LUDLOW, Vt. – Black River will be celebrating the commencement of the Class of 2018 at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 16, in Presidential Hall, and Senior Awards Night will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 15. The 10 graduates are as follows: Morgan Brown, Stephanie Bussino, Jordyn Demers, Bailey Lambert, Jonathan LeTourneau, Dakota Pachla, Drew Schoenberger, Sonya Sheehan, Andrea Stevens, and Austin Turco.
Throughout the year, the seniors have been involved with sports, extracurricular activities, and the community. Stephanie Bussino’s been hard at work at Stafford Tech, and Drew Schoenberger scored his 1000th point in basketball and was voted Prom King. Sonya Sheehan has been busy with an internship at a local horse farm and involved with the Black River high school band. Andrea Stevens has led the softball team with grit and determination, and with grace was voted Prom Queen.
Over half of the class will be going to college next year. Morgan Brown plans to attend the University of New England, Jordyn Demers will go to Vermont Tech, Jonathan LeTourneau will go to the University of Northwestern Ohio, Dakota Pachla will be at Keene State, Drew Schoenberger will attend Paul Smith’s College, and Andrea Stevens will attend UNC Charlotte. Austin Turco will continue his studies at VT Tech, with the intent of earning his associate’s degree in landscaping and advanced horticulture at the end of next year.
Jonathan LeTourneau has been busy with a work study at American Bush, in addition to working at Okemo. At the University of Northwestern Ohio, he’ll be majoring in high power motorsports and automotive studies.
Dakota Pachla has been very involved with the National Honor Society, A World of Difference, her role as class president and on Student Council, her work at the Belmont Store, and volunteer work at the Rutland Regional Medical Center. Next year she’ll be attending Keene State on a pre-med track, working toward her goal of a career in the healthcare field.
Morgan Brown has been busy this year with soccer, basketball, softball, the National Honor Society, A World of Difference, the Ludlow Rotary, Prom Committee, and her role as class treasurer on Student Council. At the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, she plans to major in neuroscience and is considering a minor in psychology. Her advice to the underclassmen and rising seniors is “Keep working hard in all of your classes and treat everyday like it’s your last because once it’s over you can never get that time back. You guys are in charge of the school now, don’t take that lightly. We know you guys are up for this challenge and you will all flourish both next year and in the future.”
The seniors have led an amazing year and have so much potential as they embark on the journey that will define the rest of their lives. Congratulations, Class of 2018!