"Dan has shown great potential in the field of design," said Scott Robertson, his CAD instructor. "Not only does Dan achieve greatness in his technical area, he also excels in his academic classes. He possesses natural leadership qualities which he demonstrates effortlessly."
With all his accomplishments, the one that Muise said he is the most proud of is being the lead in the school's musical for the last two years. He did not act at all during his freshman and sophomore years, before being asked to try out for the play by one of his teachers. He did not know what type of success he would find with acting, but he immediately began to excel.
"In this environment, he is so playful and willing to take risks," said drama teacher Linda Urban. "In the arts, that is so important."
Muise will be honored as student of the year at a banquet next month that recognizes the top vocational student in all 26 of Massachusetts' vocational schools.
Next year, Muise will attend UMass Lowell on a full scholarship. He will study chemical engineering, with a focus on nanotechnology. He hopes to create technology able to entering a person's bloodstream to attack tumors.
He will face a whole new set of challenges as he enrolls in one of the toughest programs at UMass Lowell, but he knows that his experiences at Whittier will make things much easier than they would have been.
"I have heard that if I enroll in nanotechnology, I will have time for nothing else besides sleep," Muise said. "I think Whittier helped me choose that major because here I've been able to do multiple things at once."
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