HIGH FIVE CLUB
With weekly input from faculty, D-R administration recognizes two seniors each week for outstanding achievement within the school community. Along with having their names read on Friday morning, they receive a tee-shirt to wear that day and recognition on the school website and blog. The program is supported financially through a donation from Bristol County Savings Bank.
JASON BERUBE - September 2016
Jason Berube is enrolled in several AP classes and received the Assistant Principal’s Award at the Junior Awards Ceremony last spring. A member of Best Buddies for four years, he has acted as captain and coach for Special Olympics Unified basketball and Unified Track. He is captain of the D-R Soccer Team. Jason, who has studied dance for the past ten years, performed at the Best Buddies Prom hosted by DRRHS. He teaches dance and has been a choreographer for three years. He was named an Outstanding D-R Freshman Mentor tutors younger students. Jason plans to attend college to study physical therapy and athletic training.
MEGAN MORAN - September 2016
Megan Moran, who takes both AP and Honors courses, is the President of the D-R National Honor Society. She is Captain of the D-R Soccer, and participated in winter track for three years and spring track for four years. She also plays on the Bruno United, a premier soccer team. Megan is a Peer Leader and member of Best Buddies. She volunteers at Sturdy Memorial Hospital. Following graduation, she plans to attend college for pre-med studies. She wants to become a physician.
MATTHEW HERBERT - September 2016
Matt Herbert takes both AP and Honors courses and received the Dean’s Award at the 2016 Junior Awards Ceremony. He is the senior drum major of the D-R Marching Band. Matt is a student co-founder and member of the D-R Lacrosse Team. He participated as a member of the Youth Cabinet for Congressman Joseph Kennedy, and is a local youth firefighter. Matt volunteers at Palmer River Elementary School and Community Covenant Church. He plans to attend college to obtain a degree in political science, join ROTC and become a pilot.
GLORIA GARCIA - September 2016
Gloria Garcia is a member of the National Honor Society and enrolled in several AP and Honors courses. She is captain of the D-R Cheerleaders and participates in both winter and spring track. Gloria is involved in student government and a member of Best Buddies. She speaks three languages fluently. As a volunteer, she has worked at Hasbro and RI Hospital, at Polish school programs, cheer camps, and at church services. Following graduation, she plans to attend college to study international relations.
MADISON BURTAN - October 2016
A member of the National Honor Society, Madison Burtan takes both AP and Honor classes and is very active in many organizations. She currently serves as Student Body Vice President after acting as Class of 2017 Class Secretary for three years. Madison has been a member of Pro Musica for four years, and a member of the Drama Club for four years and vocal captain. She is a recipient of the Dean’s Art Award, member of DRImprov, and member of the Speech and Debate Team. She attended the MA HOBY Leadership Conference in 2015. Madison is a vegetarian and has volunteered at a summer camp, local library, and senior center. She plans to attend college to study theatre.
JOEL PAPP - October 2016
Joel Papp is in the top 5% of the Class of 2017 and takes several AP and Honors courses. He is a member of the National Honor Society and past recipient of the Yale University Book Award. Joel captains three teams, soccer, basketball and tennis. He was recipient of the Scholar Athlete Award at the 2016 Junior Book Awards Ceremony. He is a Life Boy Scout working toward Eagle rank and volunteers for numerous community service projects outside of school. Following graduation, he plans to attend college with a focus on pre-med studies. He hopes to continue his education by attending medical school and become a physician.
ALEXIS BRAZ - October 2016
Student Body President Alexis Braz is a member of the National Honor Society and takes several AP courses. She earned a perfect score on the Math MCAS. She was awarded the St. Lawrence University Book Award at the 2016 Junior Awards Ceremony. A student athlete, Alexis has been a cheerleader for the past four years and currently serves as captain. She is a previous member of the track team. President of the school’s Best Buddies chapter, she is also a member of the unified basketball and track teams. She plans on studying international business at a four-year college following graduation.
RYAN FERRARA - October 2016
Ryan Ferrara is a member of the National Honor Society and takes several AP and Honors courses. He serves as vice presdietn of in Student Government, a Freshman Mentor, and member of Best Buddies. He participates in both unified basketball and track. Ryan is a recipient of the Citizenship Award, and the Elmira College Key Award. Ryan was a previous member of the Leo Lions Club and currently participates in the DRRHS Literacy Initiative at a local library. He also volunteers as a counselor for children at a Bible school camp. He plans to attend college to study accounting and actuarial science.
JENNA BARLOW - November 2016
A member of the National Honor Society, Jenna Barlow takes both AP and honors courses. She has been a member of Peer Leaders for the past four years, and served as an officer for two years. Jenna is co-president of the Literacy Initiative Club, and a member the Spanish Club, Photography Club, and Best Buddies. For three years, she had been a freshman mentor, and also played as a member of the Unified Track and Field team. She is a student in the CTE Criminal Justice Program and participated in the MA State Academy Student Trooper Program in 2015. She volunteered during Homeless Awareness Weekend for three years. Outside of school, she was a teacher for the Global Leadership Adventures program in Ghana, Africa where she taught English, math and science at a primary school for three weeks, and also made bricks to expand the school. Jenna plans to attend college to study international relations and diplomacy.
NATHAN CUMMINGS - November 2016
Nathan Cummings is enrolled in several AP and honors courses and a student athlete who has played baseball for four years and basketball for five years. He is a co-organizer of the Frank Natale Annual Golf Tournament that raises money for the Jimmy Fund, and a counselor in training for the Boys and Girls Club’s Camp Ramsbottom. He works at Stop and Shop. Following graduation, Nathan plans to attend college to study sports medicine or business management.
BENJAMIN BIELLO - November 2016
While taking both AP and honors courses, Benjamin Briello is an active student athlete as member of the Spring Track Team (3 years), Winter Track Team (3 years), and Football Team (4 years). He participates in DECA and volunteers as a teen helper for the Hillside Bible Baptist Church. He has been involved in the United States Naval Sea Cadet program. Benjamin plans to attend college to pursue a career as an entrepreneur.
ALEXIS HARRIS - November 2016
Alexis Harris takes both AP and honors courses while participating in student athletes. She is captain of the Field Hockey team and captain of the Lacrosse Team. Alexis is an active peer leader. She is also a member of Best Buddies, Spanish Club, Latin Club and the school’s Ski Club. She volunteers at a soup kitchen in Fall River. After graduation, Alexis plans to attend college to pursue a career in the medical field.
CECELIA LITTLE - December 2016
A member of the National Honor Society, Cecelia Little is ranked in the top 5% of the Class of 2017 while taking both AP and honors courses. As a student athlete, Cecelia is a member of the cross country team (4 years), the winter and spring track teams (2 years) and both the Unified Basketball and Unified Track teams. She has been on the leadership committee for Best Buddies for the pat four years and developed a public service announcement for “spread the word to end the word” campaign. Cecelia has acted as a mentor for the Freshman Transition Program for three years, and is also a member of Pro Musica. She is a recipient of two DR Excellence Awards, and the St. Anselm College Book Award. Cecelia was nominated and certified for attending the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, DC. She volunteers at Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center and works part-time as a babysitter, mother’s helper and dog sitter. Following graduation, she plans to attend college to pursue both English and Philosophy studies. She eventually hopes to attend law school.
ANNA STONE - December 2016
While taking both AP and honors courses, Anna Stone is currently President of DECA and recipient of the Outstanding Career and Technical Performance Award in marketing. As an athlete, she is a member of the varsity ice hockey team and member of the Tri-County Saints Hockey team (4 years). Anna is also a member of the DR Marching Band, and a member of the Freshman Transition Program. She is a recipient of the Remarkable Junior Award given by the Taunton branch of the American Association of University Women. After graduating in the spring, Anna plans to attend college to study business management.
WILLIAM DAVIS - December 2016
Class President William Davis takes both AP and honors courses and is a member of the National Honor Society. He was recently named 2016 Mr. DR in the annual competition show. A student athlete, William is captain of the cross country team and the winter track team, member of the MA State Track Association All-Academic Team, and named a Cross Country SCC All State. He also plays on the varsity lacrosse team. William has been active in the State Student Advisory Council as a delegate, on the executive committee, as health committee chairman, and alternate communications coordinator. He is a recipient of the DAR Good Citizens Award, and the Harvard University Book Award. Following graduation, he plans to attend college to study political science.
KRISTINA PEREZ - December 2016
Kristina Perez takes both honors and AP courses and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is captain of the varsity cheerleaders and four-year member of the tennis team. She served as her class president in both 9th and 10th grades. Active in many groups, she is a member of the Leo Club, Pro Musica, and the Freshman Transition Program, and Peer Leaders. Kristina was chair for the incredibly successful Mr. DR competition show this year. She is a recipient of the Regis College Book Award last year as a junior, and recipient of the DR Excellence Award in grades 10 and 11. Outside of school, Kristina volunteers at Sturdy Memorial Hospital and is a volunteer CCD teacher at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. She is also a member of the National Piano Guild Association, and recipient of the Pope Pius X Award for outstanding work and dedication to the Catholic faith. She plans to attend college and pursue a career in the medical field.
JILLIAN HENRIQUE - November 2016
Jullian Henrique is ranked in the top 20% of her class and is a member of the National Honor Society while taking several AP and honors courses. For the past three years, she has been the company manager of the DR Theatre Company, and honor thespian in the International Thespian Society. Jillian has served as captain of the Speech and Debate Team for three years, and is a member of the DR Mock Trial Team. She is also a member of the Student Advisory Committee. Jillian plans to attend college to study medicine. She hopes to eventually become a trauma surgeon.
NATHANIAL BELL - October 2016
Nathanial Bell is enrolled in both AP and honors courses. A member of the National Thespian Society, he is active in the DR Drama Club on the stage and set crew. Nathanlal is an Assistant Senior Patrol Leader for his Boy Scout troop and has completed an outstanding number of community service hours, helping with flag replacements, food drives and clean-ups. Following graduation, he plans to attend college to pursue a degree in chemistry or engineering.
SOPHIA BURROWS - January 2017
Sophia Burrows was recognized during her junior year for Outstanding Career and Technical Performance in Criminal Justice. She is a captain of both the outdoor and indoor track and field teams, playing as a varsity athlete the past four years. She is recipient of the MVP Field Award 2016 and SCC All-Star Honorable Mention. Sophia is active in a number of school organizations including Best Buddies, Unified Basketball, Photography Club and Art Club. She has participated in dance and Girl Scouts. Following graduation, she plans to continue her studies at the university level and achieve an undergraduate degree in human services or criminology with a minor in psychology or criminal justice.
HANNAH BARLOW - January 2017
A member of the National Honor Society, Hannah Barlow is enrolled in both AP and honors courses. She is founder of the school’s Spanish Club and currently serves as president. She was previously VP of the club. Hannah is a member of the Literacy Initiative, and the Latin Club. As a sophomore, she was recipient of the National Latin Exam, Magna Cum Laude. Last year she was named National Latin Exam, Magna Cum Laude Silver as a junior. She volunteers at the Blanding Public Library in Rehoboth, and has participated in a Homeless Awareness Convention. Hannah has also authored a novel published online. Following graduation, she plans to attend college to study art history.
ROBYN D’AMBROSIO - January 2017
Robyn D’Ambrosio takes both AP and honors courses and is very active in school organizations. She is Co-President of the Literacy Initiative Program, Treasurer of the Student Body, member of Peer Leaders, Best Buddies, Unified Track and Unified Basketball. As a freshman and sophomore, she received the DR Excellence Award. She is recipient of the AMC Math Award, and Boston College Book Award as a junior. Robyn participates in DECA and placed second in the Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Event at the DECA Districts Competition. She volunteers at the Blanding Library and at Beckwith Middle School. She was a member of the Assistant Principal Search Committee. Robyn plans to attend college to study business management.
MAHGDALEN PROPHITT-SCHWARTZ - January 2017
The highest raked high school debater in Massachusetts, Mahgdalen Prophitt-Schwartz serves as captain of the DR Speech and Debate Team. She has received many awards for debate since October 2015, including three Top Novice awards in group discussion, and three 1st Place awards in group discussion Mahgdalen is a member of GSA, and serves as President of the Transfer Student Union. She also serves on the leadership team for Best Buddies and acts as a peer buddy. She is a current member of the Spanish Club, and past member of the Voc Writing Club. She received the Dean’s List Award in 2013 and 2014. Following graduation, Mahgdalen plans to attend college to study political science and international affairs.
BRIELLE GRAVEL - February 2017
A member of the National Honor Society, Brielle Gravel takes AP Latin and is President of the D-R Latin Club. She received the DR Student Nomination Award for Responsibility and received the Rhode Island College Book Award at the 2016 Junior Awards Ceremony. Brielle also received the Silver Maxima Cum Laude Award on the National Latin Exam. She volunteers through the Leon Lions Club and supports the Blanding Library. Following graduation, Brielle plans to attend college and study biology.
ELIZA McCANN - February 2017
While enrolled in both AP and honors courses, Eliza McCann acts as stage manager for the DR Theatre Company. She is currently involved in production of costumes for the spring musical, Disney’s Little Mermaid and she organizes the crew for rehearsals. Eliza also acts as historian for the school’s chapter of the International Thespian Society. She has helped organize the school’s annual Pirate and Princess Party. As a student athlete, she is a member of the lacrosse team. She volunteers at a local summer camp. Eliza plans to pursue business studies at college following graduation.
ANNIE CONLON - February 2017
Annie Conlon is enrolled in both AP and honors courses and has been active in student government for the past three years. She is a member of the DR Peer Leaders. As a student athlete, Annie has been a member of both the winter and spring tracek teams for the past two years. She is also on the school volleyball team. She volunteers at the Taunton Animal Shelter and has been a dancer for eight years. Following graduation, she plans to attend college with a goal of studying veterinary medicine.
SARAH GUIMOND - February 2017
Sarah Guimond, a member of the National Honor Society, takes several AP and honors courses while acting as captain of the girls basketball team. Recipient of the Dean’s Scholarly Female Athlete of the Year Award, Sarah is also a member of the soccer team and outdoor track and field team. She is a member of Best Buddies and member of the DR Peer Leaders. She is recipient of the St. Michael’s Book Award for community service and excellence. She volunteers as a soccer coach, a library assistant, and a camp counselor. Following graduation from high school, she plans to attend college to study nursing.