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The Valley Breeze & Observer 06-07-2018

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | JUNE 7-13, 2018 GRADUATION 2018 7 unity that are sometimes uncommon characteristics," he said. Remembering a quote from the hockey team, "#LTB, love the battle," he said class members are guardians for goodness, and in the commence- ment, they solidify their status as "for- ever Sentinels." "My hope is that you've learned as much from our time together as I did," he said. The valedictorian, Adeline Schwartz, and salutatorian, Ryan Lane, gave speeches prior to the School Committee and superinten- dent handing out diplomas. While Schwartz spoke of finding a path that gives both passion and compassion, Lane told the class to branch out and create memories. "These should not be the best four years of your life," he said. "Create memories and experiences." The commencement speaker for the evening was retired principal Robert Salisbury, who created the baseball program, served as the first Sentinel athletic director, and is a founder of the Benoit Salisbury Oratorical Contest. Speaking in sports analogies, he said nothing great comes with- out paying the price. Though the graduates paid the price to graduate through hard work and determina- tion, he said this point in their life is only a stepping-stone for greater things. "Are you willing to pay the price?" he asked in his speech, for power, success and happiness, and personal growth? Salisbury warned students of the dangers facing young adults after graduation. Beware of alcohol, driv- ing while distracted, and drugs, he said. "Don't follow the crowd," he said. Supt. Judy Paolucci used lyrics from popular songs to express her sentiments. SHS chorus members Darianna Perez and Emma McKay sang songs such as "Lean on Me," and "Eye of the Tiger" alongside Paolucci's speech. "Choose the right lyrics to live your life," Paolucci said. She told students to be like Taylor Swift, and shake off adversity and hardship, and like Mariah Carey said, a hero lies in each student. "Among the chatter I found three themes worthy of a graduation address: being yourself, showing resil- ience, and pursue purpose and pas- sion," she said. Class of 2018 President Quinn GRADS From Page One Judge addressed the class' many tal- ents, skills and accomplishments. "In our time here we performed hundreds of hours of community service through the National Honor Society, raised thousands of dollars through fundraisers and social media events, and we've drawn dozens of vice principals out of the building," he said. Reflecting on the class's unique members and successes, Judge said he would miss the bonds created even during a period of divisive national elections and acts of vio- lence. Presenting the school with the class gift, Judge said the Class of 2018 donated green and yellow canopy umbrellas for the tables in the Smithfield High courtyard so students with a bright future can enjoy a little shade. "I believe we have left our own SHS legacy as a class that has worked hard to accentuate unity," he said. Ending the night, two students were awarded the Sentinel Awards for exemplifying SHS qualities. Genglin Liu won the Academic Excellence award for leadership roles, honor roll status and communi- ty service activities. Joseph DelGallo won the Sentinel Pride award for consistently having honor roll status, with leadership and community ser- vice roles, while participating in one athletic sport. Smithfield High sophomore violinist CARLY D'ELIA catches the attention of those on the stage while she performs during the school's commencement Tuesday night. BREEZE PHOTOS BY TOM WARD ROB MELARAGNO helps his daughter, SARAH, as she gets organized prior to her graduation from Smithfield High School Tuesday night. Young ROBERT GAZARYAN, 8, holds two balloons while keeping an eye out for his sister, graduate Nicole Gazaryan, during Tuesday night's commencement. Lois Iannone, Esq. All Family Court Matters Divorce • Mediation • Alimony Child Support • Visitation 30+ years of experience Offices in Smithfield and Cranston 944-5499 Saturday Appointments Available Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. Free Consultation Credit Cards Accepted

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