By writer to www.independentri.com
WAKEFIELD, R.I. — Prout College class of 2021 valedictorian Janice Hixon is grateful she was capable of spend most of her senior 12 months at the highschool, amongst classmates and together with her lecturers.
Hixon and salutatorian Michael Garman are among the many 102 Prout seniors who will graduate Tuesday night time on the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Windfall. Will probably be the 53rd graduation for the Catholic coeducational highschool.
“We have been totally in-person, which as very nice, however we nonetheless needed to take care of quarantines each time somebody was in shut contact with somebody that bought COVID,” Hixon stated. “We must keep dwelling for 14 days.”
It grew to become difficult, particularly for 2 college students very energetic at school occasions, reminiscent of educational golf equipment and sports activities.
“However total the varsity dealt with it extraordinarily effectively. We have been very lucky,” she stated.
Hixon is leaving her dwelling in Kingston to move off to the College of Chicago, the place she’s going to main in math or laptop science. She stated she’d wish to enter a profession discipline with a deal with STEM – science, expertise, engineering and math.
It’s a pure transfer for Hixon, 18, who was a member of Prout’s math workforce and is a Nationwide Advantage Scholarship semifinalist.
“Math workforce is actually enjoyable. Normally we journey to a distinct faculty as a result of all the colleges in our division compete collectively and we evaluate outcomes,” she stated.
This 12 months, Prout’s workforce needed to keep at the highschool and conduct the meets remotely.
“We needed to (compete with) every faculty individually. It took a while, as a result of each faculty had every week span to take the task,” she stated.
Certainly one of Hixon’s favourite lessons was physics, which she stated was enjoyable and made extra pleasing by the trainer, Christopher Bromley.
“He’s tremendous humorous, his lessons are tremendous pleasing,” she stated. She took Algebra II, physics and a number of other different lessons he teaches.
Serving her group additionally comes naturally for Hixon. She was the secretary for the senior class and is a member of the varsity’s Scholar Organ Donation Advocates Membership, based by her good friend, Katie Bloomer.
“We volunteer and unfold consciousness about organ donation,” she stated. “Katie helped host a variety of blood drives on the faculty and join organ donors.”
She additionally volunteered on the Peace Dale Library kids’s part and a web based analysis web site known as Zooniverse.org.
Hixon is also a swimmer, and a member of Prout’s swim workforce throughout her 4 years there.
Regionally, she swam competitively for the South County YMCA and the Liquid Area Swim Membership.
“I’ll in all probability nonetheless swim, however possibly not competitively,” she stated. She’s at the moment a lifeguard at URI’s pool.
“I’m going to overlook the ocean quite a bit,” in Chicago, she stated.
Garman gained’t be touring too removed from his Newport dwelling, to Yale College in New Haven. There he’ll examine ethics, politics and economics.
“I’ve simply all the time been fascinated by politics and began studying extra about economics in the previous few years,” the senior class president stated. At 17, he’s nonetheless trying ahead to his first vote, subsequent 12 months.
“State primaries ought to be the primary time,” he stated.
He bought his toes moist by collaborating within the Rhode Island Mannequin Legislature and remotely volunteered as an organizer final 12 months for the Joe Biden presidential marketing campaign.
“It was working with principally the textual content messaging program, coaching new volunteers to make use of the platform, answering questions, serving to provide you with scripts for use,” he stated.
Additionally a Nationwide Advantage Scholarship semifinalist, he lately acquired a $2,500 Nationwide Advantage Scholarship and the varsity’s Colin B. Foote Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Historical past in his junior 12 months.
He ran cross nation and varsity indoor observe all 4 years at Prout. This 12 months introduced particular challenges due to masks mandates, he stated.
“It’s nice to see we’re getting again to regular and it’s additionally conducive to raised efficiency,” he stated.
He’s volunteered as an altar server for years at his parish and helps out doing statistics and analytics for his native summer season collegiate baseball workforce. Garman additionally works part-time at his household’s farm.
Each of Prout’s prime college students are additionally full Worldwide Baccalaureate Diploma candidates. Of the 102 Prout graduates, 13 are full Worldwide Baccalaureate Diploma candidates and 87 are Worldwide Baccalaureate certificates candidates. Prout is the one faculty in Rhode Island that gives the rigorous and revered Worldwide Baccalaureate Diploma program.
“It’s much like the AP program,” Garman stated. “The IB is used extra globally, and there’s extra unbiased work. There’s an inside evaluation, which is a challenge over the course of two years. These are fascinating as a result of you may discover no matter you need.”
Hixon produced a script for a brief play which her mates acted in, and Garman “grew a couple of quarter ton of squash” on the household farm and donated it to an area meals financial institution.