Class of 2020: Emily Chan – Valedictorian, Mechanicville High School

Emily Chan
Emily Chan

Mechanicville High School

Emily Chan


PARENTS: Dennis and Amy Chan

COLLEGE OR OTHER PLANS: University of Rochester

AFTER COLLEGE: I would really like to work in marketing in New York City and/or do something that allows me to make positive change in the world

WHAT’S IS LIKE GRADUATING IN A PANDEMIC: I’m thankful that my school, teachers, and community have really worked tirelessly to make the best of the situation, especially for the graduating class. I think the hardest part of this may be the lack of closure on the year; I feel as if I should be rushing into class with coffee in my hand and forgetting a pencil any day now. I think that we all really miss normalcy and are hoping for a return to on-campus classes in the fall.

WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF OR YOUR CLASSMATES THIS SEMESTER: Over the past semester, I’ve learned that many of my classmates truly and deeply care about making change in the world. I’ve seen so many of them raise awareness about racial inequality and injustice, as well as take precautions to keep themselves and their loved ones safe from COVID-19. It’s all been really amazing to witness.

WHAT IS A MEMORY OF YOUR SENIOR YEAR YOU’LL NEVER FORGET: I’ll always remember gathering support for my school’s Giving Weeks Challenge and going to Target with donated money to purchase cans upon cans of cat food, tomatoes, beans, and more for donation to local charities on behalf of my classmates.

WHAT WILL YOU MISS MOST ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL: I’ll miss the cross country seasons the most. I loved running with the team, getting ready for Homecoming, and going to all of the meets.

WHAT’S IN YOUR MUSIC PLAYER: “Tungs” by The Frights, “James Dean” by The Wrecks, “Space Cadet” by Beabadoobee, and “Idle Town” by Conan Gray

BEST PART ABOUT GRADUATING: Going to college! I’m really excited to broaden my world-view, meet new people, and experience a whole new chapter of my life.

WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU: My parents really inspire me to work harder and reach new heights. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg is also an inspiration. I’ve also been inspired by my teachers (Mrs. Hall, Mrs. Hua, and Mrs. Ashline) who have been such positive role models for me these past four years.


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