Staples High names '13 valedictorian, salutatorian
Updated 1:27 pm, Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Two students who have excelled in the classroom and extracurricular activities have been named valedictorian and salutatorian of Staples High School's Class of 2013.
Madeline Seidman was named valedictorian, achieving the highest four-year grade-point average in the class, Staples officials announced Friday.
Robert De Luca was named salutatorian with the second highest average.
Both spent their entire academic careers in Westport public schools, from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Seidman's academic interests include chemistry, poetry and mythology.
Outside the classroom, she has sung soprano in the Staples a capella group Orphenians, acted in the Staples Players drama troupe and served as a peer adviser. She learned to sew at age 13 and studied fashion at the Rhode Island School of Design.
She plans to attend Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., in the fall.
In a news release, Seidman credited Staples with instilling in her a work ethic.
"My parents never pushed me. But I learned to get everything done, and do it well," she said,
While the valedictorian is opting for a small liberal arts college, salutatorian DeLuca will attend Princeton University in the fall.
De Luca has distinguished himself in math, science, government -- and in the water as the captain of two Staples teams, swimming and water polo.
De Luca competed with Staples' Science Bowl team at the University of Connecticut and with the math team.
He also was active in JSA, the national, student-run politics and government organization. In the news release, he credited JSA with developing his abilities to debate, organize new chapters, and handle a variety of audiences.
Although he compiled the second-highest academic record in his class, De Luca downplayed it. "There are plenty of people with GPAs a few hundredths of a point away," he said.