By Judy Bass
Brandon and Benjamin Scott have plenty in common. They are both seniors at Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton. They are both outstanding young men who have earned the respect of their teachers, peers and employers. They are successful, goal-oriented and industrious. They live in Braintree. And they are identical twins who have both shown exceptional promise for the future.
Brandon is studying Electronics. Benjamin is in Metal Fabrication. They each really like what they do and have done extremely well at their respective cooperative education jobs - Brandon at Ultra Electronics in Braintree and Benjamin at Weiss Sheet Metal in Avon.
Ultra, according to its web site, “is a world-leading group of businesses operating in the defense and aerospace, security and cyber, transport and energy markets.” Weiss Sheet Metal specializes in fabrication for architectural, residential, laboratory, food service and miscellaneous uses and clients.
“They are two great kids with a ton of potential,” said Brian Gearty, lead teacher in Blue Hills’ Metal Fabrication program. Blue Hills Electronics teacher Jill Bearse agreed: “These young men are top-notch guys.”
That laudatory comment was echoed by Kim Poliseno, coordinator of career planning and co-op for Blue Hills.
“Both Ben and Brandon are great kids,” she said. “I hear nothing but positive feedback on both them from their employers.”
The Scotts have an older stepbrother who was in the Metal Fabrication program and graduated from Blue Hills in 2010, as well as an uncle who is a Blue Hills alumnus.
Benjamin and Brandon were drawn to Blue Hills because they wanted to emerge from high school with comprehensive, hands-on training that would prepare them for their careers. Benjamin said that he wants to continue working and be part of a trade. Brandon gravitated to electronics at Blue Hills since that’s “kind of what I’m into.” He hopes to attend the Wentworth Institute of Technology for acoustic engineering. Ben intends to work full-time at Weiss Sheet Metal after graduating from Blue Hills in June.
Outside of the classroom, the boys are just as busy and productive. Ben enjoys doing automotive jobs for people, and gets clients through word of mouth or from contacts that he makes through his older brother. “My favorite things to do are fabricate custom bumpers and do custom suspension lifts on trucks and Jeeps,” he said.
Brandon is a representative on the 2018 Class Council, is on the Student Council, serves as treasurer for the Blue Hills chapter of SkillsUSA (a national organization for vocational students), and participates on the Greater Boston Regional Student Advisory Council (GBRSAC) of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
His Electronics teacher at Blue Hills, Manuel Cerqueira, said, “Brandon is a very conscientious, capable student who is always pleasant to be around. All reports are that he is doing well and thoroughly enjoys his Cooperative Ed job / paid internship at Ultra Electronics.”
Brandon can’t say too much about his responsibilities at Ultra Electronics due to the sensitive nature of the company’s defense projects for the federal government, but he did note that his experience there has “given him a taste of everything,” including the opportunity to interact with engineers, work on acoustic equipment, and have a role in producing items earmarked for faraway countries.
Benjamin expressed his immense gratitude for the education and life skills practice that he has received from Blue Hills. “I’ve learned so much there. Co-op has helped with my career in every way possible.”
He added, “Blue Hills was really great for me. Metal Fabrication was perfect. I’ve loved every bit of it. [Instructors} Mr. Gearty and Mr. [Matt] Siwik were really helpful. They showed me what to do to be successful. They’re awesome.”
The brothers aren’t in any of the same classes even though they are both members of the Class of 2018. Brandon said they aren’t competitive with each other, and it’s “pretty cool” to see Benjamin in the hall at Blue Hills occasionally.
For the Scotts, the prospect of leaving Blue Hills forever is looming on the horizon. Although they truly appreciate what Blue Hills has done for them, they are also understandably eager to move on to the next chapter in their lives.
Benjamin described it well on behalf of himself and his brother: “I’m excited to put everything I’ve learned into action and jump into a career.”