Principal Leslie Weckesser is pleased to recognize Brittney Riley as a Class of 2022 Senior in the Spotlight. Riley is a senior in the Advertising and Design vocational program. She chose the program because she has always had a passion for art and dreamed of having a profession that incorporates her interests. She notes that when she discovered Southeastern and learned about the shop, she knew that this was an opportunity to make that dream a reality.
What she enjoyed most about her shop is how everyone worked well together as a team and how the program operated like a professional industry. Her favorite experience from her vocational work was working on her senior project, which required students to choose a project that challenged their skills in any aspect of the advertising and design industry. She chose to create an Adult Astrology coloring that contains her illustrations of each zodiac sign and symbol.
During her time at Southeastern, she has been involved in the Dual Enrollment Early College High School program allowing her to complete college classes while still in high school. As part of the program, she received an Associate of Arts degree from Massasoit Community College, also receiving High Honors.
She is also a member of the Design and Visual Communications Honor Society. The DVC Honor Society is involved in community service projects, including creating cards for nursing homes. For this community service project students in directive study were given blank cards to write positive and encouraging messages. The cards were then sent to seniors in the area. During her sophomore year, Riley also participated in indoor track and field and softball.
Following graduation, she will attend the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to obtain a bachelor’s degree in either illustration or integrated studio arts. She also plans to acquire an internship while attending UMass Dartmouth to be part of an industry that incorporates her artistic passions.
Her advice to freshmen is: “Always try your best. Even if it may seem hard, it’s okay if what you do is not perfect. As long as you put in the effort everything will be alright. Do not get too stressed about the littlest of things and remember that you have access to all sorts of tools that can help you.”
Southeastern’s Senior Spotlights are chosen based on their high academic and vocational achievement. Seniors are selected from each of the nine towns Southeastern serves and are highlighted prior to graduation which will be held this year on June 8.
Leah Comins—John Guilfoil Public Relations