St. Ray’s announces Wagner and Hughes as top students

St. Ray’s announces Wagner and Hughes as top students

PAWTUCKET– City resident Theresa Wagner is the valedictorian and Smithfield resident Jillian Hughes the salutatorian for the Class of 2019 at St. Raphael Academy.

Wagner, daughter of Joanne Mastropolo, finishes her high school career with a weighted grade point average of 116.36. She plans to attend Brown University to study humanities, but isn’t quite sure what she wants to do for a career just yet.

Hughes, daughter of Dan and Alissa Hughes, of Smithfield, completes high school with a weighted GPA of 115.35. She will attend Connecticut College to double major in math and computer science.

Wagner, a National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society member, was dance team captain, was on the Lasallian Youth leadership team, and served on the Drama Leadership Council. She was a member of the Recycling Club and Moore’s Scholars. A class president for three years, she participated in both drama and music.

She volunteered with the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen, participated in Christmas caroling, volunteered with Vacation Camp at Prospect Heights, and did the Homeless Sleepout. She helped with the SRA Open House, Big Brother/Big Sister, and Freshmen Welcome Night. She was on Congressman David Cicilline’s Youth Council and was a teacher’s assistance with the Child Opportunity Zone at Potter-Burns Elementary.

Wagner said her favorite times in high school were doing theater and dance.

Hughes, a National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and Thespian Honor Society member, achieving highest honors, spent her sophomore year in student government and was an orientation leader and admissions ambassador. She played tennis, was a member of the Lasallian Youth, and was a member of the school’s chess, sign language and math clubs. She spent three years on the tech crew for drama.

Hughes volunteered with St. Michael’s Church, was a summer CCD volunteer, and volunteered at Heritage Park and with open house/admissions events.

Wagner said her favorite part about high school was learning in so many different subject areas, pinpointing sociology as one of her favorites. She also enjoyed playing tennis and working the backstage side of the school’s drama programs.

She offered thanks to guidance counselor Malaina Murphy as someone who’s been very influential in her life.

For Hughes, the highlight at SRA has been the community and support system offered beyond classes. She offered particular thanks to Spanish teacher Kristen Murphy.

Vice Principal for Academics Judy Baxter said these students are two of the best the school has had, saying they “walked the walk and talked the talk,” not just academically but spiritually and socially, over four years.

The SRA graduation is set for June 9 at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Providence.