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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 05-22-2019

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MAY 22-28, 2019 IN OUR SCHOOLS 7 PAWTUCKET– City resident Theresa Wagner is the valedicto- rian and Smithfield resident Jillian Hughes the salutatorian for the Class of 2019 at St. Raphael Academy. Wagner, daughter of Joanne Mastropolo, finishes her high school career with a weighted grade point average of 116.36. She plans to attend Brown University to study humanities, but isn't quite sure what she wants to do for a career just yet. Hughes, daughter of Dan and Alissa Hughes, of Smithfield, com- pletes high school with a weighted GPA of 115.35. She will attend Connecticut College to double major in math and computer science. Wagner, a National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society member, was dance team captain, was on the Lasallian Youth leadership team, and served on the Drama Leadership Council. She was a member of the Recycling Club and Moore's Scholars. A class president for three years, she participated in both drama and music. She volunteered with the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen, par- ticipated in Christmas caroling, volunteered with Vacation Camp at Prospect Heights, and did the Homeless Sleepout. She helped with the SRA Open House, Big Brother/ Big Sister, and Freshmen Welcome Night. She was on Congressman David Cicilline's Youth Council and was a teacher's assistance with the Child Opportunity Zone at Potter- Burns Elementary. Wagner said her favorite times in high school were doing theater and dance. Hughes, a National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and Thespian Honor Society member, achieving highest honors, spent her sophomore year in student government and was an orientation leader and admissions ambassador. She played tennis, was a member of the Lasallian Youth, and was a member of the school's chess, sign language and math clubs. She spent three years on the tech crew for drama. Hughes volunteered with St. Michael's Church, was a summer CCD volunteer, and volunteered at Heritage Park and with open house/ admissions events. Wagner said her favorite part about high school was learning in so many different subject areas, pinpointing sociology as one of her favorites. She also enjoyed playing tennis and working the backstage side of the school's drama programs. She offered thanks to guidance counselor Malaina Murphy as some- one who's been very influential in her life. For Hughes, the highlight at SRA has been the community and support system offered beyond classes. She offered particular thanks to Spanish teacher Kristen Murphy. Vice Principal for Academics Judy Baxter said these students are two of the best the school has had, saying they "walked the walk and talked the talk," not just academically but spiri- tually and socially, over four years. The SRA graduation is set for June 9 at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Providence. St. Ray's announces Wagner and Hughes as top students By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com WAGNER HUGHES Gatchell Post will host pasta dinner May 30 PAWTUCKET – The Major Walter G. Gatchell VFW Post #306 and its auxiliary will hold a spa- ghetti and meatball dinner at the post home, 171 Fountain St., on Thursday, May 30. Dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. The cost is $10 per person with tickets available at the door. The menu includes salad, spa- ghetti, meatballs and sausage, bread, coffee and dessert. For more information, call 401- 722-7146. Doyle reports to prison Former Pawtucket Sen. Jamie Doyle reported began his sentence in a Pennsylvania federal prison last Wednesday, May 15, set to spend the next two years at the Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary after pleading guilty in a bank fraud scheme. An attorney for the 47-year-old told WPRI that this particular prison, where he'll likely stay in the minimum security portion of the facility, wasn't his first choice, as he'd hoped to be closer to home than this six-hour drive. The son of the late Pawtucket Mayor James Doyle, Jamie Doyle spent 12 years as a state lawmaker before resigning in January of last year, citing a struggle with alcohol- ism. The Breeze had done extensive reporting at that point on his busi- ness troubles at Doyle Respiratory, including missed payments to a ven- dor he worked with. Doyle pleaded guilty last year to 31 counts of bank fraud and one count each of filing a false tax return and failing to file a tax return. The "check-kiting" scheme he perpetrat- ed involved falsely inflating balances in multiple bank accounts over three years, scamming the banks out of nearly $500,000. Doyle's attorney had sought a sentence of home con- finement, but U.S. District Court Judge William Smith sentenced him to two years of prison and three years of supervised release. Man takes his own life at Slater Park Police said a man shot and killed himself in the wooded area behind the tennis courts at Slater Memorial Park at around 7 p.m. last Friday evening, May 17. Officers responded to the park for a report of a despondent man who had been seen in the area brandish- ing a gun. As officers were arriving on scene, reports of gun shots could be heard. They subsequently found the man in question and said he had a self- inflicted gunshot wound to his chest. Officers made attempts at saving the man's life until Pawtucket Fire and Rescue arrived on scene. The victim was transported to Rhode Island Hospital. At approximately 7:49 p.m. the 38-year-old man, a Pawtucket resi- dent, was pronounced dead at the hospital. 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