Meet the 2022 PSLA at Fowler Valedictorian & Salutatorian!We are so proud of all of our Class of 2022 #SCSDGraduates! Today, learn more about the Valedictorian and Salutatorian at PSLA at Fowler - the school's top two academic performers this year.
PSLA Valedictorian – Iving YangWhat are your plans after graduation (what college, what interest in terms of major)? I will be attending Syracuse University, where I plan to study engineering or math. I like calculations and I like to put things together.
What activities have you been involved in outside of class/outside of school? School Play, helped tutor students in math.
What has been the best part of your high school career and why? I liked meeting different people and having conversations about so many different things!
What was your proudest moment in high school? Finishing my geometry course early. I worked with a tutor and ended up taking the Regents early, scoring really high, and going into higher level math classes. That allowed me to meet upperclassmen and become friends with new people.
What are you most looking forward to about college? I’m looking forward to doing things on my own. I’ve always had my family to rely on. I’m becoming more independent, but I still ask for a lot of help. I’m looking forward to learning to figure things out on my own.
What’s the best thing you’ve learned over the course of your time in the SCSD? In Forensic Science, we did a PCR lab. It was really fun. It’s a DNA thing – you multiply a small amount of DNA. It was fun because it was hands-on but not really messy. You had to be precise. It is similar to why I like math – there’s one right answer and one right way to do it. You have to do a lot of things right to get the result you want.
What advice would you give to other students as they continue their studies here? It’s important to make good friends and build solid relationships with people. Have someone you can trust. It makes it easier to go through tough times when you have people who support you.
What is something major you hope to achieve in life? I want to get a stable job. My mom and dad work long hours so I want to make a stable income. My mom has joked about me buying her a house – but I really want to be able to do that for her.
PSLA Salutatorian – Dominque FreelonWhat are your plans after graduation (what college, what interest in terms of major)? I’ll be going to Le Moyne College to study Biology. I may want to be a veterinarian.
What activities have you been involved in outside of class/outside of school? I completed the Computer Information Science CTE program and took college classes for HTML coding. I learned how to create databases.
What has been the best part of your high school career and why? In 9th or 10th grade, we took a field trip to Empower Federal Credit Union. It was the first time I realized what I might want to do one day, because they gave us a tour and I liked the idea of doing IT work.
What was your proudest moment in high school? Being accepted into the colleges I applied to. It was one of the first times I felt like my family was proud of me.
What are you most looking forward to about college? The experiences.
What’s the best thing you’ve learned over the course of your time in the SCSD? To ask for help. It’s hard for me to ask people for help because I’m shy but it’s important!
What advice would you give to other students as they continue their studies here? Students can get into trouble and let that get in the way of their education. They should learn that none of that will matter outside of high school.
What is something major you hope to achieve in life? I want to help people be able to communicate with others who speak different languages. A lot of non-English speakers have important things to say, but people have stereotypes and aren’t willing to listen. I want to serve as a bridge between them. Through my Spanish classes, I’ve made a lot of friends who speak other languages. They all have different views and different experiences and I learned a lot from them.