Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School is proud to announce that Rachel Casey-Chase of Grafton was selected as a recipient of the 2012 Christina Toala Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Ms. Casey-Chase graduated from the Business Technology program in May of 2012. She was an active volunteer during her four year career at Valley Tech throughout the community, volunteering at various organizations including the Grafton Food Bank and the Grafton Senior Center. Also active in her school community, Rachel was a member of Student Council, the SEA Club, the Leo Club, the James S. Mullaney Chapter of the National Honor Society, and the Paul J. Sullivan Chapter of the National Technical Honor Society.
This was the first year that this scholarship was generously awarded to a deserving Valley Tech graduate. It is offered to a student who exemplifies the ideals held by Christina Toala including: community involvement, sportsmanship, strength, strong dedication to academic studies, and spirituality. Ms. Toala’s love of learning and enthusiasm for advancement was the inspiration for the scholarship which is meant to assist a deserving student in the pursuit of his or her goals. The scholarship is given by the family of Christina Toala: Attorney James P. Hentz, P.C. of the Law Office of James P. Hentz, and his wife, Yara of Upton along with their daughters Annabelle and Kiki.
Ms. Casey-Chase will be attending the University of Rhode Island this fall where she plans to study nursing.
Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School serves the towns of Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Grafton, Hopedale, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton and Uxbridge. Located in the heart of the Blackstone Valley, Blackstone Valley Tech creates a positive learning community that prepares students for personal and professional success in an internationally competitive society through a fusion of rigorous vocational, technical, and academic skills. The school’s website is www.valleytech.k12.ma.us.
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Photo Caption: BVT_ToalaScholarship.jpg: Together with Dr. Michael F. Fitzpatrick, Superintendent-Director of the Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District, the Hentz family of Upton present the Christina Toala Memorial Scholarship to Valley Tech 2012 graduate, Rachel Casey-Chase of Grafton. Photographed from left to right: Yara Hentz, Annabelle Hentz, Kiki Hentz, Dr. Michael F. Fitzpatrick, Attorney James P. Hentz, Rachel Casey-Chase, and her mother, Susan Casey. This was the first year that the Christina Toala Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to a Valley Tech graduate.