MARLBOROUGH – Superintendent Ernest F. Houle has announced that Assabet Valley Tech senior Camille Graffeo was honored at the 37th annual Outstanding Technical Student Award ceremony.
Graffeo, who lives in Hudson, studies in the culinary arts and hospitality management program. She was one of more than 50 students recognized in Worcester.
Graffeo is currently ranked at the top of her class of 260 students. She also is among the top students in the culinary arts and hospitality management program, in which she has gained interpersonal communications skills and has achieved serve safe and pro-start certification. She also is a member of the Assabet Valley Cooperative Education Program, and she works at the Kith and Kin restaurant in Hudson.
Graffeo has participated in SkillsUSA as a competitor and officer of the school chapter. She has been a standout athlete and all-star participating in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, along with the strength and conditioning program and ski club. She also has received multiple awards for her academic and technical program achievements.
Graffeo engages in a variety of extracurricular activities, including being a leader of Assabet’s Student Council and National Honor Society, a member of the Junior Culinary Council of the Epicurean Club of Boston, a culinary program advisory, and a member of the principal’s leadership team, and is a student ambassador for the district School Committee.
Additionally, Graffeo is seen as a peer leader at Assabet, where she has acted as a student tour guide, worked as a ninth-grade orientation leader, volunteered for community service projects and organized both food drives and school campus cleanup events.
“Assabet helped me to achieve academic and technical education success. Through my involvement in SkillsUSA, Student Council and the principal’s leadership team, I learned career readiness and leadership skills that have prepared me well in the hospitality management field,” said Graffeo. “My education and extracurricular activities provided me with a balance and lifelong friendships. It is an honor to receive this award and be included among exceptional vocational technical students across Massachusetts. Thanks to my advisers and teachers at Assabet because without their support and providing me with opportunities, I wouldn’t be the student and person I am today.”
“I would like to congratulate Camille for her exemplary commitment to education and excellence,” said Houle. “Our students are truly given unique opportunities here at Assabet because they can advance in their education and career. We encourage our students to chase their dreams, and it is truly an honor to see our students’ dreams come true here at Assabet.”
Graffeo plans to continue her education at Framingham State University.