CTE Spotlight

CTE Spotlight: April 2021

Each month SHS will Spotlight a CTE student excelling in their field.

This month Smithfield High School is excited to honor Academy of Finance member Megan Nicholson. Megan is a junior here at SHS and is a member of both the Academy of Finance and Future Business Leaders of America. She recently participated in the RI FBLA State Competition where she placed 3rd in the Accounting event. Megan earned a scholarship from Johnson & Wales University for this achievement. As a well rounded student, she is also a member of both the SHS soccer and basketball teams. We are confident she will be successful in her future ventures upon her graduation from SHS in 2022!



CTE Spotlight: March 2021

Each month SHS will Spotlight a CTE student excelling in their field.

This month we are pleased to honor SHS Senior, Charles Dhosi, member of the Engineering Technology Academy. Charlie entered Smithfield his freshman year knowing that he was interested in pursuing a career in Engineering. He has enjoyed all classes offered in this pathway, specifically Mechanical Design and Design and Production. It was during the Design and Production class that Charlie determined he was interested in pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering in college. Charlie has also earned EEP credit in both Construction and Introduction to Architecture.


Charlie has had the honor of being the President of the Engineering pathway for the 2020-2021 school year. He enjoyed sharing his experiences and the opportunities of the Engineering Pathway with incoming freshmen at orientation. He received the Book Scholarship Award to Clarkson University for Engineering. He was accepted into many excellent engineering programs, and he is currently deciding between Clarkson University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He credits the excellent preparation he received from the Engineering Pathway for creating these opportunities in college for him.


Charlie has enjoyed his four years at SHS, and he has been involved in various activities. These include: Treasurer of Student Council, a committee head of National Honor Society, a Sentinel Advisory Council Member, and Captain of the hockey team. Charlie was also recently named the Hobey Baker recipient for 2021. He is very appreciative of all the experiences he has received at Smithfield High School.


Charlie has worked over the summers with various engineering opportunities. Recently, he completed his OSHA certification and he is looking forward to using this in the future. The Engineering Technology Academy has afforded Charlie many experiences and opportunities which have prepared him for higher education in engineering, and he is very grateful to have been a part of this amazing academy.


CTE Spotlight: February 2021

Each month SHS will Spotlight a CTE student excelling in their field.

Desmon Dagraca is a SHS senior in the Law and Public Safety pathway.


Currently enrolled in Law II, Desmon recently completed a two-on-two mock trial as the lead attorney in a civil case.


After completing Intro to Criminal Justice EEP as a sophomore, Desmon is now in the process of pursuing college credit through Roger Williams University. This process requires him to write an argumentative research paper within the field of Criminal Justice. From Constitutional issues to relevant issues in policing or the court system, Desmon has begun the research and writing process and will be presenting his research to a panel of RWU professors in the spring. This task is demanding as students need to argue a point of law, use a variety of online and print resources to support their claim, and present their argument. Desmon, like many Criminal Justice students before him, is up to the challenge and will represent SHS well!

CTE Spotlight: January 2021

Each month SHS will Spotlight a CTE student excelling in their field.

Bailey Gaffney is a current senior within the Computer Science CTE Pathway here at Smithfield High School who has demonstrated leadership qualities and tremendous effort as she has made her way through the program.

Bailey has earned numerous awards in her field including a silver medal at the State Science Olympiad in Cryptography, the Aspirations Award from the National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT), she came in second place for Rhode Island in the the Girls Go CyberStart National Competition and was a Mass Maritime Future Women Leaders in STEM award winner this year.

In addition to her awards, Bailey has taken advantage of every opportunity to learn and to lead. This year, Bailey led the Girls Who Code Club for the middle school, she has attended a week long GenCyber Camp at Rhode Island College, and participated in a virtual GenCyber AI class this past summer.

Thank you for your contributions in the field of Computer Science!

CTE Spotlight: December 2020

Each month SHS will Spotlight a CTE student excelling in their field.

This month, we are proud to feature a program graduate. Chloe Olean, Teacher Preparation Education Pathway, Class of 2017

Chloe is a soon to be graduate of the Keene State College Early Childhood Education Program. She will be continuing her education as a graduate student studying Special Education also at Keene State, where she serves as the President of the international Honor Society in Education.

Chloe shared the following sentiments about her time within the Teacher Preparation program

"I can confidently say that I would not be the educator, student, or person that I am today without my experience at SHS within the teacher preparation CTE program. There is no doubt in my mind that I entered higher education with a deeper understanding and knowledge of early childhood education, and this truly set me apart from my peers in a college classroom. I will never forget walking into my first-year education class. As I entered, I felt nothing but confidence as I heard my professor speak about concepts that I already had background knowledge in- making me more likely to participate in class, take social risks, and have a relationship with my faculty as I knew I was prepared- and this is all thanks to my high school CTE program. That prior knowledge and experience from my CTE program was invaluable when entering higher education- especially when participating in class discussions, writing, or making connections by communicating with others as I had been in a functioning ‘play (pre) school’ classroom for my four years of high school."

Best of luck in the future Chloe!