Thursday, June 27, 2013
Bishop England - Valedictorian
Justin Sindoni grew up in New Jersey and moved here his sophomore year. The transition from public school to private school and moving from the north to the south made him a little nervous. But soon this academic whiz kid settled in and made great new friends.
Having been named Valedictorian for Bishop England’s class of 2013, he plans to attend the University of South Carolina Honors College, majoring in biology.
His hope is to go to medical school or have a career in biological research.
He attributes hard work, and lots of studying to his academic success. “I like to do well and I put a lot of effort into my academics to succeed,” he said.
He said his mentors have been his parents who have, of course, supported and guided him through life.
He also said he could not have done it without his teachers who played a large part in how he succeeded, always offering extra help and understanding.
“Also and my friends,” he said. “Through the entire learning process they were there to reenergize me.”
Sindoni’s interests are music, clarinet, science, biking and reading. His extra-curricular activities in high school included Orchestra Club vice president and co-founder, Key Club secretary, Senior Board homeroom representative, Mu Alpha Theta treasurer, Archery Club and National Honor Society.
And his advice to high school students, “always be yourself everyday and try to improve the world around you. And through your own actions make the world a better place.”
Bishop England - Salutatorian
April Newton was named Salutatorian at Bishop England High School. She is going to Clemson University in the fall and will major in Industrial Engineering. She chose that academic path because she likes math and science, she said.
During high school Newton played varsity basketball and piano. She participated in the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Band of Buddies (a club that helps the learning disabled as mentors and friends) and The Key Club.
Newton said that the biggest challenge in balancing extracurricular activities and school work was time management.
She explained that the amount of homework and being able to get it all done on time could be difficult.
“But I was able to succeed because of hard work,” she said. Newton’s mentors through life have been her parents and her grandfather. “They are just great people and they taught me how to be a good, successful person,” she explained.
And her advice to up-and-coming high school students, “Just know you can do anything with a little faith and hard work.”