Meet the ITC Valedictorian & Salutatorian!
Published on 6/20/17
Solomon plans to attend Cornell University’s College of Arts and Science where he will major in Biology.
What activities have you been involved in outside of class/outside of school? I am an avid runner. I am the Captain of the Syracuse West Cross Country Team and Captain of the ITC Indoor and Outdoor Track Teams. I enjoy running because I am able to clear my mind and not think about much other than running. I find running a relaxing activity.
What was your proudest moment in high school? My proudest moment of high school was being accepted into Cornell. I went to the Cornell Alumni Book Award dinner during my junior year. After the dinner, I made it my goal to earn a spot at Cornell. To get that email saying all my hard work was recognized was so relieving!
What has been the best part of your high school career and why? The best part of high school has been being able to work with others. Athletically, I have been able to become a role model for underclassmen on my team. Academically, I have been able to learn so much from people with different backgrounds. Nothing beats the positive memories I have been able to create with other students.
What’s the best thing you’ve learned over the course of your time in the SCSD? I learned that there is always room to improve, whether that is academically or trying to fix problems in the city. Small victories are nice to recognize and celebrate, but I must always work towards the big picture goal.
What advice would you give to other students as they continue their studies here? I learned the word Kaizen back in middle school and I've since used that approach to life. Things in life are complicated and need iteration to better understand their nature.
Who helped you the most to get to this point? I would like to thank my mom because she's helped me greatly to get to this point in life.
What do you hope to achieve by the time you’re 30? If I could be helping others, I would be achieving my goals in life. I am not sure what career path that would be exactly, but I know I want to help others.
Tran plans to attend the University of Southern California where he will study Mechanical Engineering.
What activities have you been involved in outside of class/outside of school? Robotics, rockets, mousetrap cars and chess. “Many of the things I did made me want to pursue STEM!”
What was your proudest moment in high school? Going to a national competition with my friends.
What has been the best part of your high school career and why? The opportunity to meet and learn from a very supportive and diverse group of staff and students has easily been the best part of my high school experience.
What’s the best thing you’ve learned over the course of your time in the SCSD? I've learned how important diversity is. SCSD has exposed me to students with unique backgrounds, talents, and stories.
What advice would you give to other students as they continue their studies here? Be true to yourself. Also, be proud of who you are!
Who helped you the most to get to this point? I'd like to thank my family for their extraordinary and continuous support. I'd also like to thank the SCSD family for guiding me in the right direction since kindergarten.
What do you hope to achieve by the time you’re 30? I hope to go to graduate school and use what I know about engineering to help others. I'd also like to give back to my community.
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