Congratulations to the Class of 2018

On May 24 Gloucester Biotechnology Academy celebrated the achievements of the fifteen members of its class of 2018 at the commencement ceremony, held once again at the Cape Ann Museum. As their names were called and they crossed the stage, it was difficult to believe they were the same people who arrived at the Academy this past September. Most of them joined us with little (or no) experience in science, intimidated and unsure about every move they made in the lab. Yet on this picturesque spring evening each of them completed an inspiring journey that led them through the Academy to some of the most prestigious labs in the country.

The evening was highlighted by a commencement address delivered by Dr. Barton Slatko, Senior Scientist in DNA Sequencing at New England BioLabs and long-time supporter of Gloucester Biotechnology Academy. Dr. Slatko’s speech featured a blend of advice and humor, reminding the graduates that “commencement” means “beginning,” and that evening marked the beginning of their professional journeys.

In addition, the night featured speeches by two graduates -- Sara Corchado and Louie Tzioumas. Sara is a 2017 graduate of Gloucester High School (GHS) who was recognized during the ceremony as the first Zhu Millman Scholar for her outstanding leadership and academic abilities at Gloucester Biotechnology Academy. In her speech, Sara shared the story of how she nearly dropped out of GHS during her senior year before applying to the Academy last spring. After training at the Academy Sara was hired as a research associate in Jim Collins’s (MIT and Harvard) Broad Institute lab. The night’s second student speaker was Louie Tzioumas, a GHS ’13 graduate who shared an equally moving experience. Louie spoke about how he spent the past five years jumping from one job to the next, feeling lost, unmotivated and unfulfilled. He decided to take a chance on the Academy, and after completing his training, was hired as a lab technician by Adeptrix, a proteomics research company in Beverly.

At the end of graduation, less than a full week after completing their internship experiences, two-thirds of the class has been hired full time, had their internships extended, or decided to attend college to study science. The others are applying to multiple positions in biotechnology and life science laboratories.

We are proud and amazed by the accomplishments of the Academy class of ‘18. We wish them the very best as they commence their journeys as professional laboratory technicians. And we look forward to welcoming the next Academy class on September 4!

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Selfie with Auxiliary Server for NGS

Maizi Swenson-Heussi accepts her diploma on stage

Graduate Brian Hersey poses with his family after the ceremony

Soon to be graduates take their seats in the audience of Cape Ann Museum

Dr. Barton Slatko delivers the keynote address to the crowd

Lykourgos “Louie” Tzioumas gives his speech to his fellow graduates

Jonathan Garcia accepts his diploma from Joe Rosa and John Bell

Gloucester Biotechnology Academy class of 2018

Front row: Lykourgos Tzioumas, Jacob Belcher, Adam Cox, Nicholas Soares, Sara Corchado, Edward Townsend, Evan Drake, Maizi Swenson-Heussi

Back row: Jonathan Garcia, Jacob Bradstreet-Schwander, Brian Hersey, Edward Urkowitz, Nathaniel Scaffidi, Zachary Dench, Aidan Flynn

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