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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 05-14-2020

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8 NO. SMITHFIELD / WOONSOCKET MAY 14-20, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET international politics at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. Despite the current mea- sures that have upended much of the class's end-of-year plans, Skinner said she's thankful for the many opportunities that might not have happened if the virus had struck two years ago. "We're lucky that there are so many things we got to do, and we should focus on that and the positive memories we've had instead of the things we didn't get to do," she said. Both students reflected on their high school memories last week as they prepared for their upcoming graduation. Votta, the daughter of Jim and Peg Votta, is a National Honor Society member who has been active in many school organizations. She co- founded the Environmental Change Organization, is a member of the math team and serves as music liaison to the student council. She is also the recipient of the Harvard Book Award and during her sopho- more year, traveled to New York City to see "Hamilton" after winning the "Write Your Way" Hamilton essay contest. This year, she won first place in the documentary cat- egory at the Rhode Island National History Day competition along with her classmates, Kate and Kristianna Lapiere, and will go on to compete at the national level. Votta is heavily involved in the music community at NSHS and beyond, playing the French horn in the Rhode Island All State Band, the Southern New England Honor Band, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Horn Ensemble. During her junior year, she performed in Pennsylvania with the All-Eastern Concert Band and in Florida with the All-National Concert Band, one of few Rhode Island students to be selected for each. She has also performed in the Rhode Island Music Education Association Honors Recital Concert and is the principal French horn player in the NSHS symphonic band. In addition to serving as vice president of the symphonic band, she plays trumpet in the school jazz band and is a member of the cham- ber choir. Votta is also active in athletics and has played varsity girls' tennis for four years, serving as captain dur- ing her senior year. She was also a member of the softball and outdoor track teams. For her senior project, she took on the topic of sex education at NSHS and worked with Planned Parenthood to design lesson plans for classmates. She said she hopes to follow in the footsteps of her idol, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to help improve the lives of others. Skinner, the daughter of Rob and Sheryl Skinner, has also participated in civic programs throughout high school and hopes to go on to a career in international law. For her senior project, she hosted a "Women in Politics" conference at NSHS, and has testified at the State House in support of the state Civic Literacy Act. As a freshman, she traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in the "We the People" program. She continued to pursue her interests during the summer months, taking summer courses at Brown University and Georgetown University. At the end of her sopho- more year, she participated in the Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership program and went on to repre- sent Rhode Island at the HOBY World Leadership Conference. She has served as a junior facilita- tor for the program and received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, the HOBY Leadership for Service Award and the HOBY Academic All-Star Award. Skinner is a member of many NSHS organizations, co-founding and serving as president of the school's FIRST robotics team, serv- ing as president of the Herodotus Society and co-founding the NSHS foosball team. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has received the Brown University Book Award. She is also a member of the chorus and has studied dance at Jasper School of Dance for 13 years, joining the studio's competitive troupe seven years ago. She works as a math tutor and is a counselor at Camp Phoenix during the summer. NO. SMITHFIELD From Page One Rustic Drive-In will open Friday NORTH SMITHFIELD – After several weeks of questions from cus- tomers, the Rustic Tri-View Drive-In announced on Monday it will open for the season this Friday, May 15. In a post on its Facebook page, the drive-in theater said it would open under adjusted safety measures to create a "safe entertainment experi- ence" for visitors. All patrons must wear masks any time they are out- side their vehicles or sitting with the windows or hatch open. An atten- dant will guide vehicles to parking spaces with one space left between each vehicle. Patrons may watch the movie from inside the vehicle or sit in chairs placed directly in front of the vehicle, but are asked not to con- gregate with other visitors or leave their vehicles except to visit the con- cession stand or restroom. The concession stand will be open for walk-up service and will accept orders placed ahead by phone. The restrooms will also be open and mon- itored by an attendant, with three people allowed in the restroom at any time. Customers will be expected to take their trash home with them. The lineup on opening weekend includes "Onward" followed by "The Call of the Wild," "The Hunt" fol- lowed by "The Invisible Man," and "Trolls World Tour" followed by "Jumanji: Next Level." The theater had previously stated it was working with state officials to develop a plan for opening safely under the current measures. National Guard reunion rescheduled to Nov. 11 WOONSOCKET – The 118th and 1118th National Guard Tenth Reunion scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, at the Bocce Club in Woonsocket, has been postponed until Wednesday, Nov. 11, Veteran's Day. For more information, call Tom Dunayeski at 774-573-3842, Lisa Roy at 401-601-1722 or Sonny Vadeboncoeur at 401-527-6552.

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