(photo) JoLisa Chouinard, of Clinton, was named branch manager of bankHometown's Lancaster office.

Chouinard joined bankHometown in 2014. Previously she served as the assistant manager of that location, a role she held for five years. Prior to joining bankHometown, Chouinard was an administrative lead with Reliant Medical Group and a commercial account administrator at Clinton Savings Bank. She is currently a board member of the Clinton Council on Aging and treasurer for Clinton Youth Soccer, and volunteers with many local groups, organizations and events.


(photo) Clinton Savings Bank announced the addition of Assistant Vice President, Mortgage Originations, Elisa Cuddy. Cuddy has over 20 years of banking experience and is an accomplished originator. She is skilled in every aspect of the loan process and has a wide range of mortgage product knowledge, according to the release.

"Ms. Cuddy demonstrates exemplary service by educating clients about the mortgage products and the home loan process,” said Deb Colonna, vice president, retail lending officer. "She believes sharing her knowledge and taking the time to listen to their needs and wants is the key to her customers enjoying a stress-free mortgage and a long relationship with her."

Cuddy holds an associate's degree from Mount Wachusett Community College and is a graduate of the North Central Mass. Chamber of Commerce Leadership Committee. She was recognized by "The Banker and Tradesman" in 2017 for being the number three producer of mortgage loans in Worcester County. Cuddy lives in Fitchburg with her son, Nicolas.


Several local residents were named to Northeastern University's spring dean's list: Jennifer Norvold, of Berlin, who is majoring in behavioral neuroscience;  Sanjana Sankar, of Berlin, majoring in chemical engineering/biochemistry; Abigail Moses, of Bolton, majoring in behavioral neuroscience;  Rachel Fox, of Bolton, majoring in mechanical engineering; William Hughes, of Clinton, majoring in computer engineering/computer science, who is a member of the University Honors Program; Winnie Phebus, of Clinton, majoring in computer science; and Smeet Patel, of Clinton, majoring in mechanical engineering.


Five local residents received their bachelor's degrees during a virtual celebration at College of the Holy Cross. An in-person commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 to be held in spring 2021: Jacqueline Cannon, of Lancaster, magna cum laude;  Matthew Champagne, of Clinton;  Colin McCormack, of Bolton; Thomas Russell, of Clinton; and  Paul Stanovich, of Sterling.


Audra Doolin, of Clinton, has been named to the spring dean's list at Hofstra University.


Three local residents were named to the dean's list at the University of Vermont: Colby Fong, of Berlin, Benjamin Burns, of West Boylston, and Grace Turnbull, of Clinton.

Benjamin Burns, of West Boylston, received the Departmental Prize in Political Theory from the University of Vermont this semester.


Quinn Beaulac, of West Boylston, who, along with 10 groups and about 100 of their fellow UVM students, participated in the University of Vermont Alternative Spring Break program - a student-led, week long program that provides UVM students with an opportunity to travel and involve themselves in service-work focused around a number of social issues in communities throughout the nation during their spring recess.

Ths year, Quinn traveled to Gainesville, Ga., where students worked with Sisu Integrated Learning. Sisu, formerly Challenged Child and Friends, was born when occupational therapist Jean Willers began providing services for a young boy critically injured in an automobile accident. Willers recognized a special spark in that young child and knew she could create an environment to accommodate his physical needs, foster his educational and social development and inspire him to reach his full potential.

In 1985, the organization incorporated as a nonprofit, offering educational, nursing, and family support services in addition to physical, occupational and speech therapy. In 1992, Challenged Child and Friends expanded to become a fully inclusive program-serving children with disabilities alongside their typically developing peers. More information on Sisu Integrated Learning can be found at https://www.mysisu.org/.

For over 25 years the UVM Alternative Spring Break program has provided UVM students with service opportunities during their spring recess - including work around homelessness, hunger, urban gardening, disaster relief, environmental conservation and more.


Becker College announced the graduation of more than 430 students at a virtual commencement celebration, including the following local residents: Chris Bigelow, of Boylston, bachelor's in interactive media design, game design concentration; Matthew Edwards, of Sterling, bachelor's in in interactive media design, game arts concentration; Joshua Oberle, of West Boylston, bachelor's in forensic science, magna cum laude, criminalistics concentration; and Lauren Padovano, of Bolton, bachelor's in veterinary science, cum laude, pre-veterinary concentration.


Brian Manning, of Berlin, has earned a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.


Four local residents were awarded degrees during the University of Vermont's 220th commencement ceremonies: Madeline Glow, of Sterling, Samantha Graham, of West Boylston, Samantha McCollom, of Bolton, and Jillian Scannell of West Boylston.


Giovanni Bovenzi, of Sterling, was named to the dean's list at New England Institute of Technology.


Two local residents were awarded commencement awards at Bryant University: Wyatt Boelens, of Bolton, recognized with the Jeremiah Clark Barber Award, presented to the graduating senior who has shown the most consistent academic improvement resulting in dean's list recognition; and Samantha Coakley, of Boylston, recognized with the Excellence in Information Systems Award, presented annually to a graduating senior with a concentration in information systems who has excelled academically, enriched his or her information systems education through meaningful work experience, and demonstrated an unselfish attitude toward others through active involvement in organizations, clubs or events.


Three local residents were named to the dean's list at Bucknell University: Alana Carlucci, Class of 2022, from Berlin; Chris Maskas, Class of 2023, from Sterling; and Katherine O'Shea, Class of 2020, from Bolton.


The Berlin-Boylston Special Education Advisory Council (SEPAC) recently recognized 61 teachers, assistants and other staff and administrators from the Berlin-Boylston School district with Excellent Educator Awards. Rochelle Peret, of Boylston, chairman for the Award Committee said, “The SEPAC feels it is important to give families a chance to recognize and thank these educators because they have helped create a positive educational experience, not only for children with special needs, but for every child in the district.” A total of 96 certificates were presented.

The 2020 recipients are:

Berlin-Boylston District Office: Robert Conry, Carol Costello, Karen Molnar, James Spencer and Jeffrey Zanghi;

Boylston Elementary School: Nicole Avery, Michelle Bowen, Dawn Cote, Kathy Derderian, BethAnne DiFonso, Deb Ellis, Katie FanFan, Sam Fantana, Mary-Jo Flatley, Beverly Fletcher, Amy Gaucher, Robin Gigure, Francine Gleason, Joel Goulet, Michele Hatem, Maureen Hurley, Patty Inwood, Hillary Johnston, Anne Keane, Tara Koziak, Keith Lewis, Sarah Lewis, Eileen MacQueen, Kathy Murphy, Briana Pascoal, Paula Perro, Elizabeth Peterson, Kristine Reed, Jennifer Smith, Carol Staras, Fayne Sullivan, Lorraine Sullivan, Michelle Taintor, Ace Thompson, Audrey Thompson, Betsy Trudeau, Wendy Wheeler, Jessica Woodard and Jenny Wright; and

Tahanto Regional Middle High School: Deb Blais, Sue Boudreau, Lauri Cormier, Dawn Davies, Jannel Fitzpatrick, Kara Ford, Dee Gardner, Matthew Hager, Kristen Hope, Laura Hovey, Lauren Kuppens, Stacy Marhefka, Alexis Maynard, Steve Pacheco, Janet Sequeira, Lisa Sequeira and Kim Trainor.

Karen Molnar, Pupil Personnel Services director for the Berlin-Boylston School District said, “This year, since the school and district buildings were not open, the SEPAC was unable to present the awards in person. As an alternative, the awards were emailed to the recipients during Teacher Appreciation Week.”

The Special Education Parent Advisory Council is a state-mandated organization in each school district. Its duties include but are not limited to: advising the districts on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities; meeting regularly with school officials to participate in the planning, development, and evaluation of the school district's special education programs. In addition, they support parents and the schools. More information can be found at www.sepac-berlin-boylston.org.


 Victoria Dahm, of Berlin, received a bachelor's degree, in chemistry, summa cum laude, as a member of the Class of 2020 from DeSales University. Students were honored in a virtual ceremony.


Sarah Duhaime, of Bolton, a senior majoring in engineering and management, was named to the spring dean's list at Clarkson University.

Three local residents, all sophomores, were named to Clarkson University's spring presidential scholars list: Jonah Davis, of Lancaster, majoring in mechanical engineering; Daniel Philbin, of Sterling, majoring in chemical engineering; and Neil Schaffer, of Berlin, majoring in mechanical engineering.


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