By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor
Marlborough – Two local students are this year’s recipients of the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Cathy Gregory Mogavero Business Professionals of America Award.
Checks for $500 were presented to the two students, Katelyn Godere, a senior from Marlborough High School (MHS) and Andre Colleoni-Pimenta, a senior from Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School (AVRTHS), in a ceremony held at the MRCC’s headquarters April 15.
This was the second year that the awards were given out in honor of Mogavero, who retired from the chamber in December 2013 after serving 15 years as executive vice president. The awards are given to student members of the Business Professionals of America Club (BPA) from each of the programs at MHS, AVRTHS and Hudson High School. (Hudson’s program is on hiatus this year as its advisor is on sabbatical.) The award is sponsored by the chamber’s scholarship fund through the auspices of the Marlborough Regional Community Foundation.
Darren McLaughlin, the foundation’s president noted at the ceremony it was only fitting the scholarships in Mogavero’s names are given to BPA students.
“Her work with the chamber centered on the importance of school to business and scholarships,” he said.
“The chamber is all about business,” Susanne Morreale Leeber, MRCC’s president and CEO added. “You are our future and our future leaders.”
Godere, a resident of Marlborough, is still deciding between Boston University, George Washington University and the University of New Hampshire as to where she will attend college in the fall. She is planning on studying biology or economics.
Colleoni-Pimenta plans to study business management at either Bentley College or Bryant University.
Both students will be competing in the BPA National Leadership Conference which is being held in Anaheim, Calif. May 6-10.