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Class of 2019 graduates from BHR

Class of 2019 Class Officers
Left to right: Treasurer William Nee, Secretary Neissa Zamor. Vice President Angela Okoye, and President Robert O'Connell

“There is no stopping the Class of 2019,” declared Class President Robert O’Connell of Dedham.

On Wednesday, June 12, under glorious blue skies with soft, summery breezes and weather that could not have been more perfect, 207 members of the Class of 2019 at Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton bade farewell to their high school days at the school’s Commencement Exercises, wished their classmates good luck in the future, and expressed their abiding gratitude to Blue Hills for giving them the education to achieve their dreams.

The occasion was both sentimental and high-spirited, with the grads eager for this ceremonial rite of passage to begin.

Among those in attendance were members of the Blue Hills Regional District School Committee including

Chair Marybeth Nearen of Randolph, who gave a speech welcoming everyone and congratulating the graduates;

Vice Chair Thomas R. Polito, Jr. of Dedham; Secretary…

Health Assisting students earn their Certified Nursing Assistant pins

Anastacia Sampson
Student Anastacia Sampson waves excitedly to her classmates.

In a ceremony marked with laughter and nostalgia for special moments from the past eventful four years, 20 students in the Health Assisting program at Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton were awarded their Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) pins at the school on May 24, 2019 in front of an appreciative audience of family members and Blue Hills staff.

“To earn a CNA in high school opens the door for so many other opportunities in college and careers,” said Principal Jill Rossetti. “These students have the grit to do anything they put their minds to and I can’t wait to see what they do next!”

Peggy Stewart, R.N., who teaches in the program, addressed the students, telling them, “On a scale of one to ten, we think you’re an eleven.”

She went on to thank their families, some of whom were in the audience, for their encouragement and support every step of the way, saying, “You’ve raised some really special people.”

Student Anastacia Sampson performed…

New members inducted into National Honor Society

NHS Ceremony 2019
NHS President Isabel Davila-Lynch. Behind her is NHS Advisor Michelle Barley.

On Wednesday, May 22, 2019, twenty-seven new members of the William A. Dwyer Chapter of the National Honor Society at Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton were inducted in a ceremony attended by family members and Blue Hills staff and administrators including Principal Jill Rossetti.

“We are so proud of our NHS students and we really enjoy their community service projects, too,” Principal Rossetti said.

The evening featured opening remarks from Dean of Students Thomas Cavanaugh, and the introduction of NHS members by NHS Faculty Advisor Ms. Michelle Barley.

Four NHS members each spoke about one of the traits of all those who belong to NHS: Kimberly Delgado (Scholarship), Emily Ierardi (Service), Sabrina Branco (Leadership), and Brianna Lynch (Character).

The faculty guest speaker was teacher Matthew Morris, who gave a speech highlighting the value and importance of the four NHS pillars and praising the NHS members for their accomplishments both…

Class of 2019 honored at Senior Awards Night

Senior Awards Night
Left to right: Athletic Director Ed Catabia, Brianna Lynch, Rose Dacey, and Senator Walter Timilty.

Eighty-two outstanding students from the Class of 2019 at Blue Hills Regional Technical School were honored on May 15 during the school’s annual Senior Scholarship and Award Ceremony.

Guidance Counselors Sarah Titus and Laura O’Reilly shared master of ceremonies duties for the event, which drew a capacity crowd of family members, civic and business leaders, distinguished guests, Blue Hills faculty, administrators and staff.

Superintendent James P. Quaglia and Principal Jill Rossetti each addressed the audience, welcoming them and enthusiastically praising the students for their achievements.

Supt. Quaglia said that facilitating the students’ success over the years has made him “a very happy man.”

“This is one of my favorite nights,” said Principal Rossetti, who urged the students to “always find their purpose and their passion.”

A total of $39,100 was distributed this…

BHR Students learn about safety on the job

Teaching students how to use a scissor lift
Teaching students how to use a scissor lift

Occupational safety is always emphasized in the technical programs at Blue Hills Regional Technical School. Students are rigorously taught the proper use of tools and other equipment along with the importance of maintaining personal safety at all times.

In keeping with the school’s high priority on safety training, Consigli Construction and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) presented a lengthy and detailed demonstration on May 6 to students in several of Blue Hills’ technical programs about how to correctly use aerial and scissor lifts. (Consigli is currently working on an $84.7 million renovation project at the school that began in June 2018.)

Students in Collision Repair, Automotive Technology, Metal Fabrication, HVAC, Electrical, and Construction attended the presentation. United Rentals furnished the equipment that was used.

Instruction was also given in the proper use of ladders on May 7.

The event was part of OSHA’s National Safety…