UPDATED, June 30: A total of 138 students have graduated from Minuteman Regional Votechnical High School in Lexington at an in-person ceremony at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, allowing an unlimited number of family members and friends to view the milestone event after the state recently lifted most Covid-19 gathering restrictions.
Thirty-three of the gradutes are from Arlington. Scroll down to read more about each
The seniors of the Minuteman Class of 2021 have accomplished a lot despite a difficult year and a half – marked by remote and hybrid learning and a loss of many activities. Thirteen students were named to the National Honor Society (denoted with an asterisks), which recognizes students in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership and character.
In addition, 94 seniors have received scholarships from Minuteman through various organizations and individual donors.
Three students from Minuteman High School have received the Authors Award for Excellence in Imaginative Writing for creating short stories that showcase their exceptional creativity and talent.
The first prize of $700 was awarded to Lillian Mela, of Lexington, a junior, health-assisting major, for her story “Hippocratic Oath.” Samantha Kerr, of Stow, a junior biotechnology major, received the second-place prize of $200 for her story, “The Forensic Scientist’s Tale.” The third-place prize of $100 went to Trinity Choroszej, of Arlington, a junior biotechnology major who wrote a short story titled “The Lady with Soft, Ebony Curls.”
Class of 2021 Minuteman High School graduates Pete Eisenheim (advanced manufacturing) and Jake Brosnan (culinary arts), both of Arlington, have received the Academic All America recognition from the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association.
Jake and Pete were members of the Minuteman High School swim team and were nominated for the recognition by coach Skip Farkas for their outstanding academic and athletic abilities. This fall, Brosnan is attending Northern Arizona University and Eisenheim is attending Colorado College.
Nine adult carpentry students were celebrated for completing their preapprenticeship program with a “Signing Day” ceremony at Minuteman Technical Institute, the adult evening division of Minuteman Regional Votechnical High School.
Eight of the students are female and one identifies as nonbinary; there were no male students. The students signed symbolic letters of commitment to work in the carpentry and construction trades. Currently, fewer than 11 percent of construction workers are women in the United States, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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 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.
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