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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 03-27-2019

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MARCH 27-APRIL 2, 2019 PAWTUCKET 7 BREEZE PHOTO BY NICOLE DOTZENROD SORAIA HAZARD, a junior in health careers at the Davies Career & Technical High School, has been named the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket's Youth of the Year. She will speak on April 9 as a candidate for Rhode Island Youth of the Year. 'I feel like I belong there' Hazard is Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket Youth of the Year PAWTUCKET – For 16-year-old Soraia Hazard, finding a "second home" in the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket was a relief. "At home there is always so much going on," said Hazard, who lives in Pawtucket with six of her younger sib- lings. "At the Boys & Girls Club they focus-in, helping with homework and studying, and giving us opportunities to go on college tours and to connect with local businesses. They help us build on the skills we need to enter the real world. Having that resource is a relief." This month, Hazard was named the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket's Youth of the Year. On Tuesday, April 9, at 5:30 p.m., in the Rhode Island Convention Center Rotunda, the Davies Career & Technical High School junior will compete against five candidates from other R.I. clubs in the statewide Youth of the Year competi- tion for the chance to secure a $5,000 scholarship. Hazard, who has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club since she was 6 years old, said the organization helped her find her voice. "I was really shy, to the point where I could be at a table of people and be the only one not saying anything. That really changed when I got into the Boys & Girls Club." Through the club's Smart Girls pro- gram, Hazard learned about healthy habits and attitudes, personal hygiene and other topics related to the devel- opmental needs of girls. "That started it all," Hazard said of her involvement in the club. From there, she said, she began to learn financial management skills by signing up for the Money Management program. By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See YOUTH, Page 10 Congratulations To our 2019 State Spelling Bee Winner ALICE DUNNING Of North Kingstown We extend our Best Wishes to Alice at the National Spelling Bee! The Valley Breeze would also like to thank our generous co-sponsors and the Lincoln School Department for their continued support… Rhode Island State Spelling Bee 2019 winner ALICE DUNNING, 12, center, a grade 6 student from Wickford Middle School in North Kingstown, celebrates her victory aer the March 16 competi- tion. With her is, from le, Tom Ward, publisher of the Valley Breeze, Alice's sister Lucy, 8, her father Harry and WPRI-TV Channel 12 reporter Kim Kalunian, the pronouncer for the Bee, held at Lincoln Middle School.

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