PHOTOS: 11 Graduates of Framingham RFL To Receive $500; FHS Students Receive Awards

FRAMINGHAM – The 11 graduates of the Resiliency for Life program at Framingham High all will receive $500 towards their education and future plans.

This year, all 11 seniors in the program graduated on time.

The Resiliency for Life Program at Framingham High School supports about 40 students in grades 9-12 who are considered “at risk” because they struggle either academically, emotionally, or most often both. 

Students join the program voluntarily because they want help in making changes so that they can achieve their individual goals and prepare themselves for their post-secondary plans. 


Ten of the 11 have been accepted to and plan to attend colleges ranging from UMASS Dartmouth to MassBay Community College, to Framingham State University and Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.  They will study nursing, engineering, education, business and elder care management. 

One graduate has enlisted in the Israeli military and will begin training in the fall.  

RFL Class of 2019 graduates are Estalin Arriaza-Navichoque, Stephanie Arriaza-Navichoque, Rom Avidor, Christian Celestin, Joseph Fintonis, Don Kalemba, Quinn Lynch, Anna Mendes, Courtney Parmensi, Jordan Turner-Edwards, and Angelina Viele.

The Resiliency Awards Banquet took place on June 6, at City Hall and was attended by students, parents/guardians, family members, the RFL teacher and social worker, members of the attached 501c3 charity’s board of directors as well as school and central office administration. 

The guest of honor was the Resiliency for Life assistance dog Nala, who helps comfort the students when they are having emotional struggles.

At the end of the awards ceremony Board President Robert Bonnevie surprised the seniors by announcing that the Friends of Resiliency for Life, Inc. charity would reimburse the graduating seniors for up to $500 worth of college, military or career-related expenses. 

Each senior received a t-shirt from his or her college.

Senior Angelina Viele, who will be studying Elder Care Management at Plymouth State University starting this fall, received a $1,000 scholarship from Middlesex Savings Bank. 

During the June 6 event, awards were earned for attendance, consistent effort, the greatest turnaround throughout the school year, and the students who earned the highest GPA for each grade in the program. 

A record number of students – 11 – earned a GPA of 3.0 or better through the first three terms of this school year. 


Awards were also given in the name of founders Charlie Sposato and Omari Walker for leadership, compassion, and for demonstrating the very meaning of the word “resiliency.” 

Three students were recognized for passing Advanced Placement classes and two others were applauded for passing “Dual Enrollment” courses, which are college courses taught by Framingham State or MassBay professors and which earn high school students real college credits.  

The banquet was catered by the generous owners of Terra Brasilis Restaurant which has locations on Waverly Street and Union Avenue.

Anyone who is interested in learning more about the program can visit their website or can call the program at 508-782-7583.

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Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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