Passion for learning earns SHS students top spots

Passion for learning earns SHS students top spots

Valedictorian Adeline Schwartz, left, and Ryan Lane, salutatorian.

SMITHFIELD – Adeline Schwartz is Smithfield High School’s Class of 2018 valedictorian, and classmate Ryan Lane is salutatorion of a class of 158 students.

Schwartz, daughter of Steven and Gail Schwartz, will attend Brown University in the fall on a pre-medical track and will study Spanish and studio art. She said she hopes to become an osteopathic physician.

Lane, son of Raymond and Kristen Lane, will attend Boston University, also pre-med, studying biochemistry. He said he is interested in gene expression and DNA-tailored medicines.

Both students are members of the National Honor Society, and the National Spanish Honor Society.

Schwartz had a grade point average of 103.1, weighted, and Lane was not far behind at 102.

The top two said they are friends, and Lane said it was through wholesome friendships with students such as Schwartz that he was able to stay focused.

“Our class is one of the most competitive,” he said.

Schwartz took 17 honors and advanced placement courses while at SHS, and Lane said he took all but one science course offered by the school.

She won awards for her artwork at the Annual Student Art Show in 2017, and the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. She also volunteered with Students Against Destructive Decisions, the Smithfield High School Rotary Club, and worked to prevent tobacco use in the Winter Awareness Workshop at the Tri-County Community Action Agency.

Lane won Cross Country Academic All State in 2017, and Indoor Track Academic All State in 2018. He volunteered on the 2018 Class Council and as a Smithfield High School Student Ambassador orienting incoming students and organizing initiatives.