Congratulations to the 17 students who were inducted into the Keefe Tech Chapter of the National Honor Society!
On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 17 new students were inducted to the Keefe Tech Chapter of the National Honor Society.
Emily Bianco- Natick
Sylvie Bielak- Holliston
Gabrielle Buentello- Hopkinton
Paolo Calvo- Framingham
Alec Chan- Holliston
Oliver Hamerla- Framingham
Mia Ignoto- Blackstone
Scott Joyce- Natick
Marcella Lopes- Framingham
Ariana Lourie- Framingham
Ruby Martinez- Framingham
Noah Prince- Ashland
Natalia Rivera- Ashland
Caitlin Ryder- Natick
Crystal Soeiro- Framingham
Ryan Swallow- Framingham
Ethan Ze'evi- Holliston
National Honors Society is an organization with chapters in high schools all across the country. Its four pillars are service, scholarship, character, and leadership. Students must meet certain academic requirements in order to be invited to apply. National Honors Society members are deeply involved in both their school and local communities. The Keefe Tech NHS chapter currently has 37 members in 10th and 11th grades, and is graduating 19 12th graders.
New inductees were escorted in by current NHS members and welcomed by NHS President, Max Foster. The NHS Officers gave interpretations of the 4 pillars of the National Honor Society. Briae Hughes, Secretary, spoke about scholarship. Anjeh Titafangmbung, Historian, spoke about service. Kaitlyn Sok Treasurer, spoke about character and Jonathan Spalti, Vice President, spoke about leadership. Math instructors Jeffrey Griffin and Deborah Frank were this year's guest speakers. Congratulations to our new members!
We are continuing to highlight student success from our sending in-district communities. These 3 Ashland students are turning their dreams into a reality at Keefe Tech!
ASHLAND STUDENTS TURN DREAMS INTO REALITY AT KEEFE TECH
FRAMINGHAM, MA – At Keefe Regional Technical School, students from Ashland say their Career and Technical Education has given them the tools they need to turn their future aspirations into reality.
For Cameron Thebaud, a senior in the Programming and Web Design Career and Technical Program, the decision to attend Keefe Tech came after spending his freshman year at a traditional high school. “I was looking for more opportunity in high school to expand my passion for computer programming. I am so grateful to have transferred to Keefe Tech for my sophomore year,” he said.
Thebaud is an Eagle Scout, works as a cameraman for WACA TV in Ashland, and plans to pursue a career in Criminal Justice. “I will graduate this year in June, accepted into my top choice, Norwich University. I plan to combine my passion for programming with Criminal Justice in college. I will always look back on my time at Keefe Tech as extremely beneficial and a unique high school experience,” he added.
Spencer Vernes, Class of 2019, is a Metals Technology student also enrolled in many AP courses including Computer Science, Calculus and Psychology. He is a member of the Cross Country team and an award-winning member of SkillsUSA, and will attend RIT where he will major in Mechanical Engineering after graduation.
"Keefe opened doors for me. I have acquired professional skills in metal technology while mastering my honors and AP level courses. Keefe helped me to realize my potential in Mechanical Engineering and allowed me to be part of a cohesive group sharing similar goals. I am very grateful to have had such a positive high school experience," he explained.
"Coming to Keefe Tech has been the best decision for my future. I am an honor roll student getting ready to apply to many universities to major in Pre-Veterinary studies,” noted Keefe Tech junior Natalia Rivera, also of Ashland. Rivera is enrolled in the school’s Health Careers CTE program, serves as a student ambassador, and is a member of the student council and volleyball team.
"I chose Keefe Tech to get a head start on my career path,” she added. “I always knew I wanted to be in a ‘helping’ profession and after my tour of the Health Careers Program, I was fully engaged.”
Students from the town of Holliston are taking advantage of every opportunity they have to learn, grow, and pave the way to bright futures through Career and Technical education.
HOLLISTON STUDENTS DEVELOP THEIR TALENTS AT KEEFE TECH
FRAMINGHAM, MA – At Keefe Regional Technical School, students from the town of Holliston are taking advantage of every opportunity they have to learn, grow, and pave the way to bright futures through Career and Technical education.
As the Class of 2019 Salutatorian and President of the Keefe Chapter of the National Honor Society, senior Max Foster of Holliston feels that the opportunities Keefe has provided during her high school experience could not have been found anywhere else. “I knew for me to feed my passion for art, I needed to embrace these experiences. I have already learned so many skills in the Design and Visual Program, already completing the basics so when I get to college, I will have a strong advantage,” she noted.
Academically, Foster is enrolled in honors and AP level classes, "Not only am I challenged every day in my classes, they all have meaning to them, I can connect things I learn in Math and English to things I learn in my Career and Technical Program," she added. A talented artist, Foster has been accepted into Montserrat College of Art, where she plans to major in Animation.
James Hunter, also of Holliston, and member of the Class of 2020, feels making the choice to attend Keefe Tech put him in the driver’s seat to take control of his education. “I made the choice to come to Keefe after hearing about the opportunities that transpire from being in Career and Technical education. All of the teachers and staff at Keefe Tech understand that students want to go far and be successful and they have shown me that they will do anything to help us achieve our goals,” he added.
A junior enrolled in the school’s Legal and Protective Services program, Hunter serves as a school Ambassador and was selected to participate in Leadership Conferences at the Statehouse supporting a bill and seeing it through legislation. He serves on the Student Advisory Council for Massachusetts Senator Karen E. Spilka and is the 2019 Metro West Leadership in Diversity Award recipient.
Another member of the Class of 2019, Sam St. George, has benefitted from the Keefe Tech Cooperative Education Program. “I chose to attend Keefe Technical High School because I wanted a more hands-on learning experience. I enrolled in the Horticulture and Landscape management program and found great success working closely with my peers and instructors. Keefe allowed me to find my passion and helped me discover my potential as a student,” he said.
St. George is an award-winning member of Future Farmers of America. An honors student enrolled in AP courses including Environmental Science and Psychology, St. George will attend Stockbridge School of Agriculture after graduation.
“Keefe Tech has been the best decision I have made so far in my life,” according to Mackenzie Burpee of Holliston, Class of 2019. Burpee is a senior in the Early Childhood Education program and works a job through the school’s cooperative education program. “I’m graduating with my Early Childhood Education Teacher Certification for Infant, Toddler and Preschool, and I plan on attending Lasell College, majoring in Sociology and minoring in Psychology,” she noted.
Harrison MacDonald, Class of 2019 feels that the school’s Plumbing Career and Technical program provided him with a vision and plan for his future. “I currently work as an apprentice at a plumbing company, and I have a full-time job offer upon graduation. My goal is to become a master plumber, and eventually, own my own company,” he said.
Enrolled in Keefe’s Information Technology program, Dylan Beckerman, Class of 2019, is a member of Business Professionals of America, an award-winning member of SkillsUSA, and a member of the National Honor Society. He is the captain of the school’s Golf Team, and is enrolled in honors courses and AP Computer Science, and plans to major in Business at Colby Sawyer College after graduation.
Max Foster, senior in Graphic Design Communication; James Hunter, junior in Legal and Protective Services; Mackenzie Burpee, senior in Early Childhood Education and Teaching; Dylan Beckerman, senior in Information Systems Technology; Harrison Macdonald, senior in Plumbing; Sam St. George, senior in Horticulture and Landscape Management
Keefe Technical Students Awarded Scholarships for the IBEW Local 103 Apprenticeship Program
KEEFE TECH SENIOR TO BE FEATURED ON CBS FOR AWARD-WINNING APP
Keefe Regional Technical School senior Daniel Quackenbush of Framingham was recently interviewed by WBZ CBS Channel 4’s Kate Merrill about his award-winning “What The Fish” app.
Quackenbush, a student in Keefe’s Programming and Web Development CTE program, created and developed the app in his Entrepreneurship class during the 2017-2018 school year. He presented his concept at the NFTE New England Regional Business Plan competition in May, where he won the first place award of $1,500.
According to Keefe Tech Entrepreneurship teacher Matthew Warren, his class curriculum teaches 21st century skills including collaboration, problem solving, creativity, communications and being socially responsible.
I'm thrilled that Dan has created this plan and accomplished so much with it. He is a brilliant young man and a great representative of Keefe Tech and all we do here,” said Warren.
Quackenbush will present at the upcoming 12th annual NFTE National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge on October 11 in New York City, where 40 NFTE alumni from across the US who won their spring regional business plan competitions will compete.
The CBS interview with Quackenbush is scheduled to air during the week of October 8, 2018.
Future Farmers of America
Arbor Day Event
Marketing Plan Team will be attending the FFA National Convention in Indianapolis October 21-28th.
Recognized Educators over the Years
Educator of the Year 2018 - Valerie Rector
Educator of the Year 2017 - Diane Piccioli
Educator of the Year 2016 - Doug Paul
Educator of the Year 2015 - Margaret Ellis
Dental Assisting Program Grand Opening
Keefe Regional Technical School held the Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on November 9, 2017 to celebrate the opening of Keefe Regional Technical School’s Dental Assisting Program.
The ceremony included welcoming remarks, and a tour of the new program area. The Baker-Polito Administration awarded Keefe Regional Technical High $397,150 in funds from the Workforce Skills Capital Grant Program. Keefe Regional Technical High School has used the funds from the grant to roll out a new Dental Assisting Program, including purchasing four dental patient chairs, panoramic X-ray technology, including development capability, sterilizers and autoclaves.
This is an exceptional new opportunity for the students of Keefe Regional Technical School
FRAMINGHAM — A year after moving here from Zimbabwe, Mary-Ann Mufute remembers walking into Keefe Regional Technical School overwhelmed and afraid. But four years later, she confidently stood in front of her classmates at graduation to give a speech as salutatorian.