Julia Dolan was introduced as the Newtown Significant College Course of 2021’s valedictorian and Sarah Nowacki as the salutatorian, at the school on May 5. The two lately reflected on their educational encounters in phone interviews with The Newtown Bee.
“I’ve been in this article the total time,” Julia claimed, incorporating that she attended Head O’ Meadow Elementary College.
She remembers crying the night time in advance of attending kindergarten for the initial time.
“I did not want to go. I think I was frightened of leaving home,” explained Julia.
The valedictorian is no lengthier afraid to leave residence, but there are matters she will pass up when she heads to Cambridge in the slide to analyze economics at Harvard University. She is also energized to be in close proximity to Boston.
“It’s just genuinely stunning,” claimed Julia, who is also thinking of learning finance at Harvard.
She is drawn to researching humanities and math, and attending Harvard “felt like preserving my choices open up,” as it has numerous resources and delivers its pupils an array of chances alongside with “a wonderful alumni community,” said Julia.
Her favorite subjects at NHS ended up calculus and studies, and “I’ve also loved getting Spanish.”
Julia reflected that her mom and dad, father James and mother Judit, taught her a whole lot.
“Both my mom and dad have inspired me to operate definitely challenging,” she shared, incorporating that her father is a carpenter. “I guess I have appeared up to them my total existence because they function definitely hard to make a house for us. And they both genuinely inspired me along the way to perform really hard, examine difficult, but to have a fantastic time.”
Some of her favored academics at NHS have been Eugene Hall, Abigail Marks, and Christopher Pearson.
When requested to share guidance for pupils, Julia said, “Stop and appreciate what you presently have and what you have previously attained.” Particularly in large university, Julia stated, it is easy to emphasis on what is left to carry out, and she would have liked to pause a lot more to reflect on how fortunate she was to accomplish what she did.
And together the way, Julia claimed, she has fond recollections of “good times” with friends. She was a member of the school’s discussion crew and tennis staff. Gatherings like spirit 7 days and homecoming have been constantly fun, also, she stated.
“It was when every person type of permit loose the most,” explained Julia.
The very last school year was absolutely various. Julia claimed she was upset when school first went “fully online” for the reason that she missed seeing anyone every working day. But then there was excitement when the pupil system returned to in-particular person mastering.
When requested about her finding out procedures, Julia laughed and admitted she tends to procrastinate, “but not to the point the place I just can’t get it accomplished.”
“I come to feel like I do my ideal get the job done below some pressure,” said Julia. “That is unquestionably when I am finest determined.”
She said finding out with her pals was a massive help, mainly because she if identified a little something she did not have an understanding of, her pals ended up able of assisting. She also employs applications to research.
“And if I have an examination or a little something, I under no circumstances wing it,” she mirrored. “Even if I left finding out to the previous night, I would go by means of the text e book, all the sources I was given in class, and just take the time to make confident I understand it.”
Form And Supportive Inspiration
Sarah is the youngest of 4 siblings, and her older sister and brothers — Michaela, John, and Ben — have each individual been kind and supportive inspirations, as have her mothers and fathers, mom Laura and father David. With two mom and dad who are physicians, Sarah said she has generally recognized she wanted to go into the discipline of drugs. So this drop, Sarah is heading to the College of Connecticut, Storrs, to analyze physiology and neurobiology on a pre-med keep track of.
“They are just so supportive. My mother and father have usually been so supportive in letting me do whatever I required to do,” reported Sarah, noting a “nice balance” in between pushing her and providing her house.
From a younger age, Sarah mentioned she understood she needed to study medicine and enable men and women, “especially after Sandy Hook. I realized that I definitely wished to assist some others.”
The Sandy Hook Elementary School graduate experienced a really hard time limiting the amount of teachers that have stood out and impressed her.
“There are just so several fantastic lecturers in Newtown,” mentioned Sarah. She named her kindergarten teacher, Miryam Kuligowski, and her second grade instructor, Abbey Clements, who “was just so sweet, so valuable, and just generally there for me,” as two of the initial lecturers to encourage her. Sarah reported her sixth quality cluster — with lecturers Matt Dalton and Petrice DiVanno — at Reed was “just these types of a enjoyment cluster.” And at Newtown Large School, Tara Allegretto, Eugene Corridor, and Larry Saladin just about every motivated Sarah in distinctive courses.
Sarah plays volleyball equally at NHS and on a club workforce. She also participates in indoor and outdoor track at NHS.
“I like obtaining sports right after university. I feel it will help approach out my working day and offers me an outlet,” stated Sarah.
Sarah is not waiting until higher education to begin her journey of serving to some others by way of the discipline of drugs. Last summer time she worked in her mother’s office and this summer she strategies to finish EMT education with the hope of volunteering before long.
Her plans consist of attending professional medical school, perhaps turning out to be an crisis area health care provider, and, “Overall, I just want to are living a excellent existence, help as quite a few people as I can, and hopefully reside a prolonged and healthier existence as nicely.”
When asked to share her greatest suggest for other learners, Sarah explained, “Don’t worry also much about college. Indeed, it is important, but staying pleased and loving what you do is additional essential.”
She strongly encouraged acquiring a excellent harmony with university and outside of faculty functions, accomplishing extracurriculars, paying out time with close friends, and enjoying sports.
During her instructional profession in Newtown, Sarah said her close friends have normally been there for her and she appreciates the time they expended hanging out.
“I honestly feel the Newtown group is one of the most effective, primarily after Sandy Hook, looking at how the community came collectively,” Sarah shared, emphasizing that everybody cares about just about every other and the message of “be kind” is common listed here. If any individual is struggling, Sarah knows everybody in Newtown is “there to assistance.”
Julia stated she sees quite a few members of the neighborhood when doing work at Caraluzzi’s Marketplace in Newtown.
“I feel we are def very lucky. We have a definitely supportive neighborhood and I have usually felt that if I need to have assist I have folks in the local community who are willing and want to assistance me,” explained Julia.
She presently appreciates she will miss Newtown, her neighbors, her teachers, and her mothers and fathers.
“It was just a actually nice put to grow up,” claimed Julia.
She hopes her foreseeable future holds discovering something she is “truly passionate about” and applying what ever that is to “give again, especially to my moms and dads, and to my group as effectively, and all the people today who have served me get the place I am.”
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Valedictorian Julia Dolan
Salutatorian Sarah Nowacki