Alexandrea Pouliot, ranked number 1 in her class, displayed a deep care for the world around her, being the Founder and Executive Officer of the Environmental Club. She was an actor and stage technician in school plays, a Mock Trial and Academic Decathlon member, and an athlete: participating in field hockey and unified volleyball. Additionally, Pouliot held internships through the Tyco Women in Technology program, and as a URI lab assistant.
Pouliot was widely recognized for her efforts, receiving 12 awards throughout her high school years including the Bausch and Lomb Science Award, URI Book Award, US Army Outstanding Student Award, Pilgrim Outstanding Student for Math and Science for years, and 1st in the state for the Italian Contest Exam.
“My teachers, especially those in the maths and sciences, have been absolutely wonderful, fostering my curiosity and answering my questions,” wrote Pouliot, “My parents are also incredibly supportive and have helped me to balance my life and succeed.”
When asked what motivated her to excel, Pouliot wrote, “I am truly passionate about school, I am curious and I really want to understand everything.”
Pouliot will be attending The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall; she plans to major in Biochemical Engineering.
In addition to ranking number 2 in her class, Chelsea Lavallee was a member of National Honor Society, Student Leadership Drama Club, Travel Club, and a dancer.
Lavallee was the recipient of the Brown Book Award, and the Outstanding Student Award for Dance.
“My family contributed to my success by supporting me and showing pride for my accomplishments,” wrote Lavallee, “My friends contributed to my enjoyment of high school by getting involved in school events with me.”
“I pushed myself to excel because I have high expectations for myself,” added Lavallee, “I know what I am capable of and want to meet those standards.”
Lavallee will be attending Flagler College in the fall; she is undecided on her major but knows she might want to minor in theatre.
Jennifer Paiva, ranked 3rd in her class while participating on the Warwick Figure Skaters Team, and the Superettes: a synchronized figure skating team.
Paiva is the recipient of the Brown Book Award and the Bausch and Lomb Science Award and Scholarship.
“My family has contributed to my success by always pushing me to do my best,” wrote Paiva, “The many great teachers I’ve had, especially Mr. Kennedy and Mr. Costello, have also contributed to my success as well as my enjoyment of my high school courses.”
“My family motivated me to excel,” wrote Paiva, “They always told me that I could be or do anything that I wish with a little hard work.”
Paiva will be attending Salve Regina University in the fall; she plans to major in nursing.
Ryker William Meinel, ranked 4th in his class. Throughout his high school years, he enjoyed playing violin in the concert band, and was the recipient of the Pilgrim Physics Award.
“My good teachers contributed most to my enjoyment of high school,” wrote Meinel, “I will remember Mr. Pratt the most.”
Meinel will be attending URI in the fall; he plans to major in mechanical engineering.
In addition to ranking number 5 in his class, Ronnie Minear was Assistant Captain of the Hockey Team, a member of National Honor Society, Student leadership, Rhode Island Honor Society, and French Honor Society.
When asked who contributed to his success of enjoyment of high school, Minear wrote, “My parents, family, friends, and coaches.”
“I wanted to make my family proud and to better myself,” wrote Minear about his motivation to excel, “I motivated myself to be the best that I could be.”
Minear will be attending URI in the fall; he plans to major in kinesiology on the Physical Therapy track.
Mary Dolan, ranked number 6 in her class, as well as being a leader in her school community as the President of National Honor Society, a member of Student Leadership, and as a member of the Italian Honor Society and Rhode Island Honor Society.
Dolan is the recipient of the Colombia Book Award, and the Outstanding Student in English Award.
“My mom and dad have always been supportive without putting too much pressure on me to be perfect,” wrote Dolan, “My Italian teacher, Mrs. Fava, has helped me to gain more confidence in my abilities and taught me to always put forth my best effort.”
When asked what motivated her to excel, Dolan wrote, “I am naturally somewhat competitive, and I am never satisfied with being ‘just okay,’ I am extremely goal-oriented and willing to put in the effort required to achieve my goals.”
Dolan will be attending Emerson College in the fall; she plans to major in journalism.
finished off his high school years as number 7 in his class. He was a member of Drama Club, Student Leadership, and National Honor Society.
Violette received the Rensselaer Medal, the Ralph J Hoffman Scholarship, and the Outstanding Student in Chemistry Award.
“My chemistry teacher, Mrs. Bizragane, contributed most to my success,” wrote Violette, adding that she taught him to enjoy school by fostering his love of chemistry, and inspiring him to work hard towards his goal of becoming a chemical engineer.
“Once I knew my goal, I was determined to become the best that I could be,” wrote Violette, “I began to work harder, did more for the community, and worked over long summers to make my education worthwhile.”
Violette will attend URI in the fall; he plans to major in chemical engineering.
8th student in his class, Griffin Doyle
, was a very active member of his school community. He participated in Student Leadership, Executive Committee, Outdoor Track, Yearbook Club, Travel Club, and was the Historian of his Chapter of the National Honor Society.
Doyle was also a member of National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and Rhode Island Honor Society.
When asked what contributed most to his success and enjoyment of high school, Doyle wrote, “My close friends and great teachers; Mr. Xiarhos, Ms. Harrington, and Vice Principal Bernardi.”
“My parents have always supported me,” wrote Doyle, “I also have a lot of self-motivation and drive to succeed.”
Doyle will be attending Fairleigh Dickinson University in the fall; he plans to pursue a combined degree program in industrial/organizational psychology to obtain both a bachelors and masters degree in 5 years.
Isabel Nunez ranked number 9 in her class while participating in Chorus, Drama Club, the Edgewood Softball League, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and Rhode Island Honor Society.
Nunez was the recipient of the George Eastman Young Leaders Award.
“My friends and teachers have contributed to my success and enjoyment of high school,” wrote Nunez, “My family and my own ambition are what encouraged me to excel.”
Nunez will attend URI in the fall; she plans to major in biological sciences.
In addition to ranking number 10 in her class, Lauren Canning
was the Treasurer of Band, a member of Jazz Band, National Honor Society, and Film Club-, which she helped to organize at Warwick Vets before it closed.
Canning received the “Semper Fidelis” Award for Musical Excellence.
“I want to thank Mr. Mossberg for being one of my most supportive teachers, and say that my enjoyment of band was thanks to our jazz director, Mr. Pratt, who inspired and pushed us all further in music,” wrote Canning, “My friends have also contributed to making these years enjoyable.”
“I’ve always been motivated by my parents, and myself to try my best and do well in order to succeed through to college,” added Canning.
Canning will attend Bryant University in the fall; she plans to double major in accounting and computer information systems.