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The Valley Breeze & Observer 06-06-2019

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | JUNE 6-12, 2019 IN OUR SCHOOLS 15 SMITHFIELD – After 12 years of education, the top ten students in Smithfield High School's Class of 2019 will be moving on to higher education in a variety of fields of study. Meet the top ten students: LEAH CURRIE, valedictorian and daughter of Catherine Currie and David Simpson, will attend the University of Delaware and pur- sue an honors course of study in global enterprise manage- ment while minoring in fashion merchan- dising. Currie is an active figure skater, receiving both Graduating Seniors Award and Silver distinction. While attending Smithfield, she was a mem- ber of the National Honor Society, representative of Rhode Island Girls State, representative on Congressman David Cicilline's Youth Advisory Council, and editor of the 2019 year- book. SIMON REES, the oldest child of Matthew and Maria Rees, will major in physics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute this upcoming fall. The salutatorian was an active part of the Smithfield High School community, earning vari- ous awards during his four years at Smithfield such as the Most Improved Player for football, placing second in the Senior Oratorical, and Chemistry I Student of the Year. He is also an Eagle Scout. Ranked third is JONAH MAJOR, son of Jeff and Elyse Major. Major will attend the University of Rhode Island. While at Smithfield, he was a member of Tri-M, Math League, Pep Band, the Senior Fashion Show, and placed first in the Benoit-Salisbury Senior Oratorical. He said teachers like Ms. Carty, Mrs. Hall, Mrs. Lynch, Mr. Snow, and Mr. Cullen drove him toward suc- cess, and it will be with the continued encouragement of his close friends that he will continue to prosper. Motivated by her sense of adventure and curiosity, JULES PEREIRA, daugh- ter of Michelle and Michael Pereira, fin- ishes her high school career fourth in her class. After being silver laureate for the National French Exam in 2018 and being in musical productions such as Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella," "Grease," "Fiddler on the Roof," and "The Little Mermaid," Pereira will attend Bryant University for applied mathematics and statistics. During her time at Smithfield, she was also a part of Girls who Code, Cabaret, and three Honor Societies. Victoria and Kenneth Howard's daughter, TESS HOWARD, ranks fifth and will major in marketing at the University of Hartford. Howard earned the Math Wiz Award numer- ous times throughout her four years at Smithfield and was in both the National Spanish Honor Society and the National Honor Society. She was an active member of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) for three years and played JV lacrosse. RILEY HART, daughter of James and Melinda Hart, will attend the University of Rhode Island with the intent of majoring in nurs- ing. A member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Academy of Finance, and Future Business Leaders of America, she was also captain of both the girls' soccer and girls' lacrosse teams. JESSICA LAWTON, daughter of Kerri and Michael Lawton, finishes her senior year seventh in her class and will attend Keene State College with a double major in secondary educa- tion and physics. Lawton was inducted into the National Honor Society, the National Spanish Honor Society, Modern Music Masters, the National Music Honor Society, and Rhode Island Honor Society while attending Smithfield. Eighth in her class and intending to major in diagnostic medical sonography at Rhode Island College is JULIET BATEK, daughter of Eduardo and Laurie Batek. Throughout her high school career, Batek flourished not only in the classroom but on the ten- nis court and even became captain of the girls' tennis team. She was also a freshman mentor, a board member of the Teacher Preparation Education Pathway, and a member of the National Honor Society. Ninth in her class, ISABELLA BAFFONI, daughter of Maria and Peter Baffoni, will major in account- ing at Providence College. During her Smithfield High School names top ten students By ABIGAIL TRAINOR Smithfield High School Sophomore CURRIE MAJOR REES PEREIRA HOWARD HART LAWTON BATEK BAFFONI See TOP TEN, Page 16 Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. Longer letters may appear online only. • Letters on local or state topics and issues will take precedence over those on national issues. • No more than one letter per person every 8 weeks, please. • All letters must be signed and include a hometown. 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