WESTPORT – The following students graduated from Westport Middle High School at the academic top of the senior class.
1. Laura Martel
Laura Martel, valedictorian, is the daughter of Mary Ann and Steve Martel. Laura will continue her studies at Husson University where she will specialize in occupational therapy and will be a member of their soccer team. Laura played varsity football for Westport High School for six years and this year was a First Team All-Star for the Herald News and in Year 10 she was the Second All-Star for Eastern Mass. She was named a female athlete this year and won the Presidential Gold Award for Academic Excellence, the Superintendent’s Award, the Department of Science Award, and the AP Calculus Award. She has also received several local scholarships, including the Westport Lion’s Club, Saint Anne’s Credit Union, and Hawthorn Medical, to name a few. Laura helped raise $4,700 over four years for the Homes for our Troops fundraiser. She volunteers with Samaritan’s Purse and My Brother’s Keeper. She is a member of the Student Council, the Medical Club, and the National Honor Society. In her freshman year, Laura received the Harvard Book Award and the Future Women in STEM Award from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Laura has been an intern for our occupational therapist this school year.
2. Christopher Wilson
Christopher Wilson, Salutatorian, is the son of Michelle Garant-Wilson and Daniel Wilson. Christopher will continue his studies at Western New England University with a major in Computer Engineering. Christopher received the John T. Hickey Scholar-Athlete Award as well as the Chris Cariglia and Joanne Charest Memorial Sportsmanship Award. In addition to these prestigious distinctions, he has received the Citizenship Award, the Presidential Gold Award for Academic Excellent, the Physics and Calculus Awards, as well as the Computer Science Essentials Awards. In his freshman year, Christopher received the Renssalaer Prize for Excellence in Mathematics and Science. Christopher played baseball for all four years, was a member of Student Council and the National Honor Society. Christopher also worked at Naval Base Newport as an intern in their computer engineering and robotics program.
3. Gwenyth Pichette
Gwenyth Pichette is the daughter of Amy and Stephen Pichette. Gwenyth will be entering the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth in the fall to study English Journalism. This young woman challenged herself with AP and Honors classes throughout her high school career. Gwenyth has been a member of our SADD Club (Student’s Against Destructive Decisions), the Newspaper Club and the National Honor Society. Gwenyth has volunteered for many of our school events and community organizations. Gwenyth has been a dancer for over twelve years. She received the Presidential Gold Award for Academic Excellence and several local scholarships like the Betty F. Slade, Westport Historical Society Scholarship.
4. Jessica George
Jessica George is the daughter of Jillian and John George. Jessica will continue her studies at Wheaton College with a major in print journalism. Jessica was our media specialist’s intern who helped with literary support. Jessica has received the Presidential Gold Award for Academic Excellence as well as the Clube Madeirense, New Bradford R. Bibeau Memorial Scholarship and Westport Music Boosters Scholarships. Jessica has been involved in our school’s drama club since grade 10 and has been a student council member for just as long. She volunteers for several city events and is involved in her church.
5. Benjamin Almeida
Benjamin Almeida is the son of Lisa and David Almeida. Benjamin will enter the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth majoring in nursing. Benjamin is a member of the National Honor Society and has participated in our cooperative football program, as well as our Drama and Makerspace clubs. This hardworking young man works part-time at a local retail store while maintaining his 4.0 plus GPA. Benjamin received the Presidential Gold Award for Academic Excellence.
6. Sarah Carney
Sarah Carney is the daughter of Marybeth and Mark Carney. Sarah will double major in history and education at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in the fall. She played three varsity sports: cooperative track and field, field hockey and basketball. She captained the field hockey team this year and became a mentor to young players. Sarah was a member of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and the National Honor Society. She has participated in many school events as a volunteer and has been a STEM camp counselor for elementary students. This year, Sarah participated in the HSSIEP project which is the High School Senior Internship Education Project. Sarah worked with a college history teacher as an intern. She also did an internship for a high school history teacher. Sarah received the Presidential Gold Award for Academic Excellence and the AP English Award.
7. Sidney Arsenault
Sydney Arsenault is the daughter of Sandra and Patrick Arsenault. Sydney will continue her education at the University of New Haven majoring in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Investigative Services. Sydney has played football, been in the Drama Club and is extremely involved in her Church. Sydney’s determination is evident as she has maintained her 4.0 GPA, while working part-time and being involved in community activities. Sydney is the recipient of the Presidential Gold Award for Academic Excellence as well as the AP Statistics Award. In her freshman year, Sydney received the Suffolk University Book Award. She was also a recipient of Sgt. Sullivan Memorial Scholarship and the Grimshaw Gudewitz Charitable Award.
8. Nathaniel Gifford
Nathaniel Gifford is the son of Sarah and Bruce Gifford. Nathaniel will attend Massachusetts Maritime Academy majoring in shipping. Nathaniel’s resume is filled with jobs he has held or currently holds in the maritime industry. He is also a volunteer and in particular Eagle Scout. Nathaniel received the Presidential Gold Award for Academic Excellence as well as a Citizenship Award. He also received several scholarships; New Bedford Port Society Ladies Branch, Luther B. Bowman, Westport Lion’s Club, Westport Agricultural Fair to name a few.
9. Lily Pichette
Lily Pichette is the daughter of Amy and Stephen Pichette. Lily will be attending the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth in the fall to major in psychology. She was on the basketball and soccer teams. And, this year was the captain of the basketball team. She has received numerous accolades for her athletic skills and most recently was named Female Athlete of the Year and received a Math and English department award as well as scholarships.
10. Kyra Ferreira
Kyra Ferreira is the daughter of Kristi and Alfred Scott Ferreira. Kyra will be attending the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth in the fall majoring in writing. Kyra is the Class of 2022 President and was elected to be the voice of her peers every year in high school. Kyra has been a member of STEEL (Students That Exemplify Extraordinary Leadership), Yearbook, Medical Club, and the National Honor Society. Kyra played field hockey for all four years, tennis as well as cheering. Kyra has also volunteered for several school and community events. This young lady maintains a 4.0 GPA while being so involved and working part-time. Kyra was recognized for her academic abilities by receiving the Presidential Gold Award for Academic Excellence.