Samuel Stollman, Computer & Electronic Engineering, Sharon, Class of 2021

Even through a pandemic, outstanding Southeastern student Samuel (Sammy) Stollman still strives for his dreams. Through new achievements in his vocational program, he leaves an impact on Southeastern that will linger for years to come.

Sammy has always enjoyed and been intrigued by programming and engineering, and he strived to learn new things about the field. He said, “I was teaching myself how to code in middle school and I was really interested [in coding] so I figured that I want[ed] to find a [vocational program] that I could do that in.” He also chose Computer & Electronic Engineering because he felt such a close connection to the teachers, two of whom have since retired.

During his sophomore year, Sammy wrote code for a python program that brings up a virtual piano that can be played electronically. A python program is an object based, high-level programming language that uses glue language to bind existing programs together. Because he was familiar with the software, he was able to make this virtual piano a reality in only a week.

During his junior year, he also participated in the robotics program, which was unfortunately postponed this year due to Covid-19.

If Sammy could give any advice to his freshman self, he would tell himself to “get out of my comfort zone more. Freshman and sophomore year I kept to myself. Junior year is when I started becoming more confident, having more friends and just enjoying school more. School matters, but it doesn’t have to be so serious.”

After high school, Sammy is planning on taking a gap year to travel and work. He is enrolled in Wentworth for the fall of 2022 and wishes to study computer science to earn his Bachelor’s degree. Sammy is hoping to be a part of Wentworth’s “Plus One” program, which provides students with an “early start” on a Master’s degree while they finish their Bachelor’s program. This gives the students the opportunity to earn their Master’s degree one year after finishing their Bachelor’s. Sammy will always remember the impact Southeastern and its community had on him, just as Southeastern will remember Sammy’s.

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 twenty career majors to students from Brockton, East Bridgewater, Easton, Foxboro, Mansfield, Norton, Sharon, Stoughton, and West Bridgewater.

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Submitted by Evelyn Pasquale, Advanced Manufacturing and Welding, Mansfield