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Archbishop Walsh Academy Announces Valedictorian Sophia Garvin and Salutatorian Aliyah Tejera

by jpolicastro
Wed, May 23rd 2018 12:00 pm

Archbishop Walsh Academy is pleased to announce the Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the graduating Class of 2018. The Valedictorian is Sophia Garvin, and the Salutatorian is Aliyah Tejera. Both graduates will be recognized during commencement ceremonies scheduled for 6 p.m. on June 1st at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on the campus of St. Bonaventure University.

Valedictorian Sophia Garvin is graduating as a diploma candidate in the International Baccalaureate Degree Programme She has completed requirements for an Advanced Regents Diploma through the New York State Regents program.  Sophia is also a member of the National Honor Society and president of the Archbishop Walsh Chapter. Her parents are Mary Beth and Eric Garvin of Olean.

Sophia has achieved special recognition receiving the County Youth Citizenship Award and being a member of the Olean Youth and Recreation Advisory Board for 3 years.  She was also recognized as an Outstanding National Honor Society Member by her NHS peers at the Cattaraugus County National Honor Society Banquet.  In addition, Sophia is a member of the Interact Club, serving as secretary of the group.  She has also contributed to her school community as a member of the varsity volleyball team, tennis club, pep club, and drama club.

Sophia's unweighted GPA is 96.352, and her weighted GPA is 99.264. She plans to attend Allegheny College in the fall where she has been accepted into the Early Acceptance Program for LECOM's College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Global Citizens Scholar Program, majoring in environmental studies and science.                       

Salutatorian Aliyah Tejera is graduating as a diploma candidate in the International Baccalaureate Degree Programme.  Aliyah has completed requirements for an Advanced Regents Diploma through the New York State Regents program, is also a member of the National Honor Society, and has served as treasurer of the Archbishop Walsh chapter.

Aliyah has consistently been on the high honor roll throughout high school. As a junior, Aliyah was awarded the RIT Innovation and Creativity Award for academic achievement and creativity and was also nominated for The University of Rochester's Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Award fordemonstrated commitment to understanding and addressing difficult social issues.  Aliyah has been a member of the Interact Club for three years, holding the office of treasurer, and is an award-winning artist whose artistic talent and creativity are widely recognized. Aliyah is the child of Elisa and Leo Tejera of Olean, and Jody Peterson, of Olean.

Aliyah's unweighted GPA is 96.019, with a weighted GPA of 98.910, and plans to attend the State University of New York at Geneseo in the fall majoring in geophysics.

Archbishop Walsh congratulates both Sophia and Aliyah on their outstanding academic achievements.

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