Fifty-five recipients of the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship from the Class of 2018 at Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton were honored recently at a ceremony at the school attended by staff, family members, and two legislators from communities in Blue Hills’ nine-town district comprised of Avon, Braintree, Canton, Dedham, Holbrook, Milton, Norwood, Randolph and Westwood.
The distinguished guests included Rep. William C. Galvin, Sen. Walter F. Timilty, and Senior Legislative Aide William Buckley, who works in the office of Rep. John H. Rogers.
According to the web site of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, “…in order to be eligible for the [Adams] scholarship, students must score at the Advanced performance level on one of the three high school state assessment tests in ELA, Mathematics, or STE (Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics, or Technology/Engineering); and score at the Proficient level or higher on the remaining two high school state assessment tests; and have combined scores from the three tests that place them in the top 25 percent of students in the graduating class in their district.”
The web site goes on to state that “The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship provides a tuition waiver for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education” at participating Massachusetts state colleges, universities and community colleges.
In his remarks to the audience, Rep. Galvin urged the Adams Scholars not to be complacent and to continue the hard work they have done at Blue Hills after they graduate. He also noted that to have 55 Adams Scholars at one high school is a very impressive achievement.
Superintendent James P. Quaglia addressed the audience as well, and enthusiastically congratulated the students on their success, as did Principal Jill Rossetti and Vice Chair / Dedham Representative to the Blue Hills Regional District School Committee Thomas R. Polito, Jr.
“These students have shown dedication, commitment, maturity, perseverance and genuine recognition of how much their education matters, not only now, but in the future,” said Principal Rossetti in her speech.
The ceremony was organized by the school’s Guidance Department: Lead Guidance Counselor Emily Burns, who was the emcee, Counselor Sarah Titus, Counselor Laura O’Reilly, Counselor John-Henry Davis and Secretary Marie Russo.