St. Margaret School honors two former students with Distinguished Alumni Award

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During Catholic Schools Week, St. Margaret School, Rumford, Principal Lee Ann Nunes and Ron Procopio, left and right center, honored Will Gilbert (Class of 1983), far left, and Nick Cooney (Class of 2007) for their outstanding academic, career and community achievements. In a special ceremony on February 1 in front of students and faculty, each received St. Margaret School’s prestigious “Distinguished Alumni Award.” During the award presentation, Gilbert, co-host of The Rhode Show, encouraged students to “follow their dreams.” He started working in radio at age 16, and used to emcee St. Margaret School’s Christmas concert. Cooney, an associate at Bain Capital Credit, told students that his foundation in faith helps to guide him. While at St. Margaret School, he excelled in academics and sports, and played on a minor league baseball team before joining Bain. “These awards are a great way to acknowledge the success and strong societal contributions of St. Margaret School alumni,” said Principal Nunes. “It’s also a way for current students to see the success that can come from a strong educational foundation,” she added. This was the second year the school has given out the awards. Last year’s recipients were Veronica Procopio, Colleen McCarthy and Rebecca Songolo.