NORTH SMITHFIELD – They achieved perfect – or better than perfect – grade point averages, with the help of honors and advanced placement courses during their time at North Smithfield High School, and their futures look undoubtedly bright.
They are the 13 students to join the school’s “4.0 club,” high-achieving graduates in the Class of 2021, who were recognized by the school in a countdown to Friday’s commencement services.
North Smithfield seniors achieving a 4.0 or better include Emily Daltorio, headed off to study film and graphic design at Rhode Island College; and Amanda Haner, who plans to study chemistry at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Connor Huntley, who will study marine biology at Roger Williams University made the list; along with Salutatorian Ethan Kmiecik, majoring in Business Administration at Bryant University. Biology/pre-med major Joshua Kortschinski, attending Rhode Island College; nursing major Tessa Labarre, a future student at Plymouth State; and health sciences major Thao Nguyen, attending Baylor University, are also on the list.
Also named were Alyson Paux, who plans to attend the Community College of Rhode Island as part of the RI Promise Scholarship Program, before transferring to the University of Rhode Island to study business; Alexandra Orovitz, an incoming pre-physician major at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University; and Alyssa Neri, a future University of Tampa student who has not yet decided her major.
Valedictorian Meghan Stevens, a fall chemical engineering major at Worcester Polytechnic Institute whose GPA was 4.736, was recognized, as was Madison Tiner, who will study secondary education-science at the University of Rhode Island and Sophie Yatskin, who will attend the University of Rhode Island to study animal science
The seniors were recognized on the North Smithfield High School Facebook page as part of a countdown to graduation, to take place on Friday, June 11.
Guidance Counselor William Pepin noted that the school celebrated the top ten or top ten percent of students in previous years.
“We decided to change this award to the 4.0 Club to pit students against themselves instead of against each other,” Pepin said. “We felt that it was the best way to honor these high achieving students at NSHS.”
GPAs beyond the traditional cap of 4.0 are achieved by using a weighted system that gives additional credit for high-level courses.