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45 Rhode Island Students Awarded Pell Medal for Excellence in U.S. History.

Newport, R.I. — Forty-five students from across Rhode Island have earned the Herbert and Claiborne Pell Medal for U.S. History this year. The award was 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.

“The Pell Center at Salve Regina University is proud to honor outstanding students of American history in Rhode Island,” said Pell Center Executive Director, Dr. Jim Ludes. “Now more than ever, we need to look at history with clear eyes and understanding about our republic, its founding principles, and those examples of both when we lived up to those ideals, and when we have not.”

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 medal, which features a pelican on the left side and an anchor on the right, symbolizes the Pell family and the state of Rhode Island. 

The winners of the 2020 Herbert and Claiborne Pell Medal for excellence in the study of U.S. History are:


Lorelei Alverson, Barrington High School

Ethan Ciak, St. Andrew’s School


Robert O’Dell, Roger Williams University

Central Falls

Lorraine Quintero, Central Falls High School


Alexander Lavoie, Coventry High School


Maura Potter, Cranston High School East


John Ayick, Cumberland High School

East Greenwich        

Jordan Kalinsky, East Greenwich High School

East Providence       

Jacob Rivet, Providence Country Day School

Alexis Silva, East Providence High School


Hannah Eaton, Burrillville High School


Madisyn Turcotte, Johnston Senior High School


Cameron W. Garvey, University of Rhode Island


Alec Buffi, Community College of Rhode Island

Nathan Surmeian, Lincoln High School

Nicholas Croce, William M. Davies, Jr. Career and Technical High School


Alison McCadden, Narragansett High School


Cailin Martin, Rogers High School

North Kingstown     

Alaina Minarik, North Kingstown High School

North Providence     

Nicholas Barrow, North Providence High School


Erick Luciano, Blackstone Academy Charter School


Enrique Echervarria, William E. Tolman High School

Daniel Soares, Shea High School


Ava Park, Portsmouth Abbey School


Christopher Azar, La Salle Academy

Amarylis Cruz, Paul Cuffee Upper School

Nicholas Dwyer, Rhode Island College

Grace Jordan, Classical High School

Rachel Lynch, Providence College

Leah Marchant, Rhode Island School of Design

Dewa Putra, Central High School

Xander Schenck, School One

Kobii Spruill, Lincoln School

Leah Tabor, Scituate High School


Connor Henderson, Bryant University


Angelin Santerre, Tiverton High School


Charlotte Frost, Pilgrim High School

Michael Graves, Toll Gate High School

Noah Sullivan, Bishop Hendricken High School

West Warwick          

Grant Black, West Warwick High School


Sean Rafferty, Westerly High School

Wood River Junction          

Andrew Poirier, Chariho High School


Ajiehume Ceesay, Woonsocket High School

Crickett Fisher, Beacon Charter High School for the Arts

Everett Misto, Mount Saint Charles Academy

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