Awards Season in High Gear
It’s that time of year when various groups wrap up the year by honoring those who have participated in their clubs, sports, or other activities.
Recently the Theatre Guild held its end of the year banquet and honored all of the participants in this year’s shows. Statuettes (think Oscars) were awarded in some serious and humorous categories by advisors, Joanne White and Kendra Donovan.
Best actor was given to Ryan Struzziery for his leading role as Danny Zuko in Grease. Sophie McLellan won the best actress award in a leading role as Sandy. Shandi Austin won an award for Best Dancer and was recognized for her fine choreography in several shows throughout her four years, including Grease and A Chorus Line. Madison Parlee got the “techy award” for her indispensable work behind the scenes, and Michael Bodley was presented with an award for his solo performance in Grease that brought the house down on both nights last December. Kimberlie Jean-Poix received an award for her hard work through the years as a Stage Manager. Morgan Foster was cited for being most supportive on and off the stage. Ali Landy received a Keeps Everyone Smiling award for her positive attitude.
Several students spoke about the impact that being in drama had on them. Many stories were shared about the good times and bad times during rehearsals. . Many of the seniors talked about how drama club gave them a way to deal with their identity at RHS. Some spoke about transferring in from another school — and being part of drama helped them overcome their fears of a new place. Others spoke of their overcoming shyness, through drama. Many mentioned how Ms. White and Mrs. Donovan “saved” the drama club when they had no advisor to oversee them two years ago.
Check out the photos below taken by Mrs. Adrienne Donovan.
Six seniors Sean Vo, McLellan, Austin, Kimberlee Jean-Poix, Morgan Foster and Michael Belmonte received cords to wear outside their gowns on Graduation night. These signify the seniors’ participation in the drama program.
On May 10, the Athletic Department also got into the award act recognizing the top senior male and female scholar-athletes of the year. The awards were presented at a banquet put on by the South Shore League. Julia DiCienzo and Matt Dunn were honored as were athletes from all the teams in the South Shore League at Souther’s Marsh Golf Club.
DiCienzo participates in swimming and softball and is a member of the National Honor Society. She will attend URI to study nursing. Dunn excelled in football and hockey, and will study criminal justice at Norwich University.
Our own Veritas staff also received awards recently at the New England Scholastic Press Association’s annual conference on May 5. The editors-in-chief, Sophie McLellan and Sean Vo were presented with a Highest Achievement Award for the Veritas in Scholastic Editing and Publishing. Jasmin Morse received a Highest Achievement award as editor of the on-line edition of the Veritas.
Individual work by Madeline Gear and Joe Taft received Special Achievement Awards. Gear’s photo gallery on the Esten School coding program was recognized as professionally done, and Taft’s article on the 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame inductees was cited for excellence.
Congratulations to these award winners!
Check back to this website as award season continues to see more student awards and honors as they roll in!