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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 06-13-2019

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2 IN OUR SCHOOLS JUNE 13-19, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION Mount Saint Charles graduates 118 seniors WOONSOCKET – Mount Saint Charles Academy awarded diplo- mas to 118 seniors at graduation exercises Sunday, sending them off to top colleges and military careers in a ceremony laden with almost 100 years of tradition in the school's gym. The school bells rang as Mount's 94th graduating class prepared to depart the school. The graduates walked through a crowd of faculty and staff in academic gowns and said a final prayer as a class with the faculty in front of the Sacred Heart statue. The ceremony began with a greeting by mistress of ceremonies Nikki Velletri, opening remarks by President Alan Tenreiro ('92), and an invocation by Deacon Tony Gagliani. Featured speakers were Salutatorian Alicia Bergeron of Douglas, Mass., and Valedictorian Andrew Goyette of Smithfield. Bergeron, who will study biology at Boston College in the fall, encour- aged her classmates to not be afraid to change or look at things with a new perspective, whether that be an age-old graduation superstition or a school history project. Change, she said, was an important part of high school that taught students to discov- er their passions rather than going along with the status quo. "I am here, and we are here, because those changes taught us to be passionate about what we care about, to have opinions, to speak our minds, to work through what had to be changed and to accept what we couldn't," she said. Goyette, who is headed to Dartmouth College to study bio- chemistry in the fall, talked about his eight years trying to succeed as an undersized hockey player, an experience he said taught him the importance of refusing to give up but also the new doors that can open when you try something new. In his case, those new opportunities included success in track and field and on the school golf team after he decided to leave hockey for other sports. "Even through our failures, we can discover special talents and char- acteristics about ourselves that we would not have known otherwise," he said. "By learning from our fail- ures, we can reinvent ourselves and find our true self. As long as we work hard afterwards, these failures can blossom into successes." Also in attendance on Sunday were members of the Class of 1969, who received 50th anniversary diplomas and greeted the Class of 2019 according to Mount Saint BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY ABIGAIL DALPE, left, and KAITLYN D'ABROSCA both of Cumberland and GIANNA CRISPINO, of Lincoln, wait in line for the start of the Mount Saint Charles Academy graduation ceremony, held at the school in Woonsocket last Sunday. See MOUNT, Page 16 GREAT VALUE QUALITY SERVICE 36 BLACKSTONE STREET WOONSOCKET 401-766-3270 WWW.TERRYAUTOLTD.COM Gil & Meika 2008 ToyoTa Rav 4 FWD, Loaded 80K miles ............................ $ 8,495 Now Offering On-Site Bank Financing Westlake Financial WE BUY CARS 2014 NissaN Rogue AWD ........................................... $ 10,995

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