Sam Porcelli, son of Wendy Cooper Porcelli, is in Transition II at Franklin High School and this week’s Student of the Week.
He is a member of Best Buddies and enjoys going to the rec center to exercise, shopping, and taking care of his dog.
One of his biggest passions is participating in the FHS Transition II JOBS Program. “It makes me feel that I am a part of something important,” Porcelli said. “I like to be myself and do my best.”
As a part of his training through the FHS JOBS Program, he is working as a volunteer in the kitchen at Williamson Medical Center. He started in the dish room and now serves patients their meals. “I like to serve the meals and help the patients,” he said.
One of his favorite parts of being in Transition II is attending the special events. “We went to the Frist Art Museum and Radnor Lake to take pictures for our photography exhibit,” he said.
His mother, Wendy, is his biggest role model and inspiration. He said of her, “She cares, loves, and believes in me.”
Transition II teachers Laverne Holland and Linda Solomon said of Porcelli, “Sam is one of the most respectful and sincere students that we have ever worked with. He is a very hard worker with a good attitude. Sam is a team leader at Williamson Medical Center… His co-workers compliment him on his passion and pride that he has while at work. His attention to detail makes him stand out from others with kind assertiveness for the job at hand. Sam is a great worker.”
After graduating from FHS, he plans to go to college, get a part time job working with animals, and learn how to drive.