FALL RIVER – The following students are graduating from BMC Durfee High School at the academic top of the senior class.
Chen, valedictorian, is the daughter of Jenny Cheng. She will attend the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) as a pharmacy major. Sophia has received the Certificate of Academic Excellence from the Massachusetts Association of Superintendents, the Harvard Book Award, the John A. & Eileen Carr Fellowship, the Joseph C. & Alene Trottier Perron Fellowship, the Edith C. Wolliston Fellowship, and the Andrew Fellowship J. Borden Fellowship. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Interact Club, Key Club, Upward Bound, One Goal and the Early College Program. Throughout her time in Durfee, she also volunteered at the South Coast Urgent Care Center, the 21st Century Tutoring Program and the Fall River Historical Society. One of the things she is most proud of is being a commissioned artist for COTE, a Michelin-starred restaurant in New York.
2. Timothy Costa
Costa, salutatorian, is the son of Kevin and Renee Costa. He will attend the University of Massachusetts Boston in Honors College where he will major in Biology and minor in Cognitive Science. Timothy is a recipient of the Brown University Book Award, John and Abigail Adams Fellowship, Thomas C. Larney Alumni Association Fellowship, Chancellor’s Fellowship, AP Mathematics Excellence Award, and is an AP Scholar. At Durfee, Timothy was a member of the varsity football team, as well as captain of the varsity indoor and outdoor athletics teams. He was vice president of the Key Club, member of the National Honors Society, Green Team, Interact Club and Sixth Man Club. Outside of Durfee, Timothy has been part of several social justice initiatives, including the Massachusetts Climate Education Organization, where he was Team Leader of the Equity and Justice team and a member of the Climate Justice Book team. Timothy has also been actively involved with his community, volunteering at Charlton Memorial Hospital, Emergency Department and Hannover Laboratory, as well as athletic competitions, the Fall River Historical Society and cleanups. from the city. In the future, Timothy hopes to become a dermatologist.
3. Kaitlyn Munekata Ferreira
Ferreira is the daughter of Ismael and Clarissa Ferreira. She will major in health sciences and minor in biology at Northeastern University’s Honors College. Kaitlyn was proud to be a member of the Honorary Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Early College Program, Trio Program, Upward Bound, Badminton, Durfee Key Club Secretary, Rewrite the Future Secretary , President of the Durfee Interact Club and an active member of the National Honor Society. She earned the Honor Roll during her four years of high school and the UPenn Book Award. Kaitlyn was a 21st century tutor for Talbot Middle School and currently volunteers at Charlton Memorial Hospital. She hopes to pursue a career in the medical field as a pediatric gastroenterologist.
4. Louraine Dayao
Dayao is the daughter of José and Lilibeth Dayao. She was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Fall River when she was six years old. Seeing how hard her parents worked for her, Louraine swore to do her best and make them proud. While at Durfee, Louraine has been in Student Government, National Honors Society, Interact Club, Key Club, French Club, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Cross Country. Outside of school, she has volunteered with SouthCoast Health System and Holy Name Parish. Louraine has received the Harvard Book Award, the Certificate of Academic Excellence from the Massachusetts Association of Superintendents, the Outstanding French Student Book Award, the Paula Grillo Excellence in Chemistry Award, the PrimaCare Scholarship, the St Anne Scholarship and the Molly Scholarship. Louraine also made the Dean’s List at BCC as a dual-enrollment student. This fall, she will attend UMass Boston and hopes to work as a pediatrician with a concentration in sports medicine.
5. Colin Guillemette
Guillemette is the son of Aaron and Erin Guillemette. He will be attending Brown University in the fall, majoring in biochemistry. Colin has received the Stonehill College Junior Book Award, the Excellence in Art Junior Book Award, the Excellence in Art Senior Award and the Military Veterans Scholarship. He was a member of the varsity football team, varsity baseball team, varsity volleyball team, and varsity track team. He holds the freshman record for the indoor long jump. Colin was a member of the National Honors Society, senior officer of the Key Club, member of the Art Club, Durfee Sixth Man and Lacrosse Club. He volunteered at the MLK Jr. Day Municipal Breakfast, a summer athletics program introducing young members of our community to athletics, city cleanups, and his local church with Thanksgiving Mass. . In the future, Colin hopes to become a top researcher in immunology.
6. Morgan Carmen Ledo
Ledo is the daughter of Mario and Tina Ledo. She will attend Roger Williams University as a mechanical engineering major and computer science minor in the fall. Morgan has received the Mass Maritime Future Women Leaders in STEM Award, Excellence in Math Award, Excellence in Science Award, English in Action Award, Class of 1972 Alumni Scholarship, Durfee Alumni Association Scholarship, Rotary Club of Fall Scholarship River, the Roger Williams University Presidential Scholarship, and the Roger Williams Grant. She was a co-captain of the varsity tennis team and a member of the National Honors Society, Green Team, and Espírito Santo Church Youth Group. She was also a member of the Durfee Concert Band (secretary), the Pep Band and the Symphony Orchestra. She volunteers as a third-grade CCD teacher at Espírito Santo Church and she volunteers at the Southcoast Outdoor Market, Fall River Town Cleanups, and Beach Cleanups. Morgan hopes to become an aerospace engineer.
7. Christopher James Panchley
Panchley is the son of Joshua and Melissa Panchley. He will attend Clemson University and major in pre-business as he plans to pursue a future in this field. Christopher was captain for two years for the varsity tennis team, goaltender for Durfee Varsity Soccer, sixth captain, historian of Durfee overseas history and a member of the National Honor Society. He has received the Yale Book Award and is a candidate for the AP Capstone Award. Christopher has been awarded the Fall River Lions Club Scholarship, Fall River Rotary Club Scholarship, Durfee Alumni Scholarship, PFC. Ethan L. Goncalo High School Memorial Scholarship and Lebanese American Scholarship. Christopher has also been a volunteer goalie coach for Fall River Youth Soccer, volunteer coach for Fall River Basketball and the Southcoast Ball Hockey Association.
8. Julia Christine Faria
Faria is the daughter of Patricia and the late John Faria. She will attend George Washington University majoring in Psychological and Brain Sciences on the pre-medical track. Julia has received the Smith College Book Award, the Congress of Future Medical Leaders Award of Excellence, and the Durfee Alumni Scholarship. She was a National Honors Society Fellow, AP Scholar, and AP Capstone Candidate. Julia has volunteered for Charlton Memorial Hospital, American Red Cross, Law Enforcement Affecting Families, and Gis for GIs.
9. Maya Leigh Couto
Couto is the daughter of John and Vivian Couto. She will attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Commonwealth Honors College. Although undecided, she plans to pursue a major involving the environment and public policy. Maya was a member of the green team, lacrosse club, and book club, among other clubs throughout her high school career, and involved in dancing outside of school. She was a member of One Goal and the Early College program, taking eight courses through BCC. She is a recipient of the Roger H. Dubois Prize for Environmental Science and Hyman Racklin Fellowship, Elmer C. Slater Fellowship, A. William Munro Fellowship, Jerome Namias Fellowship, and Andrew J Fellowship. Borden. Maya’s goal is to pursue a career that creates a healthier and more sustainable environment.
10. Ayomide Olubanwo
Olubanwo is the son of Olusegun and Deborah Olubanwo. He will attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the fall, majoring in computer science and planning to minor in business. Ayomide is the founder of the Beatmakers Club and president of the Chess Club. He also plays drums at his church, CAC Altar of Grace. Ayomide has received the Excellence in Physics Award, the Durfee Alumni Scholarship, the Xerox Information and Innovation Award, the “Stick-to-it-tive-ness” Award, and the Andrew J. Borden Fellowship. He participated in the Learn to Serve program, volunteered in a special education class, and helped educate students about the wonders (and dangers) of technology. In the future, Ayomide would like to create a number of things, from music to apps, physical products and video games.