Project GOAL Student Selected Prefect for Second Year In A Row

Date: July 9 , 2010

Contact: Darius Shirzadi, Executive Director
Project GOAL, Inc.
Phone: 401 258 2300

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Project GOAL continues to push its students to their limits to be the best students, athletes, and people they can be. Project GOAL students who received scholarships to attend Rhode Island area private and independent schools through Project GOAL’s assistance are demonstrating leadership qualities in their schools. Project GOAL also continues to place students who show academic and athletic excellence into Rhode Island independent and private schools, with scholarships, despite the current state of the economy.

Miguel Lara, of Pawtucket, has been selected as one of four prefects for the 2010/2011 school year at the Rocky Hill School. Miguel has been attending Rocky Hill (East Greenwich, RI) since 2008. This is the second year in a row that a Project GOAL student has been selected as a Prefect. The previous year it was Luis Navas who graduated and will be attending the Rhode Island School of Design in the fall. “You are prefects of this school; idols that students look up to. Every action you make affects their minds” commented Navas.

Richard Dempsey, Head of the Upper School at the Rocky Hill School commented, “At Rocky Hill School prefects are members of the entering senior class chosen by vote of the Upper School faculty and Upper School student body and appointed by the Headmaster. Selection is based on qualities of maturity, loyalty and leadership. Prefects serve on the Disciplinary Committee, an Advisory Committee to the Dean of Student Life, the Head of Upper School and the Headmaster, and as mentors to incoming ninth grade students.”

Catherine Washburn, Director of Admission and Financial Aid said, “Prefects hold the highest position at Rocky Hill School. They represent our School's core values of honesty, integrity, and respect, as well as empathy and understanding. Luis Navas (Prefect 2009-10) and Miguel (Prefect 2010-11) embody the ideals of a Rocky Hill Prefect and I am confident that Project GOAL provided them the positive influence and opportunities to be recognized as outstanding role-models and student leaders.”

Gretchen Scarfe, Director of Student Life noted, “This past year, Luis went above and beyond our expectations as a compassionate listener and unselfish Prefect. He often met with students on a regular basis to make sure things were going well for them.”

Project GOAL, Inc. (Greater Opportunity for Athletes to Learn), is an after-school initiative that partners with the Central Falls School Department, SCOPE/Central Falls School District, Providence School Department, and the Soccer Rhode Island Olympic Development Program. Project GOAL’s mission is to facilitate the development of New England’s disadvantaged inner city youth through after-school tutoring, health education, and soccer-related programs.

A non-profit 501©3 organization, Project GOAL, Inc., is comprised of professionals from the business, academic, health and soccer communities who support the project in achieving its objectives in creating opportunities for its “GOALie” participants.

Project GOAL students at graduation