Student Highlight: Senior Presented with M.A.S.S. Certificate of Academic Excellence

This year has been a big one for 18-year-old Chris Finn. In addition to being presented with the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendent’s (MASS) Certificate of Academic Excellence, Finn was part of the Northeast Conference Championship winning hockey team, which is the first since 2015. As captain of both the tennis and hockey teams, and a passionate volunteer with WINARC, Finn has his hands full both inside and outside of school. He filled us in on his plans for taking a year off before starting college, and a bit about why he loves the Life Skills class.

What are your future plans?

This upcoming year I have decided to take a year off of school and pursue my passion for playing hockey. I will be playing junior hockey for the Walpole Express in the Eastern Hockey League. After the season I will be applying to schools in hopes of continuing both my academic and hockey career in college.

What is your favorite class?

My favorite class in school has to be Life Skills taught by Jon Cross. This class allows me to work with the special needs students and teach them various topics such as physical fitness, personal hygiene, cooking, and other everyday life skills. This class has allowed me to grow as a person more than I have from any other class I have taken while in school. I have also gained some of my best friends from this class.

Who is your role model?

My role model is definitely my father. My dad has taught me the value of a strong work ethic as he has one of the strongest. Working seven days a week, he still manages to find quality time to spend with family. He has made sure that whatever myself and my two sisters need, we have. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be where I am today or the man I am today. Whether it be paying tuition for sports or waking up early in the morning to drive me to games and practices, he never complains, and I definitely enjoy the quality time that we get to spend together.

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