Norton Public Schools is proud to recognize the Top 20 students of the graduating senior Class of 2020. Of around 180 graduating seniors, these students are ranked top of their class academically, but have also accomplished numerous another achievements during their time at Norton High School.
The Top 10 Class of 2020 seniors are:
Valedictorian Vicki Tran will be leaving Norton High School having always put forth incredible academic and leadership skills. Vicki has demonstrated this through her impressive GPA, volunteerism at nursing homes, and involvement with NHS clubs/sports. Aside from being the president of the Math Honor Society, vice president of the Science Honor Society, and treasurer of her class council, Vicki has also been the recipient of many school based awards. She's received the Presidential Excellence Award for History (2017, 2019), Presidential Excellence Award for Math (2018, 2019), Presidential Excellence Award for History (2019), Presidential Excellence Award for Science (2019), and Presidential Excellence Award for English (2019), and the Superintendent's Award for Excellence (2019). She has also earned an award from the Bristol County Education Association (BCEA) for being Norton's top ranking senior for Class of 2020. Vicki is a valued leader of the school's varsity tennis team, which she has been a part of for all four years of high school and awarded MVP for two of those years. Vicki is a first generation college student and has decided to attend Tufts University in the fall, where she plans on majoring in math on the pre-med track with hopes to become a physician in the future.
Throughout her time at Norton High School, Salutatorian Breelyn Gilbert has consistently excelled in all areas. In addition to her high ranking GPA and Honor Roll status, she is a member of six honor societies, serving as the co-president of the Science Honor Society and vice president of the Math Honors Society, and during her senior year enrolled in three AP courses as well as her Honors level classes. She was also awarded the 2019 Academic Growth and Student Leadership Award. Breelyn is a valued leader of the Class of 2020, where she has exemplified her leadership skills with every school event and volunteer initiative as vice president. She is also vice president of public relations for the NHS DECA chapter, captain for the volleyball team, and spends time volunteering at the Attleboro YMCA. In the fall, Breelyn will be attending Providence College as part of the Honors Program where she will be double majoring in biology and psychology and earning a certificate in neuroscience.
Described as a student scholar athlete and role model, senior Declan Diestel has displayed excellent leadership and commitment in the classroom and on the field. During his tenure at Norton High School he earned membership to the National History, English, Math, Science, and French Honor Societies and partook in a variety of Honors and Advanced Placement courses. He was also awarded the President's Academic Excellence Award in French three years in a row, the President's Academic Excellence Award in Science, and was the 2019 recipient for the Academic Growth and Student Leadership Award. While maintaining a heavy course load, Declan participated in the NHS winter/spring track team his first two years and has been a valuable member of the soccer team for all four of his high school years. Declan has also spent time volunteering with the Little Wiffles organization, and in a leadership role teaching religious education classes at St. Mary's. In regards to his future, Declan plans on attending College of the Holy Cross with the potential of going into the Pre-med track.
Starting in her first year at Norton High School, senior Caroline Daly displayed excellent leadership and academic skills. From serving as her class president and her involvement with the Lions Club Youth Speech Competition all four years to her athletic skills and club participation, Caroline has proven that determination and compassion can make all the difference. For her demonstrated commitment to social issues she was a recipient of the University of Rochester Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award and received this year's MA Association of School's Superintendent's Academic Excellence Award. A member of the Math, French, History, and National Honor Societies, Caroline also serves as the president of the English Honor Society and co-president of the Science Honor Society. She took on the role of co-captain for the school's volleyball team, for which she was a member for all four years, and received the JFK award and was named a Sun Chronicle All Star. She also founded the Norton High School Book Club and during her junior year became a Certified Nursing Assistant. Caroline will be attending Boston College in the fall and plans on majoring in Nursing and minoring in Global Public Health.
Whether participating in a class discussion, singing at Symphony Hall, or tending to her cows, senior Riley Goodrich is said to approach challenges and opportunities with grace, class, and enthusiasm. With her main interest at school being music, Riley was a dedicated member of the chorus all 4 years and even earned the honor of attending this year's MA Music Educators Association All-State Festival as a soprano at Symphony Hall. Through the Advanced Placement program she took six different courses, with her favorites being AP Psyhcology and AP Literature. Riley also has a love and vast knowledge of animals and spends some of her time in the summers showing jersey cows with her 4-H club. She has chosen to attend the University of Vermont in the fall, with a major in psychology and a minor in music, with her plan being to pursue both her masters and Ph.D. in education.
A natural leader, senior Jeremy Cross has spent his Norton High School years very involved and hardworking. Between maintaining a great balance of academic responsibility and athletic involvement, Jeremy shines inside and outside of the classroom. Jeremy was always well-prepared for speaking tasks, the first one done on every written assignment, and consistently exceptional and creative in all of his endeavors. He has a superior work ethic and is meticulous about achieving academic excellence in every subject area. He was also involved in the NHS Honor Societies, being a member of the National, Math, Science, and History Honor Societies. Jeremy is always willing to take on leadership roles to ensure that his group performs they best they possibly can. He served as the varsity ice hockey captain and was a member of the NHS baseball team. Next year Jeremy will be attending The Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst to study Business.
Kind, humble, and high achieving with an enthusiasm for learning, senior Zachary Lerner has pushed himself both academically and outside of school. For his willingness to always apply his best efforts and aptitude for the Spanish language, Zach was a recipient of the Presidential Award for Academice Excellence in Spanish. Not only did he participate in the National, English, Science, and History Honor Societies, Zach was a member of the NHS varsity soccer team as well. Zach also has a creative side, which his teachers say is always displayed when working in class on projects and assignments. With a diverse musical talent, he displays a passion for playing and studying the guitar, as well as writing some of his own music. Zach is plannning to attend the University of Vermont and major in Music with a concentration in Technology and Business in the fall.
During her time at Norton High School, senior Hannah Partridge was always involved. Academically, Hannah was a part of the National Honor, Math, English, Science, History, and Spanish Honor Societies. For her superlative academic achievement and interest in mathematics and science, she was awarded the Rensselar Medal scholarship. Hannah also played a big role in NHS clubs. She was a part of the Women in STEM club, Student Council, and the Global Citizenship Club. As a class delegate she worked behind the scenes planning many events through the years and was a welcome and familiar face in the Global Citizenship Club. Outside of school, she showcased her dance talent at Art in Motion and attended competitions as part of their competition team. In the fall, Hannah plans on attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as a Chemical Engineering major.
At Norton High School, senior Zeina Delgado was grateful for the many opportunities that the school offered in order for her to get out of her comfort zone. An exemplary student athlete with a strong work ethic and positive attitude, Zeina utilized this energy to always make exemplary contributions in the classroom. Her teachers describe her as a true role model with excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a passion for learning with everyone. Along with her academics she joined many clubs and activities, some of those being the tennis team, DECA, Global Citizenship Club. As she attends Penn State in the future, she plans on majoring in Actuarial Science in the hopes of becoming an actuary for the corporate world.
A strong advocater for herself and her peers, senior Laurel Parker spent her time at Norton High School as an enthusiastic learner and leader. Serving as the webmaster for the Class of 2020 since her freshman year, Laurel was a valued member and relied upon for her sharp intuitiveness. She was involved in the girl's volleyball program from her freshmen to junior year and a member of the History, National, and English Honor Societies. Laurel held the role of president for the French Honor Society as well. The NHS Language Department holds a special place in her heart, where she took both French and Spanish classes at the AP and Honors levels. Next fall Laurel's plans are to attend American Univeristy in Washington D.C. and major in International Studies in the Honors Program. Then she would like to volunteer for the Peace Corps, and afterward enter into the world of political foreign affairs.
The Top 11-20 Class of 2020 seniors are: