June 15, 2024

Seekonk High School Seniors Named South Coast Conference Academic All-Stars

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Seekonk -- Superintendent Rich Drolet and Principal William Whalen are pleased to announce that Seekonk High School seniors were recognized last week for being named South Coast Conference Academic All-Stars.

On Friday, May 12, Seekonk High School honored seniors Sydnie Hoskins, Ella Garnder, Sarah DeMelo, Ava Lyon and Ashly Gasior for being named South Coast Conference Academic All-Stars during a ceremony at the high school. National Honor Society Advisor Deanna Marinucci was on hand to provide a biography for each student during the ceremony.

As part of the ceremony, Principal Whalen gave each student a certificate of recognition and remarks were shared by Whalen and Superintendent Drolet.

"On behalf of the district, I would like to recognize and commend Sydnie, Ella, Sarah, Ava and Ashly for their stellar performances throughout their academic and extracurricular careers here at Seekonk High," Superintendent Drolet said. "Each student has consistently challenged themselves academically and ingrained themselves into the greater high school community through clubs and sports. I'm pleased to see them recognized for their hard work and wish them all the best as they leave Seekonk and embark on their futures."

Each year, South Coast Conference Schools recognize the top five students of the graduating class with the South Coast Conference Academic All-Star Award. Awarded students reflect each of the National Honor Society’s four pillars -- Service, Character, Scholarship and Citizenship -- and have also made a positive impact on their schools and community.

The South Coast Conference includes Apponequet Regional High School, Bourne High School, Joseph Case High School, Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School, Fairhaven High School, Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School, Old Rochester Regional High School, Seekonk High School, Somerset Berkley Regional High School and Wareham High School.

Sarah DeMelo
DeMelo is a passionate student who has devoted her high school years to numerous clubs, sports and leadership positions at the school. She is an executive board member of the National Honor Society, a member of the Portuguese Honor Society, and holds leadership positions on the Student Council, Yearbook Club and Portuguese Club.

She's also a three-season athlete with several varsity letters and pins. She's the captain of the girl's tennis team and was named a tennis MVP and South Coast Conference (SCC) All-Star Player.

She was also the recipient of the Susan B. Anthony book award for her relentless commitment to social injustices, as displayed in her many Model UN conferences.

Outside of school, DeMelo continues to advance from her First Degree Black Belt and has earned over 100 hours of community service.

DeMelo plans to attend the University of New Hampshire’s School of Nursing in hopes of eventually pursuing a career in neuroscience and mental illness nurse practitioning.

Ella Gardner
Throughout her high school years, Gardner has exemplified her passion for learning and being a well-immersed student. She is a member of both the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society, serves on the executive boards for the Spanish Club and Unified Club, and was a co-captain of this year's girls' soccer team.

She was the recipient of the Saint Michael's College Book Award for academic success and exemplary community service. She has accomplished 100 hours of community service with most of her hours coming from church involvement and babysitting.

Gardner will attend Penn State in the fall where she will be majoring in Health and Human Development.

Ashly Gasior
Throughout her years at Seekonk High School, Gasior has nurtured her academic curiosities and desires to give back to the community. Over the past four years, Gasior has been an active member of the Yearbook Club, Science Club, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and Math Team.

She has received numerous awards for her dedication to academics and her community, including the Brown University Book Award and the Outstanding Undergraduate Award.

Gasior has completed over 100 hours of community service, most of which was done at Miriam Hospital in the Patient Care Equipment Department.

Gasior has future plans to be a neurosurgeon. She will be attending the University of Connecticut in the Honors Program for Chemistry on the pre-med track in the fall.

Sydnie Hoskins
Hoskins has had an impressive high school career that has been recognized through numerous awards and recognitions. She has been part of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Band and Key Club throughout her time at Seekonk High. While a member of the Key Club, she spearheaded a jean drive for homeless teens.

In addition to the clubs she's a part of, Hoskins is a varsity athlete on the cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track teams. She has received several awards for her cross country performance, including the Cross Country Coaches Award and Cross Country SCC Sportsmanship Award, and was named to the Cross Country All-Star Team.

She has also received the George Eastman Young Leaders Award.

Outside of school, she has spent over 100 hours volunteering, spending a portion of her volunteer hours at a local hospital, and has worked at a local restaurant since her sophomore year.

She will be attending Boston College’s Connell School of Nursing, a prestigious program that only admits 100 students each year, and hopes to work in a neonatal intensive care unit.

Ava Lyon
Lyon has consistently pushed herself by taking eight Advanced Placement classes throughout her four years of high school. In addition to her rigorous course load, she also participated in several extracurricular activities.

Lyons is a member of the Student Council in addition to several other clubs. She is a member of the Spanish Honor Society and National Honor Society, for which she serves as a member of the executive board.

She has also been on the varsity soccer and tennis teams for the past three years and has been named a co-captain for the girls tennis team this year.

Lyons is the recipient of the Francis W. Gallishaw Memorial Scholarship and received the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute book award for outstanding academic achievement in the study of mathematics and science.

She has achieved over 100 hours of community service, with most of her hours coming from her time volunteering at The Miriam Hospital where she worked in the Patient Care Equipment Department.

Upon graduation, she will be attending Boston University's Sargent College to study human physiology as one of 160 incoming class members on the pre-med track.

"Sydnie, Ella, Sarah, Ava and Ashly have continuously shined throughout their academics, extracurriculars and community service during their time at Seekonk High," Principal Whalen said. "They have positioned themselves as model students within our community and I ask that you all join me in congratulating them on this accomplishment."

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