The Tri-County Class of 2022 consisted of 228 and was held on Sunday June 5th at 11:00am and took place at Tri-County.
Congratulations to the Class of 2022! Work hard, today counts!
The Tri-County RVTHS’ Drama Club recently put on a riveting performance of “The Miracle Worker” with a little help from their friends. The cast featured Sophie Chrisom (Health Careers ’23) as Annie Sullivan, Hailey Tichner (LPS ’23) as Helen Keller, and was stage managed by Sadie Manning (Health Careers ’23). Kate and Arthur Keller were played by seniors Deanna Croome (HVAC) and Andrew Highcove (Graphic Communications). In addition to the hard work and dedication the performers, stage crew, and staff put in, Carpentry, Culinary Arts, Graphic Communications, Metal Fabrication, and William LaPlant, leader of the American Sign Language Club, all contributed to a successful show.
The Carpentry students were able to assist the cast by building a set that consisted of a balcony and an alcove with a functioning window. Culinary Arts provided furniture and baked a “Break a Leg” cake and food for the performers. Graphic Communications designed and printed t-shirts, programs, and posters for the show. Metal Fabrication put their skills to work to restore a water pump for a prop. Mr. LaPlant provided a lesson in American Sign Language to help the cast better understand and represent the characters. Mrs. Ialuna, one of the teachers in charge of TC Drama said, “Mrs. Maneri and I are very proud of all the hard work the cast and crew put into “The Miracle Worker,” and grateful to put on a show the way only TC can – with contributions from so many awesome shops around the building.”
Thank you to all who contributed and attended the recent performance. The support is tremendous.
Dr. Karen Maguire has a long history in Vocational Schools, and transitioning from her role after twenty-three years in a different district to Superintendent-Director at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School was a big step, especially during a worldwide pandemic. “I was excited to start at Tri-County. Being in vocational schools for so long, I knew about the school and thought it would be a good fit due to the wonderful traditions and excellent long-term staff. The school was looking towards the future, and I was excited to help secure that future,” commented Dr. Karen Maguire.
During her first few weeks at Tri-County, the hallways were so quiet you could hear a pin drop. The trepidation of the students and staff returning to school wearing masks and practicing social distancing after one and half years of remote academic learning was palpable. “Imagine starting a new school as a freshman, getting a few months under your belt, and then coming back as a junior. We were not sure what the social-emotional implications would be and were surprised by how quickly the students bounced back and how quickly our school became a social setting again.”
While getting her bearings at Tri-County, Maguire finished her Education Doctorate (Ed.D.), finalizing her dissertation project, which focused on adults who were formally raised by their grandparents. An Ed.D. prepares students to create positive learning spaces, which Maguire always wanted to do. She started in April 2019 and was grateful that it gave her something positive and different to focus on during the pandemic.
Maguire took the position of Superintendent-Director, knowing that a building project would be imminent. Tri-County’s school building was built in 1974 and opened in 1977, and while maintenance does a great job of keeping the building aesthetically pleasing, the underbelly needs work. “Just like a house, a building does not last forever, and ignoring it doesn’t just go away,” said Maguire. She came from a district where the school continued to educate while a building was constructed around them. The experience and knowledge gained provides a good baseline for the building project at Tri-County. Currently, the MSBA is determining whether a renovation would be possible or if a new building is necessary. “There is a skills gap for trade areas, and we can help bridge that gap with the students we train. We require a facility that can meet the needs of our future workforce.”
One of the changes Maguire made this year was to invite eighth-grade students and family to an open house held in the fall. Students and caregivers had an opportunity to experience different career programs and learn what Tri-County offers. The result was a record number of applications. “Vocational training allows students to flush out what they want to do before college. We offer an exploratory program that allows students to work within each career program before selecting their top six programs to explore in-depth.”
During her first year, Karen Maguire has handled the pandemic and the social-emotional trauma that students come back with, a staff who were in unknown territory, getting familiar with the building, learning people’s names while everyone was wearing masks, teacher contract negotiations, a new building project, finishing her doctorate, and building relationships with sending towns. “The year flew by. I raised three children, which went quickly but was even faster. I already feel like I am part of the community, and I am thankful for everyone who has made that possible.” While her first year is coming to a close, she looks forward to the future, including expanding high school vocational and adult education offerings, an updated school building, and new traditions.
All students enrolled in the Legal and Protective Services (LPS) Program at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School benefited from the ten-week-long IMPRESS Series (Invitational Massachusetts State Police Real Encounters Speaker Series). LPS program instructors collaborated with Trooper Farrah Gray from the Massachusetts State Police Community Action Team to cover various topics ranging from Forensic Science to Drone Field Work.
The series kicked off with an introduction from Trooper Gray and Jennifer Knight-Levine. Knight-Levine is the Executive Director of the SAFE Coalition, a non-profit organization committed to educating and supporting those affected by substance use disorder and mental health concerns across southeastern Massachusetts. Students commented, “I didn’t know that the Massachusetts State Police had so many specialized units throughout their ranks,” and “I am now more interested in a career that deals with improving overall relations between communities and law enforcement.”
Trooper Joseph Hall spoke to the students about a year-long extensive investigation into an Organized Crime operation out of Leominster, MA. Trooper Hall’s extensive training and keen observation skills during a routine traffic stop helped uncover a crime ring with over a million dollars worth of stolen retail goods. The students could ask questions about the investigation, view pictures of the seized evidence, and learn more about Trooper Hall’s philosophy on community policing. Students said the presentation reinforced the adage, “Treat others the way you wish to be treated,” and they enjoyed learning more about the humanity of policing. “If we ever become officers then we should be mindful of our decisions and the effects they can have on other people’s lives. We should treat people how we want to be treated,” said Nora Sheerin, Grade 10.
Lt. Ann Marie Roberston from the Unresolved Cases Unit enthralled the students as she described the nail-biting investigation leading up to her solving a 2001 homicide in New Bedford. “I am DEFINITELY more interested in this career path after hearing Lt. Robertson Speak. This career seems like one where they would literally never be a dull day at work. It seems like you’re always doing something new, and looking for someone new, and nonetheless, it’s a rewarding career,” remarked Andrew Jennings, Grade 9.
Lt. Sean Barry, of the MA State Police Special Tactical Operations (STOP) team outlined the hard work and education that led him to his position as Executive Officer of the MA Police STOP Team. LPS students invited Automotive Technology students to explore the inside and outside of the bearcat armored vehicle. “Lt. Barry wanted us to remember to take accountability for your actions, get comfortable with the uncomfortable, and challenge yourself,” said Lisa Grealish, Grade 12.
Students were allowed to explore Trooper Matthew Polinski’s hybrid cruiser’s capabilities after he spoke with them about several cases he has handled involving firearms and drugs.
Tri-County Alumnus, Lt. Michael George, spoke with the students about how the State Police utilize drones to help locate missing persons and assist troopers in the field under urgent circumstances. The students were pleased to invite the Engineering and Computer Information Systems students to learn more about Lt. George’s career, the technical capabilities of unarmed aerial devices, and to watch a live demonstration of a drone gathering images around Tri-County. All students were certified as recreational drone operators through FAA Training.
Forensic Scientist of the MA State Police, Beth Saucier Goodspeed, ABC-BIO, discussed with both LPS and Medical Assisting students how civilian scientists collaborate with State Troopers investigating ballistics, drugs, DNA, bombs, evidence, and criminalistics.
Field trips to the State Fire Academy allowed students to hear from Troopers Jim Colella, Dan Riopel, Mike Rocket, and Steve Sicard from the Department of Fire Services speak about the work and equipment used by the bomb squad. Students participated in bomb-sniffing K9 training and watched a demonstration of the robotic equipment that the department relies upon to save lives. “This presentation taught me a lot like how to deal with evidence and not contaminate it or how long people can be on the stand or how the defense fights to win,” said Ian Wilson, Grade 10.
Norfolk County State Police Detective Unit’s Lt. John Fanning joined students and provided case information and resources as examples of different experiences he has encountered. The information was inspiring and taught students that anyone with the drive to do good could overcome obstacles to become a State Trooper.
Ninth and eleventh grade LPS students participated in a visit to the Boston Harbor to meet with the State Marine Unit and learn about the work they do on the waterways. Tenth grade LPS students rode a State Police boat around Boston Harbor with the troopers.
The IMPRESS Series wrapped up with a distracted driving demonstration where students learned more from the MA State Police Traffic Programs Units about the consequences of distracted driving. The students drove go-karts on a closed obstacle course that simulated impaired and distracted driving and then engaged in field sobriety tests using sobriety impairment goggles.
The IMPRESS Series allowed the Legal and Protective Students to learn more about some career options in law enforcement after graduation. The students enjoyed discovering the different facets of the Massachusetts State Police Force and being able to ask questions of each speaker.
Louis E. (Ted) Hoegler was nominated for the honor of Lifetime Achievement Award from The Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC) for his dedication and service to both Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School and his town of Walpole. Hoegler served as the Town Clerk of Walpole for 28 years and as a Town Meeting Member, Charter Commission Member, and a member of the 250th and 275th Town Celebration Committees.
Hoegler helped found the Tri-County School Committee 45 years ago and has remained an active member since. In addition, Hoegler was on the school’s original construction commission before the school was built.
In 2015, Tri-County dedicated the school’s main office conference room to both Hoegler and fellow founding school committee member, Robert J. Rappa of Franklin. Hoegler and Rappa created a scholarship fund to support Tri-County students after graduation. Hoegler commented that he sees the future in the teenagers at Tri-County and that is what motivates him to continue to serve on the school committee board.
“The dedication Ted has shown to our students and the school as a whole is outstanding. From serving on the school committee to awarding scholarships to support our graduates, the honor given by the MASC is well deserved. Thank you, Ted, for all you have done and continue to do,” said Dr. Karen M. Maguire, Superintendent-Director.
Attention Tri-County Alumni! We are forming an Alumni Association to strengthen our community connections and to be a resource to our graduates like you!
We look forward to providing a community in which you can connect with fellow alum, seek out mentorship, post jobs, and more.
Tri-County prepares our graduates for a wide variety of fulfilling career and education opportunities upon graduation. Our alumni apply their knowledge to make meaningful contributions to society. Take a look at our Alumni Spotlights to see where their education has taken them and the lessons they have learned along the way.
What is your favorite memory of studying at Tri-County?
Being part of NASA Hunch the inaugural year. We were the first students to pitch to MIT and the first team to travel to Houston. A highlight was being able to travel with my classmates and it was my first plane ride.
Imagine you were going to start high school over again- with the benefit of hindsight- what advice would you give yourself?
High school is rough for everyone. Work past the judgement of others and be confident in yourself. Find enjoyment and do what you love.
Would you recommend studying at Tri-County, why?
Abso-hecking-lutely! The ability to get such a wide view of career options from auto body to early education is more than a typical high school allows. Understanding the career opportunities that are available can help you find a career you love. The teachers are knowledgeable, skillful, dedicated, and care about student success.
Is there anything else you would like to share with our current students?
Follow your passions wherever that is!
Current Employer: Henkel Corporation
Current Job Title: Territory Sales Engineer
Current Location: Seattle, WA
Hometown: Medway, Franklin, and Medfield
Career Program at TC: Engineering Technology
Year of Graduation: 2013
Sports/Activities at TC: Soccer, Thrower for Track & Field, First Robotics Team, Student Council, and the Math Team
Tell us what you have done since graduation.
I went to Northeastern in Boston for Chemical Engineering. I received a full ride through the Manganaro Torch Scholarship Award. Northeastern’s Torch Scholars Program supports first-generation college students who exhibit potential in non-traditional ways, offering them full scholarships and a comprehensive array of resources to help them succeed.
During college I had three co-ops: industrial waste water treatment, manufacturing knee replacements, and specialty chemical manufacturing. Tri-County taught me to feel out different things to see what fits best.
I graduated with my degree and have been working on my Master’s in Business Administration at Seattle University with an anticipated graduation of December 2022.
Has your career path changed since graduation?
When I started at Tri-County I didn’t know that I wanted to or could be an engineer. Exploratory helped me decide on engineering.
My co-ops helped me decide what I wanted to do for a career. I started in Industrial Waste Water Treatment but didn’t want to work in a small company so I started at Henkel Corporation in Connecticut. Henkel offered me a choice of locations and I decided to relocate to Seattle because there is a lot of activity and there is a coastal culture.
How well did Tri-County prepare you for the challenges that you have faced, or will face, in your career?
Very well. I learned to try things out and roll with the punches. I started in Cosmetology and decided it wasn’t for me. Mr. Vitaly and I had a heart-to-heart and he told me “Just Change” which helped me to find a shop that would use all of my passions and desires. TC also offers excellent academics including a number of Advanced Placement courses which were useful for college preparation.
What is the most exciting element of your career?
Every day is a “How It’s Made” episode. I am customer facing so I am able to speak with different people at manufacturing facilities and am their technical expert. I talk to them about what they love doing and help them solve problems they are facing. I learn something new each day.
What is the most difficult thing you have faced in your career?
Being in a non-traditional field, you feel like you need to prove yourself. Understanding that you are able to it and overcoming self-doubt is difficult but important. During college, there was a 60/40 split male to female so I was surrounded by classmates that were representative of myself: young, STEM-focused female. As I entered a male-dominated field, I realized it was difficult to seek advice from someone that doesn’t represent who you are. You have to be tactful to find people to learn from. Management tests my abilities outside of my job description. I feel I must prove myself around every corner.
What advice would you give to anyone looking to enter your line of work?
Ask questions. Questions as simple as, “What does a chemical engineer do?” Always explore! Ask yourself, “Can I see myself doing this?” I wouldn’t be in Seattle looking at blue skies and petting my dog if I hadn’t.
How did Tri-County support you in your career goals?
It provided a strong support system. Freya Messias was my jumping off point for success. She urged me to go for the scholarship at Northeastern and Scott O’Brien was my advocate at the scholarship interview. He went above and beyond traveling to Boston to speak on my behalf. Angela Batt was the first female engineer I’d ever met. Learning she was a civil engineer that attended a top school like Tufts inspired me and showed me that I could be an engineer. Brian Rhodes and Michael Garland, my math teacher and engineering technology shop teacher, respectively, pushed me to be the best version of myself both academically and in shop. They all saw something in me that I didn’t.
Did Tri-County help shape your career aspirations and plans? If so, how?
Big time. Angela Batt is a dedicated, successful engineer and when I saw myself represented it helped me switch from Cosmo to Engineering. I didn’t realize at the time it was important but it helped shape my career. Tri-County provided an excellent support system from day one. There is a vocational stigma that should be abolished. The teachers believe in you, trust you, and push you more than you would find in anywhere else.
Club Leader: Ms. Johannesen
Meets: Once a week on Tuesday, 2:10pm-3:10pm
The GSA Alliance is an all-inclusive student-led group where all students are invited to come and speak openly about their identity. GSA welcomes members and allies of the LGBTQA+ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Alliance) community.
The meeting provides a safe space for students to meet more people that are like them and share similar experiences growing up. Meetings consist of open discussions about the culture, history, and current events of the LGBTQA+ Community, fun activities, and weekly check-ins.
“GSA gives kids the opportunity to talk to other kids they typically wouldn’t and provides a safe space for them to talk. Whether it be about issues they are having at home or something good that is happening like getting a new job or being in a play. It is a safe, comfortable spot to hang out and be ourselves,” remarked Emmett Daniels, President.
If you are interested in more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or join us for a meeting.
The annual Tee-Off for Tri-County Golf Tournament was held on June 10th at Wentworth Hills Country Club in Plainville. It was wonderful to have everyone join together to raise money and enjoy a beautiful afternoon.
Tri-County Juniors and Seniors danced the night away at The Putnam Club at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.