Mount’s top students look to the future

Mount’s top students look to the future

Caroline Corrigan, of Smithfield, has been named the 2020 Mount St. Charles Academy valedictorian, left, Julia Kamp, of Woonsocket, is the salutatorian and Isabella Felaco, of Bellingham, Mass., will serve as mistress of ceremonies.

WOONSOCKET – Mount Saint Charles Academy last week announced its top students who will serve as speakers at a graduation ceremony altered by COVID-19 measures.

Caroline Corrigan of Smithfield has been named valedictorian of the class of 2020, while Julia Kamp of Woonsocket has been named salutatorian. Isabella Felaco of Bellingham, Mass., will serve as mistress of ceremonies during the ceremony, which is scheduled for Aug. 2.

Students learned of their selection during a parade-style announcement that featured faculty members, buses and the Mountie mascot earlier this month.

Corrigan is the daughter of Jennifer and Jay Corrigan. In the fall, she plans to enroll in the six-year doctoral pharmacy program at the University of Rhode Island. In addition to her math and science classes, Corrigan said her interest in medicine was prompted by her experience volunteering at Landmark Medical Center the summer before her senior year.

“Especially now, I’m more happy than ever to join the medical field someday,” she said.

One of her favorite experiences at Mount, she said, was serving as a charism keeper for the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, a position that allowed her to travel to other schools in New Hampshire and Mississippi. She was also captain of the school’s Elite Dance Team and a member of campus ministry and the National Honor Society.

She has been recognized with the Congressional Leadership Award, the U.S. Math and Science Air Force Award, the Excellence in Writing Award and the Young Leaders Award.

Kamp is the daughter of Susan and Paul Kamp. In the fall, she plans to study neuroscience at the University of Vermont. She told The Breeze she’s interested in laboratory work and hopes to find a career path that allows her to combine her two passions for science and art.

During her time at Mount, Kamp was a member of the outdoor track, indoor track, cross country and soccer teams and was named captain and MVP of the indoor track team during her senior year. She also served as captain of the Science Olympiad team and volunteered as a lab assistant with the Blackstone River Watershed Council/Friends of the Blackstone water quality monitor program. In addition to her track awards, she received the Scholastic Silver Key for her artwork.

Kamp said her most influential teachers at Mount included her teacher counselor, Carol Smith, and her English teacher, Richard Lawrence, whose class had a strong impact.

“It allowed me to find my own writing voice and my own voice to speak up in classes,” she said.

Felaco is the daughter of Krista and Bruna Felaco. In the fall, she plans to study computer engineering at the University of Virginia, a career choice she said was partly inspired by her dad’s work as a software engineer.

“My dream would be to work with NASA. I think that would be the coolest thing, working on space programs,” she said.

During her time at Mount, Felaco was a member of the Elite Dance Team, attending several national and regional competitions, and the sixth grade buddies program. She also volunteered at Bernon Heights and Kevin K. Coleman Elementary Schools as part of the CAP program and served as captain of the math team.

Outside of school, she dances with Studio B Dance Center in Bellingham, Mass., and works at Vineyard Vines in Wrentham, Mass. She was previously named a National Merit Commended Student.

Other top 10 students, along with their future plans, include:

• Tanvi Bhatia, Bellingham, Mass. – Georgia Institute of Technology, computational media

• Katherine O’Brien, Franklin, Mass. – Villanova University, mechanical engineering

• Kathryn Rich, Smithfield – Quinnipiac University, occupational therapy

• Aidan Turner, Cumberland – Syracuse University, architecture

• Nicholas Tvaroha, Woonsocket – Champlain College, game programming

• Allan Villatoro, North Smithfield – Worcester Polytechnic Institute, engineering

• Brian Zhang, Woonsocket – Dartmouth College, data science/computer science