By John Anderson
During graduation ceremonies on Friday night, Principal Casey Handfield read a lengthy list of scholarships awarded to the senior class. In all, $81,514.28 in scholarships and awards was given for future educational endeavors.
But, before you read the list, consider some of the fine words spoken during the ceremony:
Principal Casey Handfield – “Have the courage to follow your dreams. Wherever you desire to go after tonight, get there, at a pace that is comfortable for you. Whatever you do, do it well. There is a place in this world for each one of you and the talents you possess.”
Salutatorian Cassidy Mackintire – “No matter where our path takes us, however, the knowledge and experience gained within these Auburn High walls will always be the foundation of who we are. Although our lives are just beginning once we step outside these doors today, Auburn will forever hold a special place in each and every one of us.”
Valedictorian Matthew Bissaillon – “If you look in a mirror, you will see greatness. If you look around you right now, you will see greatness. Sure, I am up here because I test well. But there are other types of achievement in life.” “We can choose our destiny. We have many paths in front of us.”
Class President Mary Grace Judge – “As a member of many activities and events, I have had the privilege to work with many students here at Auburn High, but there is nothing like working with my own classmates.” “I am so unbelievably proud of our accomplishments and to be a part of the Class of 2014!”
Greater Auburn Community Chorus – $200
Fame – $300
AHS Hockey Alumni
Monica Keith – $300
Steven Cariglio, Jr. – $400
Auburn/Webster Lodge Of Elks #2118 (Walter B. Millward Memorial) (3) – $500
Auburn/Webster Lodge Of Elks #2118 Memorial Scholarship (2) $500
Auburn Junior Woman’s Club – $500
Auburn Permanent Firefighters Association (2) $500
Andrew Gremo Memorial $500
United Soccer Of Auburn (4) $500
Auburn Pop Warner (Football & Cheerleading) (2) $500
Stephen R. Coyne Memorial (3) $500
Rotary Club Of Auburn (Academic Excellence) (5) $500
Major David L. Brodeur Memorial Scholarship – $500
Massachusetts Elks Major Project Scholarship $500
Massachusetts Elks Scholarship “Most Valuable Student” $800
Phillips Fund Of Auburn (7) $800
Auburn Municipal Scholarship $1000
Knights Of Columbus – Robert Bombard, William Reidy Memorial (3) – $1000
Hedin Family Memorial $1000
Jeffrey Defrino Memorial $1000
Auburn Woman’s Club (3) $1,000
Mary Grace Judge
Auburn Police Association Scholarships (2) $1000
Eric T. Snay Scholarship – Kathryn Coughlin
Patrolman Stephen A. Lukas Memorial Scholarship – Andrew Carpenter
Joel H. Prouty Lodge (2) $1000
Hanover Insurance Scholarship (2)
$1000 – Matthew Bissaillon
$1500 – Cassidy Mackintire
Stacie Jude Angers Memorial $1000
Rotary Club-Goddard Scholarship $1000
Auburn Chamber Of Commerce (6) $1000
Member Scholarship Recipient – Catherine Hoey
Stephen Lucas Memorial Scholarship – $2000
Major David L. Brodeur Memorial Scholarship – $2000
Auburn High School Alumni Scholarship (2) – $100
This scholarship is awarded to two students who plan to attend a four year college and have demonstrated great character and service to the school and community.
Frank Jacques Scholarship – $100
This scholarship is given to a student who has demonstrated outstanding character, leadership and fairness and is also planning to attend a four year college.
Gerald Morin – $100
This scholarship is awarded to a senior who has demonstrated service to the school and community. And has shown great interest in drama, music, dance or art.
Faculty Memorial Scholarship (2) – $200
This scholarship is awarded to two students based on character and service to the school and community.
Honey Dew Donuts – $250
This award is given to a worthy student who plans to further their education at a four-year college and participates in local community charitable activities.
Auburn Little League Scholarship (Ken Rochette Memorial) – $300
This scholarship is awarded to a senior who participated in baseball and who exemplified good scholarship, exhibited qualities of high moral character and team leadership, and plans to enroll in a two or four-year school, leading to a degree.
National Honor Society – $400
This award is given to a member of the national honor society on the basis of leadership, character and service to the school.
The Academian Award – $100
Auburn Rockets Booster Club (2) – $500 Each
This scholarship will be given to one male and one female student who has participated in Auburn High School athletics.
Auburn Sportsman Club (2) – $500
These scholarships are awarded to students who intend to further their academic career in the field environmental science. Or are a member of the
Carol Dell’Aquila Memorial Scholarship – $500
The recipient of this scholarship demonstrates selfless willingness to help the Auburn High School community.
The Shelby DiBenedetto Memorial – $500
This award is given to a worthy and sincere student in memory of Shelby DiBenedetto.
John J. Flanagan III Memorial (3) – $500
These scholarships are awarded to one outstanding football player and two outstanding golf team members who have excelled academically.
Thomas Fleming Memorial (2) – $500 Each
This scholarship is given in memory of Thomas Fleming. The award is given to one male and one female student who has been involved in sports during their years at Auburn High School and who are planning on furthering their education at a four-year college.
Kadant Web Systems, Inc. (2) – $500 Each
These awards are given to a boy and a girl in the senior class who have attended Auburn High School at least 3 years and who plan to attend a degree-granting institution.
Elizabeth Roy Memorial Scholarship (Bay State Savings Bank) – $500
This scholarship is given to the school bank teller with the highest grade point average and who best exemplifies the positive qualities of Elizabeth Roy, a graduate of Auburn High School and a former school bank teller.
Judy M. Salce Memorial Gridiron – $500
The recipient of this scholarship has played football here at Auburn High School and has shown great leadership.
Paul & Carolyn Sturgis Memorial Scholarship – $500
This scholarship is given to a student planning on attending a community college.
John P. Sullivan – $500
This scholarship is awarded to a senior who intends to further their academic career at a four year college and major in mathematics.
Mary Grace Judge
The Nicky Chan-Wendy Quirion Award – $600
This award is given to a member of the graduating class who plans on furthering their academic career in the field of special education.
Patrolman Stephen Lukas – Special Operations Award – $600
This scholarship is awarded to a student with commitment and acumen for creative writing.
Auburn Retired School Personnel- $1000
This scholarship is given on an annual basis to a worthy student by the Auburn retired school personnel.
Robert Bourke Memorial Scholarship – $1000
This scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing further education in the field of electricity or electronics.
Patricia Bourke Memorial Scholarship – $1000
This scholarship is awarded to a student planning on furthering their education in the field of animal care, research, medical or social work.
The Robert “Bobby” Midura Memorial Scholarship – $1000
This scholarship is awarded to a football player and is chosen by the coaching staff.
William Greelish III
Carl Renholm Memorial Scholarship – $1000
This scholarship is given to students who possess qualities and characteristics modeled by our beloved custodian Carl.
Southbridge Credit Union – $1000
This scholarship is given to a student who demonstrates great character, service and loyalty to auburn high school.
Nadine L. Storie & Robert S. Schwager Memorial – $1000
This award is given to a worthy student who plans to attend a four-year college and is enthusiastic in school and community affairs.
Nadine Storie Nursing Scholarship – $1000
This award is given to a worthy student who plans to attend a four-year college in the medical field, specifically in nursing, and is enthusiastic in school and community affairs.
Edward S. Beadle (2) – $1,082.14
The recipients of these awards must excel in the study of French and Spanish languages.
Jennifer P. Johnson Scholarship – $2000
This scholarship is given by Mrs. Johnson, a former school committee member, to a member of the graduating class on the basis of character, service, loyalty to auburn high, and who plans to major in government or education.
Auburn Educational Association – $2000
The recipient of this award must have attended auburn high school for at least 3 years and plans to attend a degree-granting institution in the fall.
Auburn Industrial Development Corp (Reiser Family) – $2,500
The recipient of this scholarship must have a 3.0 minimum grade point average and be of great service to the community.
Bay State Savings Bank Scholarship – $4000
This scholarship is given to a student who has demonstrated outstanding scholarship and has been actively involved at Auburn High School.
Major David Brodeur Memorial Scholarship – $500
The recipient of this scholarship is a student who demonstrates great community service and leadership.
Mrs. Sampson, Chairperson, Ms. Barrette, Ms. Bazinet, Mr. Cutler, Mrs. Heidemann Mrs. Jarvis, Mrs. Labeaume And Ms. Quirion