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Fitchburg’s Sizer School announces 2022 graduates and scholarship winners

  • May 27, 2022 – Senior Roman Roy of Fitchburg is...

    May 27, 2022 – Senior Roman Roy of Fitchburg is presented the John K. Grady Craftsperson Scholarship during the Sizer School’s annual Senior Celebration Community Meeting. (Courtesy Sizer School)

  • May 27, 2022 – Senior Nevaeh Yang is corded by...

    May 27, 2022 – Senior Nevaeh Yang is corded by 8th grade sister Evangeline Yang, both of Fitchburg, during the annual Sizer School Cording Ceremony. (Courtesy Sizer School)

  • May 27, 2022 – Senior Lee Thompson is corded by...

    May 27, 2022 – Senior Lee Thompson is corded by junior Dominic Gionet during the annual Sizer School Cording Ceremony. (Courtesy Sizer School)

  • May 27, 2022 – Senior Gianna Maldonado is corded by...

    May 27, 2022 – Senior Gianna Maldonado is corded by junior Xayan Natal during the annual Sizer School Cording Ceremony. (Courtesy Sizer School)

  • May 27, 2022 – Alan Stegman of Leominster is corded...

    May 27, 2022 – Alan Stegman of Leominster is corded by Sizer School Learning Specialist Katrina Silva during the annual Cording Ceremony. (Courtesy Sizer School)

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FITCHBURG — Sizer School is set to host this year’s Graduation Ceremony on Friday.

As the end of high school draws near for students, the school held an awards ceremony and picnic on Thursday, May 26. Teachers and staff gave out specialized awards to students based on effort, personality and academic achievements.

Then on Friday, May 27, the school held its annual Senior Celebration Community Meeting. The whole school, including students and staff, watched as the Class of 2022 were awarded honors and scholarships.

“We are extremely proud of the Sizer School graduating class of 2022. They have faced unprecedented challenges for the last two years, and their strength, kindness, and courage have really come shining forward. We are very excited for graduation and to see what our seniors do next,” said Sizer School Executive Director Michelle Paranto.

Parent, Teacher and Student Organization scholarships were given to Lily Noon of Townsend, Dylan Mercier of Gardner and Piper Daley of Fitchburg.

The “Not Your Average Scholarship” was awarded to Roman Roy of Fitchburg, Mackenzie Pupecki of Leominster, Piper Daley and Megan DeRienze of Leominster. Health Sciences Awards were given to Odette Amoakohene of Fitchburg, Nevaeh Yang of Fitchburg and Lily Noon.

The John K. Grady Craftsperson Scholarship was given to Roman Roy. Earlier this year, Roy was also honored as a Rotary Student of the Month. The Sizer Boost Scholarship was awarded to Piper Daley. The Sizer 6 Scholarship was awarded to Lily Noon. The Principal’s Award was given to Antonio Ferriera of Fitchburg.

Senior Odette Amoakohene of Fitchburg and 8th Grade student Benjamin Gonzalez, also of Fitchburg, were given the Gallo Book Award.

Sizer’s highest honor, the Think Care Act Medal, was awarded to Keisha Pabon Gerena of Fitchburg. She was presented the medal by last year’s winner Libbie Susman of Winchendon, Class of 2021.

After the awards and honors were given out, Sizer held its annual Cording Ceremony. The Cording Ceremony has juniors present each senior with the braided cords that they will wear on graduation day. This ceremony is symbolic as it is when the senior class acknowledges that the juniors are the new leaders of the school in front of the entire community. .

“It is so exciting to have this rich tradition back after a long hiatus,” said Alyson Cordio, Sizer’s performing arts teacher and community meeting director. “It honors the hard work our seniors have accomplished, sets the bar for the incoming seniors, and reminds us of our commitment to our community.”

Come Friday, the following students will have successfully graduated:

FITCHBURG: Jordan Acquaye, Nathan Allen, Odette Amoakohene, Mae Barlow, Piper Daley, Antonio Ferreira, Jose Fortes, Matthew Gibely, Justin Guerrero, Ethan Hale, Olivia Hastings, Griffin Mackinder, Christopher Macris, Gianna Maldonado, Autumn Meeker, Dianelys Montanez Negron, Stephanie Montanez, Maia Morgan, Keisha Pabon Gerena, Roman Roy, Nathaniel Snow, Lee Thompson, Yuliana Viera, Nevaeh Yang

GARDNER: Dylan Mercier

HUBBARDSTON: William Petersen

LEOMINSTER: Michael Craigen, Megan DeRienze, Amelia Dorso, Mackenzie Pupecki, Jovanka Sanchez-Molina, Alan Stegman

LUNENBURG: Grace Blake, Garrik Wilkins

TOWNSEND: Joshua Reddin, Sara-Rose Snaith, Lily Noon

WINCHENDON: Gabriella (Gio) Houle, Jamisen Laplante

Sizer School, located at 500 Rindge Road in Fitchburg, is a free, public charter school serving students in grades seven through 12. As a North Central Charter Essential School, Sizer students are known personally, challenged intellectually, and participate actively in their learning. Guided by its commitment to diversity and inclusiveness, the school seeks to send graduates into the world who think for themselves, care about others, and act creatively and responsibly.

For more information about Sizer School, visit sizerschool.org.

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