PORTSMOUTH — In anticipation of its graduation ceremonies set for Friday night, Portsmouth High School has named its “10 outstanding seniors” in the Class of 2014.
Here they are in alphabetical order, as selected by the PHS administration:
Morganne Adroved is a member of the cross-country, indoor and outdoor track teams, the National Honor Society and Foreign Language Honor Society. In her sophomore year, she was selected as the school’s representative to the Hugh O’Brien Leadership Program. She served as a senior mentor for freshman students and was elected to the PHS Student Council. Morganne completed five advanced placement (AP) courses in high school. She will attend the University of Rhode Island in the fall.
Melissa Chen completed seven AP courses, played in the PHS marching band and symphonic band, received the Bausch and Lomb Award as the outstanding science student in the Class of 2014, and participated in the Undersea Technology Apprenticeship Program at NUWC as a sophomore. She’s also a member of the National Honor Society. Melissa will attend Northeastern University in the fall.
Amanda Chisolm won’t be able to attend graduation as she’ll be at Carnegie Hall in New York City Friday to receive her national Art Vision Award. (Amanda received her diploma at the senior awards night at the school Monday.) Amanda, who lives in Little Compton, completed six AP courses this year and is a member of both the National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society and competed on the school Science Olympiad Team. She will attend Brandeis University in September.
Andrew DelSanto is a captain of the varsity football team and a member of the track teams who was selected to the elite group of Rhode Island football/scholars known as The Golden Dozen. He is a member of the symphonic band, the National Honor Society and Language Honor Society. He completed seven AP courses and was a member of the Science Olympiad team, winning a gold medal in the water quality category. Andrew will attend Roger Williams University in the fall.
Kaitlin Garcia is president of the National Honor Society and captain of the Mock Trial Team, a member of the Foreign Language Honor Society and president of the Creative Writing Club. She completed four AP courses in high school and was a senior mentor for freshman students. Kaitlin will attend Roger Williams University in the fall.
John (“Jack”) Grzechowiak was selected by the PHS faculty as the one senior who best represents the qualities of scholarship, integrity and a commitment to excellence. He is a member of the symphonic band and jazz band, playing trombone and piano. He completed six AP courses and is a member of the National Honor Society. Jack competed on the school math team and the Cyber Patriot programming team He will attend Marist University in the fall.
Ben Hood was a member of the varsity hockey team and captain of the tennis team. He’s a member of the National Honor Society and participated in the Undersea Technology Apprenticeship Program at NUWC as a sophomore. He completed five AP courses. Ben will attend Babson College in the fall.
Samantha Kirwin is a member of the National Honor Society and the Foreign Language Honor Society. She was selected to All-State in chorus and was named the number-one singer in her category. Samantha served as a senior mentor for freshman students. She will attend Simmons College in Boston to study nursing in the fall.
Cooper Richmond, who lives in Little Compton, is president of the Class of 2014 and a member of the National Honor Society and the Art Honor Society. He was a senior mentor for freshman students and ran on the varsity cross-country team.
Cooper was identified as a top tutor of high school and middle school students by the National Honor Society. He will attend Chapman University in California in the fall.
Joshua Tiang completed eight AP courses including chemistry, physics, calculus, biology and psychology. For his senior project, he built a hydroponic system to grow herbs and vegetables. Joshua will attend the University of Rhode Island in the fall.
Graduation ceremonies are set for 6 p.m. on Friday, June 6, on the school’s baseball field. In the event of inclement weather, it will be moved into the new gym.