The Score with Ken Powers: Students launch effort to help Nikki Berthiaume

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Helping one of their own in need.

That is the sole motivating factor behind the decision by a group of Auburn High School student-athletes to organize a fundraiser for Nicole “Nikki” Berthiaume, the young woman who had her right arm severed in a boating accident in Boston Harbor on May 30.

Berthiaume, 20, is a 2013 Auburn High graduate. She lives in town with her mother, Debi DePasquale. While at Auburn High she was a participant in many student activities and was a member of the girls golf team and girls track team, and she served as a manager for the varsity football team.

AHS Leadership Ambassadors, from left, Samantha Moreau, Emily Sarkisian and Conor Scully model Run for a Rocket T-shirts at Auburn High.

Ken Powers / For Worcester Sun

AHS Leadership Ambassadors, from left, Samantha Moreau, Emily Sarkisian and Conor Scully model Run for a Rocket T-shirts at Auburn High.

The AHS Leadership Ambassadors – seniors Emily Sarkisian, Conor Scully, Samantha Moreau, Dean Lemansky and Riley Simmons – decided in early September to hold a benefit for Berthiaume to help defray some of the costs associated with the accident.


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