The Class of 2017 -- List of Achievements

Whittier Tech -- Class of 2017 – Home of the Wildcats


Class members: 335

Graduation:   June 1, 6 p.m., Whittier Field

Guest Speaker:  Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives


Valedictorian: Kaycee Salgueiro of Methuen

Salutatorian: Benjamin Wilson of Groveland


Class Officers:


Ryan Ducrow, President

Sam Rabinscus, Vice President

Leslie Lima, Treasurer

Clive Falk, Secretary



Hollywood Nights

May 30, 6 to 11:30 pm.

Atkinson Country Club, Atkinson, NH

*Largest prom in school’s history: 450 students 

Major academic/vocational achievements/events:

  • 335 members of the class: 64 percent will go on to two and four-year colleges and universities, 5 percent to technical or trade schools, 27 percent to careers and 4 percent will join the military
  • 60 members of the class are members of the National Vocational Technical Honor Society
  • 93 students received the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship because of their high-ranking performance on the MCAS.
  • More than 200 seniors, 65% of the class worked at co-op jobs in their fields of study this year.
  • Students earned dozens of industry certifications including Adobe Certified Associate, Microsoft Excel, Word and Power point, OSHA, Student Electronics Technicians, American Design Drafting Association and ServSafe  
  • Several students were accepted into apprenticeship programs at the Local IBEW 103 (Electricians), the Local #3 Bricklayer’s Union and the Local #12 Plumbers
  • 38 Health Occupations students are graduating as Certified Nursing Assistants.
  • 17 Cosmetology students are graduating as state-certified cosmetologists after earning 1,000 salon hours and passing the state test
  • Our UN Delegation competed and received awards at the Mock United Nations Competition at UMASS Lowell and Northeastern University
  •  75 students attended the SkillsUSA state competition and 18 students won medals. Four Health Occupations students will go on to the national SkillsUSA Health Knowledge Bowl competition in Louisville, KY at the end of June.
  • 43 seniors earned college credits for English Composition 101, Whittier’s first academic course offered for college credit
  • 18 girls (one senior) joined the school’s first Girls’ Lacrosse Team
  • Marketing students participated in DECA competitions and attended an accounting seminar at Bentley College
  • Our Mock UN Team competed at UMASS Lowell and Northeastern University
  • Our Service Clubs -- Key Club, Multicultural Club and Peer to Peer, donated thousands of hours to help the less fortunate all year long. They collected hundreds of canned food items for area food pantries during the holidays, ran a Winter Coat Drive, hosted two blood drives with the American Red Cross, raised and donated money and hours to the Salvation Army.

Culinary Arts students hosted the Advisory Board Dinner for 300 business and industry leaders, the Haverhill Kiwanis Luncheon, Rotary Luncheon, Merrimack Valley Superintendent’s Association Luncheon, Essex County Police Chief’s Association luncheon, CAC Fall Sports Banquet.

The Robotics Team “The Maroon Monsoon” built a robot and competed in the FIRST competitions at Reading High and Windham, NH

Senior drama students led an outstanding production of Working in March

  • Community Service: Students completed dozens of outside jobs in the cities and towns in the Whittier District including: building 25 window boxes for the Town of Ipswich, five picnic tables at Bagnell School, an aluminum hood for the water treatment plant in Groveland, a welding sculpture for the new Haverhill Rail Trail, a shed for the Council on Aging in Merrimac, a goal post for the Newbury Chamber of Commerce, two Adirondack chairs each for Opportunity Works and Emmaus House auctions, and Haverhill YMCA spring fundraiser, holiday cookies for Foster Kids of the Merimack Valley and Ozzie Hardy, Toys for Tots Annual Party, pastries for Haverhill Police Department, business cards for Haverhill Police, Finance Committee Handbooks for Groveland, printed materials for Amesbury Educational Foundation, booklets for Haverhill Fire Dept. Museum, assisted with building new playground in Newbury, repaired cast iron sign by J.G. Whittier’s grave in Amesbury’s Union Cemetery, helped with remodel at Pearly Elementary School in Georgetown, built column bases for HCMedia’s holiday bell, two picnic tables for Groveland, built a medication drop box for West Newbury Police, hosted a St. Patrick’s Day feast and Valentine’s Day Party in our district communities.

Art students designed and built an award-winning Holiday Float for Haverhill’s Annual Santa Parade and the Merrimac Holiday Parade.

2017 Sports achievements:

  • Girls’ Soccer: CAC Conference, second place
  • Girls’ Basketball: CAC Champions, fifth time in six years, #1 Team in MIAA North
  • Boys Basketball: CAC Conference, second place
  • Girls’ Softball: CAC Conference Champions
  • Cheerleading: Advanced to MIAA State Finals
  • Boys’ Baseball:  CAC Conference Champions, #1 Team in MIAA North
  • Girls’ Softball: CAC Conference Champions, second year in row
  • Boys’ Track: CAC Conference Champions, second year in row
  • Girls’ Track: CAC Conference, second place
  • Wrestling: CAC Conference, second place
  • Boys’ Crosscountry: CAC Champions

Seniors are college bound to:

Anna Maria College

Bay State College

Berklee School of Music

Bridgewater State University

Bunker Hill Community College

California College of Music

College of Central Florida

Columbia College Chicago

Dickinson College

Eastern Florida State College

Emmanuel College

Fisher College

Fitchburg State University

Framingham State University

Franklin Pierce University

Great Bay Community College

Job Corps

Johnson and Wales University

Lasell College

Lesley College

Loyola University

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

MassBay Community College

Merrimack College

Middlesex Community College

Montserrat College of Art

Mount Ida College

New England Institute of Technology

Nichols College

North Shore Community College

Northeastern University

Northern Essex Community College

Norwich University

Notre Dame of Maryland University

Nyack or Messiah College or Community College

Pace University

Plymouth State University

Rivier University

Salem State University

Simmons College

Southern Maine Community College

Southern New Hampshire University

Stevenson University

UMASS Amherst

UMASS Boston

UMASS Dartmouth

UMASS Lowell

University of Maine

University of Maine Orono

University of New England

University of New Hampshire

University of New Haven

University of Tampa

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Western New England University

Westfield State University

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