Hall of Fame

  • Shawsheen to induct second Hall of Fame
    Lowell Sun
    By Chris Camire

    Shawsheen Valley Technical High School will induct its second class of "Hall of Fame" alumni tomorrow. This bi-annual event highlights achievements made by graduates of the school ranging from the 1970s to the 2000s.

    Past recipients include doctors, lawyers, restaurant owners, and military officers -- all a reminder of the quality education provided at Shawsheen, said James Haroutunian, one of the organizers of this year's event.

    The inductees are:

    * Charleen Amato, class of 1990, Health Technology: Amato is the owner of Life Force Chiropractic and a member of The North Shore Chiropractic Society. She has volunteered at the Rotary Club, The Liver Foundation, and at Ground Zero. She received her BS in biology from UMass Lowell in 1994 and her Doctorate of Chiropractic from Life West College in 1998.

    * Margaret Comeau, class of 1982, Health Technology: Comeau is the project director for the Catalyst Center at the Boston University School of Public Health, which focuses on financing care for children with special health care needs. She graduated from the Graduate School of Health Sciences at Simmons College in 2005.

    * Shaun Farraher, class of 2001, Health Technology: Farraher has conducted research on the effect of carbohydrates on community-dwelling elderly people. Farraher received a BS in biology and biochemistry from Framingham State College in 2005 and graduated from the American University of the Caribbean in 2010 as a doctor of Advertisement medicine. He wants to become a physician.

    * Capt. Wayne J. Harrison, class of 1980, Carpentry: Harrison graduated from the U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School as a commissioned Naval Officer in 1985. In 1999 Wayne earned a masters degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, and he is currently completing his MBA from Webster University. Wayne is an accomplished pilot with over 3,500 flight hours and is currently deployed in Afghanistan.

    * Mark Morrissey, class of 1979, Machine: After graduating from UMass Lowell in 1984 with a degree in Business and Operations Management, Morrissey was promoted to production manager at Sparton Technology Corporation, where he has worked for the past 32 years. He is also remembered as a star player on Shawsheen's 1978 high school Super Bowl winning team.

    * Michael S. Rosa, class of 1987, Machine: Rosa founded Mike's Precision Machine, Inc. in Billerica in 1998, which he still owns. That year he was also elected to the Billerica Board of Selectmen. Rosa was recently elected to his fifth term on the board and is serving as its chairman.

    * Colleen Sgroi, class of 1975, Commercial Art and Design: Sgroi is a self-employed artist and teacher. She opened the Billerica Gallery and Art Center in 2001, and her prints and art are sold nationally.

    * Mark Spengler, class of 1988, Metal Fabrication: Spengler owned a residential construction company through 2000, but returned to school to become a Network Engineer for Juniper Networks. In 2001, he became owner and operator of a 13-acre horse farm, with 23 horses, in Pepperell. He is also a member of the U.S. Army Reserve.

    * Daniel Venezia, class of 1996, Electrical: Venezia founded Venezia Electric in 2003, which has employed as many as 22 people. A member of the Shawsheen Advisory Committee, Venezia has employed many Shawsheen students through the school's co-op program and has done the wiring for the holiday lights on the Billerica Common for the past five years.

    * Joseph Williams, class of 1994, Culinary Arts: A 1986 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Williams served as the executive chef/instructor at The Hilton School of Hotel Restaurant Management at the University of Houston. In 1991, he became the executive chef for the Clipper Cruise Line and Delta Steamboat Cruise Ship. Williams joined Shawsheen's culinary staff in 1993 and is currently the department's lead teacher