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May 2, 2013

NECC student speaker wants to be music teacher

HAVERHILL — David De Jesús of Lawrence has been selected as the student speaker for Northern Essex Community College’s May 18 commencement.

De Jesús, who worked full-time at a medical device company while pursuing his associate’s degree full-time, will graduate with high honors. He is a 1996 graduate of Greater Lawrence Regional Voc-Tech High School.

While at Northern Essex, De Jesús was a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society; the Pathways to Academic and Career Excellence (PACE) Program, a federally funded student support program; and the Student Leadership Program. He also served as a supplemental instructor in Music Theory 2, leading weekly review sessions for students.

A talented guitarist, De Jesús performs frequently at Northern Essex, and is actively involved in his church community.

De Jesús has been accepted to the Berklee College of Music in Boston and UMASS Lowell. His goal is to become a music teacher.

Close to 1500 graduates will receive certificates and associate degrees at the college’s 51st Annual Commencement, which will be held on Saturday, May 18 at 11 a.m. on Northern Essex’s Haverhill Campus.

Carmen Ortiz, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, will be the featured speaker.

GLTS charity car wash set for May 11

The Greater Lawrence Technical School Interact Club will hold a car wash on Saturday, May 11 from 9 am to 1 pm. The Interact Club will partner with the Andover Rotary Club and all proceeds will be donated to charity. The event will be held on the school grounds at 57 River Road, Andover. A $5 donation for car washes will be accepted.

Arts, crafts festivalset for senior center

METHUEN — The Methuen Senior Activity Center will hold its annual Arts, Crafts & Music Festival and Open House on Thursday, May 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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