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Minuteman restaurant hosts scholarship fund-raiser

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The District Restaurant at Minuteman High School will host the eighth-annual Ryan’s Wish fund-raiser to benefit student scholarships on Wednesday, April 13.

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This year’s fund-raiser is barbeque themed and will be open to the public for lunch and dinner service.

All food is prepared and served by students in Minuteman’s culinary arts and hospitality major.

Ryan Eaton was a 2014 Minuteman High School graduate from Watertown who majored in culinary arts.

 It was his wish to establish a scholarship fund in his name to benefit future graduates of Minuteman.

All proceeds from the lunch and dinner will be contributed to the Ryan Eaton Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Phone reservations are required for both dinner and lunch service. Tickets are $20 per person.

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Minuteman students earn 17 medals in SkillsUSA district competition

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Seventeen students from Minuteman High School received medals in the SkillsUSA Massachusetts district technical competitions this month.

More than 370,000 vocational-technical students participate in SkillsUSA competitions nationwide annually. Students demonstrate their skills in their career technical areas of study, employability, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration safety guidelines.

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Minuteman alumnus from Arlington wins on Food Network show

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A Minuteman High School alumnus has beaten Bobby Flay! 

“Bobby Flay was a very kind host and I couldn’t have asked for a better competitor,” Keeley said.Arlington native Jon Keeley,  class of ’01, is now an executive chef at Fire Restaurant and Lounge in Denver.

He went up against celebrity chef Bobby Flay on his Food Network show, “Beat Bobby Flay,” in an episode that premiered on Thursday, Feb. 24. (S29, E8, “Girl Meets Flay.”) 

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Minuteman gets $150k skills grant to expand robotics, automation

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The Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School District recently received a $150,000 Skills Capital Grant from the Commonwealth to expand robotics and automation programming. The funding will be used to teach students Industry 4.0 skills amid a rapidly expanding logistics automation and supply chain management industry.

Logistics automation and supply chain management are crucial aspects of today’s global economy and have only increased in importance since the pandemic began. Minuteman is expanding its programming in response to student interest and the needs of the work force. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there has been a 140-percent increase in employees in the transportation and warehousing industry since 2012.

“This is a perfect example of supporting a form of career technical education that directly energizes the regional workforce and the economy,” said Edward A. Bouquillon, Superintendent-Director of Minuteman. “The Skills Capital Grant provides for technology and skills needed today in a rapidly changing global market.”

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Minuteman nominates Bedford senior for award

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Arlington student contended

Katerina Holbrook, a senior from Bedford who is majoring in early education and teaching, has been selected as Minuteman High School’s nominee for the 2022 Walter J. Markham Award, given each year by the Massachusetts Vocational Association (MVA) and the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA).

An Arlington senior, Trinity Choroszej, contended for the honor named after a former Massachusetts vocational education administrator. It recognizes a Massachusetts vocational-technical high school senior who has shown a high degree of commitment to and achievement in career and technical education as well as academics, along with significant involvement in their school community. MVA and MAVA's announcement of the winner is forthcoming.

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North Carolina educator named new Minuteman superintendent

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UPDATED Feb. 3: The Minuteman School Committee has voted to name Dr. Kathleen Dawson as the new superintendent.

School spokesman Dan O'Brien told YourArlington about the vote Feb. 3 and said the committee is waiting to issue a full news release once a contract is signed.

Dawson, deputy superintendent of Orange County Schools in North Carolina, will replace Dr. Edward A. Bouquillon, who plans to retire at the end of June after a successful 15-year tenure leading the district. 

The committee voted in favor of Dawson  Jan. 26.

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Arlington Minuteman sophomore among those recognized in term 1

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Four exceptional students from Minuteman High School were recently chosen as Students of the Term for Term 1, Assistant Principal Brian Tildsley announced Dec. 20.

Receiving this honor are freshman Madison Bruno of Lexington, sophomore Annie Lindor of Arlington, junior Elias Bak of Belmont and senior Taien Gorman of Belmont. 

Bruno will be selecting a career major shortly, as will the rest of Minuteman’s freshman class. Lindor is in the cosmetology program, Bak is studying environmental science and Gorman is in culinary arts.

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Arlington Minuteman student among 4 awarded SkillsUSA gold medals

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Students from Minuteman High School and adult students from Minuteman Technical Institute participated in the SkillsUSA Massachusetts' fall leadership conference in Marlborough on Nov. 22. Four Minuteman

High School students, including one from Arlington, received gold medals for their participation in the day, which included guest speakers, workshops and a community-service project.

The day highluighted the SkillsUSA Framework, which focuses on the personal, technical and workplace skills to ensure that students are career ready. At this event, both the high school and adult Minuteman students participated in a community-service project, building picnic tables for the MetroWest YMCA.

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Minuteman super named leadership academy coordinator

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Edward A. Bouquillon, the longtime superintendent-director of Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School in Lexington, has been appointed to lead an intensive professional-development program designed to train future leaders of vocational technical and agricultural schools in Massachusetts.

Dr. Bouquillon will serve as coordinator of Leadership Academy II, a training program established by the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA) to help educators develop the leadership competencies to serve in roles including superintendents, assistant superintendents, and directors.

He succeeds John “Jack” Jones, who held the position for many years and is retiring. Immediately before retiring, Jones had served as superintendent of Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School District in Franklin.

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Over 1,000 attend Minuteman open house, a big jump from '19

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Accepting applications for 2022-23 school year

UPDATED Nov. 22: About 1,065 people attended the annual open house at Minuteman High School on Sunday, Nov. 21. Last year, when pandemic-capacities restricted numbers, 200 people attended. In 2019, about 615 people attended.

The open house is an opportunity for current middle school students and their families to tour the school and speak with students and teachers. Minuteman has 19 career technical education (CTE) majors, 14 sports teams, and 20 clubs and activities.

View an online photo album of the open house >> 

Feb. 15, 2022, is the priority deadline date to apply for the 2022-23 school year. Member-town applicants have priority in the admissions process. Minuteman’s member towns are Acton, Arlington, Bolton, Concord, Dover, Lancaster, Lexington, Needham and Stow.

Private tours of the school are available. For more information on the admissions process, visit >>

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4 from Arlington among Minuteman soccer all-stars

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 The Minuteman Revolution girls’ soccer season has ended after making it to the state tournament, but not before four players were named all-stars by the Commonwealth Athletic Conference (CAC): Zoe Callahan, senior; Eleanor Silvadurso, senior; Alice Dalton, junior; and Annie Brosnan, junior, who are all from Arlington.

The CAC also named Diane Dempsey, the Minuteman High School girls' soccer coach, the division’s Girls Soccer Coach of the Year.

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Minuteman Thanksgiving held

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Restaurant, salon, auto shop open for in-person services

The District Restaurant at Minuteman High School now accepting phone reservations for its traditional Thanksgiving buffet, set for Friday, Nov. 19.

The career technical education school’s student-run services -- which include a salon, automotive repair shop and preschool -- continue to welcome customers now that in-person services are fully resumed.

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Minuteman launches animal science program

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Veterinary jobs to grow 16% nationally by 2029

Minuteman High School has added animal science to its list of career technical-education (CTE) majors for the 2021-22 school year – addressing the needs of the veterinary industry that is growing rapidly nationwide.

With the addition of the Animal Science program, Minuteman now hosts a total of 19 CTE majors for students in grades 9-12. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education approved Minuteman’s Animal Science program for Chapter 74 career/vocational technical education status in June.

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Minuteman auto students repair car provided to veteran

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Minuteman High School automotive technology students have provided a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe they had repaired  to a U.S. Army and Navy veteran in a ceremony with Second Chance Cars and Vertex Pharmaceuticals in Boston.

Automotive teacher John Primpas was on hand with students Cole Traywick of Acton and Samuel Staiti of Arlington, both juniors, when the car was transferred to veteran John Harrold as part of Vertex’s 13th annual Day of Service.

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