NARRAGANSETT - Seniors Eliza DeCubellis and Heather Dorich are finally seeing their four years of hard work pay off as they prepare to graduate from Narragansett High School with the titles of valedictorian and salutatorian.
DeCubellis said she has been working for the title of valedictorian since the beginning of her freshman year, but didn’t realize that it could actually become a reality until her junior year.
“ It has been quite the journey and it is really cool to see all of our hard work was worth it,” said DeCubellis. “It has been worth how hard we worked and all of the craziness of the past four years because they have finally come to something great.”
DeCubellis will be attending Harvard University in the fall, where she will major in government with a concentration in international affairs. She hopes to someday be involved with government or become a diplomat and travel.
“College is going to be a breeze, we are going to get there and have so much time,” joked DeCubellis, as she reflected on all of the organizations and teams with which she has been involved.
Not only has she been the Narragansett High School Class President for four years, but she is also the president of the World Language Club and involved in Varsity Athletes Against Substance Abuse (VASA), and the Narragansett High School Tolerance Team. She has been a member of her high school tennis team, lacrosse team, swim team and basketball team.
DeCubellis is looking forward to starting a new journey and hopes to become as involved at Harvard as she has been throughout her high school career. She also hopes to join the lacrosse team and possibly study and become more fluent in languages including Spanish and Italian. No matter where the future brings her, she uses her own personal motivation to keep moving forward.
“It all is very crazy to me, it is something that I have wanted for a while because my sister was killed when she was 13 years old by a drunk driver, and I was 4 years old,” said DeCubellis. “It has motivated me and I have always wanted to do things that she wasn’t able to do because she would be in my position now and probably be number one, so I have always wanted to do this for her and really succeed and make her proud.”
Salutatorian Heather Dorich is also relieved to know that all of the obstacles she has overcome have been worth it.
“It is definitely something to be proud of because we have been working for the last four years and beyond that, to get there and it is just working hard constantly even if there may be something else that you want to do,” said Dorich. “So seeing that this has paid off and skipping something that might have been fun to work on a project, it really was worth it in the end.”
Dorich has had a full schedule during high school, while volunteering in community service programs; she has also been involved with the jazz band and concert band for four years. She has been a member of the high school chorus, the foreign language club and served as the historian for the National Honor Society.
Dorich is looking forward to attending the University of Rhode Island in the fall where she will be majoring in pharmacy and hopes to continue to become involved and learn new things.
“I really am looking to branch out and take up new things and really become involved, I also want to improve upon what I have done in the past,” said Dorich. “I have done a lot of community service in the past so to go out and do more of that and really help others is what I would like to do.”
DeCubellis and Dorich will be presenting their speeches at the Narragansett High school graduation Thursday, June 13, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Rhode Island’s Ryan Center.