Class of 2020: Elizabeth Siebeneck – Valedictorian, Saratoga Springs High School

Elizabeth Siebeneck
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Elizabeth Siebeneck

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Saratoga Springs High School

Elizabeth Siebeneck

VALEDICTORIAN

PARENTS: Hillary and AJ Siebeneck COLLEGE OR OTHER PLANS: Duke University

AFTER COLLEGE: I am hoping to head to medical school to pursue a career as a doctor

WHAT IS IT LIKE GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL IN THE MIDDLE OF A GLOBAL PANDEMIC: Honestly, as I sat down to write my valedictory speech, I realized that “graduating high school” simply represents something much bigger—something much more significant—than walking across a stage in a cap and gown. And it’s something that has nothing to do with whether we are in a global pandemic or not. This milestone symbolizes our growing up—and it is bittersweet for sure. With that being said, as I “graduate from high school” I hope to always hold on to three very important qualities of childhood… I hope to never take myself too seriously, to never judge people prematurely, and to always try to have a positive outlook on life. If I can do my best to hold on to these ideals as I grow up, I hope I’ll be able to navigate whatever comes my way next with grace, and class, and dignity.

WHAT IS A MEMORY OF YOUR SENIOR YEAR YOU’LL NEVER FORGET: I’ve often been super busy trying to balance school and sports activities. But, over the last few months, with schools and sporting facilities closed due to the pandemic, I’ve been able to spend a lot more quality time with my family and friends—hiking in the Adirondacks, biking at Saratoga Battlefield, and going for walks in Congress Park. This has allowed me to stop and smell the roses, literally! The past few months have helped me get back to appreciating and experiencing all that life has to offer much more simple and wholesome way.

WHAT WILL YOU MISS MOST ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL: I will definitely miss the teachers that have inspired and supported me and the students that I wasn’t quite as close with but that I always enjoyed chatting with at school.

WHAT’S IN YOUR MUSIC PLAYER: A little bit of everything! I like Pop, Country, Rap, Oldies, you name it!

BEST PART ABOUT GRADUATING: While I am certainly feeling nostalgic about closing this chapter of my life, I am looking forward to heading off to college in the fall, meeting new friends, and embarking on this exciting new time in my life as a young adult!

WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?: My family and good friends!

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