RICHMOND — If there is 1 issue that valedictorian Alanna Healy and salutatorian Abigayle Fadgen share in typical, it is a like of science.
The top rated students of Chariho Higher School’s Class of 2023, Healy and Fadgen, have forged unique paths on their way to graduation. Healy is a Westerly resident that chose to attend Chariho particularly to be element of the overall health care profession pathway, although Fadgen is an avid vocalist, actress and outside-lover with aspirations of following in her father’s footsteps as a chemist.
Each have excelled academically and been very engaged in the college neighborhood, Chariho Principal Andrea Spas stated, and have been an instance of what can be achieved by setting higher objectives and functioning tough to accomplish them.
“They have pursued their research with laser concentrate and have committed themselves to their paths of interest,” Spas stated. “They each have distinct STEM paths they intend to study, and I have no doubt that each Alanna and Abigayle will excel in their post-secondary placements.”
Healy and Fadgen, each 17, have set themselves apart from classmates just by following their dreams. They have been every single recognized in April when it was clear exactly where every single would spot amongst class rank.
Each ladies are on unique trajectories when it comes to post-secondary and profession aspirations, but the self-driven and active members of the college neighborhood have every single constructed a list of accomplishments worth recognizing, Spas stated.
Valedictorian Alanna Healy
Born as the youngest of two young children to Westerly residents David and Susan Healy, Alanna attended the Dunn’s Corners Elementary College and Westerly Middle College prior to transferring to Chariho 4 years ago to take element in the overall health care pathway.
With aspirations to develop a profession as a clinical surgeon or functioning inside the field of neurology, she stated the plan in Chariho offered a lot more hands-on expertise than she could have received and led to her selection to leave numerous pals behind and adjust college districts.
“When I was in middle college, I currently knew that I wanted to get into medicine,” she stated in the course of an interview final week. “I liked my time at college and enjoyed my pals, but Westerly didn’t have the exact same sort of plan and I wanted to do a thing to get ahead. I felt Chariho supplied me the finest possibility for that.”
Lauren Martinez, college counselor stated Healy has created the most of her possibilities at Chariho, raising the bar for each herself and students about her.
In the course of her higher college profession, Healy remained active outdoors the classroom. She was a member of the Ocean Neighborhood YMCA’s swim group till the pandemic, was a two-year member of National Honor Society which includes serving as secretary, is a member of peer tutor club and was chosen to the school’s Model Legislature, which integrated attending the Rhode Island Property of Representatives as college representative in the course of the existing session.
She also worked at a nursing household and has been taking element in ride-alongs with Westerly and Hope Valley EMTs as element of the pathway, as properly as volunteering at the Jonnycake Center in Westerly and functioning for the Windjammer the previous two summers, as properly as more than the previous winter at the Washington Trust Ice Rink.
“She came to Chariho for the Wellness Careers plan, and from day 1 she has immersed herself in each chance out there to her from SkillsUSA to preparing a blood drive to a wide variety of AP Courses,” Martinez stated. “Alanna was chosen as a National Merit Scholar for her score on the SAT.
Healy will attend Lehigh University in the fall and will specialize in biology and healthcare sciences, a path she was inspired to comply with thanks in element to her older brother, Jack, and cousin, Kira Gabriel. Jack Healy is “a total geek,” she chuckled, but is confident and has been profitable in forging his way in chemistry and physics at Colgate University. Gabriel is following a neuroscience pathway and is at the moment enrolled at Harvard University.
She also credited her parents, and stated her father has set a higher bar for her as a profitable biologist in pharmaceutical study with Pfizer.
“They have all taught me that if you stay focused, you can accomplish what ever you want. They have been my inspiration,” she stated.
Salutatorian Abigayle Fadgen
In her 4 years at Chariho Higher College, Fadgen’s schedule can only be explained as a balancing of every little thing, all at after.
When she wasn’t setting the bar although scoring at the top rated of her class on almost each test and quiz, Fadgen was heavily involved in added-curricular activities that helped fill her resume prior to she even became a legal adult.
Immediately after playing with the soccer group her freshman year, Fadgen chose to comply with her passion as a vocalist and decided to also pursue the arts as a singer and actress. She joined the cast of “Freaky Friday” her sophomore year and hasn’t looked back considering that, serving 3 years in Drama Club which includes as co-president and 4 years in chorus which includes as president this previous year.
“It is a thing that, although difficult, has offered an outlet for me,” Fadgen stated of her participation in chorus. “(Chorus Director Lynn Dowding) has been like a second mother to me, and she has helped push me in so numerous methods.”
Her list of accolades does not quit there. She is a member of National Honor Society, Chariho Vocal Choose Chorus, the Chariho Women’s Chorus and the Rhode Island All-State Chorus. She is also a member of the Art Club and performs element-time at Walgreens.
Fadgen, who was raised on a huge farm and has generally aided in family members duties, also keeps match as a rock climber.
“She is a incredibly busy particular person who has the innate potential to ‘juggle’ all her responsibilities and nevertheless keep outstanding grades,” stated college counselor Pattee Dipollino. ”Abigayle is a delightful young lady and honor student who entire-heartedly enjoys what she is performing and generally strives to do her finest.”
The daughter of Keith Fadgen and Melissa Cinquegrana, sister of Amanda Fadgen and step-sister of Maddie Smith, she was raised in the district and graduated from Hope Valley Elementary and Chariho Middle College.
A Hope Valley resident, Fadgen stated she will attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the fall, exactly where she will be studying chemistry with a minor in personal computer science. She is hoping to take element in an accelerated plan that will also let her to get her Master’s degree in 4 years.
As she appears to the future, she stated she hopes to comply with in the footsteps of her father, a committed employee of Cetera and former employee of the Waters Corporation who she credited for her powerful operate ethic. She stated she hopes to obtain a part in applied chemistry.
“My father taught me you can accomplish something if you are prepared to operate tough sufficient,” she stated. “He has a job that he enjoys, he is passionate about his operate, and he is self-created and has worked tough for every little thing he has gotten. It is a thing I aspire to be like.”