Thornton Elementary School fifth-graders had one last celebration before heading to the middle school level as they enjoyed Awards Night at the Johnston High School auditorium on June 10.
Dozens of honors were doled out, but not before Principal Louise Denham and Student Council president Anthony Vendetti said a few words. Denham spoke directly to her fifth-graders, whom she said exemplified the school’s popular acronym – Positive Attitudes Win Smiles.
“It’s time to reflect and think about why you have been so successful,” Denham said. “First of all, you positively continued on your journey of learning, [which] is important for success. Amazingly, your elementary years are over, but your lessons are lasting. Willing to learn with your best effort is a recipe for success. Strive to work hard, make the best choices and realize that there will be challenges.”
Vendetti discussed some of the fifth-graders’ undertakings throughout the year, leading with their successful Pennies for Patients campaign to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Vendetti said this year’s $1,600 total was the most the school has ever raised.
Vendetti also discussed the food collection for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, which features a “spirited competition” between the grade levels.
“Another very important project that we ran was collecting food … which supports families in our community,” Vendetti said. “Each week we collected food, tallied numbers for classes and stocked the items in the food closet.”
Vendetti expressed a great deal of pride in his time serving on the Student Council and getting to work with his fellow officers.
“Each and every [Student Council] member has put in a tremendous amount of work to support our school and community,” Vendetti said. “I was so proud to be your Student Council president this year, and look forward to doing this all again next year.”
Several students took home some hardware at the end of the night, too. Vendetti, Jada DiRaimo and Deion Jackson each won the Mount St. Charles Award. Matthew Herrera, Makenzie Albuquerque and Jeel Patel were the winners of the Victoria M. Fasciano Award.
Evan Stonis, Sophie Roda and Deion Jackson were the three students honored for reading the most books, while Gabriella Russillo was the lone recipient of the Janice Mele Community Service Award.
Excellence in Math Awards were presented to Ernesto Mercado-Anez, Jada DiRaimo, Makenzie Albuquerque, Lucas Simpson, Nicholas Nugent and Abigail Grullon. Sienna Pagliarini, Deanna Funches and Nicholas Testa received Excellence in Reading Awards.
Kiara Sanchez, Sophie Roda and Emily McCreery were honored for Excellence in Writing, while Evan Stonis, Gabriella Russillo and Abigail Grullon took home awards for Excellence in Science. Lucas Simpson, Jonah Metts and Jeel Patel won honors for Excellence in Social Studies.
The Presidential Academic Excellence Awards went to Lucas Simpson, Sophie Roda, Jonah Metts and Abigail Grullon. Presidential Achievement Awards were given to Sebastian Small, Analese Mercano, Anthony Vendetti, Ernesto Mercado-Anez, Ana Ramirez, Evan Stonis, Makenzie Albuquerque, Jada DiRaimo, Deanna Funches, Tiyanna Kong, Gabriella Russillo, Arabella Valiente, Jeel Patel, Nicholas Testa, Emily McCreery, Nicholas Nugent, Kristiana Santopadre and Ava Soave.
The following fifth-graders were members of the class of 2019 from Mrs. Kelley Cerbo’s class: Gabriella Barata, Jaylee Choquette, Anthony Daya, Randhy Deleon Aguilar, Rose Fredette, Christopher Garcia, Matthew Herrera, Analese Mercano, Ernesto Mercado-Anez, Sienna Pagliarini, Cheyenne Pecchia, Brea Pezzullo, Ana Ramirez, Daisy Rickett, Joemil Robles-Torres, Nevaeh Salgado, Kiara Sanchez, Jeff Sandoval, Luke Sharpless, Lucas Simpson, Sebastian Small, Evan Stonis, Anthony Vendetti and Joshua Villanueva.
The following fifth-graders were members of the class of 2019 from Mrs. Bonnie Lawless’s and Mrs. Adrianna Sammartino’s class: Areli Harrison Archilla, Marvin Abban-Saah, Makenzie Albuquerque, Marlice Baptista, Franger Diaz Pena, Jada DiRaimo, Albert DuBois, Emily Fashjian, Deanna Funches, Valentina Gonzalez, Emilee-Rose Gregelevich, Jason Wilding-Grossi, Marleyshaa Harris, Tiyanna Kong, Piper Kraus, Laura Luna Castro, Jonah Metts, Sophie Roda, Faith Rosadio, Gabriella Russillo, Sebastian Saucedo, Arabella Valiente and Brandon Velasco.
The following fifth-graders were members of the class of 2019 from Mrs. Colleen Muller’s class: Paola Alfaro Menjivar, Leilanni Boonyoo, Shayla Carbone, Nicholas Figueroa, Abigail Grullon, Taliya Howell, Deion Jackson, Antonio Kelly, John Matteo, Emily McCreery, Nicholas Nugent, Jeel Patel, Brissya Rodriguez, Kristiana Santopadre, Ava Soave, Nicholas Testa, Natalie Toj, Alex Toledo Hinojosa, Derick Torres Rodriguez, Ralph Turner, Raquel Urizar, Josue Vasquez-Marroquin, Jasmine Vasquez and Steven Vera Vaca.