Pietrantozzi, Bessette stand out at SHS

Pietrantozzi, Bessette stand out at SHS

Scituate High School Valedictorian Emily Pietrantozzi and Salutatorian Justin Bessette top the SHS 2018 class. (Breeze photo by Jacquelyn Moorehead)

SCITUATE – Scituate High School announced that the Class of 2018’s valedictorian is Emily Pietrantozzi and the salutatorian is Justin Bessette. The announcement was made at the eighth annual Top Ten Breakfast Monday.

Pietrantozzi, daughter of May and Anthony Pietrantozzi, will graduate with a 4.9 grade point average and said she would attend the University of Connecticut in the fall to study nursing. She said she was inspired to be a nurse after seeing the commitment her grandmother had during her career as a nurse.

Bessette, son of Tina and David Bessette, said he will study biology on a pre-med track at Brown University and graduates with a 4.8 grade point average. He said he likes science and wants to be able to help people.

Assistant Supt. Mike Sollitto said the graduating class this year was extremely competitive, but both students said they were not that way with each other. They said they shared every class together, and shared a desire to succeed. Both are members of the National Honor Society.

Pietrantozzi won the University of Rochester Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, the New England Red Sox Service Scholarship Award, was second European champion and third place champion in the 2016 World Irish Dance Association and the Rhode Island Interscholastic League Division II Girls Soccer State Championship in 2015 and 2016.

In his time at SHS, Bessette was a Harvard Prize book recipient, and won the Freshman Band Award. He had achievements in physical education, health, honors algebra II, and honors English. He was voted Most Likely to Succeed by his peers.

Pietrantozzi and Bessette both won the Rhode Island Scholar Leader Award as 8th-graders.