2018 Graduation Class
2018 Graduation Class
Posted on 06/13/2018
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Zelie Sears stood before her 165 fellow graduates in the Nashoba Valley Technical High School Class of 2018 on Saturday, June 2, and asked them to “do me a favor.”

The Class of 2018 president continued: “Take every single opportunity to do something great. Keep pushing each other to be the absolute best version of yourself.”

In her remarks to her classmates, standing in front of hundreds of family and staff members, the Pepperell resident revealed that she was shy and introverted when she arrived at Nashoba Tech in late August 2014, but that the school helped her to find the confidence in herself to run for president as a freshman. (She would lose twice before persevering and finally being elected as a junior.)

Earlier in the ceremony, valedictorian Maddison Caten and salutatorian Julia Marple, also both Pepperell residents, combined their speeches into one, with Julia reading them.

“It’s very hard to say goodbye but we are all going to go on and do good things,” she said. “For many of us, Nashoba Tech has helped us to pursue an opportunity to express our ideas in innovative ways.”

The idea that a technical education is a viable alternative to a traditional high school was echoed by Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, who opened the ceremony by talking about the “skills gap,” not only in Massachusetts but across the country.

Polito said the economy needs skilled workers now more than ever, and that the state’s technical schools are providing those workers.

“Nashoba Tech is one of the best schools in the state of Massachusetts, and I commend you for always wanting to do more,” she said. “This is a model we could emulate in others schools.”

 Polito also took the chance to congratulate the first seniors to graduate from Nashoba Tech’s Veterinary Assisting program, which opened to underclassmen two years ago.

Also commended during the ceremony was Elizabeth Jones of Ayer, who not only received her diploma and a technical certificate in TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts from Nashoba Tech but who had a week earlier graduated from Mount Wachusett Community College with her Associate degree, thanks to Nashoba Tech’s Dual Enrollment program.

Following is a list of local students in the Nashoba Tech Class of 2018.

Ashby: Thomas Palmer.

Ayer: Melynda Barlow, Adam Blouin, Maxwell DaSilvaneto, Yessenia Gamez, Elizabeth Hillman, Elizabeth Jones, Jacob Lambert, Katherine Piecewicz, Colby Stacey, Megan Stevenson, Kaitlyn Willets, Kelley Willets.

Billerica: David Crescio, Devin Mackenzie, Terrence O’Reilly, Katherine Wiitala.

Chelmsford: Joseph Baker, Shannon Benoit, Elizabeth Blair, David Brouillette, Gabrielle Cartaglia, Katie Carter, Julia Champagne, Anthony Cogliano, Ethan Colella, Sean Daly, Adam Dufresne, Jayna Hawkes, Nathan Keaney, David Kelley, Christopher Kohut, Nikole Lacourse, Edward Lalumiere, Joshua Ludwig, Maximillian Ludwig, Dorota MacDonald, Nathan Mahoney, Dylan Malone, Peter Manzelli, Katherine Martin, Tyson Maynard, Jared Michaud, Cody Miller, Shelby O’Rourke, Victoria Parlee, Garrett Piper, Joseph Proia, Madison Repoza, Matthew Ringdahl, John Roark, Zachary Robb, Lucas St. Amand, Gabrielle Vermot-Gaud, Connor Walsh, Jake Watt, Lauren White.

Dunstable: Nathan Nieves.

Fitchburg: Baili Harlow-Stevens, Brandi Harlow-Stevens, Keiji Laifook-Best.

Groton: William Finlay, Joseph Robillard, Jared Smith, Kody Tremblay.

Littleton: Anthony Aulet, Nathalie Marek, Robin Taylor, Jenna Thompson.

Lowell: Suphachai Chodtanaboon, Thomas Dean, Maryanye DeJesus, Alexandra Frias, Jessica Perry, Austin Porter, Eneida Torres-Perez.

Lunenburg: Elizabeth Pinard.

Pepperell: Daniel Abercrombie, Caleb Ackerman, Kristiana Albert, Joshua Andrews, David Cate, Brendan Cerone, Nicholas Cerone, Rachel Cieslik, Ashley Conrad, Nicholas Crawford, Casaundra Fagundes, William Featherston, Benjamin Gardner, Jaxson Jeffery, Kevin Keins, Grayce Kinney, Nathaniel Laakso, Ryan Ludford, Sarah Maine, Connie Marinilli, Julia Marple, Christopher McCall, Hayden McCarthy, Chad Miner, Kathryn Murphy, Arianna Patenaude, Robert Paton, Reuben Perry, Giovanna Polizzotti, Tyler Richard, Zelie Sears, Cayleigh Sherwood, Chloe Sherwood, Kyle Stumpf, Shantel Suero, Laryssa Tervail, Cheyanne Thistle, Christina Tsacogianis, David Winton, Shannon Winton, Mason Wyld.

Shirley: Kameron Adams. Nicholas Ashe, Avery Burnham, Kevin Campbell, Kristina Despres, Vincent Eramo, Nicholas Gendron, Kyle Goulart, Megan Harding, Anthony Lasonde, Deanna Lunardo, Rebecca Metcalf, Makenna Pearlman, Ryan Raimon, Noah Sauer, Alexander Scheufele, Casey White.

Townsend: Matthew Baker, Devin Carter, Corina Crawford, Thomas Eyles, Brianna Fuchs, Timothy Hunt, Caroline Laiber, Zachary Leonardo, Christopher Mastroianni, Drew Norton, Matthew Reed, Mark Santoro, Olivia Santosuosso, Christina Turcotte, Samantha Walsh.