RSEC Academy High School announces 2018 graduates

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From left, RSEC Academy High School graduates Julia White, Jordan Pearce, Hayden Rogers, Alex Coughlin, Jack Trainor Auen.

AMHERST, NH – The Regional Services and Education Center, Inc. (RSEC) Academy high school is proud to announce its graduating Class of 2018 as well as scholarship and award recipients. The five graduating seniors were celebrated at an event on June 8, and all will be attending some form of higher education – either through college or other post-secondary education and training program – in the future.

The RSEC Academy High School is a diploma-granting, private, not-for-profit program for grades nine through 12 for students unable to find success in a traditional classroom setting.

The graduating class of 2018 includes:

  • Jack Trainor-Auen of Antrim;
  • Alex Coughlin of Manchester;
  • Jordan Pearce of Litchfield;
  • Hayden Rogers of Londonderry
  • Julia White of Pelham, NH

“There is no doubt that the students leaving us this year will go on to achieve great things,” said Judy Koch, RSEC’s executive director. “Not only are they extremely bright and hard-working, they are also kind, and helpful people who truly care about each other and their communities.”

In addition to celebrating the next step in their academic and professional careers, The RSEC Academy High School recognized the following standout students:

  • Citizenship Award – Hayden Rogers, for his work with the Positive Approaches to Learning Disabilities program, which is offered to schools and parents at no cost to help them understand learning disabilities and ways to better educate students with special needs. Hayden also spent many hours doing outreach to his community of Londonderry to teach students and adults how to overcome their own anxieties.
  • Student of the Year Award – Freshman Charles Ward of Bedford, for demonstrating the principles and philosophies of The RSEC Academy as well as being a member of his community and achieving academically.
  • RSEC Founders Scholarship – Hayden Rogers, in honor of RSEC’s first executive director, Philip Boucher, who dedicated his life’s work to provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities to reach new heights and to break down barriers.

Former RSEC Academy Assistant Director Stanley Shupe, who retired last year, was the event’s keynote speaker. He shared touching and funny advice for the graduating seniors, ending his speech with his trademark comment, “Be kind to your parents and pets. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen.”

The Academy succeeds with support of caring teachers, small class sizes, and personalized approaches to learning, which empowers students to gain an understanding of themselves and the interpersonal communication skills they need to confidently and successfully return to their school district, post-secondary education, or work setting.

Students spend time outside the classroom to reinforce key concepts in context, and teachers tailor lessons to individual strengths, and learning goals so students benefit with both experiences and grow as they transition to the next step in their journey.

To learn more about The RSEC Academy High School or other RSEC schools and programs, visit

Photo caption: Pictured left to right are graduates of The RSEC Academy High School in Amherst, NH: Julia White, Jordan Pearce, Hayden Rogers, Alex Coughlin, Jack Trainor Auen

About Regional Services and Education Center, Inc.
Regional Services and Education Center, Inc. (RSEC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity created to provide school districts in southern New Hampshire with a variety of high quality educational and special needs focused programs and services. RSEC currently administrates five programs, including Sunrise Children’s Center, an early childhood educational center, The RSEC Academy High School and Middle School, which serves students with learning disabilities, Longview School, an alternative high school program, and Vista Learning Center.

About RSEC Schools

Regional Services and Education Center (RSEC) is a private, not-for-profit partner to families and school districts throughout Southern New Hampshire. We are home to an early childhood education center and four other programs designed for students with learning disabilities, including Asperger syndrome and autism spectrum disorder, and other social, emotional, and behavioral disabilities.

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