Congratulations to the Class of 2015 valedictorian and salutatorian!
One of Watervliet's top graduates aspires to be a research scientist and enjoys going to Albany Devils games, while the other is interested in working as an FBI agent and enjoys playing hockey for the Albany Angels. Meet Rachel Grigg, valedictorian of the Class of 2015, and Mary Jo DeStefano, salutatorian.
Rachel Grigg, Valedictorian
Graduating with a 96 grade point average, Rachel plans to attend Drexel University in Philadelphia where she will study research science.
Rachel is a member of the National Honor Society and serves as a co-vice president of the Student Council and a class representative. She participates in art club and archery club.
This year through the high school's Career Exploration and Investigation Program (CEIP), she participated in an internship at the Wadsworth Labs in Albany where she helped do research on breast cancer.
Q & A with Rachel
Do your work, because otherwise it all catches up to you later on.
I have two – science and art. Science because I’m good at it and there are endless possibilities in it, and art because I like to be able to relax and get creative.
I originally wanted to be a forensic scientist that worked with the FBI, but changed it later on to a research scientist. It would be great to get a job straight out of college working at Drexel.
Well, I’ve been reading a series of comic books called "Fables." And, right now I am also reading "Alice in Wonderland."
Painting and sketching. Painting class is my favorite right now. It’s fun and you get all messy and stuff.
Being a total goof with my friends. It’s like being around them, we let loose and just always have a good time.
My mom. She pretty much has been doing everything she can to raise me and my sister. It’s pretty much been her against the world it seems. She has always tried to push me and make sure that I do my best. She has never been overly strict but she keeps on top of things.
Mary Jo DeStefano, Salutatorian
Mary Jo is graduating with a grade point average of 95 and plans to pursue a degree in criminal justice at Cazenovia College in Central New York.
Mary Jo is a member of the Yearbook Committee and played varsity soccer. She also plays hockey as a member of the Albany Angels and works as a skate guard at the Ice Arena in Clifton Park.
Mary Jo is participating in an internship with the Watervliet Police Department through the high school's Career Exploration and Investigation Program (CEIP).
Q & A with Mary Jo
Do your work. Keep your grades up and make good choices.
Mine is math. I like it and I’m good at it.
My dream job would be to work as an FBI agent or a spy.
I only read about sports, magazines mostly.
Skating, playing hockey, soccer, hanging out with friends.
Doing good in school and in general. Hanging out with my parents and my friends.
Probably Patrice Bergeron. I’m a Bruins fan. Or Lionel Messi (soccer forward) who plays for Barcelona.
The Class of 2015 Commencement is set for Thursday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Watervliet High School Harry Tucker Gymnasium.