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Shawsheen Tech Graduate Enjoys Memorable Encounter With Presidential Candidate

Nov 25, 2015 11:17AM ● By Bill Gilman

Chelsea Galinos, a 2012 graduate of Shawsheen Tech, was able to take a photo with presidential candidate Hilary Clinton earlier this year in New York. COURTESY PHOTO

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BILLERICA – If Hillary Clinton is elected president of the United States in 2016, maybe, just maybe, Chelsea Galinos will get a little credit.

“That,” said Galinos with a laugh, “would be nice.”

Earlier this year, Galinos, a 2012 graduate of Shawsheen Valley Technical High School, not only met Hilary Clinton at an event in New York, but she was able to take a photo with Clinton.

As it turns out, Galinos had something that impressed the former First Lady. 

As Clinton made a speech and answered questions at New York’s Parsons School of Design, where Galinos is a student, Clinton saw a painting that Galinos did of Clinton in one of her classes back in October of 2014.

When Clinton saw the piece, she personally signed it. 

“I literally just ran up there [to the stage] and handed it to her,” Galinos said. “I asker her if she could sign my painting and she took the painting out back and signed it.”

Clinton even posed for a photo with Galinos, a Billerica resident and a former Design and Visual Communications student at Shawsheen.

 “I always tell my students to capitalize on events and certain moments,” said Michael Azevedo, a Design and Visual Communication instructor at Shawsheen. “I received this frantic text from Chelsea from the event saying ‘What do I do?’ I said, ‘It’s really simple. Get up as close as you can, find someone that looks super important and put the painting in their face, and I guarantee you’ll meet her.’ She basically said OK, hung up and a half-hour later I get a picture of her with Hilary Clinton.”

Azevedo said he isn’t surprised to see Galinos rubbing elbows with famous people.

 “She is an amazing person,” said Azevedo, who laughed when telling another story about Galinos getting a photo with model Karlie Kloss. “She’s doing extremely well.”

The drawing and photo of Clinton and Galinos appeared in the New York Times twice and the presidential hopeful surely turned a few heads when she was so willing to pose for a photo with a college student like Galinos.

Galinos, 21, said her path from Billerica to New York was made possible by her years of excellent learning at Shawsheen.

“If it wasn’t for [Shawsheen], I wouldn’t be here at Parsons,” she said. “They really helped me build my portfolio.”

Since her time at Shawsheen, Galinos has embarked on a college career full of exciting decisions.

Originally attending Parsons to pursue a career in fashion design, Galinos switched gears during her freshman year to pursue a business degree.

In the time since, she has spent a year of school in Paris where she also saw many other places in Europe, she’s interning at NYC TV, she designed her own board game and has not only pursued illustration and photography, but is also dabbling in the film industry.

“I’m getting really into film,” said Galinos, who has much of her work on display at “When I get out of school, I want to do production design.” 

“It’s endless with her,” Azevedo added with a chuckle. “Just endless.”

Galinos, a senior, is set to graduate in the spring of 2016 with a degree in Strategic Design and Management, but she’s mulling graduate school and a degree in sustainability.

When school is done completely, she’s looking forward to potentially searching for a job in Europe, maybe even back in Paris, and perhaps she’ll have a few more famous encounters along the way.

“She was a great student,” Azevedo added. “She was very driven, super articulate, super intelligent and very creative. She was definitely one of those students that really absorbed things like a sponge. I can’t say enough positive things about her.”

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