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Meet Our Class of 2017 Valedictorians

2017 Valedictorians

We congratulate our Class of 2017 valedictorians! These students achieved the highest grade point averages in their respective senior classes. Their commitment to excellence serves as an inspiration to those who follow them.


They were honored at the May 2, 2017 Board of Education meeting.


Best wishes to these stellar students as they pursue their endeavors beyond graduation (as indicated). 

  • Apex: Hershel Wathore Dartmouth University - Engineering
  • Athens Drive:  Neeva Nicole Wernsman Young University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill - Chemistry
  • Broughton: Kristen Gilyard Harvard University - Math/Computer Science
  • Cary: Noah Jabusch North Carolina State University - Physics
  • Enloe: Daniel Liu Princeton University - PreMed
  • Fuquay-Varina: Brianna Monet Smith Howard University - Biology
  • Garner: Aishik Ghosh University of Illinois, Champaign - Computer Science
  • Green Hope: Emily Ryu Princeton - Chemistry/PreMed
  • Heritage: Abigail Abella Nacional Duke University - Biomedical Engineering
  • Holly Springs (tie): Micala Merino N.C. State - Biomedical Engineering; Michael Pupi Duke - Chemistry
  • Knightdale: Kelly Phuc Uyen Tran UNC-Chapel Hill - Chemistry
  • Leesville Road: Kathryn Konrad UNC-Chapel Hill - Biomedical Engineering/Neuroscience
  • Millbrook (tie): Michael Corvin Pasca UNC-Chapel Hill - Physics; Samuel Zachary Thomas Duke - Econ/Political Science 
  • Middle Creek: Margaret Loughlin N.C. State - Physics
  • Panther Creek: Christina Chen Duke - Statistical Science
  • Mary Phillips: James Everette Cole Wake Technical Community College - Accounting
  • Sanderson: Valerie Ann Lucas UNC-Chapel Hill - Public Policy/Public Health
  • Southeast Raleigh: Korbyn Hackney N.C. State - Electrical Engineering
  • Wake Forest: Salvador Chavero Arellano Duke - Statistical Science
  • Wakefield: Robert Herhold N.C. State - Engineering/Computer Science
  • Wake Early College of Health Sciences: Vidya Venkataganesan UNC-Chapel Hill - Psychology/PreMed
  • Wake Young Men's Leadership Academy: Connor Lloyd Hughes School Undecided, Religious Studies/Pharmacy 
  • Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy: Emma Benjamin Campbell University - Pharmacy

Crossroads FLEX, East Wake High School, Wake STEM Early College, Rolesville High School and the Vernon Malone College and Career Academy have transitioned to the Latin system of honoring high academic achievers and will not name a valedictorian.

Apex Friendship High School will add seniors next year, but also is on the Latin system.