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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 06-17-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JUNE 17-23, 2020 BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON Shea High School Principal JACQUELINE ASH, above, presents a diploma to graduate RAFAEL A. HOLGUIN ALVAREZ during special graduation ceremonies at McCoy Stadium on June 4. At right, NIA DACRUZ proudly shows her diploma jacket on June 2 after officially graduating from Tolman High School. She said she was happy to be able to walk across a stage for her graduation. Like so many other schools, the students at Shea and Tolman were deprived of a normal high school graduation ceremony. The schools recorded the graduates walking across the stage at McCoy Stadium as well as the speeches to compile full graduation videos that aired last week. BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE PAWTUCKET – Tolman High School's Class of 2020 is marked by an ability to overcome changing and turbulent times, said those who addressed the class during a taped airing on June 10. Throughout the day on June 2 and 3, members of the Tolman High School Class of 2020 arrived by appointment at McCoy Stadium, dressed in cap and gown, so they could cross the stage and receive their diploma envelopes, marking the school's 94th commencement ceremonies. The speeches and pre- sentation of diplomas were taped and added together for one virtual graduation ceremony shown on Capitol TV. "Although our ceremony this year will look different than anything we've experienced before, it by no means lessens the importance of this milestone," Tolman Principal Chris Savastano said. Salutatorian Victoria Chmielinski said as a procrastinator, she left her speech until about the night before. Tolman Class of 2020 comes through time of turbulence By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze Staff Writer See TOLMAN, Page 6 PAWTUCKET – Overcoming obstacles was a clear theme during Shea High School's commencement, which was unlike any other in the school's history as the members of the Class of 2020 celebrated their gradua- tion virtually last Thursday, June 11. In her prerecorded speech, Brianna Andrade, salutatorian and class president, said that life isn't about the obstacles thrown at them but how they overcome them. "If we are able to finish our senior year off strong during a pandemic, then we can get through anything," she said. "I am extremely proud of everything we have been able to Shea graduates: 'You are champions' By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer PAWTUCKET – The Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Arts took a different approach to graduation this year, prompted by the coronavirus pandemic to think outside the box to JMW grads overcame 2020's challenges By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See JMW, Page 12 See SHEA, Page 10 Celebrating Pawtucket grads Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. Family Owned Since 1926 $100 Off New Gas Boiler or Furnace LIC. #RIMP882 • One Day Gas & Oil Boiler Replacements • Same Day Gas & Electric Water Heater Replacements • Boiler Repairs & Maintenance • HVAC Service & Replacements • All Work Guaranteed Call NOW to get your AC Service Ready for Summer. ONLINE LEARNING Find out more, call 401-334-9555 x134 • Career Building • Excel • Communication • PowerPoint • Digital Marketing • Women in Business • Entrepreneurship • Security Awareness Online Professional Development

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