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Prout Robotics Team Second in State

February 15, 2017 – The Prout School’s Robotics Team was one of 32 Rhode Island middle and high school robotics teams to advance to the state championships of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge, held on Saturday, February 4 at New England Institute of Technology. By the end of the day, Prout was the second highest scoring team – the only Catholic high school represented in the top four.

Prout also received the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award which celebrates a team that not only thinks outside the box, but also has the ingenuity and inventiveness to make their designs come to life.

The Prout Robotics Team is led by senior Peter Rossi and club moderator Dave Covell. Its sponsors include Schneider Electric, Greenwood Credit Union, and Knights of Columbus Pope Pius XII - Council 5292.

Accomplished inventor, Dean Kamen, founded FIRST® in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in students through the fun of robotics. The goal is to engage students to develop problem solving, critical thinking, and innovative reasoning skills using custom designed robots.

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First Row (left to right): Christina Vangel, Peter Rossi, Isabella Abilheira, Kseniya Farrell, Elijah Messer, Sarah Mitchell, Andrew Ferreira, Joe Mitchell

Second Row (left to right): Jeremy Lake, Joel White, Ryan Levy, Henry Hersum, Jacob Wathen, Jack Conway, Kai Masterson

Robotics Team Advances to State Championship

January 2017 - The Prout School Robotics Team was the overall winner of the January 21st Rhode Island FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Qualifying Tournament held at the East Greenwich Campus of New England Institute of Technology.  Additionally, the Prout team was recognized in four award categories:

  • First place, Control Award - Presented to the team that demonstrates innovative thinking in the control system to solve game challenges such as autonomous operation, enhancing mechanical systems with intelligent control, or using sensors to achieve better results on the field.
  • Second place, Think Award - Presented to the team that best reflects the “journey” the team took as they experienced the engineering design process during the build season.
  • Second place, Inspire Award - Given to the team that truly embodied the ‘challenge’ of the FTC program. The Inspire Award Winner is an inspiration to other teams, acting with gracious professionalism both on and off the playing field.
  • Third place, PTC Design Award - Recognizes design elements of the robot that are both functional and aesthetic, and the team that best incorporates industrial design elements into their solution.

With this win, the Prout team moves on to the RI State Championship, which will be held on Saturday, February 4, at the New England Institute of Technology Automotive Campus in Warwick.

The FIRST Tech Challenge is designed for those who want to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams of students are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year, and is programmed using a variety of languages.

Prout Senior Headed to West Point

January 2017 - Kailey Louise Smith, a senior at The Prout School, has been appointed to the US Military Academy (USMA) at West Point. Kailey was the recipient of Congressmen Langevin's principal nomination. She will be part of the Class of 2021.

At Prout, Kailey is the senior class president and a member of the National Honor Society. She is, or has been, captain of the outdoor track team, the junior varsity volleyball team and the swim team and has earned at varsity letter in all three sports. Kailey is also the section leader, flute, for The Prout School band and was named to the All State Senior Orchestra, violin, by the Rhode Island Music Education Association. Kailey was a delegate to the American Legion’s Girls State and volunteers for Special Olympics, Rhode Island.

“We are delighted for Kailey and her family and we are so proud of this accomplished young woman for her decision to serve our country”, said David J. Estes, Principal, The Prout School.

According to the West Point website, each year thousands of high school students apply for admission to USMA, but only a few are accepted. A composite of recent classes indicate an acceptance rate of less than 8% for women applying to the USMA at West Point.

Six Students Receive Arts Recognition

January 2017 - Congratulations to six Prout students for receiving Gold and Silver Keys at the regional level in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards:
Mira DiSilvestro 

Gold Key 

Art - Ceramics & Glass 


Silver Key 

Art - Ceramics & Glass 

Justin Cao 

Gold Key 

Art Portfolio 

Mariah King 

Silver Key 

Art - Sculpture 

Elliot Marone 

Silver Key 

Art - Sculpture 

Lillian Pexton 

Gold Key 

Art - Drawing & Illustration 

Alexandra Wilks 

Silver Key 

Art - Sculpture 

Justin Cao's art portfolio submission was one of just 12 winners in Rhode Island, selected from 81 entries. Gold Key works are automatically entered into national judging. Good luck, Prout artists!

Founded in 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation's longest-running, most prestigious educational initiative supporting student achievement in the visual and literary arts. Works are judged on originality, technical skill, and emergence of personal vision or voice.

Prout Musicians Shine at State Level

November 2016 - The Prout School announces that the following student musicians and vocalists have achieved recognition at the state level: 
  • Hanna Bove once again ranks first in violin in RI and is again the concert mistress of the All State Orchestra. This is quite remarkable as Hanna is a junior. And, once again, Ellie Eng placed first chair in viola. Hanna and Ellie have also been accepted into the All Eastern Orchestra, which will perform in Atlantic City in April. Needless to say, this is a BIG achievement.
  • Luke Herbermann placed first on classical guitar for the Classical Guitar Ensemble and Luke was also selected for the All State Chorus.
  • Also in in the All State Chorus from Prout are: Sadie Crocker, Mia Douglas, Annan Gass, Grace Mastrioanni, Olivia Philippi, Sara Simkevich, Sadie Tetreault, Jacquelyn Van Patten and Sam Williams.These 12 students will represent Prout in the All State Concert in the spring.

Prout Receives Grant for Engineering

November 2016 - The Prout School has been awarded a grant of $44,000 from The Champlin Foundations to purchase equipment to implement an Engineering II class and, later, an Engineering III class. These classes will be offered to junior and senior Honors students by Dr. Hanan Mogawer, a member of the school's science department for more than ten years. Dr. Mogawer has a PhD in chemical engineering and has taught materials science and engineering at the college level. She recently received a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Brown University. Dr. Mogawer is a passionate education professional with significant expertise in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) curriculum development and lesson planning.

Dr. Mogawer's desire to introduce hands-on and project-based learning to high school students led to the successful introduction of an Engineering I class at Prout, currently in its second year. Engineering I focuses on basic materials science; students learn what properties define a material and how the properties of a material can be changed. Dr. Mogawer's approach is for students to become motivated by mastery of skills, not memorization of facts. Students learn through process; they fail and are asked to make observations and try again. Concepts are learned through the design and building of bridges, and the construction of "Rube Goldberg" machines to accomplish defined tasks. Fully half of the class this year is made up of girls.

Students in Engineering I use some basic tools, but Engineering II and III will rely heavily on machines/equipment to make the natural progression from understanding the properties of materials to engineering design and manufacturing technology. With the funding, the school plans to purchase a Brinell hardness testing unit to determine hardness in metals, hard alloys, and tempered steel; three desktop 3D printers and a laser cutter/engraving system, as well as a tool to gauge material properties.

Sixteen Prout Students Earn IB Diplomas

August 2016 - Sixteen members of The Prout School’s Class of 2016 have earned full International Baccalaureate diplomas. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is an internationally recognized curriculum for high school juniors and seniors, with an emphasis on intercultural understanding and enrichment. It culminates in six rigorous subject exams.

Similar to taking Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams, participating in an IB program is for students who are interested in academic challenges. Tests taken at the end of the academic year are graded by an international committee and results are not released until the end of the summer after students graduate from high school.

Through the IB Diploma Program, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research and undertake a project that often involves community service. Evidence suggests that higher rates of IB students go on to university and higher education study than non-IB students.

The Prout School is the only high school in Rhode Island and the only Catholic School in New England to offer this academic opportunity. In 2015, there were only 78,000 candidates for the IB Diploma in the entire United States.

“This is a testament not only to these students but the faculty here at The Prout School who prepare them so well for these academic challenges,” said Assistant Principal Carolyn Lawrence. “We are tremendously proud of our students -- of their accomplishments while they are here and of the success they find in their educational pursuits beyond Prout because of the rigorous preparation they have received.” 

The students from Prout’s Class of 2016 who earned an IB Diploma were:

  • Maryam Asenuga - Ashaway
  • Samuel Chretien – North Kingstown
  • Samuel Corr - Charlestown
  • Laura Husak - Saunderstown
  • Samantha Johnson - Charlestown
  • Michael Kabai - Wakefield
  • Connor King - Carolina
  • Ailsa Lehrach - Charlestown
  • Jacob McConnell – West Kingston
  • Rowdie McDonald - Narragansett
  • Zachary Moniz - Saunderstown
  • Amanda Renaud – Pawcatuck, CT
  • Alexandra Russell – West Kingston
  • Samuel Slom – Charlestown
  • Alexis Violet – Jamestown
  • Ernest Violet - Jamestown

Prout juniors and seniors are also able to take individual IB courses, without pursuing an IB Diploma.

Prout also offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses to its students in Art, US History, Calculus and Chemistry. In 2016, 26% of the AP exams taken by Prout students received the highest possible score of five. This is nearly twice the performance at the state and national level where, in both cases, just 14% of tests taken receive a score of five.

Mary Hoyt Living Legacy Fund Established

The Prout School is delighted to announce the establishment of The Mary Hoyt Living Legacy Fund. Contributions to the Mary Hoyt Living Legacy Fund will ensure that many more students who want a Catholic education – regardless of their circumstances -- can have a Catholic education.

The fund honors Mary Hoyt, the current director of Prout’s College & Career Counseling Center. Mary has dedicated more than 40 years to ensuring that Prout’s students are prepared for and excited about their paths once they leave high school. Mary’s knowledge of the college application process, combined with her thoughtfulness, compassion and quiet, kind and caring ways have made a difference in countless lives. What you may not know about Mary is that a week before she was to start her freshman year of Catholic high school in CT, her father passed away after a long struggle with cancer, leaving her mother the sole caregiver and provider. Had it not been for generous outside financial assistance, Mary and her four brothers would never have been able to attend Catholic school.

Said Ms. Hoyt, “If I can have any part in helping students realize their dreams by attending Prout, it would be amazing. As my mom would say from heaven, ‘Miss Mary, it is the right thing to do.’ "

Click here to make a gift to the Mary Hoyt Living Legacy Fund. You'll also have the opportunity to send Mary a message.

Upcoming Prout Events

January 5, 2017 - Alumni Drop-In Luncheon
Prout Alumni and former faculty and staff our invited back for lunch from 11:30-1:00.

January 13, 2017 - Arts Festival
Exhibits and performances from our music, art, and dance students

February 13, 2017 - Accepted Students Night
Visit Prout and meet your new class mates.

March 8, 2017 - Career Day
Prout Alumni will introduce the junior class to a variety of possible career paths.

April 27, 2017- National Honor Society Induction

May 1, 2017 - Academic Orientation
Students will receive HSPT scores and schedule for 2017-2018 academic year.

May 6,  2017 – Prout’s Annual Auction.
Our largest social and fundraising event. A great evening!

May 17, 2017 - Honors Night Grades 9-11

May 26, 2017 - Arts Banquet
Students will showcase their best work and creativity.

May 24, 2017 - The Prout Athletic Banquet
Awarding letters and recognizing athletic achievement!  

June 12, 2017 - Baccalaureate Mass
Final mass for our graduating class

June 13, 2017 - Graduation
At the Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul, Providence

August 7, 2017 –Annual Crusader Golf Classic
Join us at Potowomut Country Club!