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6/12/14 > HEALTH ASSISTING STUDENTS HOLD TEDDY BEAR CLINIC

Teddybear Venti

Students and staff from Nashoba Valley Technical High School's Health Assisting program recently held a Teddy Bear Clinic at the in-school child-care center, performing medical checkups on the young children's teddy bears (or other favorite animals). Here, Isabella Venti, a sophomore from Shirley, checks out a teddy bear.Teddybear FittonStudents and staff from Nashoba Valley Technical High School's Health Assisting program recently held a Teddy Bear Clinic at the in-school child-care center, performing medical checkups on the young children's teddy bears (or other favorite animals). Here, Rachael Fitton, a sophomore from Chelmsford, checks out a leopard.

 

 

6/12/14 > 2014 GRADUATES ENJOY YEARBOOK-SIGNING PARTY

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Nashoba Valley Technical High School 2014 graduates Terri Cadrette (Townsend), left, and Samuel Anuta (Ayer) check out the 2014 yearbook during the school's annual yearbook-signing party.Yearbook Hunt Pau Allen Nashoba Valley Technical High School 2014 graduates, from left, John Hunt (Dunstable), Mua'au P'au (Shirley) and Austin Allen (Ayer) check out the 2014 yearbook during the school's annual yearbook-signing party.

 

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Nashoba Valley Technical High School 2014 graduates Shaylene Hegarty (Townsend), left, and Molly Egan (Chelmsford) sign each other's yearbooks during the school's annual yearbook-signing party.

6/09/14 > NASHOBA TECH HANDS OUT SENIOR AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS

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Nashoba Tech 2014 graduates Shannon Pecora, left, and Ellen Horan, both of Westford, receive the Westford Women's Club Scholarship at Nashoba Tech's recent Senior Awards Night

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Nashoba Tech 2014 graduate Russell Byron-Kelly of Groton receives the Academic Award for Music from Principal Denise Pigeon at Nashoba Tech's recent Senior Awards Night.

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Nashoba Tech 2014 graduate Dana Hopf, right, of Shirley receives the Merit Achievement Award for Banking, Marketing & Retail from Principal Denise Pigeon at Nashoba Tech's recent Senior Awards Night.

 

awards dual enrollment 2014Nashoba Tech 2014 graduates recognized at the recent Senior Awards Night for their achievement as Dual Enrollment students who also completed two years of college and graduated this spring with their Associate degrees are, from left, Amanda Woods (Townsend), Joshua Desrochers (Chelmsford) and Alexis Tucker (Littleton).

 

ACADEMIC AWARDS English: Ellen Horan (Westford). Foreign Language: (George Nieves (Pepperell), Mathematics: Shannon Pecora (Westford). Music: Russell Byron-Kelly (Groton). Physical Education/Health: Shannon Pecora (Westford), John Santosusso (Townsend). Science: Joseph Bernardo (Westford). Social Studies: Victoria Ronayne (Westford).

 

VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL AWARDS Merit Achievement Award Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing: Christopher Schueler (Pepperell). Automotive Technology: Michael Smith (Littleton). Banking, Marketing & Retail: Dana Hopf (Shirley). Carpentry & Cabinetmaking: Zebediah Updyke (Townsend). Cosmetology: Thandile Jackson (Shirley). Culinary Arts: Gabrielle Hathaway (Ayer). Dental Assisting: Kelsie Buckley (Pepperell). Design & Visual Communications: Aaron Hatch (Littleton). Early Childhood Education: Lindsay Mitchell (Chelmsford). Electrical Technology: Thomas Riccio (Chelmsford). Electronics/Robotics: Shaylene Hegarty (Townsend). Engineering Technology: George Nieves (Pepperell). Health Assisting: Makayla Crossman (Chelmsford). Hotel/Restaurant Management: Dylan Baro (Pepperell). Machine Tool Technology: Mark Cassidy (Chelmsford). Plumbing & Heating: Joshua Richard (Ayer). Programming & Web Design Development: Eliza Glatkowski (Littleton). TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts: Raysam Donkoh-Halm (Dracut). Technical Proficiency Award Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing: David Boyle (Chelmsford). Automotive Technology: Thomas Fitzpatrick (Townsend). Banking, Marketing & Retail: John Santosuosso (Townsend). Carpentry & Cabinetmaking: Shannon Pecora (Westford). Cosmetology: Manuela Romano (Westford). Culinary Arts: Anthony Brann (Pepperell). Dental Assisting: Victoria Ronayne (Westford). Design & Visual Communications: Carl Marzolini (Tewksbury). Early Childhood Education: Alexandra Oldfield (Shirley). Electrical Technology: Austin Allen (Ayer). Electronics/Robotics: Joseph Bernardo (Westford). Engineering Technology: Samuel Anuta (Ayer). Health Assisting: Kassandra Wetterwald (Shirley). Hotel/Restaurant Management: Julia Gladstone-Langill (Chelmsford). Machine Tool Technology: Adam Keller (Tewksbury). Plumbing & Heating: Stetson Lacombe (Groton). Programming & Web Design Development: Joseph Clark (Westford). TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts: Mikaela Berthiaume (Townsend). MISCELLANEOUS AWARDS American Citizenship Award: Anthony Brann (Pepperell), Kelsie Buckley (Pepperell), Raysam Donkoh-Halm (Dracut), Thandile Jackson (Shirley), Justin Marcouillier (Chelmsford), Julia Phelps (Lowell), Bryana Robinson (Chelmsford), Manuela Romano (Westford), Brittany Thomas (Townsend), Kassandra Wetterwald (Shirley). Community Service Awards: Russell Byron-Kelly (Groton), Dana Hopf (Shirley). District E Athletic Association Award: Molly Egan (Chelmsford), Cameron Skinner (Tewksbury). Dual Enrollment: Joshua Desrochers (Chelmsford), Mina Henes (Chelmsford), Alexis Tucker (Littleton), Amanda Woods (Townsend). Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents' Certificate of Academic Excellence: Shannon Pecora (Westford), Amanda Woods (Townsend). Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association's Outstanding Sportsmanship Award: Corey Greeley (Westford), Bryana Robinson (Chelmsford). Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators' Outstanding Vocational Technical Student Award Nominee: Shannon Pecora (Westford). Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators Association's Student Achievement Award: Raysam Donkoh-Halm (Dracut). Massachusetts Vocational Association's Presidential Certificate of Merit: Shannon Pecora (Westford), John Santosuosso (Townsend). Massachusetts Vocational Association's Vocational Technical Student Achievement Award Nominee: John Santosuosso (Townsend). National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar: Terri Cadrette (Townsend). Outstanding Senior Athlete/Scholar: Ben Hoenshell (Groton), Brittany Thomas (Townsend). President's Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence: Joseph Bernardo (Westford), Mikaela Berthiaume (Townsend), Alexander Bross (Pepperell), Russell Byron-Kelly (Groton), Tori Cafeteiro (Chelmsford), Nicholas DeSalvo (Chelmsford), Joshua Desrochers (Chelmsford), Kassandra Ducharme (Chelmsford), Mina Henes (Chelmsford), Dana Hopf (Shirley), Ellen Horan (Westford), Liam Kilbride (Townsend), Stetson Lacombe (Groton), Carl Marzolini (Tewksbury), Mua'au P'au (Shirley), Shannon Pecora (Westford), Victoria Ronayne (Westford), John Santosuosso (Townsend), Alexis Tucker (Littleton), Amanda Woods (Townsend). Recognition of students entering military: Gregory Andrade (Westford, Marine Corps), Christopher Gibbons (Pepperell, Army), Gabrielle Hathaway (Ayer, Army), Thomas Riccio (Chelmsford, Marine Corps), Duncan Schaff (Shirley, Marine Corps), John Young (Billerica, Navy). Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery: Terri Cadrette (Townsend). Walter J. Markham Award Nominee: Amanda Woods (Townsend). SCHOLARSHIPS AND MEMORIAL AWARDS Atrium Medical Corporation: Joshua Desrochers (Chelmsford). Bemis Associates: Dana Hopf (Shirley), Thandile Jackson (Shirley), Kassandra Wetterwald (Shirley). Chelmsford Commission on Disabilities: Kaitlyn Martin (Chelmsford), Brittany Rosa (Chelmsford). Chelmsford Lions Club: Tori Cafeteiro (Chelmsford), Joshua Desrochers (Chelmsford). Dorr: Aaron Hatch (Littleton). Electrical Apprenticeship Program: Austin Allen (Ayer). East End Club: Brittany Thomas (Townsend). Franco American Lucien Menard Memorial: Shaylene Hegarty (Townsend), Shannon Pecora (Westford). Friends of the Cameron Senior Center: Thomas Fitzpatrick (Townsend), Shannon Pecora (Westford). Friends of Nashoba: Joshua Desrochers (Chelmsford), Victoria Ronayne (Westford), John Santosuosso (Townsend), Brittany Thomas (Townsend). Groton Women's Club: Russell Byron-Kelly (Groton). Groton Women's Club Merit: Russell Byron-Kelly (Groton). John & Abigail Adams MCAS Scholarship: Samuel Anuta (Ayer), Joseph Bernardo (Westford), Mikaela Berthiaume (Townsend), Alexander Bross (Pepperell), Russell Byron-Kelly (Groton), Terri Cadrette (Townsend), Nicholas Cieslik (Pepperell), Joseph Clark (Westford), Philip Danek (Chelmsford), Nicholas DeSalvo (Chelmsford), Joshua Desrochers (Chelmsford), Kassandra Ducharme (Chelmsford), Molly Egan (Chelmsford), Veronique Escabi (Townsend), William Falconer (Pepperell), Mina Henes (Chelmsford), Dana Hopf (Shirley), Ryan Hopkins (Littleton), Ellen Horan (Westford), John Hunt (Dunstable), Liam Kilbride (Townsend), Stetson Lacombe (Groton), Dominique Manning (Ayer), Carl Marzolini (Tewksbury), Erika Morin (Townsend), Sarah Murray (Pepperell), Mua'au P'au (Shirley), Shannon Pecora (Westford), Brian Quin (Townsend), Victoria Ronayne (Westford), John Santosuosso (Townsend), Christopher Schueler (Pepperell), Tyler Talmer (Pepperell), Brittany Thomas (Townsend), Alexis Tucker (Littleton), Jacob White (Chelmsford), Amanda Woods (Townsend). John D. MacEntee Memorial: Julia Phelps (Lowell), Bryana Robinson (Chelmsford). Kevin McKenzie Scholarship: Anthony Brann (Townsend). Littleton Scholarship Trust: Aaron Hatch (Littleton). Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank: Terri Cadrette (Townsend), John Santosuosso (Townsend). Lowell Women's City Golf Tournament: Cara Masson (Westford), Brittany Thomas (Townsend). Massachusetts State Police Excellence in Vocation: David Boyle (Chelmsford), Christopher Schueler (Pepperell). Massachusetts Vocational Association: John Santosuosso (Townsend). Michael Lorden II Memorial: Alexander Bross (Pepperell). Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation: Victoria Ronayne (Westford). Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce: John Santosuosso (Townsend). National Honor Society: Shannon Pecora (Westford). New England Plumbing, Gas, Mechanical Inspectors: Alexander Bross (Pepperell). North Central Massachusetts Chamber Foundation: Amanda Woods (Townsend). North Middlesex Savings Bank: Raysam Donkoh-Halm (Dracut), Ellen Horan (Westford). Pepperell Business Association: Anthony Brann (Pepperell), Austin Gath (Pepperell), Shannon Pecora (Westford), Manuela Romano (Westford). Pepperell Garden Club: George Nieves (Pepperell). Pepperell Lions Club: Kelsie Buckley (Pepperell), Rebecca Maher (Pepperell). Pepperell Women's Club: Anthony Brann (Pepperell). Ralph E. House: Joshua Desrochers (Chelmsford). Robert S. Hargraves: Russell Byron-Kelly (Groton). Sgt. William J. Woitowicz Memorial: Raysam Donkoh-Halm (Dracut). Squannacook River Runners: Mikaela Berthiaume (Townsend), Brittany Thomas (Townsend). Tewksbury Youth Baseball: Erik Freitag (Tewksbury). Thomas J. DeVincentis Memorial: Austin Allen (Ayer), Austin Gath (Pepperell), Mua'au P'Au (Shirley), Manuela Romano (Westford), Brittany Thomas (Townsend). Thomas Lamasurer Memorial: Austin Allen (Ayer). Town of Chelmsford: Joshua Desrochers (Chelmsford). Town of Groton: Russell Byron-Kelly (Groton). Westford Against Substance Abuse: Cara Masson (Westford). Westford Kiwanis Club: Raysam Donkoh-Halm (Dracut), Manuela Romano (Westford). Westford Regency: Kevin Guimond (Pepperell). Westford Rotary Club: Joseph Bernardo (Westford), Victoria Ronayne (Westford). Westford Women's Club: Ellen Horan (Westford), Shannon Pecora (Westford.)

6/09/14 > NASHOBA TECH CLASS OF 2014 GRADUATES AS SCHOOL CELEBRATES ITS FIRST 45 YEARS

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Angel Espada-Santini of Shirley receives his diploma from Nashoba Tech School Committee Chairwoman Jennifer Rhodes, left, and Superintendent D. Judith L. Klimkiewicz.Graduation Romano

 

 

 

Manuela Romano of Westford delivers her speech as president of the Nashoba Tech Class of 2014.

 

 

Graduation PecoraShannon Pecora of Westford delivers her speech as salutatorian of the Nashoba Tech Class of 2014.

 

Graduation EganMolly Egan of Chelmsford receives her diploma from Nashoba Tech School Committee Chairwoman Jennifer Rhodes, left, and Superintendent D. Judith L. Klimkiewicz.

 

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Kassandra Ducharme of Chelmsford receives her diploma from Nashoba Tech School Committee Chairwoman Jennifer Rhodes, left, and Superintendent D. Judith L. Klimkiewicz.Graduation EldridgeConnor Eldridge of Littleton receives his diploma from Nashoba Tech School Committee Chairwoman Jennifer Rhodes, left, and Superintendent D. Judith L. Klimkiewicz.Graduation Flint

Bradley Flint of Dunstable receives his diploma from Nashoba Tech School Committee Chairwoman Jennifer Rhodes, left, and Superintendent D. Judith L. Klimkiewicz.

 

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Connor Dupont of Townsend receives his diploma from Nashoba Tech School Committee Chairwoman Jennifer Rhodes, left, and Superintendent D. Judith L. Klimkiewicz.Graduation CorbinKatelynn Corbin of Pepperell receives her diploma from Nashoba Tech School Committee Chairwoman Jennifer Rhodes, left, and Superintendent D. Judith L. Klimkiewicz.

 

Ribbon Cutting

Nashoba Tech Superintendent Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz cuts the ribbon to the school's new athletic complex in a ceremony held before the Class of 2014 graduation exercises. Immediately to the left of Klimkiewicz are State Treasurer Steve Grossman and State Sen. James Eldridge. Immediately to the right of Klimkiewicz are former School Committee Chairman Hajo Koester of Westford and Principal Denise Pigeon.  

 

WESTFORD - Graduation day at Nashoba Tech was a day of lasts - and firsts.  It was the last day of high school for 151 students, who got to be the first class to graduate on the school's brand-new, all-purpose turf field. And it was a celebration of the last 45 years, as the Nashoba Tech district celebrated its birthday with a fond remembrance and a hopeful look ahead to its next 45 years.

  But the centerpiece of the day Saturday, June 7, was the celebration of Nashoba Tech's latest class of graduates.  The graduating seniors received high praise from all who knew them through their high-school years, as did the field, with its new, state-of-the art track - all part of a new and improved athletic complex at Nashoba Tech, a ribbon-cutting for which was held before the graduation exercises. 
  On hand to celebrate the graduates, as well as the ribbon-cutting, was State Treasurer Steve Grossman, who used his grandfather, Max, as an example of the perseverance he told the graduates they should aspire to, a man whose family immigrated from Russia to the United States in the early 1900s to escape persecution. 
  "After he finished sixth grade, Max's mother said something to Max that none of your parents will ever say to you," Grossman told the graduates. "She said, 'Max, you have to go to work.'" 
  Grossman's grandfather went to work for a paper company and soon owned his own business, which would become the paper supplier known as Massachusetts Envelope Company. 
  He urged the graduates to dedicate themselves to the three "building blocks" of a successful life - family, education and community - and to pursue volunteerism as a way to add value to their lives. 
  Quoting President Woodrow Wilson, Grossman said, "Nothing but what you volunteer has the essence of life, the springs of pleasure in it. These are the things you do because you want to do them, the things your spirit has chosen for its satisfaction." 
  Class Salutatorian Shannon Pecora of Westford told her classmates, "In one word, high school has been amazing. We've learned and accomplished so many awesome things and made extraordinary friends. I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm not ready to say goodbye to all my teachers and friends and move on to the next stage of my life. However, I will be prepared for what lies ahead." 
  While it may be difficult to leave the world of high school behind, Shannon said her four years at Nashoba Tech "taught me that you can do anything you put your mind to, and you can accomplish incredible things with hard work, dedication and perseverance." 
  "Moving forward in our lives, we will all have obstacles to face at one time or another," she added. "Some may have obstacles that seem impossible to overcome, but no matter what happens, just remember that obstacles are nothing to us except things to step down off of an keep going. 
  "People always say that the best years of your life are when you are in high school, and while high school may be some of the best years of our lives, I believe that the best is yet to come." 
  Class President Manuela Romano of Westford transferred to Nashoba Tech halfway through her sophomore year, "scared, nervous, yet very excited to begin a new chapter in my life." 
  It took her no time to get acclimated - and become popular enough to be elected class president. 
  "Over the past four years - or, in my case, two and a half - we haven't just built a community, we have created a family," Manuela said, overcome with emotion several times during her speech. "We have learned that nothing can stop us and that we can be whatever we want to be. 
  "From the moment I stepped foot into this school, I knew the new chapter in my life would start with Cosmetology," she added. "I am so thankful for my technical instructors, who knew my dreams and pushed me to work hard and excel so that my dreams could and would come true. 
  "We may be going our separate ways, wherever that may be, but we will always be a family - living, laughing and loving together. 
  Nashoba Tech welcomed its first students in September 1969 after legislation six years earlier opened the door for the creation of regional vocational-technical school districts throughout Massachusetts. 
  The school invited alumni from the past 45 years to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony before the graduation exercises. All who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony and graduation received a 45th anniversary commemorative booklet detailing the history of the school and highlighting several of its alumni and longtime employees who have witnessed the changes over the past four and a half decades.

 

 

6/03/14 > Athletes of the Month (May)

Athletes of the Month

 

  Alicia Gentile 

Alicia is a high-honors student and a member of the National Honor Society. She is president of the sophomore class, a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, and plays flute for the school band.

Russell Byron-Kelly

 

  Russell Byron-Kelly, son of Charlene Kelly, is a 2014 graduate who played first base and outfield for the baseball for four years and was captain of the volleyball team. He was also a league All-Star last fall for volleyball. He was named a Student of the Month as a sophomore. Russell is a high-honors student, a member of the National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society, treasurer of the National Technical Honor Society, a member of the Drama Club and a Kick-Off Mentor, helping incoming freshmen. He also received a John & Abigail Adams Scholarship for his performance on the MCAS test. Russell graduated from the Design & Visual Communications program, and received a TAMY nomination from Mt. Wachusett Community College's Theatre on the Mount for the playbill he designed for the Drama Club's production of "Shrek the Musical."

 

 Erik Freitag

 

 

Erik Freitag, son of Wayne and Vicki Freitag, is a senior pitcher and utility player for the baseball team. He also played golf for the Vikings and played basketball his first two years.

Written by Dan Phelps

6/03/14 > MAY STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

 May's Students of the Month at Nashoba Tech

 

Brittney Stumpf

 

 Brittney Stumpf, daughter of Bob and Linda Stumpf, is a 2014 graduate in the Early Childhood Education program. Brittney is an honor-roll student and a member of the Future Educators Association. She works at the Ayer Kiddie Depot and plans to continue her education at Mt. Wachusett Community College and Franklin Pierce University, then become a teacher of children with special needs. Brittney was nominated by Early Childhood Education Instructor Colleen Hogan-Mazzola, who wrote: "Brittney has grown remarkably this past year. She has worked had to improve all her grades in her academic subjects while maintaining excellent grades in Early Childhood Education. She is a leader in the child-care center, planning and implementing activities for the toddler-age children that are engaging, educational and developmentally appropriate. After school, Brittney works in a child-care center, and her supervisors report that they are extremely happy with her work with the children. Brittney will also be the first member of her family to attend college and is very proud of this achievement."

 

 

 Stetson Lacombe

 

 Stetson Lacombe, son of Dennis and Lisa Lacombe, is a 2014 graduate in the Plumbing & Heating program. He is an honor-roll student who has played lacrosse during his time at Nashoba Tech. Stetson works in his field with a plumbing-and-heating company in Groton through the school's Cooperative Education/School to Career program. He plans to attend Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I., to study Construction Management. . Stetson was nominated by  Plumbing & Heating Instructor Robert Brazeau, who wrote: "Stetson, in his own quiet way, continues to perform at a very high level in both Plumbing & Heating and in theory. He has been on Co-op now for 2½ years and has received high accolades from his employer."

 

Written by Dan Phelps

6/03/14 > NATHAN MEHARG IS MAY EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

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Nathan Meharg, an instructor in the Design & Visual Communications program, has been named May's Employee of the Month at Nashoba Tech. Meharg is finishing his eighth year as an instructor in the Design & Visual Communications program. He spent much of the month of May producing Nashoba Tech's 45th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet. He was nominated by fellow Instructor Derik Rochon, who wrote: "When I first came to NVTHS, I would have been quickly overwhelmed with all I was doing if it was not for Nathan. He quickly showed me the ropes and pulled up extra slack until I was able to get my legs underneath me. It was not until this year that I fully realized all the work he does for the program and the school. He truly cares for each of the students and creates an environment of teamwork with all those in the program."Written by Dan Phelps

5/30/14 > DUO MAKES IT THREE VIDEO AWARDS IN THREE YEARS

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Tori Cafeteiro of Chelmsford and Raysam Donkoh-Halm of Lowell, both 2014 graduates of Nashoba Valley Technical High School's TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts program, hold the trophies they received from the Merrimack Valley Film Festival for Best News Piece.  

WESTFORD - For the third straight year, a pair of students in Nashoba Valley Technical High School's TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts program received an award in video production.

  And this time, it was a first-place award. 
  Tori Cafeteiro of Chelmsford and Raysam Donkoh-Halm of Lowell - both seniors - won Best News Piece in the Merrimack Valley Film Festival at an awards ceremony held at Lowell High School. 
  The 60-second news item was on Nashoba Tech's Viking Village Mall, which features the in-school, award-winning restaurant, The Elegant Chef, the hair salon, Cosmo Cuts, as well as the school store and the branch of the Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank. The piece was featured on the news program, "This Week at Nashoba." 
  This is the third time in their high-school careers that a video the duo co-produced earned widespread recognition. 
As juniors, a video Tori and Raysam produced earned an honorable mention in the Fire, Burn and Insurance Professionals' statewide High School Burn Awareness Video Contest, sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, the Massachusetts Association of Safety and Fire Education, and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. 
  As sophomores, their video was one of five finalists in the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office's annual Youth Video PSA Project. 
  "I still feel amazed that we've won three awards," Tori said. 
  "And this time, we actually got a trophy," Raysam added. "Usually, we get a certificate, so this is really nice."