Cheers all around as area seniors receive chamber scholarships
HEAD OF THE CLASS: Leominster Superintendent of Schools James R Jolicoeur, left, and Leominster High Principal David Fiandaca celebrate with LHS scholarship recipients at the North Central Mass. Chamber of Commerce Good Morning Scholarship Breakfast on Friday.
With them, from left, are seniors Laura Jenny, Mark Pothier, Alivia Burns, John Gove, Kristen Maguy and Kyleigh Olivier. See slide show at sentinelandenterprise.com. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE PHOTOS / JOHN LOVE
LEOMINSTER — The achievements of the 24 students presented scholarships at the “Good Morning” breakfast had many local leaders lightheartedly taking another look at their own credentials Friday morning.
The Chamber Foundation of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce granted $48,000 in scholarships to area students during the breakfast.
Wachusett Regional High School senior Shanna Joseph joins presenter Maedon Coburn as she receives the Salny Family Scholarship.
Leominster High School senior Laura Jenny, the recipient of a $2,000 scholarship from HealthAlliance Hospital, said the scholarship money will help pay her tuition to Harvard University.
Wachusett Regional High School senior Shanna Joseph joins presenter Maedon Coburn as she receives the Salny Family Scholarship.Jenny volunteers for the Boys & Girls of Fitchburg and Leominster as well as United Way Youth Venture. She was also named the state’s Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year in 2016.
She was encouraged that large organization, like as the chamber, is committed to giving back to the community.
“Seeing that type of altruism from such a large organization it’s touching,” she said. “It’s very humbling to see that big organizations do really care.”
Many of the seniors selected for the scholarships, which were sponsored by a variety of local companies and individuals, were straight-A students.
“Her GPA: greater than four,” said presenter Rod Lewin while speaking about Oakmont Regional High School senior Emily Buchanan.
Students’ activities outside of school were also celebrated, during the breakfast.
John Gove, a Leominster High School senior, worked on his parent’s farm throughout high school managing the cherry tomato and popcorn business. Shanna Joseph of Wachusett Regional High School started the Minority Diversity and Poetry Slam teams.
Olivia Houle worked on a project through Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School to send an experiment that has implications for astronauts’ dental care into space.
She said her $2,000 Edward C. J. Healey Scholarship will help reduce the financial burden of attending University of Connecticut.”It de-stresses you a little bit,” she said.