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Liam Ferretti, Somers, Named Student of Distinction

  Liam Ferretti in center with 6 supporters - family, teachers and school administratorsAlmost two years ago, Liam Ferretti made a choice about his future. Despite his age, he was decisive, committing himself to learning a skill that had the potential to be valuable and financially rewarding for years to come.

The Somers High School student, who is now a senior, enrolled in the Construction/Electricity program at PNW BOCES’ Career and Technical Education Center and quickly found his niche. He became a determined student, focused on a future career as an electrician.

On Tuesday, May 28, 2024, the Somers Board of Education honored Ferretti as a PNW BOCES Student of Distinction during its meeting in the Somers Middle School auditorium.

“I’m really proud that I was able to earn this award,” Ferretti said. “I’m glad that all of my teachers thought I was deserving of it.”

Ferretti’s teachers raved about his effort. Larry Marino, a Construction/Electricity teacher at the Tech Center, said, “I am confident that Liam has a bright future ahead of him because of his strong work ethic, dedication, and his incredibly positive attitude. I know he will succeed in his future endeavors, and he is an ideal student to be chosen as Student of Distinction.”

Ferretti was joined by his parents, Douglas and Patricia; sister Keira; PNW BOCES Assistant Superintendent Louis Riolo; Career Academy Principal Michael Sowul; and English teacher Meredith Markolovic.

Ferretti said being an electrician is something that is “always in demand,” but he quickly found out that the skill was also something he enjoyed.

“I knew I wanted to pick up a trade,” he said. “I picked this up and stuck with it because I liked it. But this skill is one that I will always have to use in the future.”

Liam Ferretti (center) with his family and PNW BOCES Assistant Superintendent Lou Riolo (far left) and Career Academy Principal Mike Sowul (far right).