Val and Sal Reconnect with Former Teachers

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For the fourth consecutive year, the high school hosted a special reception on June 25 for the valedictorian and salutatorian, providing a chance for both students – Class of 2019 valedictorian Victoria Arthus and salutatorian Matthew Southard – to reconnect with all of their former high school, middle school and elementary school teachers.

“We are here to congratulate these seniors, our valedictorian and salutatorian,” said Superintendent Ellen Semel to the assembled educators. “But so many of you have had a hand in helping shape their lives, and I want to thank you all for this. We so seldom realize the power we have as educators, and this is one of those times you get to see it in living color.”

Turning to the two seniors, Semel told them, “I congratulate you for your leadership, your perseverance, your excellence in academia. You’ve been an inspiration not just to the other students, but to all of us here for what you’ve accomplished. I know that you’re going to be doing wonderful and great things. Please remember where you come from. Please visit and share what you’ve learned with all of us. We do want to follow your careers as you move forward and have the pleasure of knowing that we had a hand in that.”