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Q&A with Valedictorian Valentine Janigian

Madison Garcia, Staff Writer

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Graduation is right around the corner for Bullard’s class of 2017. The Graduation Ceremony will take place on June fifth at 4:00 p.m. at the Savemart Center. Congratulations to class of 2017 for accomplishing a big milestone in their life.

During the ceremony two of class of 2017’s valedictorians will give a speech. Puett Wilcox and Valentine Janigian were the two who were chosen. We got the opportunity to chat with Valentine Janigian, who will be attending her dream college, Stanford after her Bullard days are over.

Q: “How difficult was it to make valedictorian?”

A: “Being valedictorian honestly takes a lot of hard work. I had to get straight A’s all through high school and on top of that I took AP classes all 4 years. Honestly, for me school was never super difficult, but it’s not easy enough where I could just show up and not study for the test. I did have to make many sacrifices such as, doing homework every single night and studying on the weekends all to maintain a 4.0 gpa.”

Q: “What opportunities has this opened up for you?”

A: “I guess I can say that the main opportunity is the ability to go to good colleges.”

Q: “Are you nervous for you speech?”

A: “A little bit. I am comfortable with public speaking, but more like with a class of 42 and not thousands of people.”

Q: “How long did it take you to finish your speech?”

A: “About two hours, I wrote it over a course of two weeks.”

Q: “How do you feel about your high school days coming to an end?”

A: “I would say I’m a little nostalgic about it. I do think it’s bittersweet and I will miss Bullard because I’ve had great times here and met great people, but on the other hand I’m ready to go to college and start a new chapter of my life.”

Q: “What will you miss most about Bullard?”

A: “As cliche as it sounds, I will really miss my friends.”

Q: “Are you attending your dream college?”

A: “Yes, attending Stanford is definitely a dream of mine.”

Q: “What about college are you most nervous about?”

A: “I am most nervous about how difficult it’s going to be. I realize that Bullard does have some challenging classes, but I’m going to a whole new world. I’m not only going to be facing academic challenges, but also social challenges. Such as living with a roommate, not being with my parents, and all that sort of stuff. So all those things make me a little nervous.”

Q: “What are you planning on majoring in?”

A: “As of now I am not completely sure, but I think I’ll be somewhere in the social sciences. Possibly physical or psychological science.”

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