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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 05-23-2019

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MAY 23-29, 2019 LINCOLN 17 junior year at the top and finished her freshman and sophomore years ranked second. "I just feel it's important to try to do well, and I enjoy learning," said Reeve, who is the daughter of Thomas and Kathleen Reeve of Maria Street. "Students in past classes had this really intense battle for the top 10, but in this class we're all good friends." Li agreed, saying, "The top 10 this year is really nice as a whole and all have done some form of peer tutor- ing." Calling the race for the top two positions a "friendly competition," Li said she and Reeve have "pretty much known since fresh- man year that one of us would be number one and the other would be number two." She said students had no idea who made the final top 10 ranking until Monday's breakfast ceremony at LHS, but "we made our best guess- es." The camaraderie of the Class of 2019 is something Reeve said she val- ues most about her high school expe- rience, particularly the friendships she's made through her involvement in extracurricular activities. Reeve served as vice president of the Lincoln chapter of the National Honor Society, is a member of the Rhode Island and Spanish Honor Societies and is an AP Scholar with Distinction who received the Yale Book Award, Pell U.S. History Award and Society of Women Engineers Certificate of Achievement in Math and Science. She has been co-captain of the Math Team, tech director of the LHS Variety Show, section leader in band and vice president of the Foreign Language Club. In addition, she helped launch Lincoln's Model U.N. Club, participated in the Skills U.S.A. Internship program and com- pleted the LHS STEM Academy. Her passion for language, culture and computer science have inspired her to pursue a career in foreign ser- vice. She will attend the University of South Carolina this fall. "I've always been interested in international relations and learning about different cultures. At 4 years old when my parents asked where I'd like to go on vacation, they'd expect me to say Disney but I'd sug- gest China. That freaked them out," she said with a laugh. Reflecting on her achievements as her chapter at LHS comes to a close, Reeve said, "It feels really good. I'm ready. My experience here has helped me become more confident and outgoing. I came in with a few close friends and now I can start talk- ing to anyone." Salutatorian Li, daughter of Li Guanglai and Ming Liu of Oakwood Avenue, is looking forward to a warmer climate and much larger student body at Duke University, where she plans to study biomedical engineering. She joked that her college applica- tion process could be summarized as "apply everywhere and pray." Her financial aid package from Duke will allow her to graduate "without crip- pling debt." Li said she took the "full spectrum" of science classes at LHS, which she said helped her decide on a major, along with her experience interning for Amgen Inc. Her experience as co-captain of the R.I. Math League School Team reflects her affinity for solving puzzles, coupled with her involvement in the high school's Robotics Club, of which she serves as vice president. In addition, Li has won several events at the State Science Olympiad competition and attained Gold Medal Placement in the National Spanish Exam. She is actively involved in the community, volunteering at a local hospital, partaking in the R.I. Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble and attaining All-State Band Honors in Clarinet. She is also a member of the National and R.I. Honor Societies, named a National Merit, National Presidential Scholar, USABO Semifinalist and AP Scholar with Distinction. Upon graduation, Li said she will miss serving as an informal men- tor to the underclassmen, helping students adjust to the rigors of high school and often helping with math assignments. "I love this environment," she said of LHS. "It will be a little sad to let it go." Thinking back on her four years at LHS, Li said she's moving on "with a mix between dread and excitement. Basically, the same feeling I felt as an 8th-grader going to high school." Regardless, Li added, "Lincoln High School has prepared me for whatever is going to be out there." STUDENTS From Page One REEVE LI Cumberland School Committee chairman receives 2019 Howard Kay Award PROVIDENCE — Cumberland School Committee Chairman Paul DiModica was hon- ored with the Rhode Island Association of School Committee's (RIASC) 2019 Howard Kay Award at RIASC's annual meeting held on April 27 at the Providence Marriott. Cumberland School Committee member Raymond Salvatore present- ed DiModica with the award. 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