RMHS High Fives – Bacci & Kinsella

Abigail Bacci, Class of 2018

Abby is being recognized for her excellence in scholarship, athletics, activities, and service. Academically, Abby has challenged herself this year by taking AP Spanish and AP Calculus and has also excelled and enjoyed her World War II, Creative Writing, and Environmental Science classes. She was a member of the Century Club her sophomore year and is a member of both the Spanish National Honor Society and the National Honor Society, where this year, she serves as the President. Abby received The University of Massachusetts at Lowell Book Award last year, which recognizes a student who is an exemplary citizen in the school community. Athletically, Abby has been a member of the Girls Varsity Soccer Team in her junior and senior years. She loves her team and was very proud to have helped the Lady Rockets qualify for the state tournament last year for the first time in eight years. Abby has also been a member of the Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team in her junior and senior years and was awarded the Alyssa Dion Award last season, given to an outstanding student athlete who most exemplifies positivity and team spirit. Abby has been a Class Officer for three years and serves this year as the Secretary. She has particularly enjoyed planning class events including the Powderpuff Football Game and the Prom and is looking forward to this coming spring’s senior activities! In terms of service, Abby has been a member of Habitat for Humanity for three years and is the Co-President this year. In her work with Habitat, she and her fellow members spent a week in North Carolina over the summer, building homes for residents in the Winston-Salem community. She also volunteers at the 1st Parish Congregational Church in Wakefield as a Sunday school teacher, where she works with 4 year olds and was selected to be a student minister, helping to lead younger high school and middle school students in their pursuit of faith. Next year, Abby will be attending college—she hopes somewhere in the South—and will be pursuing Biosystems Engineering. Congratulations, Abby!

Jake Kinsella, Class of 2018

Jake is being recognized for his outstanding achievement in academics, activities, leadership, and service. Academically, Jake is in the top 10% of the Class of 2018, and has challenged himself this year by taking a rigorous course load including AP Physics C, AP Statistics, AP Calculus, and two independent studies in computer learning/artificial intelligence and AP Latin. Jake is also a member of the National Honor Society and earned Century Club Honors in his junior year. In terms of co-curricular activities, Jake has been a member of the Robotics Club—or the “Robockets”—for four years and serves as the Technical President this year. He has also been the Project Manager and the Programming Lead in past years and helped the Robockets win the North Shore District Competition held right here at RMHS last spring. Jake is very excited about the upcoming season and is looking forward to the kick-off on January 6th, when he and his teammates will begin 6 weeks of non-stop Robotics action! Jake is also the Co-Founder and Co-President of both the Programming Club and the Politics Club, which has recently experienced a surge of new membership. In terms of service, Jake volunteers as a coach of the First Lego League Team at Parker Middle School, sharing his love of robotics with middle schoolers and helping them to build robots and learn programming. He also gives his time as a field reset volunteer for First Robotics Competition, helping in competitions throughout the New England region. Next year, Jake will be attending Northeastern University, where he will pursue a degree in Computer Science. Congratulations, Jake!

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