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The Valley Breeze & Observer 06-06-2019

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12 IN OUR SCHOOLS JUNE 6-12, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION GLOCESTER – Ponaganset High School valedictorian Charlotte LoPiccolo and salutatorian Jordan McGuire are competitive in their aspirations, whether it's sports, music, or education. The pair said they are rivals with their grades as well, but not so much to stop them from helping each other with tough courses. During Ponaganset High School's graduation this Friday, June 7, at 6 p.m. on the campus green, LoPiccolo and McGuire will give each other one more pep talk to get through their speeches during the class of 2019 graduation ceremony. "It's more solidarity than anything else. Especially after a stressful day, we can tell each other you can man- age it," McGuire said. After PHS, LoPiccolo, daughter of Lora and Phil LoPiccolo, said she will continue her education at the University of Rhode Island where she will be studying mechanical or biomedical engineering. Both LoPiccolo and McGuire took the biomedical pathway at PHS, but were unable to complete all the coursework due to overbooked schedules. On top of honors, advanced place- ment and early enrollment courses, LoPiccolo also ran cross country and indoor track, participated in unified sports, worked as a lifeguard, and was a member of the class council. She is also a member of the National, Rhode Island, and Spanish Honor Societies. She said she will miss PHS, espe- cially cross-country track. "We're so close-knit. We're more like a family than a team," LoPiccolo said. LoPiccolo said she realized fresh- man year that she wanted to do well in school, and said her time manage- ment, parents, teachers and friends supported her through her achieve- ment. Most afternoons after school, LoPiccolo said, she enjoyed a nap before beginning her homework, and said the short rest helped her get to the top. McGuire, daughter of Michelle and Mathew McGuire, said she found multi-tasking and continuously doing work in between short breaks from classes or band helped her achieve salutatorian status. After all her activ- ities, she found a solid night of sleep kept her going. "My rationale is that I had no rea- son not to do well. It's pretty much in your control to achieve," McGuire said. McGuire will be pre-med at the University of Vermont, with a focus on neuroscience and behavioral sci- ence. While at PHS, McGuire was a "mathlete," played soccer in the fall, softball in the spring and wrestling in the winter until her recent switch to indoor track. She plays percussions in the marching band, is an ambassador with the Girl Scouts, and babysits for work. To relieve stress, McGuire said she and her friends will blast music and have a "dance-out," where they dance together. McGuire is on the National, Rhode Island, and Spanish Honor Societies, as well. LoPiccolo and McGuire lead Ponaganset High 2019 class By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com Ponaganset High School class of 2019 valedictorian, CHARLOTTE LOPICCOLO, and salutatorian, JORDAN MCGUIRE. BREEZE PHOTO BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Smithfield's Goyette excels at Mount Saint Charles Academy WOONSOCKET – At the top of his class, Andrew Goyette of Smithfield is the Mount Saint Charles Academy valedictorian for the Class of 2019 this year. Goyette is the son of Richard and Anne Marie Goyette of Smithfield. He is a tri-sport athlete and has been recognized with numer- ous awards for his academics and leadership. In the fall, he plans to attend Dartmouth College to study biochemistry in a pre-med pro- gram. Goyette spent much of his time at Mount on the track, competing in indoor and outdoor track and serving for two years as captain of the cross-country team. He also competed on the school golf team and qualified for the state golf tournament. Outside of athlet- ics, he was active in the commu- nity, volunteering at Monsignor Gadoury School, and participated in campus ministry and math team and served on the executive board for the National Honor Society. He also traveled extensively, vis- iting Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic to learn about the Holocaust during his sophomore year and Italy during his senior year. While in Italy, he and two other students assisted a man who had collapsed on the Spanish Steps, an incident that he said solidified his interest in the medical field. "That kind of really sold me on a medical career, whether that's GOYETTE See GOYETTE, Page 23

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