Kruzan, Dube lead NSHS Class of 2019

Kruzan, Dube lead NSHS Class of 2019

Jarrod Dube and Morgan Kruzan

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Morgan Kruzan has been named valedictorian and Jarrod Dube has been named salutatorian of the North Smithfield High School class of 2019.

Kruzan is the daughter of Bradley and Jean Kruzan and a lifelong resident of North Smithfield. In addition to her academic abilities, Kruzan has served as class recording secretary since her sophomore year and is a co-captain of the varsity volleyball team. Some of her highlights at NSHS include competing twice in the state division semi-finals for volleyball.

Kruzan is a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions and serves as a D.A.R.E. role model to local 5th-grade students. She was inducted into the National Honor Society in 2018 and was a member of NSHS’s first chemistry team, which placed second in their division at the University of Rhode Island competition in 2018. For her senior project, she worked with trained comfort and therapy dogs and brought therapy dogs to NSHS during this year’s midterm exams. Outside of school, she volunteers as a religious education teacher at St. John the Evangelist Church.

Next year, she plans to attend Providence College to study biology in the pre-medical track. She enjoys working with infants and hopes to go into pediatric medicine to work with newborns. She told The Breeze she looks forward to graduation but will be sad to leave behind her classmates at NSHS.

“It’s so weird to think I’ve grown up with these people my whole life and they’ve shaped me, and I don’t know if I’ll see many of them after next month,” she said.

Dube is the son of Michael and Susan Dube and a lifelong resident of North Smithfield. During his time at NSHS, he served as vice president of the chorus and captain of the boys’ varsity tennis team. He has also competed on the varsity soccer and indoor track teams and said one of his highlights at NSHS was scoring the goal that helped clinch the regular season for the Northmen in 2018. He also competed on the math team and is a member of the National Honor Society. Outside of school, he works for a men’s hockey league at the Rhode Island Sports Center on Route 146.

Next year, Dube plans to attend Bryant University to study actuarial science or math with a minor in creative writing in order to pursue his interests in both math and creative writing. For his senior project this year, he explored his passion for creative writing by writing a play.

“One of my teachers, Mr. Yeaw, has really influenced me to go into math, because I joined math team with him sophomore year and that’s always been a fun thing for me,” he added.

Both students are active in the NSHS Music Department and participated in chamber choir during their time at NSHS. Kruzan also participated in jazz choir and was chosen to serve as a choral student director during her junior year. For three years, she performed in the Rhode Island Senior All-State Chorus as an alto. Dube also participated in the NSHS men’s choir, the Testertones, since their founding in his freshman year and participated in the Rhode Island All-State Choir for four years, ranking third bass in the state in his sophomore year. As members of the choir, both students enjoyed trips to Disney World and New York and performed at Carnegie Hall. They will perform in their final spring concert at NSHS later this month.

The NSHS Class of 2019 graduation ceremonies will be held on Thursday, June 6, at the North Smithfield Athletic Complex.