Via virtual Upper School assembly Friday, Head of School Bob Izzo announced the Class of 2020 valedictorian and salutatorian.
Orly Richter, who has spent her entire academic career at Hamden Hall, was named valedictorian.
“I am so grateful for everyone in the Hamden Hall community who has supported me over the past 14 years and helped me to reach this point. I want to thank my friends and teachers, who have constantly encouraged me to be the best that I can be. I am incredibly lucky to have worked alongside them,” stated Orly.
Orly will continue her education in the fall at Brown University. While she hasn’t committed to a major at this time, she said she is leaning toward public health.
Lexi Mackay, who entered Hamden Hall as a freshman, was named salutatorian.
“I feel so blessed and privileged to be named this year’s salutatorian. I’m so grateful to the faculty of Hamden Hall for pushing me to reach my full academic potential and to my friends and family for supporting me in all of my endeavors during my high school career,” stated Lexi.
Having been accepted to Boston College, Lehigh University, North Carolina State University, Providence College, the University of Connecticut, University of Rochester, and University of Richmond, Lexi is still weighing her options.
Head of School Bob Izzo commended Orly and Lexi and noted their combined talents, capabilities, and leadership.
“The hallmark of a Hamden Hall education is excellence, and I can truly state that both of these young ladies exude excellence. Both have also embraced the spirit of participation during their years under the pines, having joined myriad clubs and taken advantage of the considerable extracurricular programs and activities the school offers,” said Mr. Izzo.
In accepting congratulations on the announcement, Lexi noted the accomplishments of her entire class.
“I’d like to extend a huge congratulations to one of my best friends, Orly Richter, on being named this year’s valedictorian. She’s one of the most driven and dedicated people I know, and she is so incredibly deserving of this honor. Well done to her and to the rest of the Class of 2020 for all of that they’ve accomplished even in the midst of this unconventional end to our senior year,” she said.
The Class of 2020 is made up of 74 students, seven of whom were celebrated earlier this school year for being Lifers.