Cheney Tech celebrates its graduates

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Tue., Jun. 21, 2011
Longtime friends Nick Panatsas of Enfield, Peter Poulien of Manchester, Tom Crafty of Manchester and Jordan Magora of Enfield prepare for the Howell Cheney Technical High School graduation on Monday, June 20. Photos by Martha Marteney.
Longtime friends Nick Panatsas of Enfield, Peter Poulien of Manchester, Tom Crafty of Manchester and Jordan Magora of Enfield prepare for the Howell Cheney Technical High School graduation on Monday, June 20. Photos by Martha Marteney.

Howell Cheney Technical High School held its commencement ceremonies on campus on Monday, June 20, with 133 graduating seniors receiving their diplomas.

According to Cheney Tech Principal Robert Sartoris, the graduating senior class was awarded $1.8 million in scholarships to be applied to post-secondary education and technical training.

The school faculty presented its Outstanding Senior Award to welding and metal fabrication student Jacqueline Laprise, the first female winner of the Skills USA competition in Connecticut. This award recipient is chosen by school faculty for achievements in the senior year.

Salutatorian Zachary Syme offered his reflections to the Class of 2011. “It’s all about the choices and decisions we make,” said Syme. “I feel like I’m where I’m supposed to be.” Valedictorian Jasmine Carrion will be continuing her interest in manufacturing technology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, pursuing a degree in robotics engineering. She reiterated an instructor’s favorite quote that life is “10 percent what happens and 90 percent what you do with it.”


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