After four years of hard work and challenging classes, BSM senior Elizabeth Valley has graduated as valedictorian among six others.
She considers being valedictorian a great honor and culmination of four years of diligent schoolwork. “I feel accomplished and am happy to have received this honor because it represents the hard work I’ve put in for the past four years,” Valley said.
Valley has done a variety of extracurricular activities during her time at BSM, and was able to stay focused on school while doing them. “I played lacrosse, was in math league, NHS, and ran cross country senior year. I also played some soccer and have participated in science club,” Valley said.
Throughout her years at BSM, Valley has only come close to losing her 4.0 GPA on one occasion. “First semester senior year I went into finals with a 92%, which is an A-, in AP physics, but somehow managed to do well enough on the final that it brought me up to a 93%, which is an A. That was my only close call,” Valley said.
Valley’s favorite classes were Honors English 9, AP English Composition, and Calculus AB and BC. “They were all challenging but I love to write and read, and enjoy solving math problems,” Valley said.
Though she considers it to be her most challenging class, Honors English 9 was a good learning experience and among her favorite classes. “My hardest class was Honors English 9 because it was the first class where I had to put in a lot of time and effort to do well. I learned so much from the class though,” Valley said.
Next year, Valley will be attending the Carlson School of Business at the University of Minnesota. “I’m not sure what I’ll major in but I’m leaning towards marketing or business analytics,” Valley said.