Eleven BHR students earn medals in SkillsUSA District 1 Competition; there is also a BHR State Officer Candidate

State Officer Candidate  Chinedu Ibiam (Photo by Joann Murphy).

By Judy Bass

Eleven students from Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton earned medals at the SkillsUSA District I Conference at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School on February 27, 2015.  One student, Chinedu Ibiam, is a SkillsUSA State Officer Candidate.

SkillsUSA is a national organization for vocational students that helps them develop their abilities in their chosen technical area, along with good citizenship, poise, a strong work ethic and an appreciation of individual efforts as well as teamwork.  SkillsUSA is particularly well-known for the competitions it sponsors at the local, district, state and national levels at which students can vie with their peers to receive gold, silver, or bronze medals for achievement.

The medalists were Allison Jenks, Norwood, bronze medal in Cosmetology under 500 hours; Jessica Yerly, Randolph, silver medal in Early Childhood Education; Kyle Hayes-Lauzon, Braintree, gold medal in Early Childhood Education; Michael Wilz, Norwood, gold medal in HVAC/R; Kendra Coy, Braintree, bronze medal in HVAC/R; Amber Murphy, Canton, silver medal in Photography; Sabina Crowley, Norwood, gold medal in Photography; Erin Graziano, Holbrook, silver medal in Screen Print Technology; Jancarlos Perez, Norwood, gold medal for Screen Print Technology; Jeffrey Cimmino, Braintree, gold medal in Web Design; Liam Corbett, Holbrook, gold medal in Web Design; and Chinedu Ibiam, Randolph, State Officer Candidate.

All gold and silver winners, along with Chinedu Ibiam, advance to the SkillsUSA State Competition in April.

There are several other events open to students to compete in at State other than those offered at the District level, as well as two freshman competitions.

Instructor Robert Foley, the SkillsUSA chapter advisor at Blue Hills Regional, would like to thank the chaperones for this event,  instructors Heather Irber, Joann Murphy, Richard Spada and David Tapper, for their time, as well as the school’s administration and District School Committee for their support.

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Spring sports are starting

Spring sports will start on March 16th for the following sports…

Softball, Baseball, Lacrosse, Girls Track, Boys Track



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Continuing Education 2015 – News about exciting Spring classes!


I have opened enrollment for our courses starting in April. As always my suggestion is to enroll early. You do not want to miss out. Some courses fill quickly. Once we hit the limit the class is considered sold out and no one else is permitted into it. By April we will all want to get out of the house; these Continuing Education classes are a great way to do just that. Some of you want to change careers, others want to be able to complete repairs for yourself or be able to use the computer you got for a gift. Our courses are built for both the beginner and the expert and anyone in between. Please log on to or click on the following link and check out our programs. Feel free to pass this link on to those who may be interested. There will be a few more programs added, I am just confirming instructors and space so check back or keep an eye out for updates.
Dwight Seaman
Continuing Education Coordinator
Blue Hills Regional Technical School
800 Randolph Street
Canton, MA. 02021
fax:       781.828.0794
cell:    339-237-8316
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Order your Yearbook now

Yearbook Sales

Price as of February 24th, 2015 is $100.00

To place your order – Go To:

Yearbook ID Code: 11773615


Send money order or check payable to BHR to Mrs. Wariboko (Rm 229).

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Practical Nursing Information Sessions, Teas V Entrance Exam, and Prep Courses Available from BHR Continuing Education


Thursday, April 9, 2015            11:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. 


Register at  

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.    



Register at

TEAS V MATH PREP COURSE     THURSDAYS    5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

TEAS V READING PREP COURSE       TUESDAYS    5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


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BHR Practical Nursing Program Holds 25th Annual Commencement

The Blue Hills Regional Practical Nursing Program Class of 2014 waits for Commencement to begin on June 25, 2014.  Photo by Judy Bass.

By Judy Bass

The Postgraduate Practical Nursing Program at Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton held its 25th Annual Commencement at the school on Wednesday, June 25 for the following 36 students in the Class of 2014:

Tosin Adebanjo, Norwell; Stephanie Baker, Whitman; Allison Beale, Whitman; Joecilena Brandao, Brockton; Lauren Burke, Braintree; Lisa Cirignano, Braintree; Ana DaRosa, Brockton; Sheila Derolus, Holbrook; Izabela Duggan, North Providence; Erin Ekbom, Plymouth; Jorge Enriquez-Diaz, Brockton; Jean Lucien Fontaine, Brockton; M. Christine Gagnon, Stoughton; Diana Hernandez, Quincy; Caraley Joseph, Brockton; Joyce LaJeunesse, Canton; Faurie Lamousnery, North Attleboro; Terri Mahoney, Braintree; Gabrielle Mancuso, Norwood; Stephanie Manikas, Rockland; Cara Marquardt (Hulse), Halifax; Robert McPhilemy, Canton; Eva Ngotho, Taunton; Janelle Noonan, Brockton; Caroline Onuegbu, Stoughton; Donna Pinciaro, Norwood; Katja Pione, Weymouth; R. Michael Riendeau, Dorchester; Aija Robinson, Braintree; Jean Rogene, Brockton; Frederick Rohrer, Rockland; Kristen Schurman, Foxboro; Michael Sullivan, Attleboro; Ashley Taylor, Brockton; Patrick Whittaker, Milton; Jordan Wilkes, East Taunton.

The Master of Ceremonies was Ms. Anne Marie Fortin, RN, Chairperson of the Practical Nursing Program.  The presentation of pins to the graduates was done by Practical Nursing faculty members Ms. Marie DiBlasi, RN, Ms. Nancy Finnell, RN, Ms. Catherine Mohan, RN, Ms. Paula Haddad, RN, Ms. Betty Tangney, RN, Ms. Ruth Murphy, RN, and Ms. Paula Winskowicz, RN.

Mr. Aidan G. Maguire, Jr. of Canton, Chairman of the Blue Hills Regional District School Committee, said in his opening remarks that “Few callings are as important as caring for your fellow human beings when they are sick or injured.  Your new profession requires many virtues – patience, compassion, sound judgment, wisdom, and physical and emotional stamina.   You made it to this point because you have all of those qualities, plus the strong desire to make your dream of being a practical nurse come true.”

The keynote speaker was Ms. Brenda Smith-Burke, RN, formerly an instructor in the program.  She told the graduates, “This is your night.  You’ve earned it and worked for it.  Tonight is an ending and tomorrow is a new beginning.”

Also present was Ms. Marybeth Joyce, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, who assisted Mr. Maguire with presenting certificates of proficiency to the 36 graduates of the Practical Nursing Program.

There were several awards for outstanding achievement given out to the following individuals:

The WILFRID J. SAVOIE GENERAL EXCELLENCE AWARD For best exemplifying those characteristics sought in the Practical Nurse, notably clinical excellence, scholarship and a deep commitment to nursing, presented to Ana DaRosa and Kristen Schurman

The CLINICAL EXCELLENCE AWARD For best exemplifying those characteristics sought in the Practical Nurse, notably clinical excellence and a deep commitment to nursing, presented to Joecilena Brandao, Erin Ekbom, and Donna Pinciaro

ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Recognized and honored for her determination to succeed and her exceptional growth in the role of the Student Practical Nurse, presented to Ashley Taylor

MOTIVATION AWARD For continued perseverance and professional growth in her role as a student nurse,presented to Mary Gagnon

MAUREEN MCCANN NIGHTINGALE AWARD For demonstrating a high level of motivation and perseverance as a student practical nurse.  Recognized and honored for an uncommon determination to succeed and the ability to uphold professional standards, thereby demonstrating a deep commitment to nursing, presented to Sheila Derolus

LEADERSHIP AWARD For demonstrating the ability to motivate and inspire others through his leadership qualities of honesty, respect, responsibility and commitment to others, presented to R. Michael Riendeau

FACULTY AWARD Dedicated to a student for outstanding commitment, motivation and positive attitude in the role of Practical Nurse in both the academic and clinical areas, presented to Robert McPhilemy

The Postsecondary Practical Nursing Program at Blue Hills Regional Technical School is offered to adults on a full-time basis for 40 weeks from September to June, Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Clinical hours may vary to accommodate clinical agency availability. The Practical Nursing Program offers a rigorous educational experience of theory and clinical practice which prepares graduates to take the NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing) through the State Board of Registration in Nursing.  For more information, please visit and go to the Practical Nursing tab on the home page, or call 781-828-5800 x231.





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