High Five to the Top 5


Photo by Zachary Olson on Unsplash


   Out of hundreds of students, making it to the top 5% is certainly a difficult accomplishment to achieve. Moreover, with the ongoing pandemic enforcing remote learning, many have found it increasingly difficult to keep up with schoolwork. However, with their dedication and hard work, these handful of seniors have been able to make it to the top 5%.

Congratulations to:

Jessica Adan, Shannon Amor, Riley Barrett, Maria Caballero, Mariana Colicchio, Emily Danzinger, Natalie Gonzalez, Maria-Noelia Herne, Juan Marin, Alan Mathew, Gabriel Ortiz, Pedro Osorio, Laura Otalora, Joaquin Pazmino, Sydni Peters, Kaavya Polavarapu, Logan Saenz, Arvin Saji, Sarah Sevilla, Leanna Skeete, Eric Tobon, Evan Tobon, and Romina Torchia.

   Furthermore, the virtual presence of the school year and award ceremony has invoked various reactions for each individual senior. Multiple seniors have been asked about their experiences this school year, as well as their thoughts and feelings about making it in the top 5%.

“Honestly it was really different. I felt more overwhelmed than usual, of course. I think it was much more to find motivation this year, but somehow I was able to finish strong. I just tried to stay as organized as possible and take advantage of class time to get my assignments done. I think being online this year taught us a lot. I learned how to manage my time better, and I think it will really help when I go to college.” -Romina Torchia, Senior

“Being in the top 5% is definitely an achievement, but I personally don’t feel it’s as big of a deal as everyone makes it out to be. Since it’s been a cumulation of our work rather than a one-off award we can win, I think a lot of us have become accustomed to being in that range. Also, because of being online, the awards were pretty lackluster so it doesn’t feel as big of an occasion. Grades are important, but they aren’t everything and I’m glad to say that a lot of the people in the top 5% also think that way and have pursued their passions throughout high school.” -Mariana Colicchio, Senior

“It was good to see everyone in the class being recognized. Learning online was completely different. It was more independent and harder to focus, but teachers were extremely accommodating and helpful.” -Maria Caballero, Senior

Congratulations to these seniors for pulling through!