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Congratulations to Rachel Grigg, right, and Mary Jo DeStefano, Class of 2015 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.

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

Q. What advice would you offer students entering grade 9 to ensure success during the high school years?

Do your work, because otherwise it all catches up to you later on.

Q. What is your favorite academic subject and why?

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.

Q. What is your "dream" job?

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.

Q. Last book read for fun?

Well, I’ve been reading a series of comic books called "Fables." And, right now I am also reading "Alice in Wonderland." 

Q. What activity do you most enjoy during your free time?

 Painting and sketching. Painting class is my favorite right now. It’s fun and you get all messy and stuff.

Q. What makes you smile?

Being a total goof with my friends. It’s like being around them, we let loose and just always have a good time.

Q. Who is your role model or hero?

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

Q. What advice would you offer students entering grade 9 to ensure success during the high school years?

Do your work. Keep your grades up and make good choices.

Q. What is your favorite academic subject and why?

Mine is math. I like it and I’m good at it.

Q. What is your "dream" job?

My dream job would be to work as an FBI agent or a spy.

Q. Last book read for fun?

I only read about sports, magazines mostly. 

Q. What activity do you most enjoy during your free time?

 Skating, playing hockey, soccer, hanging out with friends.

Q. What makes you smile?

Doing good in school and in general. Hanging out with my parents and my friends.

Q. Who is your favorite athlete?

Probably Patrice Bergeron. I’m a Bruins fan. Or Lionel Messi (soccer forward) who plays for Barcelona.

 

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