Cream of the crop

Published 4:42 pm Friday, June 25, 2021

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In today’s paper, you’ll find the last of our annual series of stories on Suffolk’s valedictorians.

Each year, we feature these five bright young people in a series. We tell of their hard academic work in high school, what they enjoyed as far as extracurricular activities, and their hopes and dreams and aspirations for the future.

It’s always an inspiring series, and this year’s series — featuring King’s Fork High School valedictorian Gabe Jackson, Lakeland High School valedictorian Joshua Aldridge, Nansemond River High School valedictorian Alyssa Cadua, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy valedictorian Arya Barot and Suffolk Christian Academy valedictorian MaryDouglas Johnson — has been no less inspiring.

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These young people have worked hard, and we are so proud of all they have accomplished and cannot wait to see what is in their future.

The truth is, though, that they are simply the cream of the crop. Suffolk’s class of 2021 features hundreds upon hundreds of amazing students who have bright futures ahead of them.

The path of the future for each of these graduates is as individual as they are. But whatever their plans for immediately after high school — whether it’s a four-year college, a two-year college, military service, trade school, charity work, travel, family time or straight into employment — we know that these young people are going to go out and change the world with what they have learned at the five exemplary high schools in Suffolk, what they have been taught by their parents and other family members, and how they have matured and grown and developed their talents, skills and emotional intelligence over the years.

We wish much success to our valedictorians and to all of the class of 2021.