Class of 2024: Broward County’s high school valedictorians & salutatorians

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Meet the valedictorians and salutatorians from Broward County high schools. Academic Solutions Academy High School, Coral Springs Valedictorian: Adriana Burneo Gonzales Hometown: Oakland Park GPA: 3.96 Accomplishments: Relocated from Peru; avid reader; plays guitar; learning the ukulele Planned college: Broward College Inspirational quote: “El futuro que ves es el futuro que consigues, así que no tengas miedo de soñar con un futuro grande.” (“The future you see is the future you get, so don’t be afraid to dream of a big future.”) Salutatorian: Sara Jean Baptiste Hometown: Tamarac GPA: 3.8 Accomplishments: Relocated from Haiti; fluent in Creole, French, English; plays piano; attends church; babysitter; Discovery Elementary School volunteer Planned college: Broward College Inspirational quote: “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” — Walt Disney Academic Solutions Academy A, Coral Springs Valedictorian: Pedro Victor Alves Rodrigues Hometown: Coral Springs GPA: 3.9 Accomplishments: Relocated from Brazil; speaks Portuguese and English; practices muay thai and volleyball; enjoys computer gaming, working out Planned college: United States Air Force Academy Inspirational quote: “I believe that everything you want to accomplish depends on the faith that you put in yourself and on the hard work you are willing to do.” Salutatorian: Valeriia Priadka Hometown: Fort Lauderdale GPA: 3.6 Accomplishments: Relocated from Ukraine; fluent in Ukrainian and Russian; enjoys social dancing Planned college: Broward College Inspirational quote: “I am motivated by the people around me. It is people who inspire me to develop my skills to make this world a better place.” American Heritage Schools, Broward Campus, Top Scholars Cayden Forman Hometown: Weston GPA: 4.5571 HPA: 6.0363 Accomplishments: U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidate; National Merit Semifinalist; FIRST Robotics Competition Dean’s List Finalist; member of three-time World Championship qualifying FRC team; College Board National Hispanic Recognition Program Designation; Outstanding Academic Achievement in AP Computer Science Principles and AP Calculus AB Planned college: Northwestern University Inspirational quote: “Be like an apple tree. Take all the help you can get as you grow, and then share something sweet with those that made you who you are.” Ellaheh Gohari Hometown: Pembroke Pines GPA: 4.5158 HPA: 5.934 Accomplishments: U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidate; National Merit Semifinalist Planned college: Stanford University Inspirational quote: “If you are angered by each rub, how will your mirror be polished?” — Rumi Harshith Reddy Kakumani Hometown: Weston GPA: 4.4358 HPA: 5.955 Accomplishments: National Merit Commended Scholar; Mu Alpha Theta; varsity tennis Planned college: Johns Hopkins University Taeyoung Kim Hometown: Davie GPA: 4.5684 HPA: 5.9084 Accomplishments: U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidate; Silver Knight General Scholarship Planned college: Cornell University Inspirational quote: “Great communication begins with connection.” — Oprah Winfrey Rithvik Marri Hometown: Weston GPA: 4.571 HPA: 6.2585 Accomplishments: U.S. Presidential Scholar Semifinalist; Coca-Cola Semifinalist/GE-Reagan Semifinalist; National Merit Semifinalist Silver Knight Nominee-Science; U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad Finalist/USA Biolympiad; Mu Alpha Theta member; Science Honor Society member Planned college: Duke University Inspirational quote: “To see the light, you have to stare at the sun.” Romir Mohan Hometown: Weston GPA: 4.3906 HPA: 5.9675 Accomplishments: National Merit Semifinalist; Silver Knight Nominee-Mathematics Planned college: Georgia Tech Anya Pinto Hometown: Plantation GPA: 4.5008 HPA: 5.9208 Accomplishments: Coca-Cola Scholar (Top 150 out of 103,000 applicants); National Merit Planned college: Stanford University Inspirational quote: “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” — Steve Jobs Meghan Renaud Hometown: Lauderdale Lakes GPA: 4.5212 HPA: 5.9612 Accomplishments: National Merit Semifinalist; National African American Scholar Planned college: Columbia University Inspirational quote: “Try everything!” Joseph Wang Hometown: Parkland GPA: 4.4554 HPA: 5.9746 Accomplishments: National Merit Commended Scholar; AP Scholar, College Board Planned college: Harvard College Inspirational quote: “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Zoe Weissman Hometown: Parkland GPA: 4.5644 HPA: 5.9644 Accomplishments: National Merit Semifinalist; Silver Knight Nominee-Social Studies Planned college: Brown University Inspirational quote: “She knows she lived through it to get to this moment.” — Phoebe Bridgers, “Graceland Too” Aaron Zhang Hometown: Weston GPA: 4.5921 HPA: 6.0921 Accomplishments: U.S. Presidential Scholar Semifinalist; National Merit Semifinalist; United States of America Mathematics and Physics Olympiad; represented Florida state math team at Harvard-MIT and Princeton; FAMAT (Florida Association of Mu Alpha Theta) State Champion Team; Mu Alpha Theta Math Club; varsity baseball team; orchestra and symphony Planned college: Brown University Inspirational quote: “Opportunities only come to those who seek them. Optimism is about finding opportunity even in failure.” Archbishop McCarthy High School, Southwest Ranches Valedictorian: Christos Demos Hometown: Miramar GPA: 4.0 HPA: 5.63 Accomplishments: National Merit Finalist; AP Scholar with Distinction; Florida Academic Scholar; Excelsior Scholar; Mu Alpha Theta-VP; Science Honor Society; Best Buddies treasurer Planned college: University of Florida Inspirational quote: “Comparison is the thief of joy.” — Theodore Roosevelt Salutatorian: Alexandra Scott Hometown: Pembroke Pines GPA: 4.00 HPA: 5.60 Accomplishments: Senior Peer Minister; Excelsior Scholars Program vice president; Helping Hands Club founder and copresident; yearbook editor in chief; member of National Honor Society, English Honor Society, Social Studies Honor Society, Science Honor Society, Math Honor Society; STEM Club president; Wasserman Schultz Citizenship Award; Carson Scholar; HOBY Ambassador; National Merit Commended Scholar Planned college: University of Florida Inspirational quote: “This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well.” — Susan Polis Schutz Atlantic Technical College and Technical High School, Coconut Creek Valedictorian: Thanh Tran Hometown: Coconut Creek GPA: 5.0822 Accomplishments: Second place in Limbitless Design Challenge; vice president of Programming Club; developed a bus dismissal app Planned college: Florida Atlantic University Salutatorian: Jasleen Agenor Hometown: Coconut Creek GPA: 5.065 Accomplishments: Business Professionals of America – Florida State Secretary; president of Programming Club; Javascript and Python certified Planned college: University of Florida Inspirational quote: “You learn as you go.” Blanche Ely High School, Pompano Beach Valedictorian: Jaylee Nelson Hometown: Margate GPA: 5.1418 Accomplishments: Miss Senior; Mentoring Tomorrow’s Leaders president; varsity basketball captain; girls basketball Big 8 Champion; President’s List Broward College Planned college: Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University Salutatorian: Jules Jean Hometown: North Lauderdale GPA: 5.1184 Accomplishments: Broward College AA graduate; varsity soccer captain; Soccer District Champions; Marines Enlisted Planned college: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Inspirational quote: “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” — Vince Lombardi Boyd H. Anderson High School, Lauderdale Lakes Valedictorian: Alexander Davis Hometown: Coral Springs GPA: 5.2353 Accomplishments: Florida Bright Futures Academic Scholar; Cadet Commander of the Entrepreneur and Leadership Military Academy; associate degree at Florida International University Planned college: Florida International University Salutatorian: Diep Tran Hometown: North Lauderdale GPA: 5.1048 Accomplishments: Florida Bright Futures Academic Scholar; International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate; Senior Class second vice president; certified math instructor at Mathnasium; after-school math tutor Planned college: Barnard College Inspirational quote: “I am my own motivation.” — Diep Tran Broward Virtual School, Coconut Creek Valedictorian: Parker Chin Loy Hometown: Coral Springs GPA: 5.18 Accomplishments: Completed full year of college courses as an Early Admission student during senior year; admitted to Dual Admission Anesthesiology Program through Nova Southeastern University; recipient of Florida Academic Scholarship; served as assistant captain of high school hockey team Planned college: Nova Southeastern University Inspirational quote: “Don’t forget to smile!” Co-salutatorian: Shengrong Ryan Xie Hometown: Coral Springs GPA: 5.04 Accomplishments: Selected as one of the BVS Outstanding Senior Leaders for Class of 2024; treasurer of National Honor Society; logged more than 220 community service hours Planned college: University of Florida Inspirational quote: “Make the world a brighter place, through actions, not words.” Co-salutatorian: Isabella Bronkhorst Hometown: Parkland GPA: 5.04 Accomplishments: Selected to Broward College’s Dean List as a Dual Enrollment student; volunteered for more than 120 hours; professional musician performing with her sisters in their band Midnight3; captain of City of Parkland soccer team Planned college: Palm Beach Atlantic University Calvary Christian Academy, Fort Lauderdale Valedictorian: Jeffrey Campion Hometown: Southwest Ranches GPA unweighted: 4.0 GPA weighted: 4.573 Accomplishments: Never received below an A- in high school career; mentored middle school students; full-time load of college and high school classes during senior year; earned all A’s Planned college: Palm Beach Atlantic University Inspirational quote: “The Lord bestows favor and honor; he withholds no good thing from those who have integrity.” — Psalm 84:11 Salutatorian: Sofia Fernandez Hometown: Miramar GPA unweighted: 4.0 GPA weighted: 4.561 Accomplishments: Perfect ACT score; Silver Knight Nominee; National Hispanic Scholar; AP Scholarship with Distinction; AP Capstone Diploma; nine publications through South Florida Cappies; started book drive through National English Honor Society; serves at Love Unlimited Church; private academic tutor Planned college: University of Florida Inspirational quote: “Whatever you do, do it wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord and not man.” — Colossians 3:23 Calvary Christian Academy, Hollywood Valedictorian: Juline Delzince Hometown: Fort Lauderdale GPA unweighted: 3.84 GPA weighted: 4.15 Accomplishments: 45 college acceptances; National Honor Society member; Dual Enrollment; Student Leader at CCA Hollywood Planned college: Clark Atlanta University Inspirational quote: “Commit your work to the Lord and your plans will succeed.” — Proverbs 16:3 Salutatorian: Skye Paul Hometown: Miramar GPA unweighted: 3.55 GPA weighted: 3.93 Accomplishments: National Honor Society member; 494 community service hours; Student Leader at CCA Hollywood; JV volleyball player Planned college: Howard University Inspirational quote: “When the time is right, I, the Lord, will make it happen.” — Isaiah 60:22 Cardinal Gibbons High School, Fort Lauderdale Valedictorian: Jesse James Darren Hay Hometown: Ancaster, Ontario, Canada; Fort Lauderdale GPA: 4.0 HPA: 5.593 Accomplishments: National Merit Commended Scholar; Miami Herald Silver Knights Award Nominee; AP Scholar with Distinction; Florida Boys State Alumni; National Honor Society Executive Board member; National English Honor Society member; Mu Alpha Theta; Rho Kappa; National Athletic Honor Society; four-sport varsity athlete (football, baseball, track and field, and hockey); founder and president of MAKO (Miami Advocate Kids for the Ocean); 600 community service hours Planned college: University of Florida Inspirational quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” — Wayne Gretzky Salutatorian: Garrett Weadock Hometown: Fort Lauderdale GPA: 3.981 HPA: 5.519 Accomplishments: Captain of the Boys Golf Team; president of National Honor Society; Prom Beach volunteer Planned college: Florida State University Inspirational quote: “There is a reason why the windshield in your car is so big and your rearview mirror is so small. Always stay focused on the future.” Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory, Hollywood Valedictorian: Amelia De La Torre Hometown: Hollywood GPA: 4.0 HPA: 5.11 Accomplishments: National Merit Finalist; volunteered for more than 550 hours of service; delegate at the Global Youth Institute; attended five mission trips through church youth group Planned college: University of Florida Inspirational quote: “Even though it might surely be impossible, I want to somehow.” — Sasanomaly Salutatorian: David Brankovic Hometown: Miami GPA: 3.96 HPA: 5.05 Accomplishments: Part of CMCP football team three-time state champion and one-time national champion; top 10 every year; student-athlete award for track and field and football; BCAA student-athlete award; research intern for JJ Vance internship at the Hussman Institute for Human Genomics Planned college: Vanderbilt University Inspirational quote: “A man’s worth is no greater than his ambitions.” — Marcus Aurelius Charles W. Flanagan High School, Pembroke Pines Valedictorian: Ingrid Groose Hometown: Pembroke Pines GPA: 5.38 Accomplishments: National Merit Finalist; UF Presidential Merit Scholarship; University Research Scholars Program; AAUW Stem Scholarship; AP Scholar with Distinction; president of Speech & Debate; PAVE Recording Secretary; Science National Honor Society Planned college: University of Florida Salutatorian: Navya Pant Hometown: Pembroke Pines GPA: 5.33 Accomplishments: AP Scholar with Distinction; National Honor Society vice president; Mu Alpha Theta treasurer; Business Professionals of America; Student Surrealist Art Exhibit contributor; Literary Fair second place; more than 630 service hours Planned college: University of Florida Coconut Creek High School Valedictorian: Serena Peeples Hometown: Pompano Beach GPA: 5.08 Accomplishments: Licensed Practical Nurse; AICE Diploma recipient; Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars recipient; Creek Technical Academy; Dual Enrollment student Planned college: University of Florida Inspirational quote: As my dad always told me, “The top of one mountain is the bottom of the next, so never stop climbing.” Salutatorian: Adreana McEachrane Hometown: Margate GPA: 4.98 Accomplishments: Creek Technical Academy; Hospitality and Food Services Certifications; Mentoring Tomorrow’s Leaders; Student Government; Rise; varsity soccer; flag football Planned college: Palm Beach State College Inspirational quote: “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” — Aristotle The College Academy at Broward College, Davie Valedictorian: Justin Hovan Hometown: Miramar GPA: 5.6 Accomplishments: Associate in Arts Degree; Machen Opportunity Scholar; Broward College Presidents List; Community Service Silver Cord recipient Planned college: University of Florida Co-salutatorian: Tanvi Sajja Hometown: Davie GPA: 5.5882 Accomplishments: Associate in Arts Degree; Broward College Presidents List; Community Service Silver Cord recipient Planned college: University of Florida Co-salutatorian: Richard Yang Hometown: Davie GPA: 5.5882 Accomplishments: Associate in Arts degree; Broward College Presidents List; Broward Schools Perfect Attendance K-12; Community Service Silver Cord recipient Planned college: University of Florida Cooper City High School Valedictorian: Eliana Reese Hometown: Cooper City GPA: 5.52 Accomplishments: BCAA Scholar Athlete; Broward County Honors Society; AICE Cambridge Diploma recipient with Merit; straight-A student all four years Planned college: University of Florida Inspirational quote: “Everything happens for a reason.” Salutatorian: Chiara Ambrosini Hometown: Cooper City GPA: 5.50 Accomplishments: National English Honors Society; AP Scholar with Distinction; AICE Diploma recipient; National Hispanic Scholar Planned college: University of Miami Inspirational quote: “The future starts today, not tomorrow.” — St. John Paul the Great Coral Glades High School, Coral Springs Valedictorian: Gianna Thomas Hometown: Coral Springs GPA: 5.4342 Accomplishments: Key Club lieutenant governer; Relay for Life event lead; HOSA member; AP Scholar; AICE Diploma recipient; AA diploma in high school Planned college: University of Florida Salutatorian: Jaden Neri Hometown: Coral Springs GPA: 5.39 Accomplishments: CGHS Top 10%; Dual CTE certifications; NHS Art Club president; Academic Excellence-Science Planned college: University of Florida Coral Springs High School Valedictorian: Sierra Evans Hometown: Coral Springs GPA: 5.61 Accomplishments: AA degree; AICE Cambridge Diploma with Merit; AP Scholar Award; Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award; Scholar Athlete Award; Girls Volleyball team captain; president of Key Club; vice president of Spanish Honor Society; treasurer of National Honor Society Planned college: University of Florida Inspirational quote: “No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.” — Taylor Swift Salutatorian: Asfi Zaman Hometown: Coral Springs GPA: 5.54 Accomplishments: AICE Diploma; associate degree; outstanding senior award; BPA National Finalist; officer positions in multitude of clubs and honor societies Planned college: University of Florida Inspirational quote: “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” — Zig Ziglar Cypress Bay High School, Weston Valedictorian: Badrinath Konidala Hometown: Weston GPA: 5.66 Accomplishments: National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winner; Sunshine State Scholar; AIME Qualifier; Mu Alpha Theta vice president of competitions; National Honor Society secretary; Computer Science National Honor Society secretary; Science National Honor Society Physics head Planned college: Carnegie Mellon University Inspirational quote: “When you are backed against the wall, break the goddamn thing down.”— Harvey Specter Salutatorian: Olivia Russo Hometown: Weston GPA: 5.60 Accomplishments: Silver Knight Award Winner in General Scholarship; National Hispanic Scholar; AP Scholar with Honor; Cambridge AICE Diploma; The University of Chicago President’s and University Scholar; first high school intern at George Washington University Law School Planned college: The University of Chicago Inspirational quote: “If you follow your passion, you’ll never work a day in your life.” — Tony Bennett Deerfield Beach High School Valedictorian: Samantha J. Cruz Hometown: Pompano Beach GPA: 5.5000 Accomplishments: Gates Scholar; QuestBridge Finalist; National Code/Art Game Design Finalist; created Cruzcodes.com website and games Planned college: Cornell University Inspirational quote: “You can’t change the world, but you can change the world around you.” — Kermit the Frog Salutatorian: Abirul Islam Hometown: Coconut Creek GPA: 5.4565 Accomplishments: Co-created Butler Family website; Key Club scholarship winner; Pompano Beach Exchange Club Student of the Month Planned college: Broward College Inspirational quote: “The power of will can overcome any challenge.” Dillard High School, Fort Lauderdale Valedictorian: Marco Zuniga Hometown: Miramar GPA: 5.0067 Accomplishments: Internship through Junior Achievement program; biomed engineer at Broward Health Planned college: University of Central Florida Inspirational quote: “The road is a difficult one. I’ve had my doubts if I could follow it. But, I’m here now because I chose to be someone better than who I was.” Salutatorian: Jezreel Sanchez Hometown: North Lauderdale GPA: 4.9146 Accomplishments: Intro to JavaScript Certification; Intro to Python Certification; Intro to Java Certification; Intro to Software Fundamentals Certification; Unity Programmer Certification; Fusion 360 Certification; Inventor Professional Certification; AutoCAD Certificate Planned college: Florida Atlantic University Inspirational quote: “Either you run the day or the day runs you.” — Jim Rohn Everglades High School, Miramar Valedictorian: Ishaan Nair Hometown: Miramar GPA: 5.51 Accomplishments: Founder of Psychology Society Chapter; Science Olympiad; Silver Cord recipient; volunteered at Memorial Hospital; Cambridge recipient; AP Scholar; part of Science, Mu Alpha Theta, NHS and Rho Kappa National Honor Societies Planned college: University of Florida Inspirational quote: “You fly no one’s flag. You’re free to seek your own harbor. And you can do so much more than tread water.” — R.F. Kuang Salutatorian: Maya Saleh Hometown: Miramar GPA: 5.50 Accomplishments: National Merit Scholar; Florida Sunshine State Scholar; Silver Knight Nominee for Science; AP Scholar with Distinction; AICE Diploma with Distinction; Gold Seal of Biliteracy in Spanish; cofounder of UNICEF at Everglades High Planned college: University of Florida Inspirational quote: “If you ever think there’s nothing you can do, go look in the mirror and you’ll see everything you have already done.” Fort Lauderdale High School Valedictorian: Hannah Reyes Hometown: Fort Lauderdale GPA: 5.53 Accomplishments: Cambridge AICE Diploma; College Board AP Scholar Award; National Hispanic Recognition Program Award; Harvard Prize Book Award Planned college: Florida International University Inspirational quote: “You are not what you have, you are what you give.” Salutatorian: Alec Zamudio Hometown: Hollywood GPA: 5.49 Accomplishments: Cambridge AICE Diploma; AP Scholar; Capstone; more than 550 service hours; studied abroad in Spain Planned college: University of Florida Franklin Academy, Pembroke Pines Valedictorian: Aayushi George Hometown: Banswara, India; Weston GPA: 3.8906 HPA: 5.3281 Accomplishments: AP Scholar; National Honor Society; Mu Alpha Theta; Youth in Government; International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Planned college: University of Florida Inspirational quote: “Success is not final; failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill Salutatorian: Christopher Davies Hometown: Horizonte, Brazil; Miramar GPA: 3.8507 HPA: 5.2687 Accomplishments: AP Scholar; Mu Alpha Theta; English Honor Society; National Honor Society; Chess Club; Robotics Club; Amnesty International Planned college: University of Florida Inspirational quote: “Why do we fall? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up.” — “Batman Begins” Hallandale Magnet High School Valedictorian: Briana Chang Hometown: West Park GPA unweighted: 3.9 GPA weighted: 5.2 Accomplishments: President of National Honor Society; AICE Diploma recipient; Outstanding Senior Leader Planned college: University of Florida Inspirational quote: “Be happy with what you have, while working for what you want.” — Helen Keller Salutatorian: Moises Oneil Hometown: West Park GPA unweighted: 3.8 GPA weighted: 5.06 Accomplishments: Full-time Dual Enrollment student; Honor Roll; Cambridge AICE diploma recipient Planned college: University of Miami Highlands Christian Academy, Pompano Beach Valedictorian: Zachary Caja Hometown: Pompano Beach GPA unweighted: 3.98 GPA weighted: 4.65 Accomplishments: American Legion Boys State Delegate; captain of Cross Country Team, Soccer Team, Track & Field; First Team All-County Soccer (South Florida Sun Sentinel, Miami Herald); Scholar/Athlete Award; National Honor Society Planned college: Stetson University Inspirational quote: “Comparison is the thief of joy.” — Theodore Roosevelt Salutatorian: Raegan Crawford Hometown: Margate GPA unweighted: 3.84 GPA weighted: 4.47 Accomplishments: National Honor Society; Presidential Award Winner (Gold); Pompano Beach Rotary Club Student of the Year; Bright Futures Medallion Scholarship; Softball team captain and MVP; Cheerleading Team; more than 1,000 community service hours Planned college: Palm Beach Atlantic University Inspirational quote: “Don’t take criticism from someone you wouldn’t take advice from.” Hollywood Hills High School, Hollywood Valedictorian: Gabriela Marrero Sotomayor Hometown: Davie GPA: 5.217 Accomplishments: Early Admissions; National Honor Society Planned college: Florida Atlantic University Salutatorian: John Serrao Hometown: Plantation GPA: 5.04 Accomplishments: ELMA Company Commander; Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) member; Boys State Participant (2023); Boys Volleyball Planned college: University of North Georgia J.P. Taravella High School, Coral Springs Valedictorian: Trevor Staats Hometown: Coral Springs GPA: 5.43 Accomplishments: President of Mu Alpha Theta; perfect GPA K-12; more than 500 community service hours Planned college: University of Florida Inspirational quote: “You are who you choose to be.” Salutatorian: Fahim Aseer Hometown: Tamarac GPA: 5.35 Accomplishments: NSDA Academic All-American; AP Scholar with Distinction; Harvard Book Award Planned college: Harvard University Inspirational quote: “Believe you can and you are halfway there.” — Theodore Roosevelt Lauderhill 6-12 Valedictorian: Genesis Peguero Hometown: Lauderhill GPA: 5.1636 Accomplishments: Cambridge Diploma recipient; Early Admissions student Planned college: Broward College Salutatorian: Angelica Calvin Hometown: Lauderhill GPA: 5.0704 Accomplishments: Early Admissions Senior Year; 306 community service hours Planned college: Broward College Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland Valedictorian: Arya Gujarathi Hometown: Parkland GPA: 5.48 Accomplishments: National Merit Finalist; National Merit Scholar; Sunshine State Scholar; recognition from Florida Department of Education for STEM; member of County Champion team for Brain Brawl Planned college: Georgia Institute of Technology Salutatorian: Caleb Hebert Hometown: Coral Springs GPA: 5.47 Accomplishments: National Merit Scholar; perfect GPA; won a gold medal at ADCC Orlando for Brazilian jiu jitsu; nominated for Presidential Scholarship Planned college: University of Florida McArthur High School, Hollywood Valedictorian: Nadia Yunas Hometown: Hollywood GPA: 5.4348 Accomplishments: Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education; AICE Diploma with Distinction; AP Scholar Award; Bright Futures Academic Scholarship Award; FIU Gold and Blue Scholarship Award; Principal’s “A” Honor Roll four consecutive years Planned college: Florida International University Inspirational quote: “With every hardship comes ease.” — Quran 94:6 Salutatorian: Arriyahnna Trayer Hometown: Hollywood GPA: 5.3571 Accomplishments: AICE Diploma with Merit; AP Scholar with Honor Planned college: University of Florida Millennium 6-12 Collegiate Academy, Tamarac Valedictorian: Ava Havidic Hometown: Tamarac GPA: 5.42 Accomplishments: 2024 Coke Scholar for the Coca-Cola Scholars Program; 2024 Elks Scholars Foundation “Most Valuable Student”; Robert W. Woodruff Scholar, invited to White House Planned college: Emory University Inspirational quote: “Never give up.” Salutatorian: Brielle Davenport Hometown: Plantation GPA: 5.40 Accomplishments: African American National Recognition Award from college board; academic excellence awards for AP Language and Composition and AP World History courses; AP Scholar with Distinction Award; AP Scholar with Honor Award Planned college: University of Florida Miramar High School Valedictorian: Evan Butkowski Hometown: Pembroke Pines GPA: 5.52 Accomplishments: Machen Opportunity Scholarship winner Planned college: University of Florida Salutatorian: Sebastian Ortiz-Zambrana Hometown: Pembroke Pines GPA: 5.45 Accomplishments: First place in World Languages Competition; Florida Gold Seal Biliteracy; Junior Achievement of South Florida National Stock Market Challenge; AP Scholar with Distinction Planned college: University of Pennsylvania Inspirational quote: “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt Monarch High School, Coconut Creek Valedictorian: Madison Scheinman Hometown: Coconut Creek GPA: 5.50 Accomplishments: AICE Diploma with Distinction; Math Award; Coconut Creek Certificate of Outstanding Achievement Planned college: University of Florida Inspirational quote: “Find someone who has a life that you want and figure out how they got it. Read books, pick your role models wisely.” — Lana Del Rey Salutatorian: Lily Johnston Hometown: Coconut Creek GPA: 5.40 Accomplishments: Class of 2024 vice president; Cambridge Diploma; Florida Association of Student Councils vice president; four-year member of student government Planned college: University of Florida Inspirational quote: “Knowledge is power!” North Broward Preparatory School, Coconut Creek Valedictorian: Zachary Apel Hometown: Boca Raton HPA: 5.277 Accomplishments: IB Diploma Candidate; Miami Herald Silver Knights Nominee in General Scholarship category; ranked No. 9 in the country in Public Forum Debate; 14 bids to Tournament of Champions for Public Forum Debate; Senior Class president; Nord Anglia Global Ambassador; National Merit Commended Student; Dartmouth Book Award Planned college: Duke University Inspirational quote: “There is no failure. You win or you learn. Either one is OK.” — Gary Keller Salutatorian: Markas Hanna Hometown: Boca Raton HPA: 5.209 Accomplishments: National Merit Finalist; IB Diploma Candidate; AP Scholar with Distinction; vice president of Kindness Matters 365; candidate for 2024 United States Presidential Scholars Program; Rensselaer Medal Award; Mythic 3 in Brawl Stars Planned college: University of Florida Inspirational quote: “A champion is simply someone who did not give up when they wanted to.” — Tom Landry Northeast High School, Oakland Park Valedictorian: Andrea Aragon Hometown: Tamarac GPA: 5.2652 Accomplishments: National Honor Society; Junior Academy of Science; EcoExplorer intern at Museum of Discovery and Science; straight-A Honor Roll Planned college: University of Florida Inspirational quote: “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” — Walt Disney Salutatorian: Braylen Washington Hometown: Hallandale Beach GPA: 5.1493 Accomplishments: Cambridge AICE Diploma with Merit; Ronald Reagan Leadership Medal; Biotechnician Assistant Credential; Broward County Outstanding Senior Leader Planned college: University of Florida Inspirational quote: “One part of attempting to understand different phenomena is embracing that you don’t know it at all or that you know very little.” Nova High School, Davie Valedictorian: Julia Rudolph Hometown: Hollywood GPA: 5.6111 Accomplishments: Cambridge Diploma recipient; AP Capstone Diploma recipient; AP Scholar; president of Mu Alpha Theta; National Math Honors Society Planned college: University of Florida Inspirational quote: “Your future is only as good as the work you put into it.” Salutatorian: Jaelan Fletcher Hometown: Sunrise GPA: 5.5652 Accomplishments: QuestBridge Scholarship recipient; Cambridge Diploma recipient; AP Scholar; Capstone Diploma recipient; Law & Public Policy Supreme Court presenter Planned college: Emory University Inspirational quote: “The heights by great men reached and kept were not obtained by sudden flight, but they … were toiling upward in the night.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow NSU University School, Davie Valedictorian: Benny Kuttler Hometown: Hollywood GPA: 4.29 HPA: 5.12 Accomplishments: First author of research study validating RiFS-Reading in Journal of Education; 28th place at USA Climbing Youth Nationals; first place at USA Climbing Regionals; competitor at National Science Bowl Nationals; National Merit Finalist; AP Scholar with Distinction; Harvard Book Award Planned college: Yale University Inspirational quote: “Perfection is to strive for, not to attain.” — Benny Kuttler Salutatorian: Avery Redlich Hometown: Plantation GPA: 4.28 HPA: 5.11 Accomplishments: Coca-Cola Scholar (.001% selected nationally); youngest HOSA State Officer in Florida history; Girl Scout Gold Award Winner; six-time President’s Volunteer Service Award winner; 27-time Scholastic Art & Writing Award winner; National Merit Scholarship winner; International Chinese Karaoke Champion; more than 1,800 hours of service Planned college: Brown University Inspirational quote: “The sun is rising over a sea of love and waffles and possibility.” — Leslie Knope, “Parks and Rec” Pine Crest School, Fort Lauderdale Valedictorian: Santiago Agudelo Hernandez Hometown: Bogotá, Colombia; Fort Lauderdale GPA: 5.18 Accomplishments: National Merit Finalist; National Hispanic Recognition Scholar; Cum Laude Honor Society; AP Scholar with Distinction; perfect score on AP Computer Science A Exam; Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society; Science National Honor Society; English National Honor Society; La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica; Rho Kappa National Social Science Honor Society; Visual Arts Honor Society; National Beta Club Honor Society; Scholastic Silver Key Regional Award; University of Chicago Book Award Planned college: UC Berkeley Inspirational quote: “If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl, but by all means, keep moving.” — Martin Luther King Jr. Co-salutatorian: Jonah Ferber Hometown: Miami GPA: 5.16 Accomplishments: Regeneron ISEF Biomedical and Health Sciences Fourth-Place Award; National JSHS Chemistry Poster Third-Place Award; University of Rochester Bausch & Lomb Award; AP Scholar with Distinction; National Merit Commended Scholar; Cum Laude Honor Society; National Beta Club Honor Society; English National Honor Society; Rho Kappa National Social Science Honor Society; Chinese National Honor Society; Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society; Science National Honor Society. Planned college: University of Florida Inspirational quote: “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?” — Robert Browning Co-salutatorian: David Vassalluzzo Hometown: Boca Raton GPA: 5.16 Accomplishments: Rensselaer Medalist; National Merit Finalist; AP Scholar with Distinction; Cum Laude Honor Society; Science National Honor Society; La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica; Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society; National English Honor Society; Rho Kappa National Social Science Honor Society; National Beta Club Honor Society; 2021 Division 4A FL Basketball State Champion as team manager; Lumiere Research Scholar Planned college: Brown University Inspirational quote: “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” — Michael Altshuler Piper High School, Sunrise Valedictorian: Abdulkadir Husein Hometown: Sunrise GPA: 5.474 Accomplishments: Broward County Outstanding Senior Leader; Cambridge AICE Diploma with Distinction; Mu Alpha Theta Chapter president; QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship recipient Planned college: Princeton University Inspirational quote: “Why are you listening to me? I don’t know what I’m talking about.” — Larry David Salutatorian: Nickayla Tait Hometown: Sunrise GPA: 5.36 Accomplishments: AICE Diploma; AP Capstone; president of National Honor Society; Most Versatile Player and Team Captain (soccer) Planned college: University of Central Florida Inspirational quote: “Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come, get up and make them.”— Madam C.J. Walker Plantation High School Valedictorian: Amya Wallace Hometown: Fort Lauderdale GPA: 5.63 Accomplishments: Cambridge AICE Diploma recipient; International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate; Gates Millennium Scholarship winner; Broward County Outstanding Senior and Service Awards; Best Buddies and Key Club president; AA degree from Broward College Planned college: University of Miami Inspirational quote: “As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way, so don’t let your frustrations of today defeat your tomorrow.” — Mary Anne Radmacher Salutatorian: Jose Alvarez Hometown: Sunrise GPA: 5.54 Accomplishments: International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate; vice president of Mu Alpha Theta; AP Scholar Award; Math Cadet tutor Planned college: University of Central Florida Inspirational quote: “The best thing that could happen is what does happen.” Pompano Beach High School Valedictorian: Andrea Nguyen Hometown: Margate GPA: 5.468 Accomplishments: Speech captain of Speech & Debate Team; president of HOSA; president of National Honor Society; PBHS Mentoring Group leader; QuestBridge National College Match recipient; Exchange Club of Pompano Beach Senior of the Year; Outstanding Attendance K-12 Planned college: Rice University Inspirational quote: “The greater danger for most lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” Salutatorian: Joseph Campanella Hometown: Pompano Beach GPA: 5.400 Accomplishments: Scholar-athlete Swimming Regional and State Level; National Merit Commended Scholar Planned college: University of Florida Inspirational quote: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love.” — 1 Corinthians 13:13 Seagull Alternative High School, Fort Lauderdale Valedictorian: Cecilia Clinger Hometown: Hollywood GPA: 4.26 Planned college: Broward Community College Inspirational quote: “The sky is the limit!” Salutatorian: Carmen Ruiz Hometown: Plantation GPA: 3.6 Planned college: Broward College Inspirational quote: “Don’t ever give up! Perseverance is the key!” Sheridan Technical High School, Fort Lauderdale Valedictorian: Christopher Raphael Hometown: Hollywood GPA: 5.2442 Accomplishments: QuestBridge College Prep Scholar; QuestBridge National College Match Scholar; Gates Scholar; Amazon Future Engineer Scholar and Internship winner; Horatio Alger State Scholar Planned college: Dartmouth College Inspirational quote: “Be the very best like no one ever was. Even if you can’t catch ‘em all.” Salutatorian: Karla Gonzalez Hometown: Hollywood GPA: 5.2143 Accomplishments: 2024 Silver Cord; 2024 Silver Medal Region 5 Medical Math winner; Skills USA Florida; 2023 Award of Excellence – Pharmacy Technician Planned college: Florida International University Inspirational quote: “For everybody going through tough times, been there, done that. Every day above ground is a great day, remember that. Dale!” — Pitbull Somerset Academy High, Pembroke Pines Valedictorian: Penelope Acra Hometown: Florida GPA unweighted: 3.9 GPA weighted: 5.45 Accomplishments: Ball person at Miami Open; intern at Juan Gonzalez Immigration Law firm; National Science Honor Society; Spanish and math tutor; AP Scholar with Honor; earned Seal of Biliteracy; Hispanic Recognition Award; President’s Education Awards Program Planned college: The University of Chicago Inspirational quote: “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” — Oscar Wilde Salutatorian: Savannah Veras Hometown: Haverstraw, New York; Miramar GPA unweighted: 3.89 GPA weighted: 5.37 Accomplishments: Florida Bright Futures; National Hispanic Scholar; National Honor Society president; EmpowerME club vice president; lead volunteer and coordinator for nonprofit Angels for Humanity; AP Scholar with Distinction; AP Capstone Diploma; AA from Doral College; Summa Cum Laude recipient; Silver Cord recipient with 460 community service hours; member of Science National Honor Society; Mu Alpha Theta; Spanish Honor Society; DECA; board member Panther Pals mentor program Planned college: University of Florida Inspirational quote: “When there is a will, there is a way!” Somerset Arts Conservatory High School, Pembroke Pines Valedictorian: Aarav Reddy Hometown: Miramar GPA unweighted: 3.93 GPA weighted: 5.58 Accomplishments: AP Scholar with Distinction; AICE Diploma recipient; AP Capstone Diploma candidate; Summa Cum Laude with Associate in Arts Degrees from Broward College and Doral College; Silver Cord recipient; Gold Presidential Service Award; National Merit Commended Scholar; band captain of Somerset Academy Panther Marching Band; president of HOSA and Key Club; vice president of Tri-M; historian of National Honor Society; competition director of Science National Honor Society Planned college: University of Florida Inspirational quote: “Have some fire. Be unstoppable. Be a force of nature. Be better than anyone here and don’t give a damn what anyone thinks. There are no teams here, no buddies. You’re on your own. Be on your own.” — Christina Yang Salutatorian: Caitlyn Garcia Hometown: Pembroke Pines GPA unweighted: 3.89 GPA weighted: 5.43 Accomplishments: AA from Doral College; AICE Diploma with merit recipient; AP Capstone Diploma candidate; AP Scholar; BRACE Cadet; SGA Historian; NHS; International Thespian Society (Troupe 7510); more than 600 service hours Planned college: University of Florida Inspirational quote: “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.” — Oscar Wilde Somerset Academy Key, Deerfield Beach Valedictorian: Esther Pierre Hometown: Deerfield Beach GPA: 4.9 Accomplishments: Captain of Deerfield Beach post for police explorers; working toward associate degree; legislative coordinator of Student Government Association; opening a crochet business Planned college: Broward College Inspirational quote: “Never take advice from people who aren’t where you would want to be in life.” Salutatorian: George Edward Jiang Ming Wong Hometown: Pompano Beach GPA: 4.8 Accomplishments: Associate of Arts degree with high honors from Broward College; president of Sumo Wrestling club; National Association of High School Honors Scholars Planned college: Florida Atlantic University Inspirational quote: “Even through all the troubles and tribulations, I never bowed down to the common forms of society, and did it my way.” Somerset Prep Academy, North Lauderdale Valedictorian: Adam Vilama Hometown: North Lauderdale GPA: 4.9891 HPA: 3.8723 Accomplishments: Cohort VII Bill and Melinda Gates Scholar; AP Scholar; Broward College AA Graduate; Doral College AA Graduate; National African American Recognition Award; Outstanding Senior Leader; Gold Seal of Biliteracy Planned college: Boston University Inspirational quote: “Life is too important to be normal, have fun, be extraordinary, and be yourself.” Salutatorian: Rahne McKnight Hometown: Miami GPA: 4.817 HPA: 3.682 Accomplishments: Cadet program for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue; Honor Guard; nominated for Silver Knight Award Planned college: Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University Inspirational quote: “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” — Albert Schweitzer South Broward High School, Hollywood Valedictorian: Isabel Wellins Hometown: Hollywood GPA: 5.4932 Accomplishments: AICE Diploma with Distinction; AP Scholar; National Hispanic Recognition Award; Mu Alpha Theta copresident; Social Studies Honor Society copresident Planned college: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Inspirational quote: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson Salutatorian: Diego Figueroa Hometown: Hallandale Beach GPA: 5.4857 Accomplishments: QuestBridge Scholarship; AICE Diploma; SBHS Outstanding Senior Leader; City of Hallandale Police Athletic League Scholarship; Florida Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce Scholarship; Mu Alpha Theta president; Varsity Swim Team member Planned college: Northwestern University Inspirational quote: “If you can dream it, you can do it.” — Walt Disney South Plantation High School Valedictorian: Jenna Mercier Hometown: Plantation GPA: 5.3545 Accomplishments: Recording secretary of National Honor Society; AICE Cambridge Diploma; Magnet Program Completion (Environmental Science & Everglades Restoration) Planned college: University of Florida Inspirational quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Gandhi Salutatorian: Carven Louis Hometown: Sunrise GPA: 5.3115 Accomplishments: Silver Knights candidate; Mu Alpha Theta treasurer; three certifications in Fusion 360, AutoCad, Revit Planned college: University of Florida Inspirational quote: “Keep trying; something will work.” St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Fort Lauderdale Valedictorian: Alejandro DeSantis Hometown: Weston GPA weighted: 5.49 HPA: 4.0 Accomplishments: Silver Knight nominee; National Hispanic Scholar; Veritas Scholar; National Merit Commended Scholar; AP Scholar with Distinction; Harvard University Prize Book Award; copresident of Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society; copresident of STEM Club; captain of Science Olympiad Team; secretary of Science National Honor Society; vice president of National Spanish Honor Society; member of National English Honor Society; Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society; National Honor Society; National Athletic Honor Society; Student Council Planned college: Duke University Salutatorian: Anthony Tivda Hometown: Plantation GPA weighted: 5.37 HPA: 3.97 Accomplishments: Silver Knight nominee; Veritas Scholar; National Merit Commended student; AP Scholar with Distinction; member of St. Thomas’s AP Capstone program; member of English Honor Society, Science Honor Society; vice president of Mathematics Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta; treasurer of Social Studies Honor Society, Rho Kappa Honor Society; leadership council for National Honor Society Planned college: University of Florida Stranahan High School, Fort Lauderdale Valedictorian: Jehnaya Racine Hometown: Hollywood GPA: 5.07 Accomplishments: Bright Futures GSC Scholarship Planned college: Florida International University Inspirational quote: “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” — Muhammad Ali Salutatorian: Jennifer Gudiel Ramirez Hometown: Hallandale Beach GPA: 4.9318 Accomplishments: Bright Futures GSC Scholarship Planned college: Miami Dade College The Quest Center, Hollywood Valedictorian: Anthony Gatto Hometown: Hollywood GPA: 3.78 Accomplishments: Improved communication and independent skills Salutatorian: Sierra Garland Hometown: Miramar GPA: 3.76 Accomplishments: Improved behavior and independent skills West Broward High School, Pembroke Pines Valedictorian: Marcos Ortega Hometown: Pembroke Pines GPA: 5.4 Accomplishments: National Merit Finalist; Incubate Debate; National Hispanic Institute; JROTC Planned college: University of Florida Salutatorian: Anish Ram Maram Hometown: Pembroke Pines GPA: 5.3 Accomplishments: Science Olympiad; JROTC; National Merit Commended Scholar Planned college: University of Florida Western High School, Davie Valedictorian: Jacob Krinsky Hometown: Davie GPA: 5.6364 Accomplishments: AICE Diploma with Distinction; AP Scholar with Distinction; National Merit Finalist Planned college: Johns Hopkins University Inspirational quote: “My body is a machine that turns assignments into completed assignments.” — Jacob Krinsky Salutatorian: Aliyah Bambico Sarmiento Hometown: Davie GPA: 5.6104 Accomplishments: President of History National Honor Society; National Coalition Against Censorship Student Advocate for Speech; NY Public Library & Teen Vogue “Freedom to Read” winner; Debate Platform speaking captain and varsity member; town of Davie Scholarship recipient Planned college: University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business Inspirational quote: “Keep moving forward.” — Cornelius Robinson, “Meet the Robinsons” Westminster Academy, Fort Lauderdale Valedictorian: Christina MacClugage Hometown: Fort Lauderdale GPA: 4.00 HPA: 4.69 Accomplishments: Varsity Cheer captain; AP Scholar with Distinction; AP Capstone Diploma; four-time Scholar-Athlete Award winner; secretary of Business/Entrepreneurship Club; National Honor Society chairman; Spanish Honor Society; Pre-Med Club; Ignite Leadership Program; more than 500 service hours; soloist in “The Nutcracker” at Astrid Audet Academy of Ballet Planned college: University of South Florida Inspirational quote: “All our dreams can come true — if we have the courage to pursue them.” — Walt Disney Salutatorian: Lilian Clemens Hometown: Lauderdale-by-the Sea GPA: 4.00 HPA: 4.67 Accomplishments: AP Scholar with Distinction; AP Capstone Diploma recipient; Key Club president; drum major; assistant conductor for Concert Band; member of National Honor Society; chairman of Blood Drive Committee for NHS; chairman of Hospitality Committee; member of Green Club; member of Premed Club; attended Premed Club’s Medical service trip to Guatemala; CRPC Sunday School Student Leader; member of Track Team; four-time female Scholar-Athlete award winner; more than 1,000 service hours Planned college: University of Florida Inspirational quote: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” — John F. Kennedy William T. McFatter Technical High School, Davie Valedictorian: Ricardo Bezi Cordero Hometown: Sunrise GPA: 5.4211 Planned college: University of Florida Salutatorian: Erik Dickson Hometown: Davie GPA: 5.1394 Accomplishments: BCPS CTE 2024 Scholar; Eagle Scout; Silver Medal State Level Skills USA 2024 Planned college: Brigham Young University Inspirational quote: “As always, it’s your choice.”

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