NORTH SMITHFIELD – A virtual awards program streamed to North Smithfield families on Friday, June 18 recognized outstanding members of the Class of 2021, with the announcement of awards and honors for achievements during their time at North Smithfield High School.
Teachers and administrators spoke about the students, discussing the reasons each was chosen to receive honors in music, athletics, academics and more.
First was the All Around Art Excellence Award, presented by visual arts teacher Andrea Savginac to senior Bethany Raposa.
“She is a creative thinker who is not afraid to be herself,” said Savignac of Raposa.
Science Department Chairperson Lauren Nelson presented the Science Department Award to Madison Tiner, who plans to attend the University of Rhode Island next year to study biology and secondary education.
“She displays scientific aptitude and curiosity,” Nelson said of the student.
Prior to the school’s pandemic-related closure in 2020, NSHS held a National History Day event in keeping with last year’s theme “Breaking Barriers. Teacher Natalie O’Brien recognized Raposa as author of the first place paper in the competition and student Pasquale Camastro as winner of the first place individual exhibit. Student Jenna Gamache won second place for individual exhibits and group exhibit awards went to Olivia Cimerol, Jordan Allard, Noah Gremour and Jack Beauchemin.
English Department Chairperson Karen Bodden announced that the Sue VanHouwe Hreczuck Memorial English Award will go to Emily Daltorio.
“She’s a great writer and a great communicator,” said Bodden. “This is a student that loves literature.”
Band Director Kevin Plouffe announced that the Director’s Choice Award goes to Courtney Toporosky.
“This student was always willing to get the job done with a winning smile,” Plouffe said.
Varsity Club Awards were given to all students who received seven or more varsity letters during their time at NSHA and Athletic Director Matthew Tek named Thao Nguyen, Madison Tiner, Olivia Cimerol, Eliana Jagiello, Tessa LaBarre, Alyssa Neri, Aiden Beauchmin, Ethan Cote and Evan Gravel.
Physical Education Department Chairperson James Fitzgerald announced Unified Sports Team recognitions, with student Ruth Diaz noted for volleyball and Hurteau as a, “perfect partner.” For basketball, Fitzgerald acknowledged Natalia Yearby and MVP Cole Thaddeus Stenovitch.
“When I need him to do anything he’s there for me,” Fitzgerald said of Stenovich.
Special scholarships were also announced from various town organizations, and the North Smithfield Teachers Association presented the student who raised more than $4,000 for Parkinson’s Foundation as her senior project, Hailey Hurteau, with theirs.
Clarissa Russell described the process of selecting Hurteau, who plans to study elementary education at Rhode Island College next year.
“It was clear that many teachers thought very highly of this student,” Russell said, noting that with Hurteau’s virtual 5-k, “she put in well beyond the 15 hours of field work required to complete her project.”
“Congratulation, Hailey, on this achievement,” Russell said. “We are so proud of you.”
Below is an additional list of awards and recognitions announced Friday night. The complete video can be viewed here.
ACTIVITY AND ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
American Mathematical Society Award: Ethan Kmiecik
Spanish Achievement Award: Meghan Stevens and Alexandra Orovitz
National Honor Society Officers:
- Alexandra Orovitz – President
- Sophie Yatskin – Vice President
- Meghan Stevens – Treasurer
- Madison Tiner – Communications Secretary
- Tessa LaBarre – Recording Secretary
Matthew James Milner Memorial Scholarship: Madison Tiner
French Club Officers:
- President – Brett Berard
- Vice President – Amanda Haner
- Treasurer – Noah Gremour
- Secretary – Madison Tiner
French Achievement Award : Madison Tiner
Class of 2020 Officers:
- President – Samantha Hvizdos
- Vice President – Kylie McCauley
- Treasurer – Owen Dubois
- Secretary – Tessa LaBarre
Louis Armstrong Jazz Award: Patrick Vose
Choral Director Awards: Eva Carnevale, Samantha Hvizdos
National School Choral Award: Hailey Hurteau
Outstanding Achievement in Dance: Eliana Jagiello
John Philip Sousa Band Award: Meghan Stevens
Subway Most Valuable Student Athlete: Aidan Beauchemin & Thao Nguyen
Northmen/Lady Northmen Senior Athlete of the Year: Alyssa Neri & Evan Gravel
North Smithfield Alumni Association Sportsmanship Award: Ethan Lussier & Olivia Cimerol
North Smithfield Athletic Association Distinguished Athlete Award: Ethan Cote & Madison Tiner
NSHS Scholar/Athlete Awards: Declan Eddy & Tessa Labarre
US Figure Skating Association Gold level performer: Laura Molloy
Rhode Island College Book Award: Emily Daltorio
Pell Award for U. S. History: Joshua Kortchinsky
Lt. Governor’s Award: Olivia Cimerol
Congressman Cicilline Award: Hailey Hurteau
Mary E. McNamara Award: Sophie Yatskin
Career & Technical Education Honors
Rhode Island Honor Society:
RIDE Senior Pinning – Students going into education:
- Alexis Bogan
- Declan Eddy
- Hailey Hurteau
Class of 2020 4.0 Club:
Salutatorian Award: Ethan Kmiecik
Valedictorian Award: Meghan Stevens
N. S. Youth Soccer Association Scholarships: Owen Dubois, Evan Gravel
Frehill Council #5702 Scholarship: Owen Dubois
Michele Crepeau Memorial Scholarship: Macey Hanks
NSPTO Award: Evan Gravel
Carl & Ruby Christiansen Scholarship: Allison Beecy
James Dalti Memorial Scholarship: Macey Hanks
Friends of the North Smithfield Scholarship: Declan Eddy & Samantha Wholey
Kidz Club Scholarship: Devony Omweg
The Bradley Scholarship Awards: Ethan Kmiecik & Madison Tiner
Monroe/Cahill Memorial Scholarship: Olivia Cimerol & Connor Huntley
The Scottie Wright Memorial Scholarship: Alyson Paux
Class of 1971 Memorial Scholarship: Macey Hanks
Cabral/Contildes Family Scholarship: Deven Grant
Michael F. Lovett Scholarship: Kylie McCauley & Alyson Paux
Samuel Lilley Memorial Scholarship: Matthew Gromkiewicz
The Rhode Island Polonia Scholarship Foundation: Amanda Szulc
North Smithfield Little League Scholarship: Evan Gravel
Daughters of the American Revolution Award: Joshua Kortschinsky