Senior Spotlight–André Arzeno–Brockton

Senior Spotlight–André Arzeno–Brockton

André Arzeno, of Brockton, is a senior in the Legal and Protective Services program. (Photo Courtesy Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School)

André Arzeno is recognized as a Class of 2023 Senior in the Spotlight.

Arzeno is a senior in the Legal and Protective Services program. His fascination for government and the way society works originally attracted him to the program.

His favorite experience in the vocational program is the in-depth conversations that the class participated in. These discussions exposed him to new and differing ideas, and taught him to appreciate opposing viewpoints.

His favorite experience from both vocational work and academics was an assignment in which his class was tasked with charging a suspect from a 75-year-old cold case: the murder of the Black Dahlia. Arzeno was assigned to prosecution and led his group through the research and investigation portion of the case.

While at Southeastern, he was a member of the Public Relations Club and Student Council, and was eventually appointed as Student Council President. During this time, he was able to plan a talent show, host several spirit week events and more.

During his sophomore year, he participated in a program called Photovoice with High Point Treatment Center to raise awareness for youth struggling with gambling problems in Massachusetts. He served on the Youth Conference Planning Committee and on the Mental Health panel for two years.

During his junior year, he joined the Students Against Destructive Decisions Club and was inducted into the National Honor Society. During this time, he was also appointed as the Southeastern delegate to the Massachusetts Southeast Regional Student Advisory Council before later being appointed as Co-Communications Coordinator his senior year.

Arzeno also served as a member of the Community Conversations Board, which focused on expressing student concerns and feedback to administrators, faculty and staff, and other students.

Arzeno has participated in indoor track and field as a varsity sprinter since the winter season of his junior year, and in outdoor track and field as a varsity sprinter since the spring season of his junior year.

During his junior year, he was elected as Senior Class President and worked to increase communication between class officers and other students, organized and executed successful fundraisers, organized the annual pep rally, and planned events outside of school to get students involved.

Following graduation, he will begin his Basic Training for the Army National Guard. He is planning to study political science at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and take an accelerated program in order to obtain his bachelor’s degree in political science and finish law school in six years. He ultimately hopes to re-enlist in the Army as a Judge Advocate General Officer following his college career.

He has been an active SkillsUSA member for Criminal Justice since his sophomore year. He is also an active member of his community church and currently serves part-time in the Army National Guard.

His advice to freshmen is: “Do not let your fear of leaving your comfort zone get in the way of your high school experience. High school has so much to offer you, and you may end up regretting not having experienced life to the fullest.”

Southeastern’s Senior Spotlights are chosen based on their high academic and vocational achievement. Seniors are selected from each of the nine towns Southeastern serves and are highlighted prior to graduation which will be held this year on June 7.

Madelyn Hedges, John Guilfoil Public Relations LLC