Valley Patriot BASH – Haverhill High and Whittier Tech Scholarship Winners (Story & Video)


Valley Patriot – Michelle DeLuca Benedetti Memorial Scholarship winner Liam Robertson received $5,335 at the newspaper’s annual charity BASH last month.

The Valley Patriot ~ Michelle DeLuca Benedetti Memorial Scholarship was established by her brother Ken DeLuca with a $500 donation to a Haverhill High School Senior going into Criminal Justice or Social Work in the fall. This is the last year we are offering this scholarship.

Michelle (DeLuca) Benedetti, 51, wife of Joseph A. Benedetti, passed away May 30, 2019 at High Pointe Hospice in Haverhill after a courageous battle with cancer. Her long fight didn’t define her, however, nor did it slow her down. She made every moment count, right up to the last. She was surrounded by her loving family. Michelle obtained her master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

For 21 years she was employed with the State of Massachusetts in the Department of Children and Families as a Social Worker and Supervisor, working in the Haverhill Office since 2001.

This year’s Valley Patriot – Michelle (DeLuca) Benedetti scholarship recipient is Liam Robertson who received $5,335 from our scholarship drive.

Liam is a current senior at Haverhill High School. He is a three-season athlete at HHS, participates in fall crew, winter track (captain), and spring track. His extracurricular activities include Foreign Language National Honor Society and National Honor Society.
Liam plans to pursue a career in Criminal Justice and attend Merrimack in the fall of 2023.

Boxford Police Chief Jim Riter, Joe Bryant, Lawrence Patrolmen’s Association, Lawrence Superior Officer’s Association, Joey Viel, Paul Moskevitz, Andrea & Kevin O’Donnell, Bob Rennie, Guy Cooper, Sheriff Kevin Coppinger, Janie Kennedy Evans, Ryan Hamilton, AFC URGENT CARE, Ken Deluca, Anonymous, Christine Levesque, Christine Ludwig, New England PBA – Jerry Flynn Dan Strange Memorial Scholarship fund.



This scholarship was started by Al Veilleux five years ago with a donation of $500 for a Whittier Tech. graduate. Veilleux is a Whittier Alum.

This year we were able to raise $5,410 for our recipient Arturo Zuniga.

Arturo is a senior in the masonry program at Whittier Tech.

An extremely hard worker, Arturo has been proven his solid work ethic, maturity, and responsibility in his shop, his academic classes on the athletic fields, and in his co-op job. Hailing from Haverhill, Arturo was captain of the varsity soccer team, is a valued member of the Whittier maintenance crew through his co-op job, and works another part-time job outside of school hours.

He was described by his teachers as a quiet leader who will tackle any job project or assignment given to him without a single word of complaint.

After graduating from Whittier he has aspirations of studying construction management at Fitchburg State College or Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Jen Ragiala, Al Veilleux, Robin Parsons, Atty Paul Lambert, Jay Gees Ice Cream, Christina Lynn, Alison Niang, Steve Spaulding, Laborer’s Union Local 175, Dee O’Neil, Allison Saffie, 50/50 money from bingo night, Joey Viel, Paul Moskevitz, Steve Spaulding, Maureen Lynch, Colleen Coughlan, Tara Krch, Sheila Arias, Al and Janet Veilleux, Sheriff Kevin Coppinger, Al Veilleux, Ryan Hamilton, Lenny Mirra, AFC Urgent Care.