Dighton-Rehoboth Seniors Look to the Future
When Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School’s 2021 senior class graduates on June 5, Valedictorian Bella DeCilio and Salutatorian Christopher Pike will be looking ahead to a brighter future after a tumultuous year.
“I always try my best in my classes so it was a nice surprise to be named Valedictorian,” DeCilio said. “I’m really excited to move on and go to college.” DeCilio will be attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she plans to major in chemistry.
“I got a lot of positive support from a lot of my friends,” Pike recalled. “For the most part, my friends made it into the top ten so we were all there supporting each other.” Pike will be attending Northeastern University. He plans to study mechanical engineering.
While at D-R, DeCelio was a member of the Marching Band, the theater company known as the International Thespian Society, and the National Honors Society.
Pike was also a member of the Marching Band and the National Honors Society. He belonged to the Boy Scouts, where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, and played in the Bristol County Fife and Drum Corps.
DeCilio and Pike believe their time at Dighton-Rehoboth had an impact on their personalities. “I’ve definitely become more confident and I’ve put more effort into my classes,” DeCilio said. “I’ve met a lot of great friends here and I found my passions through a lot of the activities I do.” Pike said he became “a lot more responsible and learned about time management.”
Dealing with Covid and distance learning was a big challenge for the two seniors. “It was a struggle for everyone in our class because all the events that we had planned were cancelled and postponed, DeCilio noted. “Distance learning is definitely hard too. It’s not the same as learning in a classroom.”
DeCilio advises next year’s seniors to work hard and take chances. “Put effort into your classes, keep trying new things, do them so you can get that experience.” Pike instructs seniors to “manage your time and finish assignments early.”
Decilio and Pike are looking forward to graduation and taking a break from learning for a few months. “I’m happy to be done and happy to be moving on to bigger and better things,” Pike added.