Coventry High’s top graduates are well-rounded scholars

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Coventry - posted Tue., Jun. 28, 2011
Coventry High School salutatorian Valerie Stickles plans to attend UConn to study music education. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Coventry High School salutatorian Valerie Stickles plans to attend UConn to study music education. Photos by Melanie Savage.

Coventry High School valedictorian Josephine LoRicco is a math and science scholar who received numerous awards, including the Coventry Town Council Award for Achievement, the Jay Leroy Schweyer Scholarship, the Mountain Laurel Award, the Beverly A. Reedy Memorial Scholarship Award, the Dr. Robert Bowen Scholar Athlete Award and the Stowe Family Valedictorian Award. LoRicco was a member of the school’s softball, volleyball and basketball teams. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, and plans to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the fall.

Salutatorian Valerie Stickles was a member of the school’s cross-country, indoor and outdoor track teams. She is a member of the National Honor Society, and was involved in the American Red Cross, Ending Genocide Around the World and the Earth Club. She received the Coventry Town Council Award for Service, among other awards. “She's a very, very active member of the band here,” said 2011 class advisor Heather Mackintosh. Stickles was a member of both the Coventry High School band and jazz band. She plans to attend UConn, where she’ll study music education. “I’m not really sure yet what level I’ll teach,” she said, “but my passion is music, and I definitely want to go into education.”


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