WRENTHAM — Superintendent of Schools Paul A. Zinni is pleased to announce that students in King Philip Regional High School’s new Professional Innovations Program class just completed their guest speaker unit.
The class, facilitated by English teacher Sean Skenyon, serves as an elective for juniors and as a senior English course for students who intend to pursue careers rather than college following graduation.
Students with a wide range of interests, including construction. nursing and metalworking, had the opportunity to hear from KP alumni who have achieved personal and financial success in diverse career pathways.
Ryan Boselli (KP Class of 2013) spoke to the class about his service in the U.S. Marines, his startup mosquito spraying company “Veterans vs. Mosquitoes,” and his investments in real estate.
Brian Hamlin, who graduated from KP and whose three children graduated from the school as well, spoke to the PIP students about his family cabinet-making business, Hamlin Cabinet Corporation, based in Norfolk.
In a note to teachers and administrators at the school, Hamlin stressed the importance of supporting a student’s desire to pursue a career directly out of high school.
“Not everyone in your profession understands the gift they offer students like you do, giving them the ability to realize they aren’t off track looking to do something they are passionate about,” Hamlin said. “Life isn’t black and white when it comes to what makes a difference in a student’s life. What you are presenting them gives them hope that they can make a difference.”
Superintendent Zinni echoed Hamlin’s words.
“Brian and Ryan’s willingness to voluntarily give their time to the students in the Professional Innovations Program speaks volumes,” he said. “It reflects the community’s support of the students at KP and the community’s unique willingness to build that communal sense throughout the Tri-Town area. It also sends the incredibly necessary, inclusive message that every student’s passion has value; and the willingness to pursue passion — regardless of where that passion lies — will lead to success.”
Skenyon said he hopes to teach a junior-specific version of the class next year, along with a class for seniors taught by fellow English teacher Erin Nerlino, who originally came up with the idea for the Professional Innovations Program.
Now that the speaker unit is over, students will be tasked with locating a contact in their areas of interest, crafting an email for that contact and conducting an interview with a person in their field of interest in order to learn more about how to grow in that professional pathway.