Prout graduates leave behind legacy of achievement

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KINGSTON — Brady Kettle tried to “take it all in” as he processed from the floor of the University of Rhode Island’s Ryan Center after receiving his diploma — one of 146 graduates of The Prout School to be honored with “Pomp and Circumstance” on June 4.

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Kettle, the now former high school senior with the world at his feet pondered the next phase in his life as he headed outside, anxious to meet up with his family.

“It feels great. I don’t like change all that much, so I’m going to miss the fixed schedule, but I’m definitely looking forward to the freedom and new life experiences,” Kettle, 18, an Attleboro, Mass., resident, said after graduating.

Kettle, who plans to study graphic design at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt., was among 146 students at the Wakefield school’s 45th graduation ceremony on June 4.

Ninety-eight percent of the Class of 2013 will attend college in the fall. Three graduates not attending a university are enlisting in the U.S. Air Force, Army and Marines.

“The people we have met have all changed us forever and helped us to become better people,” said Catherine Orszulak, the class salutatorian.

For Becky Chinn, the class valedictorian, the past four years at Prout passed more quickly than she or many of friends were even aware.

“Or perhaps too well aware of it,” said Chinn, who added that the biggest challenge for her in high school might have been writing her valedictory speech. Reflecting back on her time at Prout, Chinn compared the challenges of high school to running a never-ending treadmill of classes, tests, term papers and projects.

But along the way, Chinn said she acquired “incredible study habits,” and a solid work ethic as she fell in love with books, poetry, cultures, religions and music.

“And I have truly come to appreciate learning,” Chinn said.

Many of the graduating seniors took both International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement courses and ten are candidates for the full International Baccalaureate diploma. Five graduates were “legacy” students, sons and daughters of Prout alumni.

The graduates were offered more than $8,188,245 in combined grants and scholarships to help pay for their next four years at college.

David J.A. Carradini, principal of The Prout School, told the graduates that they are “authors” of their lives just as God is the creator of all life. Carradini also told the class to “live well” the questions of life.

“Live the questions well and the answers will come in the most unexpected ways in the most unexpected times,” Carradini said.

Providence Auxiliary Bishop Robert C. Evans congratulated the graduates as he offered the benediction to close the ceremony.

Matthew Costaregni, who will study business this fall at the University of Tampa, said he hoped to keep in touch with his friends and some of the teachers.

“This is so unreal, so surreal. It’s weird. The past four years went by so fast,” said Jessica M. Mongeau, 17, who plans to become an OB-GYN. She plans to attend Community College of Rhode Island before transferring to a four-year school in California.

Caelan Nardone, 17, plans to work at his parent’s law firm this summer before attending The University of Rhode Island, where he will study writing.

“I had some great friends here over the years. They were like a family,” Nardone said.

Owen Puerini, 18, who will attend the University of New Hampshire, was ready for new challenges in college.

“I thought high school was easy,” he said.

Prout Class of 2013

Sean E. Altshuler

Evan Anderson

Jamie Lisa Anderson

Samantha Faith Antone

Korine Barlas

Brent J. Bazinet

Amanda M. Borges

Justin P. Bristol

Shannon Mae Brown

Douglas John Buonanno

Maya E. Byrne

Kimberlee S. Cambio

Amanda Nicole Cantrell

Alisha Anne Capobianco

Callie Mae Carchedi

Alicia N. Carpenter

Sara J. Carpenter

Sienna J. Carraccio

Lauren Marie Chamberlain

Rebecca R. Chinn

Alyssa Elizabeth Conforti

Nicole Corneau

Matthew Costaregni

Sydney Morgan DaCosta

Johanna Kathleen Dauray

Matthew Ryan DePietro

Ashley Jane DiClemente

Richard DiLibero

Joshua Schaeffer DiPietro

Andrew James DiSandro

Olivia Rose Dodd

Charles Thomas Donnelly

Kayla Michelle D’Onofrio

Brittany Rebecca Donovan

Devyne Christine Doran

Abigail Rose Duckworth

Marissa Hope Egan

Felicia Marie Faria

Matthew Sullivan Farrell

Matthew James Filardo

Megan Faro Flanagan

Alison Lucia Fonseca

Nicholas Hazen Furcolo

Selina Emily Gomes

Olivia Sabina Gormley

Emily René Greenwood

Karly Rose Gregory

Clare Marie Griffin

Tayla Regan Hall

Christian Michael Harding

Brandon G. Hayes

Adam Joseph Haynes

Brandon C. Hazelton

Graham R. Jamison

Kaylee E. Janton

Victoria E. Jedson

Andrew B. Jennings

Adam Wakefield Kaley

Katherine Keimig

Brady James Patrick Kettle

Ryan J. Kiernan

Conner M. Kittell-Porter

Evan T. Klick

Julie-Ann Marie Knight

Casey W. Koffler

Jerry M. Krahn

Anika Maris Kreckel

Ryan Andrew Laskowski

Sarah Frances Lennon

Laura C. Leone

Kelley Shannon Magill

Riley Kathleen Martin

Justin Gillis Mateus

Alexandra R. Mattera

Emma Ann McConnell

Sarah Katherine McDaid

Thomas A. McDonald

Katelyn Mae McElkenny

Aaron Joseph McGillivray

Nicole Ann McGovern

Emily A. McLaughlin

Gavin J. Megley

Evan James Melillo

Susana Mena

Allison Jane Miller

Danielle Daly Millick

Shannon Margaret Mis

Adriana Mary Mitrelis

Jessica M. Mongeau

Matthew A. Monjay

Felicity Ann Moore

Matthew Connor Murphy

Caelan Nardone

Erica Lynn Norman

Connor Marie O’Loughlin

Catherine Grace Orszulak

Matthew David Peacock

Sophia Perrotti

Lauren Pinto

Julia Bicknell Pizzuti

Elizabeth Ann Plotkin

Alexander David Pontarelli

Frederick Pope

Owen Puerini

Duncan Mitsuru Quinn

Kathleen Allison Radigan

Raymond

Michael Reilly

Rachel Christina Reilly

Victor John Ricci

Alicia Ray Richards

Katelyn Riggs

Amanda Rodriguez

Christopher Rousseau

Emily Rose Sceery

Nicole Gabriela Scola

Anna Therasa Lyon Sentell

David Shoemaker

Konnor Smith

Sean Stanford

Alicia Storti

Brooke Sullivan

Elizabeth Sullivan

Andrew Tell

Sarah Tetreault

Gabriella Madigan Theroux

Ashlee Thomas

Rachel Nicole Thomas

William Harold Thomas

Samuel Patrick Torrejon

Jacquelyn Y. Tousignant

Hannah Alina Tramontano

Bianca Elizabeth Ulmschneider

Erin Elizabeth Viera

Sierra McCabe Walker

Edward Walsh

Jenna Walsh

Rachel Elizabeth Waring

Andrew J. Webb

Jackson Welsh

Mengyuan Xing

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