Each month, we spotlight a graduate of EPHS to check up on how things are going in his or her life. This month, we focus on Mike Prew. Mike is an attorney, ardent softball player, and doting dad. While at EPHS, Mike was a standout student-athlete.
What did you go on to do after leaving EPHS and what are you doing currently?
Following graduation , I attended the University of Rhode Island where I played football and graduated in 1989 with a double major in History and Political Science. I attended New England School of Law in Boston and received my degree in 1993. I was quite fortunate to be hired as an attorney at the law firm of Olenn & Penza, LLP in Warwick in July of 1994. I became a partner with the firm in 2000. I have been married since 2003 and my wife Patty and I have 2 sons, Michael Jr.(5 years old ) and Matthew (2 years old). I am busy being a husband, father, lawyer and recently became a T Ball coach!
What are your most memorable experiences from EPHS?
My most memorable experiences from high school center around the athletic events, my coaches, and the football games. I played football at URI and nothing compares to playing with the friends you grew up with at Pierce Stadium on Friday nights. I still like attend the games and have begun taking my two sons. I also still get together with friends and teammates from high school and we always have many laughs recounting old football game stories.
If you could do it all over again, what would you do differently?
The only thing I would do differently was I would have started wrestling sooner than 11th grade. I was a much better wrestler than basketball player and had two excellent coaches in Ken Whorf and my brother, Stephen Prew. I would have like to have seen how I could have done if I had more years of experience.
How has the education you had at EPHS helped you succeed in life?
I was fortunate to have many outstanding teachers and intelligent classmates who challenged me. The English classes I took were excellent. They taught me how to write effectively which is crucial to my profession.
What is some advice you would give to current EPHS students?
I would tell current students to get involved in activities whether it be through school or your community. Do not wish high school away as it is gone before you know it and it is one of the best times of your life. Become involved in something so you do not look back with regret as an adult wishing you had tried or experienced things. I would also tell students to learn how to speak and communicate effectively with confidence and persuasion as this will lead to future success in any chosen career path.