A hardworking student shares her thoughts on receiving many merit awards from colleges.

A senior in Southeastern’s Legal and Protective Services vocational program, Mikayla Ribeiro (Brockton) recently received many merit awards including one of the highest ones, the Recognition of Scholastic Excellence Scholarship from Bridgewater State University.  Merit awards are scholarships given to students for good grades or high test scores.  These awards are not based on the students’ financial needs but rather based on academic, athletic, artistic, or special-interest merit.

Mikayla is a hard working student and has been career and college planning for two years.  She is in the Early College High School program through Massasoit Community College and in the process of earning college credit to give her a bump ahead by the time she enters college.  She has been accepted into ten colleges:  UMASS Boston, UMASS Amherst, UMASS Dartmouth, UMASS Lowell, Fitchburg State, Worcester State, Salem State, Bridgewater State, Framingham State, and Boston University.  Once she picks the college of her choice, she plans to major in Psychology and minor in Criminal Justice.  Then eventually work towards earning a Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology.  After Mikayla earns her degrees, she hopes to become a lawyer or a forensic psychologist.
She is pleased to have received the merit award.  In an interview with Mikayla, she said, “After receiving this award, I’m only going to work harder towards my future.”  Mikayla also mentioned her reaction when she first found out she had received the award.  She stated, “I feel very proud about winning this award.  I knew I deserved it, but I wasn’t expecting it, so once I opened the letter I couldn’t stop reading it.  This taught me that I can achieve anything I put my mind to and that my hard work isn’t going unnoticed.”

Mikayla has been very involved in the school since her freshman year.  She has also been a part of many extracurricular activities.  Mikayla said, “Throughout my years of high school, I’ve been in nine different extracurricular activities including the National Honor Society, the School Council, Student Council, SADD, the Community Service program, and more.”  She also participated in SkillsUSA and received two SkillsUSA District Competition Awards.  Even with all of this involvement, she has maintained the highest academic honors and perfect attendance.

After all the work Mikayla has put into school, high school is slowly coming to an end for her.  Mikayla said, “My overall high school experience was great, and I’m pretty sad it’s coming to an end. The years flew by so fast, but I couldn’t be any prouder of all my accomplishments.  Yes, times did get very stressful and my hard work required some sleepless nights, but it was all worth it and I don’t regret any of it.  I always kept the saying “dreams don’t work unless you do,” in my mind to keep myself pushing.”  As expressed, senior Mikayla Ribeiro is happy for how great her high school experience was and is grateful and very proud of herself for receiving merit awards.

About Southeastern
At Southeastern, students choose from 20 career majors in preparation for life’s challenges and opportunities.  Our school combines a rigorous academic curriculum with state of the art vocational and technical studies to help students realize their full learning potential.  The schedule is designed to have students alternate between academic and technical coursework.  This process promotes integration of studies and helps bridge the gap between theoretical and practical experience.

The hands-on approach to learning helps connect students to education and provides the basis for life-long learning – an essential skill in today’s highly competitive global market.
Upon graduation, students have the choice of furthering their education in any two or four-year institution or going directly into the workforce.

The Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical School District consists of a four-year public high school and a post-secondary technical institute. The high school offers 20 career majors to students from Brockton, East Bridgewater, Easton, Foxboro, Mansfield, Norton, Sharon, Stoughton, and West Bridgewater.

Written by:
Student: Delilah Jusino
Shop: Legal & Protective Services
Town: Stoughton