July 25, 2024

Seekonk High Graduates Praised for Kindness


Seekonk High School’s 2024 graduating class was greeted with cheers as they marched onto the athletic field on May 31.

Superintendent Rebecca Kidwell said the graduates were “above average in kindness.”

Principal William Whalen told the 124 graduates he was impressed by “the level of kindness you showed each other.”

Whalen noted the achievements of the class, including their work on numerous theater productions, as well as their academic and sports accomplishments.

“Do not be afraid to challenge yourselves,” Whalen said. “Follow your dreams.”

Valedictorian Mackenzie Carlsten urged her classmates to “remember to give yourself grace for falling short” and to “find fulfillment in yourself.”

Carlsten had served as the president of Model UN and Spanish Club, treasurer of Key Club, and captain of cross country.

Carlsten also was honored with the 2023 Outstanding Undergraduate Award, Francis W. Gallishaw, Jr. Memorial Award for Academic Excellence, and Brown University Book Award.

Salutatorian Olivia Gasior told her classmates to “treasure the moments you share with others.”

Gasior was a member of the Science Club, Book Club, Math League, Key Club, and Yearbook, where she served as Co-Editor in Chief. She had the opportunity to compete with her school in many academic events, including National Science Bowl, Physics Olympics, and Math League competitions.

Jordan P. Culpan and Jake T.P. Henriques shared special memories of their time at Seekonk High School.

The National Anthem was performed by Felicia DaSilva, Evamarie Neary, and Madison Ohlgren.


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