Congratulations to the Keefe Tech Class of 2019! On Saturday, June 1, 2019, 151 students graduated from Keefe Regional Technical School.
Credit to the Framingham Source for the beginning part of our story (click here for their full article)
The ceremony began with a welcoming from senior class president, Elsi Sofia Meija.
“Congratulations to my class of 2019,” she said. “We can finally say we did it.”
After the welcoming, School Superintendent Jonathan Evans made a few brief remarks to the class.
He first gave recognition to the teachers, as well as the people and family in the student’s lives.
In his address to the graduates, Evans congratulated them on their achievements, as well as emphasized willing to be open to learning new things.
“As we send you off into the world, we do so with pride and confidence that you are ready for what lies ahead,” he told them.
Following a brief congratulatory message from the school’s committee chair Ed Burman, the salutatorian and National Honor Society President, Max Foster, and the valedictorian, Daniel Quackenbush, spoke to their classmates.
Foster told his classmates to look how far they have come, and take pride in what they have achieved.
“If you take anything from this speech today, it’s that you couldn’t have gotten this far without the support of yourself,” he said, trying to hold back tears. “These experiences that you have had at Keefe Tech will help you now and in your lives to come.”
In his speech, Quackenbush said that the thing that sets Keefe Tech students apart from others is that they chose their own destiny, even if it means not getting a traditional education.
“While plans, passions, and people change, that kind of personal insight into your own needs is rare in eighth grade, and having the courage to act on it is impressive,” he said. Mr. Quackenbush also encouraged his classmates to hold on to that same independent attitude once they start their career. “Don’t miss all of the opportunities that are around you. See them and seize them” he told his classmates proudly.
The ceremony concluded with the graduates walking down the aisle, and receiving their diplomas, with much cheering and applause from their friends, family members, and fellow classmates.
Fun facts about the Class of 2019:
Over 50% of our graduating seniors are leaving with college credit through participating in dual enrollment programs at local colleges and universities, articulation agreements in their CTE program and/or qualifying scores on AP exams.
Over 60% of our students will be attending college in the fall. A few colleges students are attending are: UMASS Amherst, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Bentley University, Merrimack College, Brandeis University, Monsserat College of Art, Savannah College of Art and Design, Rochester Institute of Technology, Framingham State University, MassBay Community College
A few interesting college majors that graduates are enrolling in: Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Doctorate of Pharmacy, Illustration, Game Design, Psychology, Construction Management, Arboriculture and Community Forest Management
Many of our students are also going on to pursue careers and apprenticeships directly out of their CTE Programs. A sampling of places of employment are: Framingham Parks and Recreation, Twin Pines Construction, Connerney Plumbing and Heating, A.S. Jones Electrical, Rosado and Sons Landscape Construction, Electrical Union Local 103.
Lastly, four graduate will be moving on to the military to defend the freedom we all enjoy in the army, army national guard and marines.
Congratulations to the Keefe Tech Class of 2019! We wish you lots of success and happiness in your future!