L-R: Greg DeLisle, Director of Educational Services for WRSD; students Christina Om, Elizabeth Herd, Andrea Caraballo,David Bach, Brendon Ray; and Dr. Louis Abbate, outgoing President and CEO of the School. (Photo submitted)
LONGMEADOW – The Willie Ross School for the Deaf recently held its commencement ceremony at the Foster& Constance Gleason Furcolo Student Center on the Longmeadow Campus of the school, punctuated by an address by retiring President and CEO Louis Abbate, Ed.D.
Five WRSD students graduated from the school this year: David Bach of Springfield; Andrea Caraballo of Springfield; Christina Om of Holyoke; Elizabeth Herd of Agawam; and Brendon Ray of the Gateway Regional School District.
Abbate said, “We are enormously proud of David, Andrea, Christina, Elizabeth and Brendon and their academic achievements. Our mission is to prepare our students for the world and their success at Willie Ross is an affirmation of our individualized approach in meeting the needs of our students.”
David Bach will be attending Holyoke Community College before he transfers to a four-year program. Andrea Caraballo will attend Springfield Technical Community College and hopes to eventually work for the FBI. Christina Om hopes to work at Smith College in Northampton. Liz Herd will work for a year before attending a two-year college to study Art. Brendon will attend National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology and plans to major in film.
The Willie Ross School for the Deaf provides a comprehensive educational program stressing academic excellence that focuses on the development of students’ intellectual, social, and emotional growth from the early childhood level through high school. Willie Ross serves students at its main campus in Longmeadow and at its partnership campus located in the East Longmeadow Schools. Mainstreaming opportunities are provided at the partnership campus.