STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Bolanos, O’Shea & Stevens Receive Wilmington Sons Of Italy Scholarships

Below is a press release from the Wilmington Sons of Italy:

WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Sons of Italy Lodge #2183 will be awarding three scholarships to undergraduate students this year all of whom reside in Wilmington. During these unprecedented times, students who are graduating from high school have missed out on all the traditions that they have waited twelve years to enjoy, from senior trips, scholarship and sporting banquets, playing that last varsity game, to walking across the stage to receive their diploma. As much as it should be an extremely happy time for them and their parents, it is also a time of uncertainty and sadness. Our hope is that they can look forward to the future, begin new adventures, and start a new phase in their lives.  They have all become stronger individuals and this will make them unstoppable in the future. Congratulations!

Christian Bolanos, graduating from Wilmington High School, is being awarded the Laura Caira Award.  He is an Honor Roll student and a member of the National Honor Society, receiving an Academic Achievement Award in Health Dynamics. Christian volunteered at many events and organizations, including teaching CCD, tutoring 5thgrade math, and helping at the Rotary auction and road races in town.  He is also a member of the Lamplighters Drama Guild, Rotary Interact Board, and was president of Jr. WOW and vice-president of the Animation Club.  Christian received his Eagle Scout award, this being the highest achievement in the Boy Scouts of America.  Christian was described by his principal as “a kind and gentle person who represents all that is good.   Christian is a superior, well rounded candidate with a strong record of achievement, both in and out of the classroom.”  He will be attending St. Anselm College this fall majoring in Forensics Science.

Bridget O’Shea, graduating from Wilmington High School, is receiving the Christopher S. DiCecca Memorial Award.  Bridget is an avid hockey player, having played on the Wilmington girls’ varsity hockey team for four years, this year being an Alternate/Assistant Captain, helping her team make it to the state championships.  She has also played high school lacrosse for three years, (unfortunately they were unable to play this year making it her 4th year) and volleyball as a freshman and sophomore.  Bridget’s love for children is evident with her volunteering at Tiny Tots since 9thgrade, as well as nannying for a local family and working at the CARES program. One of Bridget’s teachers described her as “a respectful young woman who desires to grow as a student.  She is an intellectually curious and honest young woman who is fun to be around. Bridget has been a valuable addition to my classroom each day.”  Bridget will be attending the University of New Hampshire in the fall of 2020 majoring in Psychology.

Jessica Stevens, graduating second in her class from Shawsheen Valley Technical High School, is receiving the Bob and Peg Dicey Award.  Jessica has received many awards throughout her high school years, including outstanding senior of the year, gold medalist at Skills USA 2019, and placing 4thin the country at the Certiport National Competition for Microsoft Word 2013. She is a member of the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society.  She has played high school basketball and softball for four years, cross country for two years and was voted varsity softball captain 2020. She was a member of the Wilmington Sons of Italy Junior Lodge upon its inception and volunteered at the Wilmington Figure Skating Club, Lucy’s Love Bus, Special Olympics, and Boston Children’s Hospital through Shawsheen Tech.  Jessica’s guidance counselor described her as a “young woman who is gifted in many areas, and yet her humble and modest demeanor has surprised me. Jessica is gifted academically, yet she is so much more.  This young woman is one of the best our school has ever seen.”  Jessica will be attending University of Massachusetts – Lowell majoring in Business Administration this fall.

The Wilmington Sons of Italy would like to extend congratulations to all graduating seniors of 2020.  We wish them a successful and bright future and know that they will make the best of anything that is sent their way.

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