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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 06-13-2018

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JUNE 13-19, 2018 GRADUATION 2018 13 the audience. Kayode was admitted into the National and Rhode Island honor societies and the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, as was her twin sister, Kehinde Grace Kayode, who gave the valedictorian address. Shea Principal Jacqueline Ash pointed out four students in par- ticular, Finesse Fernandes, Devin Fonseca, Erik Hernandez and Daniel Sossa, who exemplified the four attributes of Shea's acronym: Skilled, Honorable, Empowered Achievers. "Make those words your center … SHEA, the acronym and meaning attached, will fulfill you intellectually and here in your heart," said Ash. After she invited Shea's teachers to join in delivering a final message to the entire class, Ash and teachers said, in unison, "If nobody told you they loved you today, remember we do and we always will." Repeatedly expressing great pride in the senior class, Mayor Donald Grebien urged students to persevere and push themselves. He sought their commitment to "think before you act, be thoughtful and do not be complacent." The graduation is "as much their celebration as yours," said Pawtucket School Supt. Patti DiCenso who praised the seniors' families and teachers, from elementary school and beyond, including Shea High School. Acknowledging societal chal- lenges – the #MeToo movement, high school shootings and the pro- liferation of "fake news" – DiCenso said, "I know you will go out and change the world; it's not hopeless and we're not helpless. … You're vital to this world; you are the play- ers for change for the good." Practice acts of kindness each and every day, she said. Comparing life's changes – in love, happiness, sorrow and loss – to New England weather, Pawtucket School Committee Chairman Jay Charbonneau told seniors that self- love, the most important kind of love, must come before love for others. "Never settle for less than you deserve, strive for excellence and be as kind to yourself as you are hard on yourself," he said. "Only you have complete control over (happiness); find it, then go and have it." Everyone experiences sorrow and we all get through it; when you lose something or believe you've lost your way, Charbonneau said, "Look around, process what you need to and move on; it's not the end of the world." In her senior class speech, Destiny Monteiro, a member of the National and Rhode Island honor societies, urged her fellow graduates to cel- ebrate this graduation milestone. "We are celebrating future doctors, veterinarians, artists, musicians and many more," she said. "Cherish your past, hope for the future and live in the moment because you can never get it back. … Take this time to reflect on … how far you've worked to get here." Nothing is impossible, she predicted, as their future for the 2018 graduates holds no boundaries. Valedictorian Kehinde (Kind-day) Grace Kayode described Shea's Class of 2018 as "a family … that has the potential to strive for greatness." Identifying a few playful lessons that different teachers imparted, Shea's most important lesson, she said, was learning "how to work together as a community and a team …" "Find people who will uplift and encourage you, and set you up for the success you want to achieve in life," she urged her fellow graduates. "Ask great things of the world, and great things of yourself, and importantly, ask great things of God, and you shall receive (them)," she said. After the seniors received their diplomas from Ash, graduates Taiwo Esther Kayode and Tatiana Vaz (admitted to the National and Rhode Island honor societies), along with Joseph Osagie, Class of 2019, partici- pated in a passing of the torch cer- emony. SHEA From Page One The traditional "turning of the tassels" signifies the students have earned their diplomas and have officially graduated, during the CHARLES E. SHEA HIGH SCHOOL graduation ceremony, held at Max Read Field last Wednesday. BREEZE PHOTOS BY CHARLES LAWRENCE JOSEPH ADEGBOYEGA, a member of the National Honor Society, Rhode Island Honor Society, Soceidad Honoraria Hispanica, and who holds the Seal of Biliteracy, greets his friends and family after graduating. DEVIN FONSECA receives his diploma. 542 Pawtucket Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 401.722.7375 | Laurenscafe-bakery.com Open Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat. 12 noon-8 p.m. Congratulations Class of 2018 Enjoy our Delicious Ice Cream Flavors! Serving salads, soups, sandwiches Lunch • Desserts Coffees • Ice Cream Call for daily specials!!

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