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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-06-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JUNE 6-12, 2019 IN OUR SCHOOLS 11 LINCOLN – Pawtucket residents Julianna Desautel and Vanessa Sanchez have been named valedicto- rian and salutatorian of the William M. Davies Jr. Career & Technical High School Class of 2019. Desautel, who is the daughter of Ana and Jeffrey Desautel, locked in her position at the top of her class with a 4.17 grade point average, while Sanchez closely followed with a 4.10 GPA. Both students attended Goff Middle School in Pawtucket. In the fall, Desautel will attend the Wentworth Institute of Technology for biomedical engineering. She said she chose the major over aerospace engineering after spending time researching the topic for a project at Davies, and that she hopes to design prosthetics in the future. "I want to help people," she said. She chose Wentworth for its academ- ic programs and location in the city, noting that her sister – who was also valedictorian of her class – attended nearby Northeastern University. Sanchez, whose parents are Abel Sanchez and Anastacia De La Cruz, plans to study biology on a pre- med track at Rhode Island College. Ultimately, Sanchez hopes to attend medical school. Her dream school would be Brown University, and she said she's looking at careers in sports medicine. No matter what, "I want to stay in Rhode Island," she said. Sanchez has worked as a certified nursing assistant while at Davies and recently earned her license for phle- botomy and electrocardiograms. Both Desautel and Sanchez said they'd miss soccer most about their time as high school students, finding stress relief on the field. "It was a dis- traction," Sanchez said. She played three years of soccer, while Desautel played soccer, basketball and softball all four years. Asked how she balanced her time between classes, work study and extracurricular activities, Desautel said, "Less sleep." Their time in the shop comes as a close second on their list of things they'll miss most about high school. "I've always been interested in the medical field, but this actually exposed me to all of the options," Sanchez said. "It helped me decide what I wanted to do … I had no idea," Desautel said. Desautel and Sanchez will walk the stage to receive their diplomas on June 12 at the Stadium Theater in Woonsocket at 6:30 p.m. Top Davies students call Pawtucket home By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer Pawtucket's JULIANNA DESAUTEL and VANESSA SANCHEZ, both of whom attended Goff Middle School, have been named valedicto- rian and saluta- torian of Davies Career & Technical High School's graduating class. IN BRIEF Cumberland Recreation offers 'Movies in the Park' at Monastery CUMBERLAND – The next screening of the Movies in the Park series, hosted by the Cumberland Parks and Recreation Department, will take place on Friday, June 14, on the Monastery Grounds, 1464 Diamond Hill Road. Watch "Toy Story 2" beginning at dusk, approximately 8:15 p.m. Meet and greet Woodie, Jessie and Buzz from 7:45 to 8 p.m. The event is free. Light refreshments will be avail- able at the concession stand. Other movie nights are June 21 and June 28. Girl Scout Troop 415 of Cumberland hosts coat drive CUMBERLAND – Girl Scout Troop 415 of Cumberland and the Interact/Helping Hands Club of Cumberland High School are col- lecting coats and other warm items. Collection boxes can be found in or near the main office of each of the public schools through the end of the school year. A collection box will also be in the foyer of the Cumberland Public Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Road, throughout the month of June. To arrange for items to be picked up, email troop415cumberland@ or call 401-334-9639. Collected items will be offered, free of charge, to those in need in late November

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