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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-23-2020

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6 IN OUR SCHOOLS APRIL 23-29, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION Class of 2020. She will attend Brown University in the fall with a double major in chemistry and microbiology on a pre-med track. She credits having cool, smart parents who helped her develop hobbies and pursue what makes her happy as the lead- ing contributor to her success. She said her mother helped her with English and science and made her laugh while her father, a computer sci- ence guy, helped with math. "They taught me how to think out- side of the box and blaze my own trail," she said. Miner said her goal of making money, supporting herself, traveling the world and pursuing her passions moti- vated her to excel in school. "When I am older, I want to be able to say that I took full advantage of all opportunities presented to me, and that I lived my life by doing what I loved," Miner said. While high school is hard, she said will remember the great support she received from the teachers who served as role models for hard work. Miner received the Harvard Book Award, the National Center for Women and Information Technology Aspiration Award, the Deans List Finalist for First Tech Challenge Robotics, the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Award, and the AP Scholar Award. She is the vice president of the Student Council, captain of the Scituate Programming Team, head programmer on the FTC Team 6217 The Fellowship, Girls Varsity Tennis, and co-president of the National and Rhode Island Honor Society. "There is no substitute for hard work," she said. Salutatorian Conal Wilkie, 17, son of Karen Gravel and Douglas Wilkie, remains undecided on which college he will attend or his major. The best thing he will remem- ber from high school is the people he met and the friends he's made. "My friends have made high school a great experience, and I couldn't have done it without them," Wilkie said. Wilkie said his parents, especially his mom, motivated him to excel at school starting back to elementary school. During high school, he played soccer and ran indoor and outdoor track. His team won the first Rhode Island Economics Challenge his junior year, and won the Rensselaer Medal, the Pell Medal for U.S. History and second teal All-State for soccer and all-tournament team. Nicole Godbout, 18, daughter of Edmond and Eileen Godbout, will attend Stonehill College with a major in Health Science. She said her family, grandparents, friends and teachers con- tributed to her high school success and enjoyment. Quoting Eminen, she said you only have one life, so make the most of it. "In the future, when I think about my high school years, I will remember the friends' faces I saw every day, the teachers that kept me smiling, cheesy school-based jokes, and most importantly, the countless times my friends and I tripped going up or down the stairs," Godbout said. Godbout was a member of SHS's DECA Club, the National Honor Society and the Student Council as well as captain of the girls' tennis team. She won the First Team All-Division Doubles in 2017, the Yale Book Award in 2019, the 2019 Spartan MVP for Girls Tennis and third place for the DCA Hotel Lodging and Management in 2020. Leah Bessette, daughter of David and Tina Bessette, will attend the University of Rhode Island Pharmacy Program. The 18-year-old said she will always remember the bonds formed with class- mates and administra- tors in the small, tight- knit community of Scituate that felt more like a family. She said her parents motivated her to excel through high school and were always supportive and encouraged her to challenge herself and strive to excel. She looked up to her brother, Justin, who had many accom- plishments in high school and gave her guidance and motivation to do her best and never quit. Bessette won the National and Rhode Island Honor Society Award, Suffolk University Boston Book Award, awards for achievements in band, First, Second and Third Team All-Division for Basketball, All-Division Cross Country and the Sportsmanship Award. She said her teammates and coaches pushed her to do her best and accom- plish awards. "I could always rely on them to make my laugh and brighten my day," Bessette said. Olivia D'Antonio, 17, daughter of Joe and Karen D'Antonio, plans to study business management at Providence College or James Madison University. Over the years, attending LaSalle TOP 10 From Page One Continues on next page MINER WILKIE GODBOUT BESSETTE Happy Spring! 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