Au, Meyette are top seniors at JMW

Au, Meyette are top seniors at JMW

PAWTUCKET - Paula Au was the valedictorian and Allison Meyette was the salutatorian for the Class of 2014 at the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

Au, daughter of Linh Au and Manasse Payen of Pawtucket, will attend the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in the fall, majoring in pharmacy.

Au, who finished with a grade point average of 4.0485, said the best part about going to JMW was studying theater under Karen Carpenter. She wants to become a professional actress.

Meyette, daughter of Karen and Paul Meyette of Pawtucket, plans to attend Wheaton College to study art history. She would like to work in a museum or as a teacher.

Meyette, who graduated with a final grade point average of 4.0395, said she loved JMW for how close she got with teachers and fellow students.

Au was class president and was part of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program. She won the Outstanding Pre-calculus Student Award, the Outstanding Math Student Award, and the Excellence in American Literature Award. She was in numerous theatrical performances both at JMW and with local theater groups.

Meyette, who achieved honors and advanced standing for all four years, was junior class vice president, senior class secretary, recipient of the Treasurer's Leadership Award, was a member of U.S. Rep. David Cicilline's Congressional Youth Cabinet, and had her artwork displayed in the Atrium Gallery as part of a student exhibition through the Rhode Island School of Design.

The National Honor Society member won the Dr. Hans Delith Award, was the recipient of the Secretary of State Civic Leadereship Award, and won two JMW varsity letters in art and education.

Meyette participated in the JMW Fashion Show, was a member of the JMW Honors Club, served on the Yearbook Committee and Promo Committee, and participated in the MOW Showcase and the New Age Project.