Stories

Kathleen Bolduc, 2016

During her time at Essex Tech, Kathleen devoted herself to her studies and being involved. Kathleen graduated from Essex Tech in 2016 as the salutatorian of her class. She was enrolled in the Equine Science program where she spent 4 years furthering her knowledge around horses.
Outside of the classroom, Kathleen was an active FFA member, part of Equine club and on the school Drill Team. She was also a member of the National Honor Society as well as the National Technical Honor Society. Kathleen prided herself in exploring new things while at Essex Tech. For example, during her junior and senior years, Kathleen participated in the Landscaping CDE as well as competing in the Agricultural Sales CDE to further her knowledge in fields she wanted to learn more about.
In addition to trying new things, Kathleen set a goal her freshman year to achieve competing at nationals with the Horse Judging Team. Kathleen worked hard in achieving this goal to make it a reality her senior year. While many of her peers were having fun enjoying their majors and making the best of their senior year, Kathleen spent a considerable amount of time recovering from a major concussion after falling from her personally owned horse. This event did not hold Kathleen down. Instead, Kathleen used this experience as motivation. Winning her horse judging team and going to the National competition was a great reward for her perseverance. At Nationals Kathleen assisted the team to a 22nd place finish and personally placed in the top 15 of over 200 participants. Kathleen believes this was a great end to her FFA career. Kathleen hopes to assist future teams from Essex Tech achieve similar success.

Kathleen currently attends Endicott College where she is enrolled in a 5-year Master of Business Administration program. She is a member of the Varsity Equestrian team and an Honors society member. Kathleen has identified some new goals for herself as well. One goal is to gain the experience necessary from her studies at Endicott College to allow her to secure a position in the corporate offices of Dover Saddlery. Additionally, Kathleen hopes to compete internationally as a Show Jumper or Eventer which could qualify her for the Olympics. Lastly, Kathleen plans to be involved in as many community service events as possible at Endicott College to ensure her presence is known just as it was at Essex Tech. “In my eyes, no goal is too big if you have the perseverance to achieve it. That’s why I always say that you don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start in order to become great.” -Kathleen Bolduc


Kim Russell, 2007

Kim Russell Bird was given the honor of Alumnus of the year in 2007. She was a graduate of NST in the Cosmetology Program in 1986. After graduation, Kim worked for several different salons before opening her own salon. In 1994, Kim bought property and refurbished the entire first floor into a beautiful day spa. Kim has been a generous contributor to her alma mater – she has put on demos in Cosmetology, served on the Advisory Board, sponsors a hole for the annual golf tournament and also donates a prize. Kim is the owner of En Vogue Day Spa in Danvers and is a true product of vocational education.


Andrew Shedden, 2010

Andre Shedden graduated in 2002 from the Culinary Arts Program as a Distinguished Alumni. As a student, Andrew was a member of the National Honor Society and a member of the soccer team, but he chose a different path after graduation. He joined the Marine Corps and chose a position in Military Intelligence as an Intelligence Specialist.

In February 2003, Andrew was deployed to Kuwait and in March 2003 was stationed in Iraq where he served as an Intelligence Liaison in an Infantry Unit. Andrew returned to the States in November of 2006 and was honorably discharged in June 2007 from the Marine Corps. Andrew was deployed to Iraq for a total of three tours of duty and while on each of his leaves, Andrew visited Essex Tech and spoke to Ms. Johnson and Mr. Donahue’s history classes about Iraq.

Currently, Andrew is employed by the Bank of America and attending college part-time pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice and he hopes to eventually pursue a career as a State Police Officer.


Joseph St. Pierre, 2013

Joseph St. Pierre was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award winner, from the Class of 2006. This young man entered Essex Tech in 2002 and immediately made an impact on the school. As a student enrolled in Automotive Technology, he chose a road of determination and hard work, both in the classroom and on the athletic field.

He played four years of football and baseball. He was selected as an All-League Player for two years and elected Captain of the Football team in his senior year. Most importantly he was the Valedictorian of his class, selected as North Shore Technical High School Outstanding Vocational Student and was President of the senior class.

After graduating, he attended Massachusetts Maritime Academy and majored in Marine Engineering. At Mass Maritime, he was an active member of the ROTC, played football for four years and was elected Captain during his senior year.

In June 2010, he graduated Cum Laude from Massachusetts Maritime with a degree in Marine Engineering. He received the Captain’s Award, qualified for the President’s List and was the recipient of the Sandwich Ship Supply Award, awarded to a Marine Engineering graduate who demonstrates the most practical abilities.

Upon graduation, he was employed as a Third Engineer by B & W Gas, based in Oslo, Norway. As a Marine Engineer, his dream of working on “big engines” was realized in 2011 when he enlisted the Navy Reserves and serves as a Junior Grade Lieutenant. In May 2012, he was hired as a 2nd class engineer for Sea River Maritime based in Houston. He also was appointed to the position of Assistant Harbor Master for the City of Beverly.

As a Marine Engineer, on a crude oil carrier his assignments have taken him to many different ports around the world. However; he does not forget his roots, during the time between work assignments you can find him at Essex Tech working as a substitute teacher or on the sidelines of the football field. This young man dedicates his time to service to his school, community and country.


James Hannaford, Class of 2010

After graduating from Essex Agricultural High School as an Environmental Science major, James Hannaford attended Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where he received the Master’s Award for outstanding performance during his semester at sea, qualified for the President’s List during his entire education, and graduated as the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s 2014 Valedictorian. In addition, he received the Chamber of Shipping America Award given to the Marine Safety and Environmental Protection student who with the highest academic achievement in Marine Protection.

At Mass Maritime, Hannaford established the first student chapter for the National Association of Environmental Managers (NAEM), a professional organization that empowers corporations to advance environmental stewardship, create safe and healthy workplaces, and promote global sustainability. Hannaford was one of NAEM’s Emerging Leaders, and attended local, national and international conferences where he promoted the next generation of Environmental, Health and Safety practices.

Currently, James Hannaford works for Royal Dutch Shell as a Well Safety Analyst in their Deep Water Health, Safety and Environmental group in Houston, TX. As a member of the Leadership Development program, he is assisting in the revision of Shell’s GoM Oil Spill Response Plan, identifying hazards and managing risks, and executing Shell’s Incident Management Process by conducting investigations and analyzing practices to increase future performance.


 

Derek Maribito, Class of 2010

Derek Maribito graduated from Essex in 2010 as a Landscaping student. While a student, he explored the landscaping industry and built his own business, Maribito Property Service. Marbito attended North Shore Community College to take Business and Quickbooks classes to learn more about managing his company. His current operation includes residential and commercial property services; lawn care, tree removal, and snow removal. Derek Maribito hopes to expand his business to include tree service and hardscapes.


Amanda Gioacchini, Class of 2009

Amanda Gioacchini was an active student in the Greenhouse/Floriculture concentration and the FFA while at Essex Aggie. She continued her education in Floriculture and Greenhouse Management at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture where she received her associate’s degree in Horticulture, and soon after she earned a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts.   Currently, serving as an Assistant Grower at Pioneer Gardens in South Deerfield, MA, Ms. Gioacchini oversees more than three acres of greenhouse-grown perennials.   She is the Massachusetts FFA Alumni Association secretary, and serves on the Stockbridge School of Agriculture’s Advisory Board.


 

Andrew Lobel, Class of 2000

Andrew Lobel graduated from Essex Aggie in 2010 as a member of the Arboriculture/Natural Resources major. After graduation, Lobel joined the arboriculture field. With his arboriculture education, a chainsaw, and a pick-up truck, he started his own company, Lobel Tree Services in Peabody, MA. Today, Andrew employs seven full-time and three part-time employees, and his company owns over sixteen pieces of equipment. As a small business owner who know his trade and the importance of staying current, Lobel strives to maintain practices that provide for continual education on safety and cutting-edge industry techniques for all of his employees, as well as maintaining high quality equipment.


 

Julia (Kennedy) Lobel, Class of 2000

Julia Kennedy graduated from Essex Aggie with a major in the Companion Animal program; when she arrived at the Aggie she was already an active member of the veterinary and animal care industry having volunteered since the age of thirteen. She was an avid FFA participant, starting with her participation in the FFA Creed contest as a freshman and eventually serving as State FFA Officer. After graduation, Ms. Lobel attended North Shore Community College in Nurse Education/RN program. While there, she worked at Borash Veterinary Hospital in Peabody, where she became the hospital manager after graduating from NSCC. With her background in nursing and work experience, she became a Certified Veterinary Technician. Julia attributes her time at Essex with fostering her love of animals, development of her leadership and organizational skills, as well as creating her sense of community.

Today, Julia has joined her husband’s company; she is the general manager of Lobel Tree Services.