Cosby, Pontes, Langlais named Mount's top three for 2013
Cosby, Pontes, Langlais named Mount's top three for 2013
WOONSOCKET - Elizabeth Cosby is the valedictorian, Matthew Pontes is the salutatorian and Priscilla Langlais has been named mistress of ceremonies in the Mount Saint Charles Academy Class of 2013.
The top three seniors in school's graduating class of 165 were announced this week by MSC Principal Edwin Burke.
Cosby, daughter of Peter and Ann Cosby of Greenville, is a member of the National Honor Society and has been listed on the Excelsior Honor Roll for four years. As an active member of the school community, she has participated in Model Legislature, Drama Club, the Chemistry Team, Best Buddies, Yoga Club, and Campus Ministry.
Cosby is an accomplished musician who has played piano outside of school for several years, and was a key musician in Mount's Music Department. She was a member of MSC's Concert Band and Wind Ensemble where she played mallet percussion including bells, chimes, xylophone, vibraphone, marimba, and tambourine. In the Jazz Band, she played piano, and in the Pit Band, she played keyboard. She was also a member of the Handbell Choir and the Percussion Ensemble where she played mallet or auxiliary percussion.
For the past two summers, Cosby has worked as a camp counselor at Mount's Fine Arts Summer Camp and she currently works as an associate at Panera Bread.
Her community service during her time at MSC included a mission trip to Nicaragua during her junior year, where she stayed at an orphanage in Diriamba, Nicaragua for children with mental and physical disabilities.
Cosby has also been involved in religious education as an assistant and teacher, and was a vacation bible school counselor. She served as a writing camp tutor at St. Patrick Academy Writing Institute, where she worked with underprivileged students, and was also a volunteer greeter at the Providence Performing Arts Center.
The valedictorian's awards throughout her career at Mount include: 2010 Rhode Island Council of Teachers of English Poetry Award, Division 3-First Place; Certificate of Education Development National, 2012 National History Day at MSC and Senior Division-First Place for Individual Website. She was also the recipient of the Rhode Social Studies Association Award.
At Mount's Academic Convocation in 2012, she received the Excellence in Writing Award, Cahill Memorial Chemistry Scholarship, and the Harvard Book Award. In the fall, Cosby will attend Brown University.
Pontes, son of Thomas and Jane Pontes of Bellingham, Mass., is also a member of the National Honor Society and has been listed on the Excelsior Honor Roll for four years. A published author, Pontes was printed in Teen Ink!, a national teenage literary magazine.
Throughout his career at Mount, he has been actively involved in community service, participating in several projects through Mount's Service Opportunity Depot. He was a National Honor Society peer tutor, and participated in St. Charles Soup kitchen trips along with the Worcester Community Harvest Project. Outside of Mount, he participated in community service at St. Joseph's Parish Food Pantry and a Bank of America Beach Clean-Up.
Pontes is also an avid basketball player and was part of the Mount Varsity team from grades 10 through 12, earning a varsity letter during his junior year. During grades 9 and 10, he participated in Cumberland/Lincoln Boys & Girls Club summer basketball.
During MSC's Convocation in 2012, Pontes received a History Day Award and the Holy Cross Book Award. He is an AP Scholar and National Merit Commended Student. In the fall, he will be attending Providence College.
Langlais, daughter of James and Leslie Langlais of Cranston, is also a member of the National Honor Society and has been listed on the Excelsior Honor Roll for four years.
Langlais has done at least 300 hours of community service at various sites during her career at Mount. As a senior, she was involved in a service trip to the Blowing Rocks Preserve in Florida to work alongside the Nature Conservancy with the habitat of endangered sea turtles that nest there every spring. She also participated in MSC's Charitably Loud benefit concert, Christian Action Program, and Liturgy class. She has additionally participated in service at the following sites: Saint Francis Soup Kitchen, Holiday Nursing Home, Coins for Cancer, Bernon Heights Elementary School, Autism Walk-a-thon, Community Harvest Trip, and Ronald McDonald House Walk-a-thon.
Langlais played on Mount's JV and Varsity soccer teams along with playing town league soccer, and competitive soccer with Ocean State Soccer.
During her time at Mount, she has received High Merit for the Creative Communication Young Writers Contest, the National Education Development Test Award, American Citizenship Award, and the Acts of Kindness Award. At MSC's Academic Convocation in 2012, she received the Rensselaer Medal Award, the Air Force Recruiting Service Math and Science Award, and the Providence College Book Award.
In the fall, Langlais will be attending the University of Maine.
The three will be among the 165 students scheduled to graduate on June 9 in a ceremony at Brother Adelard Arena at 1 p.m. The 2013 class includes six international students. Deacon Anthony Gagliani, Mount's director of campus ministry will deliver the invocation and Burke will present the graduates.
Most senior awards will be given at Academic Convocation on Friday, June 7, however, the Academy's top two honor prizes for seniors, the Excelsior Award and the All-Mountie Award, will be announced during graduation. In addition to the Class of 2013's commencement exercises on Sunday, members of the Class of 1963 will receive 50th Anniversary Gold Diplomas as the highlight and conclusion of their 50th high school reunion weekend.