Davies top two students hail from Pawtucket

Davies top two students hail from Pawtucket

Valedictorian Gloria Medeiros, left, and salutatorian Stephen Rogers, both of Pawtucket.

LINCOLN – The top two students at William M. Davies Jr. Career & Technical High School in Lincoln say they thank their families, teachers, and friends for supporting and inspiring them during their time in high school.

Valedictorian Gloria Medeiros, who was part of the graphics and interactive media program at Davies, secured a 4.32 GPA, while salutatorian Stephen Rogers, who was in the pre-engineering technology program, finished with a GPA of 4.27. Both are residents of Pawtucket.

“My parents really pushed me to be my best and always made sure school was my number one focus,” said Medeiros, daughter of Dinarte and Anivia Medeiros. “Ms. (Holly) Hunt inspired me to keep working hard and to be confident in my abilities and my own self. My small circle of friends and my online friends helped me stay in a good mental place. I am especially proud of my own self for never giving up, and I’ve wanted to so many times.”

Medeiros “demonstrates the skills and drive to have a promising future in graphic design,” said Adam Flynn-Tabloff, director of Davies, during a virtual announcement of the top two students, adding that her “amazing design skills” played an important part in creating Davies’ yearbook. “She consistently pushes herself to achieve high marks and continually learn.”

A member of the Rhode Island Honor Society, the National Technical Honor Society and Skills USA, Medeiros said her friends are what she will remember most about her time in high school.

“My favorite thing about Davies is probably all the time I had for shop. As much as I would have loved to have more electives … I loved having graphics,” she said.

The Pawtucket resident, who attended Fallon Memorial Elementary School and Jenks Junior High School, said she’s still unsure about her future and may take a gap year.

Rogers, son of Bonnie and Raymond Rogers, is a member of the National Honor Society, the Rhode Island Honor Society, and the National Technical Honor Society, and plans to attend New England Institute of Technology to pursue a degree in software engineering before seeing “where life takes me from there,” he said.

With excellent skills in computer programming, robotics system design and electronics circuit design, Rogers “demonstrates excellent promise to further his studies in engineering after leaving Davies,” Flynn-Tabloff said. “(He) consistently strives for excellence in everything that he does. … He’s inherently motivated and sets high goals for himself.”

Rogers is an active member of Skills USA and received the bronze medal in the 2017 state level robotics contest.

When he started high school Rogers said he knew he was interested in technology but wasn’t sure what field. His time at Davies helped him learn he was interested in coding, he said. “I’ve come to really enjoy that.”

He thanked his parents and teachers Joe Mazzone, Steve Cardoso, and Kathy Sutton for their support and said his favorite part about Davies was “meeting a bunch of different people, making a bunch of friends, and seeing all these ideas.”

The lifelong Pawtucket resident attended Potter-Burns Elementary School and Goff Middle School.

While the high school is hoping to have a graduation ceremony on Aug. 26, they will broadcast a salute to their seniors on Capitol TV and their website and social media channels on Thursday, June 11, at 7:30 p.m. Students will pick up their diplomas on Friday, June 12, which school officials say they hope will be livestreamed.