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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-23-2020

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | APRIL 23-29, 2020 IN OUR SCHOOLS 7 Academy freshman and sophomore years and SHS as a junior and senior, D'Antonio participated in numerous sports, including field hockey, indoor and outdoor track, soccer, basketball and boys' tennis. She is also a mem- ber of the National Honor Society, win- ning awards for the NHS, Women in Engineering, the National Association of Women in Construction for Design and Drafting, and the Rhode Island Interscholastic League All-Academic Team for Women's Soccer. D'Antonio will remember her friend- ships with classmates and experiences in athletics, and thanks her family, teachers, coaches, Principal Michael Hassell and her councilor, John Haas, for helping her exceed. Three keys to success, she said, are to work hard, treat people the right way, and have faith in yourself and others. "Additionally, I will remember doing my best to make a difference in the Scituate Community, and making a personal commitment to do everything I could to make a positive impact on the school during my junior and senior years," she said. Emily Rossner, daughter of Rosanna and Martin Rossner, will attend Rhode Island College with a computer s cience major. Rossner is a five-year FIRST Tech Challenge alum, a dancer at TLC Performing Arts, a volunteer of Rotary International, and a member of All-State and Select Chorus. She won the FTC Dean's List Semi- Finalist Award, the National Center for Women in Technology Award, the Econ Challenge Award and is a member of the National Honor Society. Of high school, she will remember the places she traveled with her robot- ics team and both classmates and men- tors. Rossner said her mother, and her resourceful, talented friends contributed to her success and enjoyment of high school. Jonathan Messier, 18, son of Jonathan Messier Sr. and Laurel Best, will attend Rhode Island College to study graphic design and French. Messier won awards for art classes, includ- ing an achievement in Introduction to Art Studio and Computer Imaging and Fine Arts freshman year, an achievement in health sophomore year, an achievement in Advanced Portfolio Studio Honors and the St. Michael's College Book Award junior year. Messier said he is motivated by com- petition, and striving to become better and to improve his grades. He said he will always remember his senior year due to COVID-19 and the friendships made at SHS. "I will also remember the time, effort, and the struggle that I put in to main- tain my class rank and also creating my art portfolio for college," Messier said. He attributes his success to teach- ers who went above and beyond each week to help him and other students succeed. Amanda Nardone, daughter of Susan and Charlie Nardone, will attend the University of Rhode Island with a pharmacy major. "My goal has always been having a career as a health pro- fessional. This motivat- ed me to always work hard, since it will not be easy to reach this goal," she said. Of her high school years, Nardone's fond- est memory is building a prosthetic arm for a middle school teacher's son during her sophomore year in engineering. "I will always remember how excited he was when he first put the prosthetic arm on," Nardone said. She said her parents contributed most to her success, and reminded her to never give up despite stressing over schoolwork. Nardone is a member of cross coun- try team, captain of the indoor and outdoor track and field, and the HOSA club. She won MVP for cross c ountry her sophomore, junior and senior years, MVP in indoor track her junior year, second place in Health Education at the Rhode Island HOSA Competition, and is on the Rhode Island and National Honor Society. Aaron Leach, 17, son of James and Marni Leach, will attend Northeastern University in the fall with a double major in mechanical engineering and business. Leach said his parents played a tre- mendous role in his success helped him stay focused. "I also owe a lot of my success to the teachers who have supported me through- out the years, and offered me countless opportunities to suc- ceed," Leach said. Leach said he wants to make enough money to travel the world, and live comfortably, which pushes him to do the best he can do. Leach was the center and defensive lineman for SHS Varsity Football, designer for the FTC Robotics Team 6217 The Fellowship, member of SHS NEED Club, played recreational bas- ketball, baseball and the trombone in the SHS band. Leach won the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, National Honor Society mem- bership, and All- League All-Academic Team Selection in football. Kristin DeMatteo, 18, daughter of William and Lisa DeMatteo, will study computer science and innovation at Champlain College. From preceding page D'ANTONIO ROSSNER MESSIER NARDONE LEACH See SHS, Page 11 DEMATTEO

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