Newbury and Widelitz are MUHS’ top graduates
MIDDLEBURY — With its 2019 graduation ceremony just days away, Middlebury Union High School has announced the Class of 2019’s Valedictorian and Salutatorian.
Maisie Newbury of Weybridge is the Middlebury Union High School Class of 2019 Valedictorian. She is the daughter of Michael Newbury and Holly Allen. Newbury is an academically talented student who has pursued one of the most demanding programs available at MUHS, including 10 Advanced Placement classes. She has also successfully completed two Middlebury College courses, Introduction to Hispanic Literature and Cinema, which was taught completely in Spanish, and 20th Century English Novels. Her inquisitive nature has earned the respect of her teachers. They value Newbury’s engagement in the classroom and her ability to write critically and speak thoughtfully on a myriad of subjects.
Newbury is an active participant in the Young Writers Project, serves as a peer leader, is the president of the MUHS National Honor Society and is a member of the Tigers cross-country, Nordic ski, and track teams. In her junior year, Newbury was named a finalist in Senator Sanders’ “State of the Union” essay contest and her essay was published in the United States Congressional Record. Newbury will spend the summer at Camp Nokomis on Lake Winnipesauke prior to enrolling at Brown University in Rhode Island in the fall.
Grace Widelitz of Middlebury is the Middlebury Union High School Class of 2019 Salutatorian. Widelitz is the daughter of Sarah Bourne and Howard Widelitz. While enrolled at MUHS, Widelitz has completed eight Advanced Placement classes and enrolled in Women in US History at the Community College of Vermont. Her teachers commend Widelitz for her dedication to her studies, attention to detail, and for continually exceeding their expectations in all areas.
Widelitz has served MUHS as a peer leader coordinator, as captain of the varsity field hockey team, and was a founding member of the Neuroscience Club, and she has volunteered extensively with Special Olympics Vermont. She is a member of the Middlebury College community choir and interned last summer with the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt, Germany focusing on memory and spatial navigation circuits. The teachers at MUHS value Widelitz’s keen intellect and her willingness to dive into academics with a natural curiosity. Widelitz will spend the summer travelling and at home in Addison County before heading to Philadelphia to enroll at the University of Pennsylvania.
Both Newbury and Widelitz will address the MUHS Class of 2019 at the Commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 8.
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