Scituate High School celebrates top 10

Scituate High School celebrates top 10

Emily Pietrantozzi, this year’s Class of 2018 valedictorian and Justin Bessette the Salutatorian.

SCITUATE – Scituate High School has announced its top 10 graduating seniors.

• Emily Pietrantozzi, this year’s Class of 2018 valedictorian, will be attending the University of Connecticut to major in nursing with a minor in Spanish. Daughter of Anthony and Mary Pietrantozzi, she is a member of the National and Rhode Island Honor Society, and captain of the varsity soccer team. She is a World Irish Dance Association 2016 second place European champion, and third place world champion.

• Salutatorian Justin Bessette, son of David and Tina Bessette, will attend Brown University’s program in liberal medical education in biology. HE is a member of the National Honor Society, a Harvard Prize Book Recipient and plays the tenor saxophone in band. He said his parents contributed to his success by pushing him to strive for perfection.

• Third in his class, Jensen Barry, daughter of Jackie and Kevin Barry, will attend Providence College and enter the honors biology program in hopes of becoming a veterinarian. Jensen is a member of the National and Rhode Island Honor Society and became the Cumann Rince Dea Mheasa World Irish dance champion this spring.

• Ethan Dionne, fourth in his graduating class, will be attending Providence College to study biochemistry. Son of Denis and Lori Dionne, he was the president of the National Honor Society, won the Yale Book Award, and took home various awards for academic achievement. He said education is privilege, and he felt obligated to put in his best effort.

• Attending the University of Connecticut’s honors program majoring in biological science on a pre-med track, Brian Brown, son of Brian and Lori Brown, will graduate fifth in his class. He was captain of the lacrosse team, member of the National Honor Society, and won many academic achievements.

• Attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institue with a double major in electronic arts and biology to pursue her master’s in medical animation and illustration, Erin Turnbull, daughter of Joan and David Turnbull, graduated sixth in her class. She is secretary of the National Honor Soceity, and won many art competitions.

• At seventh in his class, Michael Doherty, son of Thomas and Michelle Doherty, will attend the University of Rhode Island to study civil or mechanical engineering. During his time at SHS, he won the URI Centennial Scholarship, and scored achievements in chemistry, U.S. history and computer programming.

• Elizabeth Willson, graduating eighth in her class, will be joining The World Race, a nine-month mission to Guatemala, Thailand, Malaysia and Swaziland. Daughter of Allan and Heidi Willson, she plans to attend Messiah College for international studies the following year. She is a member of the National Honor Society and played four years in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble.

• Ethan Gentile, son of Laura Simonsen and Chris Gentile, will graduate ninth in his class, continuing on to the University of Rhode Island’s doctor of pharmacy program. While at SHS, he was a tutor, and played four years of varsity lacrosse. He said he was motivated to represent his family to his fullest ability.

• Meagan Olson, daughter of Kris and Andrea Olson, will attend the University of Rhode Island majoring in civil engineering and foreign language with a minor in environmental engineering. She was 10th in class, and a member of the National and Rhode Island Honor Societies, and won the highest achievement in Spanish II.