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Local students are making the grade

Worcester Polytechnic Institute named these local students to the Dean’s List for academic excellence for the spring 2020 semester: Lynn’s Grace Gately (a member of the class of 2022 majoring in industrial engineering) and Kyle Lopez (class of 2023; robotics engineering); Peabody’s Marine Herman (class of 2022 ; biology and biotechnology) and Raymond Carter (class of 2022; robotics engineering and mechanical engineering); Matthew Liberacki of Saugus (class of 2020; biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering); Paige O’Gorman of Swampscott (class of 2021; biomedical engineering); Dominick Gravante of Lynnfield (class of 2022; mechanical engineering); and Salem’s Thien-Kim Nguyen (class of 2022; biology and biotechnology), Olivia Hauber (class of 2021; civil engineering) and Alec Austraw (class of 2021; mechanical engineering).

Late this spring, Worcester Polytechnic Institute celebrated the class of 2020 with a socially distanced commencement season in place of its traditional commencement exercises. Local graduates include: Heather Cummings of Lynn (master of science in aerospace engineering); Amanda Maffeo (bachelor of science in biology and biotechnology), Mary Cromwick (bachelor of science in mechanical engineering with distinction) and Matthew Liberacki (bachelor of science in biomedical engineering with high distinction), all of Saugus; Walker Christie of Nahant (bachelor of science in computer science with distinction); Matthew Jalbert (bachelor of science in physics with distinction) and Joseph Turcotte (bachelor of science in computer science with high distinction), both of Swampscott; Matthew Cannata (bachelor of science in biomedical engineering with distinction), Kyra Bresnahan (bachelor of science in computer science with high distinction) and Demi Karavoussianis (bachelor of science in mechanical engineering with high distinction), all of Peabody; Nicholas Colucci of Lynnfield (bachelor of science in electrical and computer engineering with high distinction); William Gaddis of Marblehead (bachelor of science in interactive media and game development with distinction); and Talal Hamza (bachelor of science in biology and biotechnology with distinction), Hadi Hamdan (bachelor of science in civil engineering with distinction), Carla Duarte (bachelor of science in computer science with high distinction), Joshua Rondon (bachelor of science in mechanical engineering with distinction), Cheng-Te Peter Chou (master of business administration), and Monier Ouabira (master of science in electrical and computer engineering), all of Revere.

The following students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) recently completed intense, hands-on research projects: Ryan Crowley of Lynn, a member of the class of 2021 majoring in electrical and computer engineering, was a member of a student team that completed a research project titled Creating Marketing and Promotional Materials for Advocates of Dark Sky Preservation; Ilyas Salhi of Revere, a member of the class of 2021 majoring in robotics engineering and computer science, was a member of a student team that completed a research project titled Puerto Rico Project Center: Analyzing the Past to Inform the Future; Olivia Hauber of Salem, a member of the class of 2021 majoring in civil engineering, was a member of a student team that completed a research project titled Exploring the Response to an Unprecedented Pandemic.

Serena A. Laro of Peabody has been named to the President’s List for the Spring 2020 semester at Husson University in Bangor, Maine. Laro is a sophomore enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Integrated Technology program with a concentration in software development.

Michael Stanley of Lynnfield earned academic honors for work completed during the spring 2020 semester at Northfield Mount Hermon in Gill, Mass. Northfield Mount Hermon is a coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9–12 and a postgraduate year. Founded in 1879, NMH engages the intellect, compassion, and talents of its students, empowering them to act with humanity and purpose. NMH enrolls 655 students from 29 states and 58 countries.

Robert Sica of Wilmington has been named to the President’s List at Merrimack College in North Andover for the spring semester with a 3.91 GPA. He is the son of Steven and Barbara Sica of Wilmington, MA and the grandson of Barbara L. Sica of Peabody.

A Business Administration major with a minor in Management/Marketing & Spanish, Robert will enter his junior year this fall. He is an active member of Merrimack’s Honors College, Marching Band, Jazz Band Ensemble, Pep Band and serves as an Admission Ambassador.

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