Friends and neighbors: Community members’ achievements

  • left Andrew Rebelo and Michael Gauvin mulch a strawberry for Out Look Farm in a field in Westhampton Friday.

  • left Andrew Rebelo and Michael Gauvin mulch a strawberry for Out Look Farm in a field in Westhampton Friday.

  • left Andrew Rebelo and Michael Gauvin mulch a strawberry for Out Look Farm in a field in Westhampton Friday.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Lenna Quackenbush, a member of the class of 2018 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, majoring in chemical engineering, was a member of a student team that recently completed an intense, hands-on research project in Bangkok. Titled “Value-added Repurposing Options for Wasted Juice Cartons” the project aimed to manage waste in an area with no recycling facilities. The goal was to find solutions for repurposing the wasted juice cartons in a way that benefited the community.

At WPI, all undergraduates are required to complete a research-driven, professional-level project that applies science and technology to address an important societal need or issue. About two-thirds of students complete a project at one of the university’s more than 40 off-campus project centers, which are located around the world.


Brandon Brozek received a student employee award at the second annual Student Employee Recognition Event April 11 at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. Brozek won in the category of teamwork.


U.S. Air Force Airman Tyler J. Parnell graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Parnell is the son of James and Alana Parnell of Holyoke. He is also the husband of Allison Parnell.

The airman graduated in 2012 from Easthampton High School.

Northfield Mount Hermon

Melody Wu of Amherst; Julia McClellan of Hatfield, and Milo Douglas of Sunderland, members of the class of 2017 at Northfield Mount Hermon, in Mount Hermon, have been named to the Cum Laude Society.

Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School

On March 17 Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School students in grades 10-12 competed in the SkillsUSA District 6 Competition at McCann Technical High School in North Adams.

SkillsUSA is a national organization which focuses on teamwork, leadership and professional skills through education, commitment to service and participation in competitive experiences. Students test and compete in their individual vocational areas.

Smith Vocational will be sending 20 students to the State Conference April 27-29. These students have been preparing with their vocational instructors over the last four weeks. Winners of the state competition will advance to the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky in June.

Graduate Asher Chicoine, of Easthampton was the 2016 National Plumbing Champion, while a senior at Smith Vocational. He will be competing in October as a member of the 11 person SkillsUSA Team at the WorldSkills Competition, in Abu Dhabi.

Following is the list of recent winners in the Gold, Silver and Bronze categories.


Joshua Reeves-Bates, graphics, graphic communications; Heather Boudreau, health technology, basic health care; Amanda Bourgeois, graphics, advertising design; Alura Carter, culinary, commercial baking; Marina Deven, health, technology, nurse assisting; Gabrielle Downie, criminal justice, criminal justice; Thompson Doyle, machine CNC, turning specialist; Timothy Girouard, plumbing, plumbing; Patrick McNeill, agricultural mechanics, power equipment technology; Alexandra West, health technology, first aid/CPR


Heather Beattie, cosmetology, cosmetology (over 500 hours); Dakota Blakesley, collision repair, auto refinishing technology; Michael Brown, collision repair, collision repair technology; Austin Christensen, criminal justice, criminal justice; Castor Moss, graphics, customer service; Gabby Petlock, health technology, basic health care; Devlin Petifer, health technology, first aid/CPR; Robert Stark, machine, CNC milling specialist; Julia Talbot, graphics, screen printing technology


Jordan Andrews, electrical, electrical construction wiring; Sarah Daysh, cosmetology, cosmetology (over 500 hours); Jasmine DelValle, health technology, nurse assisting; Connor Gugenberger, plumbing, plumbing; Dylan Huff, graphics, screen printing technology; Emily Jennis, carpentry, cabinetmaking; Luke Paterson, graphics, advertising design; Jesse Pikul, collision repair, auto refinishing technology; Brendan Shelkey, carpentry, architectural drafting; Breanna Thomason, criminal justice, criminal justice; Kristin Carter, cosmetology, cosmetology (under 500 hours)

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