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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 05-14-2020

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MAY 14-20, 2020 IN OUR SCHOOLS 9 Lu, class valedictorian, plans to study neuroscience with a minor in global health and public policy at Harvard University, while Deziel, class saluta- torian, plans to study illustration and entrepreneurship at Maine College of Art. Both students said their families, particularly their grandparents, influ- enced their decisions by example. Lu spent many hours speaking with his grandmother about her career as a physician, while Deziel said it was her two grandmothers who pushed her to pursue academic success. "My grandmothers were a really big influence on that because I would go to their houses every day after school," she said. "It was through them that I was able to find a love for and excel in academics from a very young age." Lu, the son of Lu Mei and Qi Lu, has excelled at various activities throughout high school, from aca- demics to athletics. As state historian and chapter parliamentarian for the Future Business Leaders of America, he attended a fall leadership confer- ence in Washington D.C., something he said was among the highlights of his time at WHS. He also served on the school's team for the XQ+RI chal- lenge, a student-driven educational design competition that ultimately won WHS a $120,000 grant. "A large part of our plan was to increase the amount of experiential learning for students and opening up the scope of what they can do during their high school years," he said. In addition, he serves as public rela- tions officer for the school's National Honor Society chapter, vice president of the senior class and captain of the math team and has been a member of the student council, debate team and Novan Voice. He played Varsity tennis his junior and senior years and received the Rhode Island Civic Leadership Award and St. Michael's Book Award. Lu spent the past year working in food service at Landmark Medical Center, gaining experience for his future plans of attending medical school. He's continued working at the hospital during the COVID-19 crisis, something he said has only confirmed his decision to go into the medical field. "I can't imagine if I wasn't working there," he said. Deziel, the daughter of Jeffrey and Jaimie Deziel, has also excelled throughout high school, where her interests have leaned toward creative pursuits. In addition to serving as chief page designer for the yearbook team, she is a member of the Woonsocket High School chorus and art club. Beginning in her sophomore year, she participated in Rhode Island School of Design's Project Open Door, an arts program for students from inner- city high schools, and also completed RISD's pre-college program last sum- mer. "I think it was that program that really made me see how important it is for the arts to be made accessible to communities like ours," she said. Deziel said she hopes to apply her art skills to nonprofit work in the future and is interested in making the arts more accessible to at-risk com- munities. She also serves as vice president of the school's National Honor Society chapter and a member of the student council. She works at the Woonsocket YMCA. WOONSOCKET From Page One Wonsocket Office 10 Monument Square Woonsocket RI, 02895 (401)767-1990 www.blackstoneriverfcu.org E Q U A L H O U S I N G OPPORTUNITY 110 Pulaski Blvd., Bellingham, MA • 508-883-6200 110 Pulaski Blvd., Bellingham, MA • 508-883-6200 EVERY THURSDAY Liquor Sale EVERY DAY Beer Sale MAY SALE

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