Michael Genese

Michael Genese, a 2012 graduate of Westerly High School, and a 2016 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, will be attending the Mannes School of Performing Arts at the New School to study for a master's degree in music composition. Genese, who has been teaching music in the New Bedford Public School system, is the son of Tony Genese of Westerly and Barbara Genese of Providence.

The following local students received the University of Rhode Island’s 2019 President’s Student Excellence Award: Westerly residents Chelsea Fox and Katherine Loo, from the College of Arts and Sciences; and Andrew Webb of Wyoming  from the College of Pharmacy. 

The following local students graduated from New England Institute of Technology: Westerly residents James Chapman; Kevin Cilley; Spencer P. Clarke; Kathy L. Cloutier; Nicole A. Dawson; Mark Facas Jr; Christopher M. Fry, with honors; Destiny A. Fry; Ethan Montalto; Haley C. Serra; Marissa Sposato; Patricia A. Tourigny; Catherine N. Zerbarini and Wendy Zheng received an Associate of Science; and Heather Arnold; Katie Fusaro; and Matthew R. Nowak, with honors, received a Bachelor of Science; Stonington residents Andrew M. Boucher; Andrew R. Bourque, with honors; and Quentin J. Doyonnas received a Bachelor of Science; North Stonington residents Mason Rockwell and Thomas Service received an Associate of Science and Coleton R. Lamb and Lisa S. Maleiko received a Bachelor of Science; Carolina resident Justin T. Shappy received an Associate of Science; Charlestown residents Amy Friedrich; Rachel M. Spyridis; Kyle Viens and Rayna A. Yee received an Associate of Science and John H. LaMotte and Sean LaMotte received a Bachelor of Science; Richmond residents Haley M. Chappell; Ethan Lapp; Kenneth Moden, with honors; and Brian A. Tomaz received an Associate of Science and Michelle R. Trenn, with honors, received a Bachelor of Science; Mystic resident Peter Landeck received an Associate of Science; West Kingston residents Jarrid R. Chrissos, with honors and Jason R. Gardiner, with honors received a Bachelor of Science; Exeter residents Gilbert C. Cruz Jr; Gina M. Faulkner; Riley A. Patton and Adam R. Reis received an Associate of Science; Nathan S. Livernois, with honors received a Bachelor of Science; and Sophie A. Gormley received a Master of Science; Kingston residents Shannon E. Brassil, with honors; and Chenwei Lu, with honors, received an Associate of Science; West Greenwich residents Kayla A. Duchesneau and Isabella G. Weikman received an Associate of Science and Gwendolynn A. Jones and Andrew S. Josephides received a Bachelor of Science; Groton residents MacKenzie Antoch, with honors; Barbara Brown; Christina N. Cabral Castillo, with honors; Gordon E. Reichard; Dalymarie Robles-Montalvo; Isaiah Sebastian, with honors; and Danaya Wallace, with honors, received an Associate of Science and Cailin E. McAdams and David C. Rovero received a Bachelor of Science.

Alicia Sweet Dawe of West Kingston, principal of West Vine Street School in Pawcatuck, has been selected as the 2019 Connecticut Association of Schools  Elementary School Principal of the Year.

Civil rights icon and author Ruby Bridges was the speaker at the 165th commencement ceremony of Rhode Island College in May. Luis A. Miranda Jr. received an honorary doctorate degree at the ceremony.

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