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Roberts honors high school seniors who have made positive contributions to their schools and communities

PROVIDENCE—Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts yesterday recognized Rhode Island's exemplary high school seniors at the 2007 ceremony of the Lieutenant Governor's Leadership Awards, granting awards to sixty-two students from across Rhode Island. Lt. Gov. Roberts was also joined by keynote speaker Reza Clifton, a local activist who currently serves as the vice president of the Rhode Island Young Professionals and a Community Development Specialist at the Urban League of Rhode Island. Clifton is also the editor of and a local freelance writer.

"The high school students with us here today represent the best and the brightest in Rhode Island, students who have dedicated themselves to their studies and their communities with passion and a desire to make our state better," Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts. "These young people deserve our highest praise and I am proud to present them with Leadership Awards. I look forward to learning about all of their great accomplishments for years to come."

Initiated in 1993 to recognize high school seniors who have made positive differences in their schools and their communities, the Lieutenant Governor's Leadership Awards program enables each high school in the state to nominate one student each year based on their dedication to scholarship, their commitment to community service, and their embodiment of leadership qualities.

The following students are the 2007 Lieutenant Governor's Leadership Awards recipients:

• Daniel Derocher, Apponaug Christian Academy • Kate Haworth, Barrington High School • Christopher M. Hardy, Bishop Hendricken High School • Megan R. Belmont, Bishop Keough High School • John David Warfel, Block Island School • Laura A. Sidia, Burrillville High School • Estefany Rodriguez, Central Falls Jr.-Sr. High School • Nicholas Frias, Central High School • Tabitha McLellan, Chariho High School • Abraham Berin, Classical High School • Jennifer Ann Gay, Cranston Career & Tech Center • Nicole J. Desrosiers, Cranston High School East • Kelly Ann Connors, Cumberland High School • Rachelle Koenia, Davies Career-Tech High School • Wilthon A. Madera, E Cubed Academy High School • Coreen Paige Bonham, East Greenwich High School • Jillian Boucher, East Providence High School • Caroline G. Ward, Exeter-West Greenwich Regional • Darnell Spencer, Feinstein High School • Joshua Mancini, Hope Arts High School • Yakaira Mella, Hope Leadership High School • Jessica Knight, Hope Technology High School • Paulette Cameron, Immaculate Conception Academy • Dorothy Joyal, Johnston Senior High School • Kristen Elsner, La Salle Academy • Vanessa Conti, Lincoln School • John Barrett Nolan, Lincoln Senior High School • Sarah E. Benson, Middletown High School • Elizabeth Stark, Moses Brown School • Matthew Dame, Mount Hope High School • Tarah M. Parrino, Mount St. Charles Academy • April L. Smith, Narragansett High School • Allison Lopes, Newport Career & Tech Center • Kelsey H. Wiggin, North Kingstown Sr. High • Diandra Fallone, North Providence High School • Thomas C. Mrva, North Smithfield Jr.-Sr. High School • Brittany A. Pereira, Our Lady of Fatima High School • Carla Hall, Pilgrim High School • Heather Fagnant, Ponaganset High School • Anna Buckley, Portsmouth Abbey School • Amanda Duckworth, Portsmouth High School • Amee Amin, Rocky Hill School • Melisa I. Carrasquillo, Rogers High School • Jennifer Paull, Scituate High School • Sonia A. Sirois, Shea High School • Kathryn Cote, Smithfield High School • Felicia L. Strom, South Kingstown High School • Lindsey Anne McQuilkin, St. George's School • Courtney Wallin, St. Mary Academy-Bay View • Thomas Greffin, St. Raphael Academy • Sarah Freitas, The Prout School • Alena Mehtani , The Wheeler School • Jennifer Anne Tierney, Tiverton High School • Grace E. Fox, Toll Gate High School • Niko S. Martinelli, Trinity Christian Academy • Kelly Carpenter, Warwick Career & Tech Center • Julia Brough, Warwick Veterans High School • Molly B. Blais, West Warwick High School • Alexandra Lynch, Westerly High School • Susan Elizabeth Machado, William E. Tolman High School • Julio Acevedo, Woonsocket Career & Tech Center • Kayley Groundwater, Woonsocket High School


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