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Class of 2021 - Top 10 Students

Hands-on learning is an important part of career and technical education. When schools shut down due to the pandemic, it left administrators with hard decisions on how to continue ensuring their students are industry certified. Thankfully, the ocean state's own William M. Davies, Jr. Career and Technical High School was able to return for the school year 2020-2021 with a hybrid 50% in-person model. This blend of Zoom synchronous days, 2 in-person learning days, and asynchronous or independent study days enabled students at Davies to keep up with their learning timeline and arrive at the end of the year graduation celebration prepared to become productive participants in Rhode Island's workforce.

On Wednesday, May 26, 2021, Davies held its first in-person event in 14 months, Senior Awards Night. Parents, guardians, faculty, and some members of the Class of 2021 joined guidance and administration in the socially distant cafeteria as names were called out over the speakers, the applause was heard, and awards were collected. Many students were celebrated in addition to the top prize of Valedictorian and Salutatorian. Abigail Nason, a Graphics & Interactive Media student ranked #5 in her class was voted by the faculty to be an exceptional student who has made a great impact on the school community and named Davies' 2021 Student of the Year. Nason is an active member of Davies SkillsUSA Chapter, an elected member of the SkillsUSA RI State Team, and previously served as President. and Davies Student Council. Most recently, Nason competed in SkillsUSA 2021 state competition and received a silver medal in advertising design. Nason is set to attend Drexel University in Philadelphia, majoring in the Music Industry with a concentration in the music business.

The top 10 students of Davies' Class of 2021 are exceptionally dedicated students who persevered through a difficult year with determination. They all earned over a 4.0 GPA and will graduate with not only their Rhode Island high school diploma but several certifications in each of their fields on June 15th when graduation occurs on the school's softball field.

TECH TITANS: Furtado, Afonseca named top scholars for Davies Class of ‘21

5/25/21 by Jon Baker for The Pawtucket Times

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Tech Titans

Pawtucket’s Furtado, Afonseca lead Davies Class of 2021

5/18/21 - Web Article and PDF Version


Name: Erik Furtado - Valedictorian

Program at Davies: Graphic Arts and Interactive Media - Running Start at CCRI

GPA: 4.4396

Rank #1

Town: Pawtucket

Honors: High honors

Future plans: Johnson and Wales for Graphic Design


Name: Kayla Afonseca - Salutatorian

Program at Davies: Pre-Engineering Technology

GPA: 4.3130

Rank #2

Town: Pawtucket

Honors: High Honors, State SkillsUSA Rhode Island Gold medal for computing, RI book award, National Honor Society, Computer Science Honor Society

Student activities: Tutoring, Women in Technology, Yearbook, National Honor Society treasurer, Class council treasurer, Diversity talks

Future plans: Worcester Polytech Institute for Computer Science

Name: Madyisen Dagraca

Program at Davies: Hospitality Careers

GPA: 4.2898

Rank #3

Town: Pawtucket 

School activities: Prostart, SkillsUSA, NHS, Freshman Welcome

Future plans: University of the Sciences for chemistry

Name: Andrew Patenaude

Program: Pre-Engineering Technology

GPA: 4.2759

Rank #4

Town: Smithfield

Honors: High honors, Computer Science Honor Society member

Student activities: Robotics Club 9, 10, 11th grade

Future plans: CCRI for Engineering

Name: Abigail Nason

Program at Davies: Graphics and Interactive Media


Rank #5

Town: Central Falls

Honors: National Honor Society, Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance in freshman and sophomore year

School activities: Elected member of the SkillsUSA RI State Team, served as President for one year. An active member in the Davies SkillsUSA Chapter and Davies Student Council. Competed in SkillsUSA and received a silver medal at the state competition in advertising design.

Future plans: Drexel University in Philadelphia, majoring in the Music Industry with a concentration in music business.

Davies' 2021 Student of the Year

Name: Jaiden Bettencourt

Program at Davies: Pre-Engineering Technology

GPA: 4.2596

Rank #6

Town: Pawtucket

Honors: NCWIT aspirations in computing award, 3rd place RIDE app design challenge, RI civic leadership award, SkillsUSA silver medalist for computer programming, Computer Science Honor Society

School activities: SkillsUSA, Women in Technology club, Computer Science Honor Society president

Future plans: Johnson and Wales, computer science

Name: Jasmine Diaz

Program at Davies: Health Careers


Rank #7

Town: Pawtucket

Honors: High Honors (Freshmen year-present), 2019 Coach's Award (cross country), Science Superstar

Student activities: President of the National Honor Society, Member of Making Caring Common club, volunteered at school blood drives, volunteered at a COZ program, and Hope Market (a non-profit organization)

Sports: Cross Country

Future plans: The University of Rhode Island with a major in Biology

Name: Valerie Gibau

Program at Davies: Hospitality Careers

GPA: 4.1735

Rank #8

Town: Central Falls 

School activities: Davies/RISD "Open Door" Arts Program (2017-2018)

Future plans: The University of Scranton

Name: Hailey Otero

Program at Davies: Automotive Careers

GPA: 4.1637

Rank #9

Town: Lincoln

Honors: High honors, PBIS Award, Perfect Attendance 

School activities: Volunteered for Davies at the Pinewood Derby Event

Future plans: NEIT majoring in Automotive Technology and High Performance

Name: Hailey Thomas

Program at Davies: Graphic Arts and Interactive Media- Running Start at CCRI


Rank #10

Town: Pawtucket

Honors: High honors, 4.0 GPA

School activities: Gameday Worker

Future plans: Suffolk University / Interior Design