January 2019 Showcase Cinemas Student Athlete of the Month

Julianna Desautel of Davies Career & Technical High School and Michael Duffy of North Smithfield High School have been named winners of the Showcase Cinemas Athlete of the Month for January 2019.

 A three-sport athlete at Davies Career & Technical High School, Julianna is a member of the Patriots’ varsity soccer, varsity basketball and varsity softball teams, serving as a captain of all three, earning All-Division honors in soccer and basketball and making an All-Star appearance in softball as a junior. Just as she has exceled on the athletic fields, Julianna has also exceled in the classroom. Ranked No. 1 in her class with a G.P.A. of 4.22, she will graduate with a degree in Pre-Engineering this spring and will be attending Wentworth Institute of Technology in the fall, where she hopes to earn a spot on the Leopards’ women’s basketball team.

As Michael’s tennis coach at North Smithfield High School for the last two seasons, Courtney Smith says “I have seen many student athletes, I have seen nationally ranked tennis players, and worked with professional ones as well. Never in my life have I been more in awe or proud of one of my players. Michael is a very special young man who I know will continue to be the respectful, diligent, and compassionate man after he graduates.” Vice President of the National Honor Society and a member of the French Club and Men’s Choir, Michael excels in the classroom and has already been accepted Early Decision to Seton Hall University’s five-year Masters program in Diplomacy. He also plays soccer for the Northmen, earning All-Division Academic honors. In addition, Michael participates regularly in charity events in support of The Mayan Families Organization in Guatemala and in 2014 took it upon himself to involve his family in sponsoring a child from Haiti, his mother's home country. After the 2010 earthquake hit Haiti, he donated half of his earnings from part-time jobs to the relief effort. “He is the one person that I genuinely believe will make a difference in the world and in all the people’s lives who are fortunate enough to know him,” Smith continued. “I know he has in mine.”

Regional Selections:

NorthMichael Duffy, North Smithfield HS and Julianna Desautel, Davies Career & Technical HS

South – David Hanna, Exeter/West Greenwich HS and Megan Albamonti, Westerly

East – Nick Gomes, Mt. Hope HS and Jayme DeCesare, La Salle Academy

West – Lala Olagundoye, Johnston HS and (no male nominations)

Central – Adrian Crawford, Mt. Pleasant HS and Amy Hidalgo, St. Patrick Academy