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The Valley Breeze & Observer 06-13-2019

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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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | JUNE 13-19, 2019 GRADUATION 2019 9 The SMITHFIELD HIGH SCHOOL CHORUS sings the national anthem to begin Tuesday's commencement at Bryant University. The group is under the direction of Katherine Young, center. BREEZE PHOTO BY TOM WARD Rose Marie Cipriano said her impression of this class after watch- ing its members for years through middle school and high school is that it's respectful, eager to serve, and considerate of others. "What a class. Dynamic, vivacious, academically, artistically, theatrically and athletically talented, but above all, caring," Cipriano said. She said the Class of 2019 made teachers and administrators smile, and she enjoyed watching each indi- vidual's talents grow as they became men and women. Cipriano said she believes each SHS graduate has been prepared to brighten the future for others, and will continue to change the world around them through enthusiasm, talent, and leadership. During breaks, the school cho- rus presented a version of Ben King's "Stand By Me," and a soul- ful version of Natasha Bedingfield's "Unwritten," with various female leads directed by senior class adviser Katherine Young. Senior Maia Bowker, who will continue her edu- cation in music, finished the night conducting the recessional song, "Crown Imperial." Supt. Judy Paolucci found inspira- tion for her speech in the Nike slo- gan, "Just do it." "Or, as Larry the Cable Guy puts it, 'git 'er done,'" Paolucci said. Each student proved they can finish what they've started, and Paolucci urged them to finish and enjoy each step both tomorrow and in the future. Graduating SHS students Erika Rooney, Taylor Paiva, Karleigh Lamoureux, Brianne Morin, Bianca Lancellotti, Sierra Vecchitto, Grace Beaudry, Kendra Wilson, Caitlin Dolan and Jo-Ann Fiano are all pur- suing nursing careers. "We have a shortage of qualified nurses but, unfortunately, no short- age of people who start on that path and don't finish," Paolucci said. Valedictorian Leah Currie said high school is not a small version of adulthood. It is now time for graduates to reach their potential, she said, time to let go of their estab- lished high school identity. "High school is not the moment we should peak; there are bigger victories ahead for all of us," Currie said. From here on, each person's future is entirely up to them, Currie added. Salutatorian Simon Rees said what he's learned over the last 12 years in Smithfield schools is how to live life. He said each graduate learned and created strong, essential habits to succeed in life. "We all know what it's like to have to get up early. We all know what it's like to stay up way later than we should. These skills are essential for living the rest of your life," Rees said. He said to continue to put one foot in front of the other, and to enjoy life's little victories. "Oh, and don't do drugs," he said. Following the presentation of diplomas, Class President Abby Theroux gave a final speech to the class of 2019. She said graduation may be bittersweet for some, and the greatest feeling ever for others. She said the best piece of advice she's received is, "you win some, you lose some." It doesn't matter if students are on the top of the class or the bottom, said Theroux. There are many more important things in life than a test score. "This is why I believe as long as you put your best foot forward and truly give it your all in college, the workforce, military and beyond, you will be successful," Theroux said. SHS From Page One SAVE With Our everyday LOW PRICES Algacides... $ 10 00 + up Super SHOCK Gal... $ 4 75 Liquid CHLORINE 5 gal... $ 19 00 + deposit Peroxide SHOCK Gal... $ 20 .00 Creative Pool System, Inc. Swimming Pool Supplies & Services The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals Have a Fun & Safe Summer 17 Commerce Street Greenville (behind A&W) 949-4400 Family Owned and Operated with over 30 years experienced Our Specialization is Inground Swimming Pool Service Visit our showroom for all your Pool needs – Open 7 Days Filters & Pumps In Shop Repairs 10 Smith Ave., Greenville, RI (401) 949-0840 Open Everyday from 6 a.m.-2 p.m. K O UN TR Y K IT CH E N BR EAK F AS T • L UNC H Congratulations May you Prosper & Grow to New Heights Homestyle Food with Old Fashioned Hospitality Come Celebrate with us! 2019

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