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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 05-23-2019

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2 IN OUR SCHOOLS MAY 23-29, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION WOONSOCKET – Lydia Niedzwiadek has been announced valedictorian and Mary Melo- Severino has been announced salu- tatorian of the Beacon Charter High School for the Arts class of 2019. Niedzwiadek, of North Smithfield, is the daughter of Lillian Blanchard and Alan Niedzwiadek. She began studying visual arts at Beacon in 9th grade and plans to attend Roger Williams University to study foreign language in the fall. Niedzwiadek said that during her time at Beacon, she enjoyed par- ticipating in many programs and activities, including National Honors Society, student council, Students Against Destructive Decisions, yearbook committee and Skills USA. She also served as a tutor in the school's English as a Second Language program, an activity she discovered through her classmate and fellow top student, Melo- Severino. "Mary introduced me to the ESL program here because she speaks Spanish, and I peer tutored and I discovered how much I loved lan- guage," she said. Niedzwiadek said she hopes to begin her language studies at Roger Williams with Spanish but plans to branch out and study other languag- es. Her mother, she said, has been very supportive of her language studies and academic activities throughout her time at Beacon. She has been recognized several times over the past four years for her academic and visual art skills, including receiving a Citizenship Award and an Academic Excellence Award. She also played flute in the theater pit band and serves as presi- dent of the knitting club. Melo-Severino, of Central Falls, is the daughter of Mailene Severino and Marino Melo. She began study- ing theater at Beacon in 9th grade and plans to attend Salve Regina University to study theater and criminal justice in the fall. She plans to go on to law school and hopes to concentrate in immigration law. "That might change in the future depending on what I get exposed to and what I like more," she said. Melo-Severino has been very involved in Beacon's theater pro- gram, starring as the namesake character in a 2018 production of "Aida" and performing in "Something Wicked This Way Comes," "The Addams Family," "Three Musketeers" and "12 Angry Jurors." She also served as assistant stage manager for a production of "Hamlet" and worked in costuming for "Peter and the Starcatcher" and "The Odd Couple." This year, she served as president of the school's International Thespian Society Troupe 7444. Melo-Severino is the first in her family to graduate high school. In addition to her involvement in the- ater, she served as National Honor Society president and treasurer of the student council, peer tutored in the school's ESL program and was a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions. In 2018, she won first place in the prepared speech category at the statewide Skills USA competition. She has also been recognized with a Rhode Island Civic Leadership Award and as Student Theater Artist of the Year. Both students said they look for- ward to graduation but are sad to leave behind their tight-knit class of about 60 students. "We're excited, but we love this school," said Niedzwiadek. "It's very small here. It's very big everywhere else." Beacon Charter High School for the Arts will hold its graduation cer- emonies on Saturday, June 8, at 3 p.m. at the Bellingham High School auditorium. Niedzwiadek, Melo-Severino named top students at Beacon By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer LYDIA NIEDZWIADEK, right, of North Smithfield has been named valedictorian and MARY MELO-SEVERINO of Central Falls has been named salutatorian of the Beacon Charter High School for the Arts class of 2019. Rte. 126 599 South Main Street Bellingham, MA 508-883-8008 Over 150 Different types of Perennials (quarts & gallons) MULCH Pine $ 36 Red $ 38 Hemlock $ 40 Black $ 40 Hundreds of Different Flowers for your Window Boxes Beautiful Selection of MEMORIAL POTS IT'S PLANTING TIME The Colors of Spring LOAM BY THE YARD Delivery Available (Free Local Delivery) 4" Geranium Pots $ 3.99 each Hanging Tomatoes & Cucumbers $ 14.99 10" Hangers $ 24.99 12" Hangers $ 29.99 Gerber Daisy 4" Pots $ 5.99 8" Pots $ 14.99 12" Pots $ 29.99 Full Array of Vegetable Plants Quarts $5.99 ea. Gallon Pots $11.99 ea.

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