SVFAS Holds 2022 Juniors Program Graduation Ceremony

SVFAS Juniors Program Graduation Ceremony

The Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad held the annual graduation ceremony for its Juniors Program at its headquarters on June 5, 2022. Nine members of the program, all Summit residents, were honored for having fulfilled their commitment to the program as they graduate from their respective high schools. In addition, five members of the graduating class received scholarships as they embark on the next phase of their education. 

The members of this year’s graduating class follow, along with their college choice:

  • Amanda Brown               Boston College
  • Mary Caffrey                    University of New Hampshire
  • Summer Cullen                University of Notre Dame
  • Jack Detweiler                  St. Lawrence University
  • Lleyton Lance                  Washington University in St. Louis
  • Olivia Lawlor                   Dartmouth College
  • Sean McCormick              Loyola University Maryland
  • Natalie Peralta                 Bowdoin College
  • Sarah Silverberg              University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Amanda Brown, Summer Cullen, Jack Detweiler, Olivia Lawlor, and Sarah Silverberg also received Alice Nichols Memorial Scholarships during the ceremony. Alice Nichols was a long-time member of the Squad and was serving as its President when she died unexpectedly in 2000. She had also been very involved as a mentor to the Squad’s junior members, and the scholarships were created to honor her legacy.  

The night’s program was highlighted by the presentation of the first Mike D’Ecclessis Award, which was established recently to honor the illustrious career of Mike D’Ecclessis. Mike, who joined the Squad as a junior member himself, retired in December after more than 46 years of meritorious service to SFVAS and the community. The new award, which includes a $1500 scholarship funded by Summit’s Other Fellow First Foundation, will be awarded annually to the most outstanding member of the Junior Program’s graduating class. Mike was in attendance on Sunday night, and he and the Squad were proud to present the first Mike D’Ecclessis Award to Olivia Lawlor.

The Squad wishes to thank the graduates and their families for their committed service and offers its sincere gratitude to senior members Kerry Whitcher and Charles Vickers for their integral roles in overseeing the Juniors Program.

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