Haverhill High Senior O’Leary Receives HEA Scholarship; Plans to Study Law

Sean O’Leary accepts Haverhill Education Scholarship from HEA Scholarship Chairperson Suzette DiTonno while his parents, John and Christine, look on. (WHAV News photograph.)

A graduating Haverhill High School senior was awarded at least $2,000 to help him study law this fall.

Sean O’Leary was awarded the Haverhill Education Association scholarship during the union’s annual dinner last Wednesday. Eighteen-year-old O’Leary, who plans to attend UMass Amherst, told WHAV he received the good news two weeks ago.

“I was pretty excited. I need money for college. I have to pay the bills somehow,” he said. O’Leary has been enrolled in the high school’s NAF Academy of Information Technology.

HEA Scholarship Chairperson Suzette DiTonno, a third-grade teacher at Pentucket Lake elementary school, presented the scholarship certificate to O’Leary attended the dinner with his parents John and Christine. Christine more than recognizes the value of a good education She teaches second graders at the city’s Walnut Square school.

DiTonno said the initial $2,000 was donated by union members. Half of the proceeds of a 50/50 raffle undertaken that night will also go to O’Leary. DiTonno also serves as the union’s second vice president.

The Haverhill Education Association Scholarship is awarded to a college-bound Haverhill High School graduate who has been a student in the Haverhill Public Schools from grades 5-12. The first seven scholarship winners have been awarded more than $14,000.

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