Kearson Petruzzi’s 4.6 grade point average earned her the title of valedictorian of the Black River High School Class of 2017.
Next school year, she plans to attend Ohio State University to study exercise science. The senior was reluctant to take much credit for her achievements, however.
“I think a lot of it had to do with the teachers here,” she said. “They care about you personally beyond just giving you assignments. They cared about your success as a student and person.”
Petruzzi said teachers grew to know their students so well that they could offer tailored help.
“They worked with many students individually, including me, to make sure everyone was getting the best education possible,” she said. “There was never a time any of us felt we couldn’t ask them for anything. They’ve bent over backward to make sure we were successful.”
Petruzzi is apprehensive about losing everyday, face-to-face contact with friends.
“I’ll miss all of my friends and teachers,” she said. “We’ve all formed a lot of great and unique relationships. For future students, my advice is to not procrastinate. I never procrastinated and was never stressed out, even when I had a lot of work to do.”
Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.