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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 04-22-2020

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24 IN OUR SCHOOLS / THE VALLEY APRIL 22-28, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION PAWTUCKET – Sayara Silwal as valedictorian and Brianna Andrade as salutatorian are the highest rank- ing students in the Shea High School Class of 2020. Silwal, daughter of Renu and Suresh Silwal of Pawtucket, achieved a 4.186 GPA to be named the top stu- dent at Shea. When she first learned that she was valedictorian, Silwal was shocked but after letting the news sink in, she said she's very proud of herself for the big achievement. "By every standard, Sayara is one of the most outstanding students who ever attended the Pawtucket Public Schools," said Shea Principal Jacqueline Ash. "(She) never wavers from her studies, her responsibilities, her commitments, or her heart. Her presence at Shea is needed, thanked, and will be missed." Silwal is a member of the Spanish Honor Society and serves as vice president of the National Honor Society. She's received several awards including the R.I. General Treasurer Youth Leader of the Year Award, Outstanding English Academics Award, the Presidential Award in Science and English, and is a finalist for the Presidential Scholarship. She received college credit through Shea's dual enrollment program with Roger Williams University, and at Shea she took 12 Advanced Standing and five Advanced Placement courses in English, science, math, and history. A member of the student council for four years, she also played for the Lady Raider Volleyball team, serving as a varsity co-captain and leading her team to playoffs. She played varsity softball and was a member of the math league, championship-winning robotics team and Architecture Construction and Engineering group. She also volunteered with Miriam Hospital, Brown University, and the Gloria Gemma Foundation and tutored other students. While high school was a roller coaster, she said she'll remember and miss the staff the most. All of her teachers played a big role, she said, but math teacher Vasso Sampalis and Samantha Chella impacted her the most. "I went into Shea with one family but I left with two, and without them I wouldn't be who I am," she said. She is still deciding on which col- lege she wants to attend but plans to major in bioengineering. In the future, she hopes to attend medical school and become a surgical oncolo- gist. Daughter of Ioda Vaz and Jorge Andrade of Pawtucket, Andrade earned a 4.152 GPA to secure her spot as salutatorian. "I feel pretty accomplished and proud of myself," she said of the rec- ognition. "It's something I've been working toward since freshman year." "Brianna has the whole package," Ash said. "She never waivers from her studies, responsi- bilities and her heart. She has made a last- ing impression on Shea. She will be missed." Andrade was the recipient of the Harvard Book Award last year and has been a participant in the College Crusade since January 2013. She's been her class president and a member of student council all four years. She was a model, dancer, and choreographer for the annual Shea Fashion Show, a mentor to under- classmen, and serves as treasurer of the National Honor Society. She played tennis for three years, serving as co-captain, and played for the Lady Raider Softball team for four years, noting she wasn't able to complete this year's season due to COVID-19. "My time at Shea was really good," she said, noting that she'll remember and carry with her the connections she made, not just with her peers but with teachers and administra- tors. "Making those connections was really valuable for me … and made my high school experience that much better." In the fall, Andrade plans to attend Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and major in psychology. After col- lege she said she plans on furthering her education in hopes of becoming a clinical psychologist so she can be a positive resource for people with mental health issues. Silwal, Andrade lead Shea Class of 2020 By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer SILWAL ANDRADE Gemma Foundation delivering groceries to cancer patients PAWTUCKET – The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation has teamed up with its founding sponsor, Gem Plumbing & Heating Services, and Belmont Market to deliver groceries to cancer patients in active treatment and other high risk individuals who shouldn't venture out of their homes. People who are in active cancer treatments and anyone who is immunocompromised can email the foundation at info@gloriagem- to request the service. A Gloria Gemma staff member will respond within one business day. While people are sheltering in place, Gem Plumbing is keeping their vehicles in motion by deliv- ering groceries and medicine to people in need. Belmont Market is a family-owned business and long- time partner of the foundation. Chamber offers 'Leading Through Crisis' May 5 LINCOLN – The Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce will host "Leading Through Crisis" on Tuesday, May 5, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., using Zoom. This virtual presentation is free for Chamber members and will be presented by Chamber member Diane Caine. The presentation will cover the reality of leading in crisis and how to lead well coming through it. Caine is an executive director with The John Maxwell Team and co-founder of Spark Leadership Development. Registration is required. Visit to register or to join the Chamber. You will be emailed a Zoom link to join the meeting prior to the start of the presentation. Saturday Brunch Bunch will meet Saturday via Zoom CUMBERLAND – The Saturday Brunch Bunch Toastmasters club will hold its next meeting Saturday, April 25, from 9:20 to 11:30 a.m., via Zoom. The public is welcome to par- ticipate and see how Toastmasters can help you develop your public speaking and leadership skills. To participate, use the following link: or dial 1-646-558-8656. The meet- ing ID number is 900 889 115. For more information, email or call 508- 293-1488. IN BRIEF Fairlawn/No.Prov. Line: 2 bedroom 1 bath, Bungalow. Open floor plan. Kitchen w/ quartz counters, stainless appl., tile floor, hardwd floors. Additional living space in partially finished lower level. New elect., roof, vinyl siding & windows. Front porch, one car garage. $224,900 640-9961 S ta c h u r S k i PINECREST/DARLINGTON: NEW LISTING: 3-4 bedrm Cape. Well cared for & nicely maintained property featuring an eat-in kit., hardwd flrs on first level, brand new carpeting on 2nd level & a partially finished basemt for extra space. New roof in 2018. Above ground pool, & a fenced yard. Easy comm., location only min. to MA border, hgwy & MBTA. $236,000 359-8228 Kathy Coutu 401-474-9750 Pawtucket, Darlington, Be sure to see this charming 2 bed cottage. Features kitchen with breakfast nook/dining area, huge first floor family/dining room addition, hardwood floors, plus enclosed stairway to second level for expansion potential. Property includes a garage and is on an oversized, nicely landscaped, 7,500 sq ft lot. Great location near Slater Park, shopping, restaurants, highway and the train station. $219,900 725-1115. Glocester, Mallard Shores, Especially private 3 bed cottage on one of the largest lots known as Camp Russell. Opportunity to swim, boat, fish & just generally play outdoors in the large "circle" provided or run around in the lovely wooded countryside. It is a wonderful & memorable way to spend the lazy, hazy days of school vacation! AND THEN there is ice skating & ice fishing in the winter!!! $3,500 lease land fee. $30,000 401-725-1115. LincoLn 270 Front Street 401-724-5600 Pawtucket 1136 Newport Avenue 401-725-1115 Lorraine Dunsmore 401-359-8228 PENDiNG PENDiNG

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