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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 05-22-2019

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6 PAWTUCKET / IN OUR SCHOOLS MAY 22-28, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION PAWTUCKET – Alex Goldberg is the valedictorian and Kaylin Fortes the salutatorian for the Class of 2019 at Shea High School. The two lifelong Pawtucket residents will lead their classmates across the commencement stage on June 14 at 6 p.m. at Max Read Field. Goldberg, son of Natalya Petrik and the late Foroim Goldberg, plans to attend the University of Rhode Island this fall to double major in mechanical and computer engineer- ing with a minor in Spanish, with hopes of eventually being a profes- sional engineer. Fortes, daughter of Arlinda and Edward Fortes, plans to attend Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., to major in biology and minor in animal behavior with hopes of becoming a veterinarian. For three years, Fortes was at the head of the class before Goldberg overtook her during their senior year. "I'm happy for him, sad for myself," she said, smiling. For Goldberg, math has always been a subject he's taken pride in, finding it easy compared to other classes. He's turned his love of math and science into a six-year passion for robotics, teaching classes for children and playing a key role in Shea's world championship run. He's also been involved in numer- ous other school activities and sports. Shea is a unique school and a very diverse one, he said. At the end of the day, everyone here "comes together and it's one big family. "It's about who you are as a person, no one judges, and they've helped propel me to where I am today." He said he would never trade his education at Shea for anything, say- ing he's had "amazing opportunities that should not be frowned upon by anybody. Unless you experience the culture here, it would be difficult to understand." Like many other students with immigrant parents and a family without much college experience, he's felt a deep sense of duty to work hard not just at school but chipping in to help support his fam- ily financially, he said. Fortes said she likes how close- knit the Shea community is. She's been with some of the same stu- dents since elementary school, and others, such as Goldberg, she's met later on, but all have played a key role in helping each other develop into the people they are today. Any school with a large percent- age of minority students is auto- matically considered a bad school with negative academic outcomes, she said, but Shea plays an impor- tant role for so many students who thrive and achieve what they need for future success. Though most of her high school career has focused on academics, said Fortes, this year she branched out and played tennis for the first time "just to try something dif- ferent and push myself." She's also worked hard to develop her musical abilities in violin over the past two years. A National Honor Society mem- ber and Spanish National Honor Society president, she won the Harvard 2018 Prize Book Award. She has worked at Citizens Bank, done community service in school, and volunteered with Bethany Home of Rhode Island, a rehabilita- tion center. Goldberg has been secretary of the National Honor Society, a mem- ber of the Spanish Honor Society, a member of the Youth Commission's Council, team captain of the Shea High Robotics Team, and robot- ics captain/mentor at Slater Junior High. He was an FTC Dean's List Finalist in 2017 and earned the Seal of Biliteracy in Spanish and Russian last year. He is a Child Opportunity Zone staff member at Cunningham, is leader and founder of the Robotics Club at Cunningham, summer camp tennis instructor at the Moses Brown School, and brand ambassador at the Backyard Food Company. Goldberg, Fortes top of their class at Shea By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor GOLDBERG FORTES Preservation Society seeks firsthand accounts of I95 construction PAWTUCKET – The Preservation Society of Pawtucket is seeking first- hand accounts of the construction of Interstate 95 in Pawtucket for an oral history project the organization plans to begin this year. PSP is hoping to capture residents' experiences, in their own words, about the impact the highway had on their neighborhoods and communi- ties. Stories will be recorded and tran- scribed for use in written collateral, as well as possible audio presentation. The organization would especially like to hear from residents whose homes were moved or torn down due to the highway's construction. "The concept of placing a house on logs and literally moving it across the city seems abstract, but we think hearing the actual stories would be a great experience for people," said PSP board member Jocelyn Dube. The project aims to document a time in history that permanently transformed that landscape of the city, as no comprehensive records currently exist. "I've been told incredible stories of Downtown Pawtucket being so lively that there was barely room on the sidewalk for pedestrians," said Dube. "The highway was one of a handful of factors that led to that no longer being the case, and we're hoping to be able to give people a look at the way things were." If you'd like to share your story, send an email to pawtucketpreser- or call 401-725 9581 and leave a message. Michael's Meats Family Owned and Operated Since 1972 This Week's Specials Good From Thursday, May 23 RD -Wednesday, May 29 TH , 2019 Find out what's on sale at CUMBERLAND 2130 Mendon Road, 401-305-5555 HOURS: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. FResh PRODUce FROM OUR Deli 79 ¢ lb. $ 3 .99 ea. 99 ¢ ea. $ 1 .99 ea. 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