Raine Ferrin Of Tewksbury Recieves Shawsheen Tech's 'Outstanding Vocational Technical Student' Award
May 13, 2015 03:00AM
By Kieran Gilman
(Editor's Note: The following information was submitted by the administrators of Shawsheen Tech.)
BILLERICA – Shawsheen Valley Technical High School senior Raine Ferrin was honored as the school’s Outstanding Vocational Technical Student Award at a ceremony at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on April 15.
Ferrin, the valedictorian of the senior class, received a plaque and a certificate for the honor and was a deserving recipient according to those who worked with her at school.
“She’s one of the most talented students I’ve ever had the opportunity to teach,” said Wendy Siegal-Botti, who had Ferrin as a student for four years. “She’s bright and creative, she’s the complete package.”
A Tewksbury resident, Ferrin is hoping to study graphic design and marketing at Lesley University in the fall. She admits, her time at Shawsheen went a long way in developing her passion for art.
“From a fairly young age, I knew there was an artistic side to me,” she said. “It’s been amazing following that passion and Shawsheen has played a major role in me discovering what I can do. The teachers that I had the pleasure to work with have been absolutely amazing.”
Those teachers and Shawsheen’s popular cooperative education program are what helped Ferrin decide on what high school to attend.
She’s currently working at PlumChoice in Lowell through the co-op program and she’s certainly made the technical services company a satisfied customer.
“It was a perfect combination of an employer that was willing to take a risk on a student and a student willing to take a risk of her own,” said Tim Broadrick, Shawsheen’s Director of Technical Programs. “They hired her based on her teacher’s recommendations. They saw that she was bright and creative.”
“She puts her heart and soul into everything she does,” added Siegal-Botti.
One of the highlights of Ferrin’s time with PlumChoice, a company that addresses complex technology needs through technical support, sales, care and go-to-market services, was when Ferrin designed the interface for a cell phone application. The app, called M.O.R.E (Mobile Operations Reporting Environment) allows PlumChoice managers to view the company’s performance in real time.
With prior experience primarily in the fine arts, the accomplishment for Ferrin was both exciting and unique.
“It was a big step for me,” she said. “The job has really brought up my skills level. I’m extremely lucky.”
“She is an extraordinary talented student who exemplifies the finest qualities of CVTE education,” said Superintendent/Director Charles Lyons.