Currie, Rees top Smithfield High School Class of 2019

Currie, Rees top Smithfield High School Class of 2019

Smithfield High School class of 2019 valedictorian Leah Currie and salutatorian Simon Rees. (Breeze photo by Jacquelyn Moorehead)

SMITHFIELD – Smithfield High School Valedictorian Leah Currie and Salutatorian Simon Rees are finishing up their last days of classes and say they’re ready to move on to the next chapter in their lives following the Class of 2019’s graduation June 11.

Currie, daughter of Catherine Currie and David Simpson, will attend the University of Delaware to study global enterprise management with a minor in fashion. She said she was always interested in fashion and said the university is a perfect fit for her.

Currie is a member of the National Honor Society, a solo figure skater, and was the editor of the yearbook for three years. She is a self-proclaimed perfectionist who is always seeking excellence. After some struggles, included as part of her senior oratorical competition, Currie said she found accomplishment to be rewarding if done for the right reasons.

“I realized I wanted to learn and be the best version of myself,” she said.

She said her family, teachers, and friends supported her in her efforts, and she’s grateful to them for her success. She said with their help, she was able to overcome personal obstacles and learn life lessons along the way.

“The teachers I’ve had are very supportive and have pushed me to do things I never thought possible,” Currie said.

Currie and Rees attended the sophomore semi together, and consider each other “friendly competition.”

Rees, son of Maria and Matt Rees, will attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute to study physics and will explore his options in the field.

While attending SHS, Rees achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, is a member of the National Honor Society, played football and tennis, and went on a mission to Haiti with Chepachet Union Church.

He said he achieved success through the enjoyment of learning.

“I never really intended to be top of the class. I like to learn. I don’t go for the grade. I go with the mastery of the material,” Rees said.

Full of school spirit, Rees said he will miss the high school building along with the people inside.

“I have a lot of school pride,” Rees said.

He said his best experience at SHS was co-hosting the fashion show, where he got to dance and goof around with his classmates one last time before graduation. Rees said he plans to “take a load off” this summer to get mentally prepared for college.

Smithfield High School’s graduation is next Tuesday, June 11, at Bryant University, 1150 Douglas Pike, starting at 7 p.m.