Minuteman High School has announced the student recipients of annual scholarships and awards for the graduating Class of 2021.
The awards recognize outstanding student achievement and support both college and career pursuits. See a video of the award presentations at YouTube.com/
Minuteman’s graduation ceremony will be held in-person at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium at 2 p.m. Friday, June 4.
The Class of 2021 valedictorian is Hannah Bardei, an engineering student from Arlington. She is the senior class treasurer and member of the National Honor Society.
In an English class at Minuteman High School, students read and analyzed poems about bees by William Shakespeare. In a horticulture class, they learned how to manage multiple bee colonies outside the school. In an algebra class, students developed a mathematical model to describe the declining bee population. And in a carpentry class, they built and painted wooden beehives.
Students and teachers have been buzzing about bees this month -- all part of a schoolwide project on bees in honor of World Bee Day on May 20. Nearly all of the school’s 18 career technical education programs and its academic courses have been involved in learning about bees.
A robotics team at Minuteman High School has won two awards in a regional competition for creating “Proxima,” which is driven by remote control and shoots balls high into the air.
The Minuteman students, known as Team Alpha Centauri received the Rookie Game Changer Award and the Rookie Game Design Award in the FIRST Robotics Competition. Six students from Arlington were among those involved.
Twenty students from Minuteman High School and four adult students from Minuteman Technical Institute received medals in the SkillsUSA Massachusetts state competition on May 7. Three high school students and one adult student will compete in the national SkillsUSA competition in June, which will be held virtually.
More than 370,000 vocational-technical students participate in SkillsUSA competitions nationwide annually. Students demonstrate their knowledge in their career technical area of study along with employability and safety skills.
For Creation of 'Proxima' Robot
The first Robotics Team at Minuteman High School won two awards in a regional competition on Tuesday, May 11, for the creation of its robot, “Proxima,” which is driven by remote control and shoots balls high into the air.
The Minuteman students, known as Team Alpha Centauri, FIRST Robotics Competition: the Rookie Game Changer Award and the Rookie Game Design Award.
FIRST Robotics is an international high school robotics competition with national and regional tournaments around the United States. Students work during a six-week period to build robots capable of tasks such as scoring balls into goals, placing inner tubes onto racks, balancing robots on beams, and more. Minuteman’s inaugural FIRST Robotics Club was established this school year.
The Minuteman students worked both remotely and in-person to design, 3D model, assemble, wire, program, and test their robot. The students collaborated with the Fitch High School in Groton, Connecticut, to put the final touches on the robot.
The students involved in the FIRST Robotics competition were:
- Markis Galea, grade 12, Engineering major, of Stow
- Gabriel Herbertz, grade 12, Robotics major, of Stow
- Nicholas Abreu, grade 11, Engineering major, of Lexington
- Haris Ansari, grade 11, Engineering major, of Stow
- Sarah Buchieri, grade 11, Engineering major, of Lancaster
- Maliha Khan, grade 11, Multimedia Engineering major, of Lancaster
- Thomas Maloney, grade 11, Robotics major, of Waltham
- Sreeman Lakshmanan, grade 11, Engineering major, of Acton
- Charlie Perry, grade 11, Engineering major, of Woburn
- Kevin Bartles, grade 10, Engineering major, of Lexington
- Charlie Bruel, grade 10, Engineering major, of Needham
- Alex Hanson, grade 10 Engineering major, of Reading
- Abraham Kim, grade 10, Engineering major, of Belmont
- Zachary Marshall, grade 10, Engineering major, of Stow
- Riley Mitchell, grade 10, Biotechnology major, of Sudbury
- Alex Qazilbash, grade 10, Engineering major, of Arlington
- Dylan Schrock, grade 10, Engineering major, of Acton
- River Araujo, grade 9, Engineering major, of Acton
- Teya Barbosa, grade 9, Engineering major, of Dover
- Caleb Baumritter, grade 9, Engineering major, of Acton
- Nichola DiPlacido, grade 9, Environmental Science major, of Arlington
- Calvin Dowds, grade 9, Plumbing major, of Bolton
- Riley Faulds, grade 9, Multimedia Engineering major, of Arlington
- Alexis Farrow, grade 9, Engineering major, of Needham
- Sebastian Krikorian, grade 9, Engineering major, of Arlington
- Sammantha Markowitz, grade 9, Multimedia Engineering major, of Arlington
- Tucker Mast, grade 9, Engineering major, of Stow
- Thomas Veller, Grade 9, Programming and Web Development major, of Arlington
The faculty adviser was Deanna Clark, an engineering teacher.
This news announcement was published Sunday, May 16, 2021. Providing the information is Dan O'Brien, who works for Minuteman.
Minuteman High School is undergoing violence prevention training in partnership with Sandy Hook Promise, a national non-profit organization founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The training is funded through a statewide $1 million grant from Attorney General Maura Healey to educate students and teachers to recognize the signs of potential violence and suicide – and how to get help.
Thirty-two Minuteman High School students recently competed against 13 other high schools and were awarded 18 medals in the SkillsUSA Massachusetts District 3 competition for demonstrating knowledge in their career technical area of study, employability skills and safety.
Minuteman brought home six gold medals, seven silver and five bronze. Twelve students of the 18 students will advance to the SkillsUSA MA States competition, in late April at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School.
The winners are listed below, those with asterisks will continue onto the state level competitions:
Senior Lucy Kitchenka of Arlington, a carpentry career major at Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School, has been selected as Minuteman's nominee for the MAVA Outstanding Vocational Technical Student Awards.
The award recognizes students whose scholastic and vocational technical achievements have significantly contributed to their school community.
Frank LaRosa, a carpentry teacher at Minuteman, nominated Kitchenka because of her 3.8 grade-point average, excellent attendance and involvement in school activities. “She has an exceptional aptitude and grasp for our carpentry program,” LaRosa said in a March 1 news release.
Expansion of extracurricular STEM Activities
Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School has launched two new student clubs focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and female empowerment.
The regional vocational-technical high school has established a FIRST Robotics/STEM Club, which will build robots to compete in the annual robotics competition. The school has also launched a chapter of Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation initiative with a focus on females in STEM and gender equality.
The priority deadline for students living within Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School's nine member communities to apply for admission for next school year is Monday, Feb. 15. The communities are Arlington, Acton, Bolton, Concord, Dover, Lancaster, Lexington, Needham and Stow.
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The Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School has been awarded $300,000 in state Skills Capital Grant funding to educate both high school and adult students in robotics logistics engineering.
The grant will be used to enhance student skills to accommodate the growing logistics industry. With a massive rise in automated warehousing creating responsive supply chains, the demand for a highly trained and skilled workforce is increasing dramatically.
Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration recently announced issuing $11.7 million in Skills Capital Grants to 47 educational institutions across the Commonwealth to update equipment and expand student enrollment in programs that provide career education.
Allison Barry, a design and visual communications teacher at Minuteman High School, is the winner of the 2020 Carl J. Schaefer Memorial CTE Teacher Award from NOCTI, a national leader in providing industry partner certifications and industry-based credentials for career and technical-education programs.
The award was established in 2013 to honor Dr. Carl J. Schaefer. As a lifelong champion in career and technical education (CTE), he gained national recognition as a CTE educator and author. He was also one of NOCTI’s founders.
This memorial award is a tribute to Schaefer’s memory and recognizes an outstanding CTE teacher or CTE teacher candidate. Allison received a personalized award and $500 to be used toward tuition, room and board, books or any other educational-related expense.
This Thanksgiving, 200 food-insecure residents of eastern Massachusetts are receiving a traditional Thanksgiving meal with ingredients rescued by Food Link, cooked by students from Minuteman High School and delivered by Food Link volunteers.
Food Link, a food rescue organization serving eastern Massachusetts, has partnered for the 2020-21 school year with Minuteman High School, a regional career technical education high school in Lexington, to create nutritious meals for neighboring communities that are grappling with food insecurity.
Through this collaboration, Food Link is rescuing food from grocery stores, produce markets, farms and distributors and delivering it to Minuteman High School where culinary arts students create meals based on the ingredients they receive. These meals will then be shared with organizations feeding those in need.
Edward A. Bouquillon, superintendent-director for the Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School District, received the 11-annual Dr. Patrick A. Schettini Jr. Memorial Award from the Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth (MPY) for his longstanding commitment to safety of the students and staff at Minuteman.
More than 120 school superintendents, police chiefs and fire chiefs joined Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and members of MPY to honor Dr. Bouquillon in a virtual ceremony. The annual event brings together staff from the district attorney’s office, law enforcement, educators and community leaders to collaborate on student safety, juvenile justice and crime-prevention strategies.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized for our commitment to the safety and health of our students and staff,” Bouquillon said in a Nov. 17 school news release.
In selecting Dr. Bouquillon for the 2020 award, MPY cited the integration of security cameras, tap-card systems, information technology infrastructure, and other innovative and cost-effective security features in the new Minuteman High School building, which opened in September 2019.
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