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Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray presented Victoria Holbert of Fitchburg, a dental assistant student at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School in Fitchburg with the SkillsUSA American Degree at the SkillsUSA Awards Ceremony June 6 at the Statehouse in Boston.

"I visited Monty Tech last fall, and saw first-hand the great program the school offers to help prepare our students for future careers in a range of fields," said Mr. Murray. "I commend all participants, parents, teachers, sponsors, and participating schools for continuing to grow the SkillsUSA competition, and I congratulate Victoria Holbert for receiving their highest honor."

The award is earned through participation in SkillsUSA's leadership and employability skills training program, which provides students the opportunity to complete five levels of competency development in leadership and employability proficiency, participating in classroom lessons and self-directed activities.

Victoria completed the program, including a capstone portfolio and job skills demonstration in her trade as a Dental Assistant student. She is the first student from Massachusetts to receive this award in nearly seven years.

Jeff Beaudette of Fitchburg sent us the following note on how Fitchburg City Clerk Anna Farrell helped make his daughter's wedding possible:

"My daughter, Amanda Beaudette, of Fitchburg set a date to be married on June 4. She is marrying a young man from California. On May 30, they arrived at Logan Airport. On May 31, Brent Taylor and Amanda go down to the City Clerk's office to order their marriage license. They had to pick it up on before 5 p.m. June 3. They were being married in the Mormon Temple in Boston on Saturday morning and the license was vital for the wedding to take place. On June 2, Brent's mother, two brothers and sister (with her husband and children) arrived from California to attend the wedding and reception. With all the excitement going on, they forgot to pick up their marriage license June 3.

"Around 8:30 p.m. June 3 we were at the location of the reception and someone asked about the marriage license. There was a complete shock among everyone when they realized that no one had picked up the marriage license at Fitchburg City Hall. Everyone had flown in for the wedding, the ceremony was all planned, food prepared, etc. We all thought for a moment that they would just have to have a reception. Not a good thing!

"I called Fitchburg's Fire Chief and he told me he had keys to the clerk's office, but I would need to get the city clerk to get the actual marriage license. Amanda went online and found the clerk's name (Anna Farrell) and from there went to the white pages and found her home address and home phone number. Anna picked up the phone around 9:15 p.m. and graciously said she would meet us at City Hall on Saturday morning at 7 a.m.!!!

"Thanks to Ms. Farrell, we received the wedding license that morning, and Amanda and Brent were able to be married at 10 a.m. in Boston."

John-Phillip V. Gonzalez of Leominster has been named to the president's list for the spring 2011 semester at Western New England College in Springfield.

Broderick Goguen and Adelaide Sargent from Gardner High School, Victoria Chase and Kalie Jacobson from Narragansett Regional High School, and Daniel Denette and Kaitlin Johnson from Murdock High School were awarded scholarships to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference June 24-26 in Worcester by the Greater Gardner Rotary Club.

Mary L. Padula and Paul Porter have received the 2011 Alumni of the Year Awards from the Lunenburg High School Alumni Association at its awards dinner and ceremony June 18 in Shirley.

Naeem Khan of Fitchburg, Matthew Cramb and Sean Reynolds of Leominster, and Benjamin Kazan, Abraham Perkins and Padraic Rafferty of Westminster were named to the dean's list for the spring 2011 semester at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.

The following local residents graduated on May 14 from Worcester Polytechnic Institute:

Ivana Indruh of Fitchburg, Kevin Beverage, Elizabeth Dailey, Shanna Infantino, Alexandra Levshin, Christopher Petrie, Michael Putnam, Amanda Sargent and Cara Ting, all of Leominster.

Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester has announced the dean's list for the 2011 spring semester. Local students include:

Fitchburg: Rachel David, Alexandra Desaulnier, Allison Mafera

Gardner: Stephanie Brownell, Melissa Garafelo

Leominster: Crystal Harper, Courtney Henrie, Hao Maokhamphiou, Sarah Marceau

Lunenburg: Ashlyn Conners, Amanda Peterson

Westminster: John Giannunzio, Scott Sargent



CUTLINE: SkillsUSA American Degree award recipient Victoria Holbert of Fitchburg with Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray at the Statehouse.
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