Class of 2020: Alex Malanoski – Valedictorian, Galway High School

Alex Malanoski
Alex Malanoski

Galway High School

Alex Malanoski


PARENTS: Stan and Cheryl Malanoski

COLLEGE PLANS: I will be attending Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications to study Broadcast and Digital Journalism.

AFTER COLLEGE: I plan on pursuing a career as a Local Television Anchor and Reporter. My dream would be to work as a National News Correspondent.

WHAT IS IT LIKE GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL IN THE MIDDLE OF A GLOBAL PANDEMIC: Being a senior during this unprecedented time comes with mixed emotions. Missing events like prom, the senior tip, and our final sports season is difficult. Yet, it’s important to reflect on all the memories we’ve already made as a class.

WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR CLASSMATES THIS SEMESTER: We have learned the important lesson of not taking any experience for granted. When you’re busy, it’s easy to get caught up in the everyday hustle and bustle of life. Yet, now that we’re all on pause, my classmates and I have realized how much high school really meant to us. You don’t really know what you have until it’s gone.

WHAT IS A MEMORY OF YOUR SENIOR YEAR YOU’LL NEVER FORGET: A memory from this year that I will never forget is a game of musical chairs at a school pep rally. The fun game quickly turned into a battle to the death. I ended up suffering a narrow defeat in the end, but I made a valiant effort.

WHAT WILL YOU MISS MOST ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL: The thing I am going to miss the most about high school is my group of friends. After learning and growing with the same tight-knit class for 13 years, it’s hard to say goodbye. However, I can’t wait to see the amazing things each one of my classmates accomplish in the future.

WHAT’S IN YOUR MUSIC PLAYER: My music player is a hodgepodge of pretty much every genre you could think of. I listen to artists ranging from Khalid to Morgan Wallen.

BEST PART ABOUT GRADUATING: The best part about graduating is moving on to the next chapter of my life. A chapter full of independence, new beginnings, and the opportunity to create my own path.

WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU: Since I was young, I have been inspired by nature. Animals and sunsets are favorites of mine. I usually have a camera by my side to capture these moments. Even dying trees can look beautiful when viewed from their best angle.


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