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61 Students Awarded 2017 Pell Medal for Excellence in U.S. History

Newport, R.I.— 61 Rhode Island students earned the Herbert and Claiborne Pell Medal for U.S. History this year. The medal, originally presented by Senator Claiborne Pell and his wife, Mrs. Nuala Pell, recognizes college and high school students in the state who have excelled in U.S. History.

“It’s important to recognize the spark that these students have for history, their exceptional dedication to their education and the great promise they show for the future,” said Clay Pell. “I look forward to seeing them excel in the field.”

“Russia’s intervention in our election is a stark reminder that citizens in our republic must know their history and have a good understanding of civics,” said Jim Ludes, Pell Center Executive Director.  “If we can encourage and celebrate that in Rhode Island’s schools, then I’m confident that we are making good on the legacy Senator Pell left us and protecting the future at the same time.”

Established by the Pell family, the Pell Medal is named for Representative Herbert C. Pell and his son, Senator Claiborne Pell. Herbert Pell served as a member of Congress and American Minister to Portugal and Hungary, while Claiborne Pell, who is responsible for the creation of the Pell Grants and the National Endowment for the Humanities, served in the Senate for 36 years and worked to strengthen American foreign policy.

The winners of the 2017 Herbert and Claiborne Pell Medal for excellence in the study of U.S. History are:



James Coffey, St. Andrew’s School

Mikaela Boone, Barrington High School


Ashley Tatum, Mt. Hope High School

Danielle Bernier, Roger Williams University

Central Falls

Marcus Baptista, Central Falls High School


Tyler Ferrara, Coventry High School


Nathaniel Hardy, Cranston High School East


Connor Hayden, Cumberland High School

East Greenwhich

Laura Murphy, East Greenwich High School

Alec O’del, Rocky Hill School

East Providence

Yu Zhang, Providence Country Day School

Andrew Rogers, East Providence High School


Elizabeth Ethier, Burrillville High School


Lindsey Frein, Johnston Senior High School


Alexandra Goldsmith, University of Rhode Island


Angelo Landry, Lincoln High School

Patrick Carnaghan, William M. Davies Jr. Career & Technical High School


Theodore Thibeault, Middletown High School

North Scituate

Jessica Sackal, Ponaganset High School


Amanda Carberry, Narragansett High School

Justin Ramirez, The Ocean Tides School


Juliana DiMeglio, Rogers High School

North Kingstown

Josh Neronha, North Kingstown High School

North Providence

Casey Silva, North Providence High School

North Smithfield

Jay Rumas, North Smithfield High School


Miguelangel Tineo, Blackstone Academy Charter School

Daniel Sossa, Charles E. Shea Senior High School

Benjamin MacDonald, Saint Raphael Academy

Aaron Amaral, William E. Tolman High School


Thomas Teravainen, Portsmouth Abbey School

Emma Rainier, Portsmouth High School


Leah Kazar, Brown University

Kate Marie Rodriguez, Central High School

Daniel Licht, Classical High School

John Larsen, La Salle Academy

Lily Martin, Lincoln School

Yara Doumani, Moses Brown School

Alex Veglia, Ocean Tides School

Edwin Lantigua, Paul Cuffee Upper School

Hugh Thomas Kilcommons, Providence College

Emma Lafleur, Rhode Island College

Isabelle Rose, Rhode Island School of Design

Destiney Fry-Daly, School One

Eleanor Sultana, The Wheeler School


Amelia Larson, St. Mary Academy Bay View


Connor Elias, Scituate High School


Dominic Ferrara, Bryant University

Simon Rees, Smithfield High School

South Kingstown

Braedon Kehoe, South Kingstown High School


Tova Ibbotson, Tiverton High School


Natalie Freeman, The Prout School


William Provost, Bishop Hendrickson High School

Alicia Jones, Community College of Rhode Island

Alexandrea Pouliot, Pilgrim High School

Hannah Senerchia, Toll Gate High School

West Warwick

Elizabeth Pelletier, West Warwick High School


Charles Vakassian, Westerly High School

Wood River Junction

Christian Sardelli, Chariho High School


Keaton Bergeron, Beacon Charter High School for the Arts

Meghan O’Brien, Mount St. Charles Academy

Eden Suthowski, Woonsocket High School

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