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Top 10 students of the class of 2020

Graduation 2020 - Members of the Class of 2020 | ‘We also discovered our ability to improvise’: Diman Class of 2020 praised for perseverance


Landon Begin - Valedictorian

Diman is proud to announce Swansea’s Landon Begin, son of Jeffrey Begin and Dawn Dailey-Begin, as valedictorian for the Class of 2020.   As a member of the Electronics program, Landon was able to focus his studies in engineering at Diman, and as a result, Landon was accepted into the Diman-Bristol-UMass Dartmouth College Access Pathway (CAP) program.  This helped Landon complete a full year of college level courses while still in high school.  In addition to this accomplishment, Landon has played for various Diman sports teams, including golf, track, tennis, and hockey.  He was a member of the National Honor Society, and among many other accomplishments, was named a Mayflower Conference All Star and a Herald News Player of the Year. Following graduation, Landon intends to continue his work in the engineering field.  He intends to enroll in the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth as Biomedical Engineering student.

Gabriel Worsley - Salutatorian

Diman is proud to announce Gabriel Joseph Worsley of the Programming and Web Development program as salutatorian of the Class of 2020.

Kimberly Lajoie

Kimberly Lajoie, daughter of William and Mansueta Lajoie, will graduate as the third ranking student of Diman’s Class of 2020.  As a member of the Graphic Communications program at Diman, Kimberly was recognized as a two-time SkillsUSA District and State Champion gold medalist.  Additionally, Kimberly earned fourth place in the SkillsUSA National Championship. While at Diman, Kimberly was recognized as a Graphic Communications Outstanding Vocational Student award winner.  She has earned several accolades within her various sports programs, including but not limited to, the Most Outstanding Player Award, the Herald New All Scholastic Award, and a League All Star Award.  This fall, Kimberly intends to enroll in Roger Williams University where she will major in Psychology.

Alex Goncalo

Alex Goncalo, son of Chris Goncalo and Erica Viveiros, will graduate as the fourth ranking student in Diman’s Class of 2020.  As a member of the Machine Tool Technology program, Alex was able to successfully enroll in the Cooperative Education program at Diman.  This helped Alex focus and further develop his career and vocational skills.

Dominic Bento

Dominic Bento, son of Wendy and Roy Bento, will graduate as the fifth ranking student in Diman’s Class of 2020.  As a member of the Electronics program, Dominic engaged in hands-on vocational learning designed to help prepare his for college and career success.  While at Diman, Dominic was a member of the National Honors Society and the captain of Diman’s football team.  This fall, Dominic intends to enroll in the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth as an Electrical Engineering student.

Kaia Ferreira

Kaia Ferreira, daughter of Manuel and Jodi Ferreira, will graduate as the sixth ranking student in Diman’s Class of 2020.  As a member of the Health Assisting program, Kaia was able to immerse herself in her vocational and career education.  This led to successful participation in SkillsUSA, the Health and Knowledge Bowl, and Diman’s Cooperative Education program.  Most notably, Kaia was also named Outstanding Vocational Student for the Health Assisting program.  In addition to this work, Kaia was a member of the National Honor Society, a varsity volleyball tri-captain, and a member of the softball team.  Kaia intends to enroll in the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth this fall where she will major in Nursing.

Justin Martel

Justin Martel, son of Thomas and Lina Martel, will graduate as the seventh ranking student in Diman’s Class of 2020.  As a member of the Electronics program, Justin was able to participate in Diman’s Cooperative Education program and gain valuable vocational and career skills while still in high school.  While at Diman, Justin earned several accolades and awards.  Some examples include, earning the Varsity Letter Award for Ice Hockey, being awarded the John and Abigail Adam’s Scholarship, and earning the UMass D Admission Award.  Justin intends to enroll in the University of Massachusetts this fall.

Jay Raposa II

Jay Raposa II, son of Jay and Nancy Raposa, will graduate as Diman’s eighth ranking student in the Class of 2020.  As a member of the Business Technology program, Jay was recognized as the program’s 2020 Outstanding Vocational Student.  While at Diman, Jay has consistently earned High Honors status and served as National Honor Society president for both his junior and senior years.  Additionally, Jay was a member of DECA and a SkillsUSA participant.  This fall, Jay intends to enroll in Bristol Community College’s General Business Administration program.

Liona Marsland

Liona Marsland, daughter of Laura Marsland and Jonathan Sampson, will graduate as the ninth ranking student in Diman’s Class of 2020.  As a member of the Machine Tool Technology program, Liona was able to participate in Diman’s Cooperative Education program.  This helped Liona focus upon important technical and career skills while still in high school. 

Erica Cunin

Erica Cunin, daughter of Salome Guasco and Jose Cunin, will graduate as the tenth ranking student in Diman’s Class of 2020.  As a member of the Health Assisting program, Erica was able to actively participate in SkillsUSA, earning District first, second, and third place medals.  While at Diman, Erica excelled in academics and was a member of the National Honor Society.  This fall, Erica intends to enroll in the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.