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2023 Sheet Metal Workers Local 17 Scholarship Recipients

Sheet Metal Workers Local 17 is proud to create opportunities for hardworking students and help put them on the path to success.

In April, Local 17 had the pleasure of awarding 29 substantial scholarships to local high school seniors and college students, totaling $151,000 in one-year and four-year scholarships. To many students, these awards are crucial in securing higher education, and we are honored to have the pleasure of providing just one stepping stone toward the futures of these young individuals.

Local 17 Secretary-Treasurer Russell Bartash credited the three generations of the Hayward Family (Bob, Scott, and Sean) for leading the scholarship committee and helping the program reach new heights. Bartash also noted that the program accommodates a wide range of higher education opportunities, so any student can benefit on their path to success.

2023 marks 40 years since the Local 17 Scholarships Fund’s inception when our members dedicated seven cents of each work hour to the next generation. Since 1983, our union has been able to provide over $2 million in scholarship funds and is looking forward to continuing this initiative.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Four-Year Scholarship Winners

Olivia M. Stone, Senior at Oliver Ames High School
Amount: $16,000 ($4,000 per year)
Sponsor: Father, Dana Stone

Melody Ann Rivas, Senior at Brockton High School
Amount: $14,000 ($3,500 per year)
Sponsor: Father, Angel Rivas

Cloe Ann Kapetanakos, Senior at Weymouth High School
Amount: $12,000 ($3,000 per year)
Sponsor: Father, Angelo Kapetanakos

Nathan Patrick Hancock, Senior at West Bridgewater High School
Amount: $10,000 ($2,500 per year)
Sponsor: Grandfather, David McCormack

Michael Lawrence LaFlamme, Jr., Senior at Stoneham High School
Amount: $8,000 ($2,000 per year)
Sponsor: Father, Michael LaFlamme, Sr.

Memorial Scholarship Winners
$4,500/One-Year Scholarships

Haylee Joy Davis, Senior at Weymouth High School
Joseph J. Nigro Memorial Scholarship
Sponsor: Grandmother, Janet Mazzeo

Sophia Alysse Calder, Student at Suffolk University
Charlie F. Geary Memorial Scholarship
Sponsor: Grandfather, George Psaros

Kasey Aries, Student at Northern Essex Community College
James M. Kelly Memorial Scholarship
Sponsor: Spouse, Steven Aries, Jr.

Lottery Scholarship Winners
$4,000/One-Year Scholarships

Rebecca Lynne Geary, Student at Walden University
Sponsor: Father, Charles Geary

Emily Unaka, Student at University of Rhode Island
Sponsor: Father, Leon Unaka

Jack Tosone, Senior at Pembroke High School
Sponsor: Father, John Tosone

Wyatt Campbell, Student at Norwich University
Sponsor: Grandfather, Francis Copper, Jr.

Brooke Marcotte, Student at Southern New Hampshire University
Sponsor: Father, William Marcotte

Paxton Robert O’Reilly, Student at University of Arizona
Sponsor: Father, Robert O’Reilly

John Mulready, Student at Endicott College
Sponsor: Father, John Mulready

Brenna Mulcahy, Student at Lebanon Valley College
Sponsor: Grandfather, Coleman Flaherty

Natalie Elizabeth Longacre, Senior at Pembroke Academy
Sponsor: Father, Stephen Longacre

Daniel A. Scolaro, Student at Saint Anselm College
Sponsor: Father, John Scolaro

River Ashton Favreau, Student at University of Connecticut
Sponsor: Grandfather, Michael Zaczek, Sr.

Hailey Nelson, Senior at Carver High School
Sponsor: Grandfather, Festus Joyce

Valerie P. Holland, Senior at Bellingham High School
Sponsor: Father, Jacob Holland

Justin Steven Beresford, Student at Coastal Carolina University
Sponsor: Father, Steven Beresford

Marley Ewick, Student at University of Vermont
Sponsor: Grandfather, Douglas Anderson

Carly Elizabeth Balfe, Student at University of Maine
Sponsor: Grandfather, Christopher Balfe

Jaedon Costa, Student at Rhode Island College
Sponsor: Father, Brian Costa

Cameron Wagner, Senior at John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science
Sponsor: Father, William Wagner

Riley Madison LeBlanc, Senior at Haverhill High School
Sponsor: Father, Peter LeBlanc

Alternate Scholarship Winners
$750/One-Year Scholarships

Noelle Tosone, Student at University of Rhode Island
Sponsor: Father, John Tosone

Denielle M. Johnston, Student at Merrimack College
Sponsor: Grandfather, Arthur Brasill, Sr.