College achievements by Souhegan Valley students


The University of Massachusetts Lowell recently awarded $35,000 in seed money to 48 students for winning concepts for businesses, technology and services in the college’s 2014 DifferenceMaker Idea Challenge.

Recipients included Xavier Guay, of Greenville, majoring in computer engineering, who was a member of the SOS team that won $7,000. Support our Students is a meal-sharing service for students.

The seed money will allow the students to continue to develop their concept.

“We’ve told people this is not a traditional business-plan competition but a way to energize our students to work toward solutions,” said Steven Tello, UMass Lowell’s associate vice chancellor of entrepreneurship and economic development, who founded the DifferenceMaker Program in 2012.


Caleb A. Wright, a 2012 graduate of Milford High School and a student at Norwich University, Northfield, Vt., is an Army ROTC cadet involved in cadet language and cultural immersion training – cadets’ first training deployment as a cadet. After a weeklong training session at Fort Knox, Ky., the cadets are deployed to partner nations, where they’re immersed in the local cultures and languages. The cadets will spend three weeks involved in helping with Army missions that range from helping build community projects to teaching English to local children.