Tech | Rockland
We are pleased to introduce Jeremy Driscoll, Rockland resident and junior in Computer Information Technology, as our November 2018 Student of the Month. His proud parents are Erica and Dan Driscoll.Jeremy is very active at SST. He’s an honors’ student who serves as a student ambassador, math team member, SkillsUSA competitor, and who represents the student council as junior class representative and public relations officer. Additionally, Jeremy is an athlete on SST’s wrestling team. In his free time Jeremy trains as an MMA fighter. Mr. Fallano works closely with Jeremy in his many leadership endeavors. He had the following to say about Jeremy, “Jeremy is one of the most empathic students I have met. He is very good at identifying and offering to help fellow students in need. He gives of himself regularly and often comes up with many ways to serve not only his class but the student body as a whole. Jeremy is extremely dependable. If Jeremy says he will handle something, I do not think of it again because I know it will be done. This is an invaluable trait and one that anyone who works with Jeremy will understand. He represents the best of what I hope all students in this school can achieve both in terms of work ethic and civic mindedness. Jeremy is the whole package deal.”Jeremy’s teachers speak highly of him, noting his work ethic and willingness to help others. His Physics teacher, Mr. Stevens, commented that he “helps fellow students understand the concepts we are discussing”. His sophomore shop instructor, Mr. Johnson, says that “Jeremy is kind, inquisitive, and always eager to help; often taking on additional responsibility in class and after school. He’s professional and well spoken.”Jeremy’s very proud math teacher Pam Walsh says that Jeremy is one of the brightest math students she’s ever taught. In fact, he is so talented that he earned a perfect score on the 2018 Spring Math MCAS. We are all proud to have him here at South Shore Tech through the Spring of 2020 and can’t wait to see where his ethic and ability take him and our school.Please join us in celebrating Jeremy Driscoll as South Shore Regional Vocational Technical High School’s November 2018 Student of the Month.
|Elizabeth Hennessy | Grade 12 | Cosmetology | Rockland
Elizabeth Hennessy is a senior from Rockland, enrolled in the Cosmetology Program at South Shore Regional Vocational Technical High School who is currently employed at Rudolph Adamo Salon in Scituate. Her proud parents are Melissa and Richard Hennessy.A leader in the National Honor Society, Elizabeth is a scholar, an athlete, and is civic minded. She is a cheerleader and a lacrosse player. Additionally she is is a Student Ambassador, member of SkillsUSA and a student leader who initiates fundraisers and philanthropy events in her shop and for our school.She’s described by her teachers as hard working, helpful, mature, very kind, and dedicated. Her shop instructor, Ms. Darling, states that Elizabeth demonstrates strong leadership skills in shop and among her peers. She was instrumental in fundraising for New York last year by organizing and running many of the fundraisers including: October pink hair extensions, the LCR tournament, and face painting at several school events. She volunteers for every possible event including most recently the 2nd Annual Ken Thayer Car Show.Her English teacher, Mrs. Bateman, says, “Well deserved Elizabeth!” Stating that she is a “leader, and holds her peers to the highest standard when tasked with leading a team. She is a strong writer, and strives for greatness, always.” On a more personal note, she and Mrs. Bateman share a love for all things Disney, and Elizabeth’s kindness is exemplified when on her last trip to Disney World, she brought her home a Mickey Mouse Rice Krispy treat. Mrs. Bateman reports that it “automatically tasted better in the shape of Mickey Mouse.”
Please join us in celebrating Elizabeth Trull as South Shore Vocational Technical High School’s June 2018 Student of the Month.Please join us in celebrating Elizabeth Hennessy as South Shore Regional Vocational Technical High School’s October 2018 Student of the Month.
|Elizabeth Trull | Grade 10 | Graphics Communications & Visual Design | Rockland
Elizabeth Trull is a sophomore from Rockland, enrolled in the Graphic communications and Visual Design Program at South Shore Vocational Technical High School. Her proud parents are Kathleen and Kevin Trull.An honors student, Liz is a three-sport athlete (playing volleyball, basketball and softball), a Student Ambassador, member of SkillsUSA and Business Professionals of America. These are things Liz does. It is not who she is. She’s described by her teachers as creative, positive, hard working, kind and an advocate for her peers.Mrs. Provost and Mrs. Palmer complimented Liz on her willingness to help her peers in class. Mrs. Brennan calls Liz motivated, a “respectful young woman who is self-disciplined in her studies”. Mr. Fallano compliments Liz as a student who delivers her best and described her as a student who will stand up for those who may not be able to stand up for themselves. He also noted Liz’s “keen sense of humor that can come out at unexpected times.” All of her academic teachers complimented her on a smile that creates smiles.Ms. DeMariano, Liz’s shop instructor states, “Liz…she is indeed a wonderful young woman. Liz is the student that keeps me on my toes making sure I keep her challenged. In shop, Liz is working far above grade level and as a result, has achieved great success in her vocation. This is evident with her SkillsUSA and BPA medals. She has raised the bar for her classmates and as a result they all strive to do more and do it better with each attempt. It’s been an honor to be one of her teachers.” This past month, at the Business Professionals of America competition, Liz ranked among the top ten in the nation for desktop publishing.As Mr. Fallano stated, “Liz is awesome.”Please join us in celebrating Elizabeth Trull as South Shore Vocational Technical High School’s June 2018 Student of the Month.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Cole 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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Cassidy 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.
|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.
|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.