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The North Providence Breeze 05-16-2018

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2 IN OUR SCHOOLS MAY 16-22, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION dictorian." In addition to Princeton, Winter was also accepted to Harvard College and was wait-listed at Brown University. She applied to five of six schools as a QuestBridge finalist, and says that her acceptance to Yale was the most rewarding moment of her high school career. "For the past four years, I knew I wanted to be the valedictorian and get into a top school because I was following in the footsteps of my sister, Michele Winter. She was the valedictorian for the class of 2014 and attended Brown University," she said. "I am extremely competitive and so I always pitted myself again her high school career and wanted to match if not top her accomplish- ments. So after working extremely hard I was extremely happy that it had all paid off with an acceptance to Yale." Winter looks forward to being freed from focusing on her friendly sibling rivalry when she goes to Yale. The daughter of Hyn Jung Na is a youth advocate with the North Providence Youth Commission, vice president of community outreach for the DECA program and editor-in- chief of the Cougar Courier newspa- per. She is assistant stage manager of the drama club, co-captain of the swim team and captain of mock trial. She also volunteers as a lifeguard and swim instructor for the North Providence Pool and Fitness Center. Other extracurricular activi- ties Winter took part in include International Club, girls tennis, Model Legislature, Varsity Athletes Against Substance Abuse, Academic Decathlon and Math Club. Many people joke that one has to give up a social life to be a well- rounded student, said Winter, and in a sense they're right. "In the end, though, I did not want to give up a social life either, so the thing I always gave up was sleep," she said. 'I pulled lots of all-nighters and would average about three to four hours of sleep beginning in my junior year." She has earned a slew of awards and accolades, including the Rhode Island Civic Leadership Award, Quest for Excellence USA Award, QuestBridge College Prep Scholar and Match Finalist, AP Scholar, Excellence in AP/URI Writing 104, Excellence in AP U.S. History and MVP for girls tennis singles. She placed first in principles of finance at DECA and second in speech in the honors division of the Academic Decathlon. Winter said her best memory of NPHS will be pranking her jokester chemistry teacher Mr. Cicerone last year by filling his office with bal- loons. NPHS's salutatorian Monterroza said he did not strive to rank first or second, but only to please his par- ents, Lorna and Miguel Monterroza. "It was a pleasant surprise to me," he said. "Despite the fact that I was not planning on it, becoming salutato- rian was very rewarding, as it shows that the time and effort I invested on my work was not for naught." In middle school, he said he was always one letter grade short in a class to make the honor roll, so he did not expect to finish so high. He said he was aiming for straight "A" grades in high school to make up for his middle school grades. Monterroza said it was his teach- ers that he will miss the most when he graduates. "They are so supportive. You can always talk to them, even if you weren't in class," he said. "I could not ask for better teachers." Monterroza served as an officer for Nerd Herd and entertainment editor for the Cougar Courier. He is a member of the Drama Club, Math Club and the boys tennis team. During his time at NPHS, he earned perfect attendance, was inducted into the National Honor Society and achieved bi-literacy in Italian, according to the Avant Assessment he took. "They are both extraordinary stu- dents, and their success is a tribute to themselves, their family and the teachers they've had since they start- ed schooling," said NPHS Principal Joseph Goho. "Having a valedicto- rian accepted at both Harvard and Yale is an extraordinary honor and serves as the ultimate proof that NPHS continues to provide a very high standard of educational excel- lence." NPHS honored the entire top 10 of the Class of 2018 last Thursday, May 10, at the school's first Top 10 Breakfast. With Winter and Monterroza at the helm, other seniors with the highest GPAs this year were Aisha Siddiqui, Jared Rubino, Stephen Grivers, Mohamed Amer, Alexandra Azevedo, Sabrina Melo Goncalo, Mya D'Amico and Emily Palumbo. Goho said, "the top 10 students at NPHS have worked very hard since kindergarten on academics, athletics and co-curricular activities, culmi- nating with their top ranking in the senior year of high school. We are so proud of their long-term success and thank them for all they have done to enhance our school. We wish them success, health and hap- piness as they take the next steps in the journey." CLASS OF 2018 From Page One BREEZE PHOTO BY NICOLE DOTZENROD THE TOP TEN STUDENTS in North Providence High School's Class of 2018 are, from left, Emily Palumbo, Mya D'Amico, Sabrina Melo Goncalo, Alexandra Azevedo, Mohamed Amer, Stephen Grivers, Jared Rubino, Aisha Siddiqui, salutatorian Erickson Monterroza and valedictorian Victoria Winter. Valley Breeze offices to close for Memorial Day HOLIDAY DEADLINES The Valley Breeze office in Lincoln will be close on Monday, May 28, 2018 in observance of Memorial Day. The news display advertising deadline will move forward to Friday, May 25 at 3 p.m. The classified line advertising deadline will remain Tuesday, May 29 at Noon. Eastern Paint Center 1926 Smith Street, North Providence, RI 02911 (401) 232-0600 Wall Coverings Available 50% Off All Deck Stains On SALE NOW

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