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UPTON � Top Students from Vocational Technical schools throughout the state recently represented their classmates at the 2012 Vocational Technical School All Star program at the Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Contractors of Massachusetts’ (PHCC) annual Trade Show in Marlboro. Representing Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School among those students was Michael Hennessy, a senior in Valley Tech’s Plumbing program from Mendon.

The PHCC of Massachusetts Trade Show draws industry professionals from throughout the state. It is a tremendous opportunity for students to network with members of industry. At the event, Mr. Hennessy received the 2012 Plumbing All Star Award from the PHCC of Massachusetts. Senator Scott Brown was in attendance to congratulate him, and other award recipients. Student honorees were given $500 worth of tools to start their careers. Mr. Hennessy was one of the few students to also receive $500 in scholarship money to be used to further his education.

“This is an awesome recognition that will give me an advantage when I graduate and begin my career,” stated Michael Hennessy. “I’ve been on various job sites, and I really enjoy that each day is different. I definitely know that I want to be a plumber.”

Mr. Hennessy will graduate in May and plans to pursue an apprenticeship with the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Union and also further his education by studying business.

“The All-Star Program is wonderful opportunity for vocational school students to distinguish themselves from their peers. Through hard work and dedication, these young men and women have earned this recognition as they prepare for the road ahead,” commented John Klesaris, former president of the PHCC of Massachusetts. “I had the additional pleasure of speaking to Mr. Hennessy personally, and found him to be highly motivated. He is a credit to Valley Tech, and I expect he will go far in his chosen profession.”

PHCC of Massachusetts is the Massachusetts chapter of the oldest trade association in the construction industry—PHCC, established in 1883. The Association represents the interests of Massachusetts’ plumbing, heating and cooling contractors with a mission to educate, train, promote, and advance their industry.

Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School serves the towns of Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Grafton, Hopedale, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton and Uxbridge. Located in the heart of the Blackstone Valley, Blackstone Valley Tech creates a positive learning community that prepares students for personal and professional success in an internationally competitive society through a fusion of rigorous vocational, technical, and academic skills. The school’s website is

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The mission of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce is to promote the economic vitality of the Blackstone Valley and meet the needs of the Chamber’s business members, while providing leadership on issues which impact the economy and quality of life in the Valley. The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce serves the eleven towns in the Massachusetts BV Region: Blackstone, Douglas, Grafton, Hopedale, Mendon, Millbury, Millville, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton and Uxbridge. For more information on the Chamber please contact or call 508 234 9090 X101.

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