BERLIN – Jemella Piersol-Freedman, a homeschooled student from Berlin, was recently awarded finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Corporation competition.
Founded in 1955, The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition with scholarships awarded to high school seniors in recognition of scholastic achievement.
ROCHESTER, NY – Three local residents made the fall dean’s list at Rochester Institute of Technology: Jared Garcia, of West Boylston, who is in the civil engineering technology program; Mathew Marinelli, of West Boylston, who is in the industrial engineering program; and Alex Tringali, of Clinton, who is in the computer science program.
The North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce announced the appointment of Tracy Gagnon, of West Boylston, as manager of membership recruitment and engagement. In this position, she will be responsible for managing marketing and outreach to prospective members while also providing superior service and support for current members.
Gagnon comes to the Chamber with years of experience serving in various roles in sales, hospitality and education. Most recently, she served as the COVID-19 coordinator for the Lancaster Board of Health. She also worked at the University of New Hampshire on its Keene and Durham campuses where she served in a variety of administrative roles.
Earlier in her career, she served as membership director at the Dover New Hampshire Chamber of Commerce.
“As the child of entrepreneurs and an entrepreneur herself, Tracy has the unique ability to understand the needs of our members,” said Roy Nascimento, president and CEO of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce. “Her energy, experience and passion for the work of the Chamber and our affiliates made a positive impression during the selection process. She will play an important role in our efforts to engage business leaders in North Central Massachusetts.”
She holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Daniel Webster College and a master’s degree in educational leadership/counseling from Plymouth State University, where she also obtained certification for K-12 school counseling.
In addition to her work at the Chamber, she and her husband own and operate several rental properties that they manage. She is also active in the Wachusett Area Rotary Club and the West Boylston Board of Health.