Valedictorian Thomas Burns Jr., an All-Met Football player, plans to continue "the tradition of a McNamara man, to do my best academically, athletically and spiritually." Salutatorian Chris Dries, a representative to the Maryland in the Department of Energy Supercomputers Honors Program, looks forward to college where he hopes "to be surrounded by so many people who have the same goal."
Valedictorian Paula Coates, (left) winner of a Carl Rowan Project Excellence Scholarship, performed with the NCAA Superstar Dance Team at the Eagle Aloha Bowl this year. Salutatorian Ruth Fisher, nominated an Academic All-American Scholar, would most like to have met "Jesus Christ, to know why our society is as it is, why we do as we do and what his reasons were for making us as we are." Salutatorian Nhan Thuan Nguyan, whose brother was salutatorian in 1989, sums up his education in the word "success; because when I came from Viet Nam, I had the opportunity to learn and succeed."
Valedictorian Geoffrey Wise, winner of a Beneficial Hudson Award (presented to the top 20 students accepted to Johns Hopkins University), advises future students to "Do your work on time and enjoy it . . . school is not hell!" Salutatorian Allison Paulen, president of her church youth group, has not chosen a major yet, but hopes in college "to become focused, know what I want to do and work towards it."
Outstanding achiever Theresa DeStefanis (left) won a journalism award for her series on te history of the Canterbury School and plans to study early childhood development and culinary arts. Her fellow outstanding achiever, Allison Dinsmore, winner of the St. John's College Alumni Association Award, credits her success to "the teachers at my school who saw in me my potential."
Valedictorian Michael Bashoor, awarded the Coach's Award in varsity basketball last year, advises "trust and follow the Lord no matter what the cost." Salutatorian Dorothy Nunes, who has spent time in the Soviet Union, said she'd most like to spend time with Mary, the mother of Jesus, "I'd like to see her emotional view of what was going on, to get a mother's perspective."
Valedictorian Kathleen Mack, (left) holder of a black belt in karate, said that earning the belt "was something I progressed at without book knowledge; it taught me self confidence." Salutatorian Wendy Weidman, winner of a National Council of Teachers of English Writing Award, looks forward to developing "worthwhile relationships with interesting people" in college.
Valedictorian Ronald Brower, will graduate from Prince George's Community College as he graduates high school. Brower plans to ultimately enter politics.
Valedictorian Sherri Kimar (left), has been accepted to the College of Charleston, S.C. -- her first choice -- and plans to use the opportunity to study accounting. Salutatorian Stefanie Nathan, winner of a U.S. Army Scholar/Athlete Award for excellence in athletics and scholastics, credits her parents for her success, because they "showed that grades are most important."
Valedictorian Vincent Case, vice president of the National Honor Society, would like "to be remembered as someone who was always smiling and was easy to talk to." Case credits his academic success to his mother "who always allowed me to be independent." Salutatorian and All-State Band member Kenneth Gosier said that he learned "a lot from a lot of unexpected resources" at DeMatha. DuVAL
Valedictorian Angela Saunders, recipient of the Superintendent's Award, advises future students to "never let anyone tell you that you cannot do something because you are the wrong race or sex." Salutatorian Alexander Bullock III, president of the senior class, will attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis and looks forward to the Academy's "stress on mental and physical learning."
Valedictorian David Krieger, who will work at the Department of Energy's Fermi Labs this summer, plans to attend Princeton University to major in physics. Salutatorian Upasana Bhatnagar, who placed second overall in the school science fair, would most like to meet Mahatma Ghandi because she "admired his peaceful qualities and his ability to lead."
Valedictorian Tiffany Christensen, a longtime community service volunteer, plans to attend Villanova to major in pediatric medicine or teaching with the goal of becoming a high school teacher. Salutatorian Susan Gvozdas, winner of a full scholarship to Marymount University, described her high school career as "tough; it put you through a lot to get the best from you."
Valedictorian Jin Park, winner of the Bausch & Lomb Award for Math and Science, plans to attend Salisbury State University to major in accounting. Salutatorian Shade Jenifer, winner of the Jesse J. Warr Memorial award for academics and extracurricular activities, advised fellow students not to get discouraged. "No one said it would be easy; just stick with it and work hard."
Valedictorian Nathan Baldwin IV, winner of a Meyerhoff Scholarship, would most like to spend a day with Martin Luther King Jr. who "did the most and worked the hardest to make it possible for me to receive the good education that I have." Salutatorian Ann Cutchember, a Rotary Club Young American, sees in college "the challenge of keeping up my grades while being separated from my mother and friends."
Valedictorian Mohammed Ali, winner of a SADD poetry contest, hopes to write for the literary magazine in college as "a chance to bring together people who are interested in literature." Salutatorian Norah Storey, a lector at her church, said Douglass students should work on organizational skills because "although I may not be the fastest or the smartest person, I can achieve because I am disciplined."
Valedictorian Stephen Brown, member of the National Honor Society, says that "you don't have to be a genius to get ahead in life; just stick with the books and study hard. It's a matter of self-motivation." Salutatorian Serese Aranha, winner of a Carl Rowan Project Excellence Scholarship, plans to attend North Carolina A&T and looks forward to experiencing "independence."
Valedictorian Shari Mathieu, president of the National Honor Society, described her education as "excellent" because "the teachers care about us and want us to do well."
Valedictorian Gregory Bush's greatest achievement was that "I succeeded in a society where young black males are generally stereotyped as not being interested in academics." Salutatorian Stephanie DeVille (center), president of the National Honor Society, looks forward to college to "broaden my horizons and having more varied subjects to study." Salutatorian Beth Heishman, winner of the Director's Award in band for her hard work, effort and dedication, says that in high school "I learned a lot about myself and others and hopefully will be prepared for life."
Valedictorian Darren Mock, captain of the varsity baseball team, described his education as "worthwhile" because it "helps lead you into adulthood." Salutatorian Jonelle Thom, who was featured in "Who's Who Among American High School Students," attributed her academic success to her family "because they have been supportive of me and each other."
Valedictorian Sylvia Morales, named an Outstanding Student of America, plans to attend the University of Huma Cao in Puerto Rico to major in photography and music.
Valedictorian Melissa Lewandowski, winner of the George Washington University Medal for Excellence in Math and Science, advised fellow students to try their best in school. "The grade is not important, it's how much you put into it." Salutatorian Angela Potts, winner of the Metro Area Bible Quiz, is looking forward to "the vast opportunities" in college, as well as the chance to study abroad.
Valedictorian Karen Piper described her education as "different, especially this year with interactive television -- you had to adapt to teachers who were not there." Salutatorian Ahmed Williamson, winner of the Superintendent's Award for leadership and service, attributes his success to the fact that he was "determined to succeed; I saw what I wanted and went after it."
Valedictorian Choon Yoon (left) has won a full scholarship to the University of Maryland where he plans to major in Electrical Engineering. Salutatorian Scott Stiegler was named his school's Scholar/Athlete for 1990 and plans to pursue a career in business and finance because he wants "to learn to handle my own money as well as other people's."
Valedictorian Thy Nguyen (left), winner of a Prince George's Hospital Scholarship, advised her classmates, "No matter what your peers say, always have your own identity and individuality," Salutatorian Torrie Martin, a "Who's Who Among American High School Students" semifinalist, said that her high school years were "Enriching. I didn't just take in knowledge . . . I learned about myself."
Valedictorian Michael Leotta (left), voted Most Likely to Succeed in his class, would most like to have met his grandfather "who came here in the 1900s from Italy. I would want to know what gave him the courage to travel to a new land, leaving family and all he knew." Leotta plans to attend the University of Maryland, and looks forward "meeting new people and making friends." Salutatorian Aric Hager.
Valedictorian Beverly Wilson, Elks Club Outstanding Scholar of the Year, would most like to have met "John F. Kennedy -- considering his efforts to change the world, it would be interesting to get his perspective on things now." Salutatorian Mary Kong, George Washington University Engineering Medal winner, would like to be remembered at Parkdale as "that very funny, Americanized Oriental girl."
Valedictorian Rochelle Fisher, won a four-year scholarship to Bucknell University where she plans to study chemistry. Salutatorian Mark Liau credits his academic success to himself. "If I don't do something well, I keep trying," he said. "I try to put everything into what I am doing."
Valedictorian Lesley Arnott (left), had the honor as a junior of serving as editor-in-chief of the school yearbook, would most like to have spent a day with Fyodor Dostoyevski, author of Crime and Punishment, because he "was a radical in his time." Salutatorian Lisa DiBari is proudest of having won two Best in Show awards in art. She said, "There is nothing I like better than art; art is my life."
Valedictorian Cedric Elliott, named a McDonald's Scholar Athlete, advises future students to "start out striving for the top and be consistant in your quest." Salutatorian Donna Fishter, Journal All-County First Team in softball, credits her academic success to "friends, who pushed me to do well and teased me if I didn't get an "A," and Jesus, because he gives me the strength, the ability and the wisdom to study."
Valedictorian Anthony Joseph cedits his parents "who came from India where they saw people with degrees and nothing to do with them .. . . they wanted me to take advantage of the opportunities" in America. Salutatorian Suzanne Schmidt plans to attend the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Although not settled on a major, Schmidt said she maintains an interest in journalism and photography.
Valedictorian Archie Balyut, senior class treasurer, looks forward to the freedom of college after a high school career he described as "stressful," citing his four-year competition with the salutatorian Gabrielle LeQuang. LeQuang plans to attend Towsend State Univeristy with the goal of becoming a dentist, a career she decided on in the seventh grade.
Valedictorian Sheila Moorefield, winner of an Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association Scholarship, plans to attend Virginia Tech to major in engineering. Salutatorian John Davis, vice president of the National Honor Society, credits his parents with his academic success, "because they always pushed me to strive to be my best."