By: Rose McDermott
The valedictorian for Attleboro High School (AHS) was announced on May 14 at Awards Night. Sarah Williams with a GPA of 101.103 was the top student in the class of 2015. She explains how she achieved this and how she feels about it.
Question: How did it feel when you found out you had earned this honor?
Answer: I was elated because I did not know that I would actually get it. I felt the most proud of myself than I ever have.
Q: How did you achieve this goal?
A: I put in a lot of time, work and dedication. I never gave up no matter how hard things were.
Q: Was the schoolwork a major stress? How did you handle it?
A: Yes. I forced myself to get everything done as soon as possible even when I didn’t want to do it. To relieve stress I made sure to leave time to do things I enjoy, such as hanging out with friends, reading a good book or watching TV.
Q: What are your extra-curricular activities?
A: I am a part of Student Council, Class Council, Project Unite, and Answer for Cancer. I also started my own club: A New Mentality, a club dedicated to de-stigmatizing mental illness.
Q: How do you balance all your activities?
A: I spend most of my time at the school and a lot of my friends are involved in the same activities as I am, so it is easier to spend time with them and to remind each other of commitments.
Q: What did you enjoy most about your extra-curricular activities? A: That they gave me the opportunity to give back to my community and make a real difference within the school.
Q: Was this a goal you had in mind when you began high school?
A: Yes, I did well in middle school and I always prided myself on being in the top of my class.
Q: Do you feel that there is a certain way students can achieve this goal?
A: Challenging yourself when choosing classes and always giving 100 percent at everything you do will certainly help toward achieving this goal.
Q: Was there a point where you felt that you wouldn’t be able to achieve this?
A: I never actually thought I would be able to. I knew I was among the top, but I never pictured myself as number one.
Q: Did your family help you achieve this honor?
A: My mom was always my support system. She was someone I could come home and vent to after a stressful day. Plus, her success in high school and college was always a motivating factor for me.
Q: Do you see yourself as a role model?
A: Yes, in the sense that I have a strong commitment to my community and my schoolwork.
Q: Do you plan to earn top grades in college?
A: I am expecting to be among an entire class of brilliant minds so it would not surprise me if I’m not. But I will definitely do my absolute best.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: I will have earned my Master’s Degree and will hopefully be working toward my PhD in either Biochemistry or Neuroscience.
Q: What is your career goal?
A: I hope to be working as a head researcher in a science lab.
Q: How would you describe your high school experience? Has it set you up for the future?
A: Busy, stressful and exciting. I have definitely stepped outside of my comfort zone and grown from that experience. I’ve learned important skills and values that I will need later on in life.
Williams will be attending Northeastern University in the fall and plans to major in Biochemistry.