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Senior Bridget Kelley Named a Commended Student by the National Merit Scholarship Program

By Judy Bass

Bridget Kelley of Avon, a senior at Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton, has been named a Commended Student by the National Merit Scholarship Program.

As the Program’s web site explains, “The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) —a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements.”

The web site adds: “In late September, more than two-thirds (about 34,000) of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT® receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Commended Students are named on the basis of a nationally applied Selection Index score that may vary from year to year and is typically below the level required for participants to be named Semifinalists in their respective states. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit® Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.”

Kelley, who is studying Engineering Technology at Blue Hills, expressed great pleasure in her accomplishment.  “I feel very proud of myself for the award. The work I put into the test paid off, and it’s definitely satisfying. I plan on going to a four-year school next year. I’m looking at and applying to mostly technical schools like RPI and MIT. For now, I have decided to declare as a general engineering student, but I may pursue a different STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] field. The extracurricular activities I am most involved with are National Honor Society, volleyball, Green Team and Math Team.”

Blue Hills Principal Jill Rossetti was delighted with the news of Kelley’s prestigious award.

“Congratulations, Bridget on being commended for the National Merit Scholarship Award!,” Rossetti commented.  “We are so proud and happy to share this moment with you. This is a great accomplishment. I wish you the best on your future endeavors.”

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Admissions Information Sessions and TEAS V Entrance Examination Dates

ADMISSIONS INFORMATION SESSIONS for Practical Nursing Program
Thursday, October 9th       11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 6th   11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 4th   11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 15th     11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
TEAS V ENTRANCE EXAMINATION for Admission to Practical Nursing Program
Wednesday, October 22nd            3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 19th         3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 17th         3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 28th             3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
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College Fair for seniors on Thursday, October 9, 2014

COLLEGES ATTENDING COLLEGE FAIR Fall 2014

College Fair Worksheet

A college fair for BHR seniors will be held Thursday, October 9. Vocational instructors are requested to escort their senior students to the cafeteria at 1:00 where students will meet with over 75 college and military representatives (see attached list). Teachers should please remain with their students for the duration of the fair to provide supervision.

This will be the only college fair for seniors this fall.

Attached is the College Fair Worksheet instructors have used with their junior students in the past.

Thank you for your time and cooperation–if you have any concerns or suggestions, please contact the guidance department.

** Please also note that on Thursday, October 9, third lunch will be rescheduled to begin at 10:20 AM to facilitate cleanup and preparation of the cafeteria.

 

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SENIORS: Order your yearbook early and save!

Seniors! 2015 Yearbook is on sale.
Order yours early and save!

Early bird price of $75.00 for basic yearbook ends on October, 31ST, 2014

See Mrs. Wariboko or go to Lifetouch.com to place your order.

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BHR Engineering students create lifelike robotic hand

Engineeering students Devin Lynch, left, and Kevin Dedos with the robotic hand they constructed.  Photo by Judy Bass.

By Judy Bass

When Blue Hills Regional Technical School Engineering students give someone a hand, they mean it literally because they can fabricate one that mirrors the appearance, size and dexterity of an actual hand.

Constructing this marvel was the project that Dr. Michael Meyers, Lead Teacher in the school’s Engineering Technology program, gave to his students.

“In their junior year,” Meyers said, “I give the students a complex problem to solve based on assistive technology, which helps people with disabilities.  This year’s project was that they had to produce a prosthetic hand that was fully movable and able to reproduce all the motions of the human hand.  This is a design engineering project based on the engineering design process.”

Meyers explained that this intricate effort required knowledge of electronics, as well as mechanical and computer engineering.  Also, all the parts for it were made in-house using a state-of-the-art 3D printer.

There were many aspects to the project, affirmed two of Meyers’ students, Devin Lynch and Kevin Dedos, both of Holbrook, who created the hand.

They had to do research on prosthetics, create drawings of how they envisioned the hand looking, brainstorm, manufacture the parts, do the wiring, and produce a system of simulated tendons, which they accomplished using 15-pound fishing line.

The result is amazing.  The hand’s fingers each close and raise to full height, they can grasp small objects, and the entire hand seems to have great flexibility. Lynch and Dedos were even able to manipulate the hand so it clasped a pencil securely.

 

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“Reverse” Career Fair on Monday, October 6 from 8:30 to 10:30 am

“REVERSE” CAREER FAIR

Blue Hills Regional Technical High School cordially invites you to our annual “REVERSE” CAREER FAIR.  Blue Hills Regional Technical School is a Vocational School located in Canton, MA.  We have 16 vocational programs.  Students will be available in their vocational program for you to meet.

Please enter the building at the front entrance (by the flag pole) and stop at security booth.  There will be students to escort you to the vocational programs of interest.

DATE: MONDAY, October 6, 2014

TIME: 8:30 – 10:30 AM

LOCATION:  800 Randolph Street, Canton, MA 02021

Computer Technology                                      Auto Technology

Cosmetology                                                       Collision Repair & Refinishing

Culinary Arts                                                       Construction Tech

Design & Visual Communications                       Electrical

Drafting/CAD                                                          Electronics

Early Education & Care                                        HVAC & R

Engineering                                                             Metal Fabrication

Graphic Communications                                    Health Occupations

There will be an opportunity for you to meet our students in their vocational programs and also meet the instructors.  Please ask how you can become a member of our advisory board.

Please RSVP to:  Kimberly Poliseno at kpoliseno@bluehills.org or

(781) 828-5800 x327

What is a reverse career fair?  Instead of students going to a central location, we invite you to visit with the students in their shops.—

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