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Rhode Island Students Awarded 2019 Pell Medal for Excellence in U.S. History

Newport, R.I. — Fifty-nine students from across Rhode Island 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.

“The study of history is essential to understanding and protecting our republic,” said Pell Center Executive Director, Dr. Jim Ludes. “The Pell Center at Salve Regina University is proud to continue honoring Rhode Island’s best students of American history.”

“The students in Rhode Island continue to earn well-deserved recognition for their exceptional dedication to U.S. history,” said Clay Pell. “It has long been a goal of my family to learn from the past and prepare for the future.”

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 2019 Herbert and Claiborne Pell Medal for excellence in the study of U.S. History are:


Daniel Sheinberg, Barrington High School

Paige Buckett, St. Andrew’s School


Ella Hanley, Mt. Hope High School

Carolyn Westgate, Roger Williams University

Central Falls

Jacqueline Jimenez, Central Falls High School


Zoe Adams, Coventry High School


Eden Fisher, Cranston East High School


Julie Andrade, Cumberland High School

East Greenwich

Nicholas Sanzi, East Greenwich High School

East Providence

Gabrielle Patrone, East Providence High School

Laura McCarty, Providence Country Day School


Noel Teter, Burrillville High School


Sophia DaCosta, Johnston Senior High School


Cosette Boucher, University of Rhode Island


Nicholas Gaitanis, Lincoln High School

Patrick Kelly, William M. Davies Jr. Career and Technical High School


Daniel Sullivan, Middletown High School


Owen McCadden, Narragansett High School


Samantha Farnsworth, Salve Regina University

Noah Manuel, Rogers High School

North Kingstown

Samuel Williams, North Kingstown High School

North Providence

Tina Chen, North Providence High School

Mel Ea, Moses Brown School

North Scituate

Jordan McGuire, Ponaganset High School

North Smithfield

Emma Grant, North Smithfield High School


Norman Colindrez Rodrigues, Blackstone Academy Charter School

Ryan Deschene, Saint Raphael Academy

Evelina Do Rosario-De Barros, Shea High School

Jordan Klemanchuck, William E. Tolman High School


Rebecca Downs-Honey, Portsmouth High School


Richard Aitchison, Rhode Island College

Anabeth O. Bostrup, Rhode Island School of Design

Tyler Gillette, La Salle Academy

Sophie Kupetz, Brown University

Haley Long, Classical High School

Amiya Mandapati, Lincoln School

Christian Martinez, Central High School

Laisha Mendez, Hope High School

Nicholas Moran, Providence College

Mikayla Ogni, School One

Gideon Parker, The Wheeler School

Joharianis Rodriguez, Paul Cuffee Upper School


Shannon Dilorio, St. Mary Academy Bay View


Conal Wilkie, Scituate High School


Victoria Richard, Smithfield High School

South Kingstown

Caroline Parente, South Kingstown High School


Sarah Downey, Tiverton High School


Benjamin Silvia, The Prout School


Joseph D’Alfonso, Bishop Hendricken High School

Jamee Salisbury, Pilgrim High School

Rebecca Carcieri, Toll Gate High School

West Greenwich

Timothy Culton, The Greene School

West Warwick

Megan O’Kelly, West Warwick High School

Michelina Smith, Exeter-West Greenwich High School


Adrianna Turano, Westerly High School

Wood River Junction

Sara Nunes, Chariho High School


Alicia Bergeron, Mount Saint Charles Academy

Bridget Damon, Woonsocket High School

Emma Morris-Mensah, Beacon Charter High School for the Arts

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