Parillo and Hopkins are tops at Ponaganset

Parillo and Hopkins are tops at Ponaganset

Ponaganset High School's Class of 2018 Valedictorian, Ty Parrillo, left, and Salutatorian Sam Hopkins.

GLOCESTER – Ty Parillo is Ponaganset High School’s Class of 2018 valedictorian, and a close second is his pal Sam Hopkins, named class salutatorian.

Parrillo, son of PHS math teachers Anthony and Candi Parrillo, will attend Georgia Institute of Technology with a full ride Stamps President’s Scholarship and plans to study environmental engineering. He is interesting in urban transportation in particular. Hopkins, son of Charles and Kathleen Hopkins, received a $22,000 President Scholarship to Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he will study biology and biomedicine.

Hopkins said he could not possibly fit enough credits into his schedule to catch up with Parrillo, but he still tried. Parrillo graduated with a 4.9 grade point average, and Hopkins with a 4.7 in a class of 198. The competitors are members of the National Honor Society.

Parrillo was captain of the soccer team in 2017, and Hopkins captained the tennis team in 2017. The two led the indoor track team this year.

Both won many awards. Parrillo won the Rensselaer Medal Award for Math and Science, Society of Women Engineers Award, PHS Outstanding Junior Math Student, Skills USA RI Bronze Medalist in Computer Programming, was a top scorer for the PHS RI Math League Team, and had a superior rating playing oboe in solo and ensemble.

Hopkins won first in the state for Skills USA Computer Programming Competitions, and the Harvard Book Award. Hopkins also volunteered as a Lego League mentor at Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School, at the Saint Philip Youth Ministry, and the food bank at Saint Paul the Apostle Church.

Parrillo volunteered as an algebra, pre-calculus, geometry and SAT tutor, and a TOPS athletic mentor for special needs students.

Both participated in the PHS Robotics Club, competing in the FRC robotics competition.