Class of 2021: Salvatore Brancato II – Shenendehowa High School

Salvatore Brancato II - Shenendehowa High School
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Salvatore Brancato II - Shenendehowa High School

Shenendehowa High School

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Salvatore Brancato II

Valedictorian

PARENTS: Danielle Brancato and James House

COLLEGE OR OTHER PLANS: Attending Cornell University to major in biology and society (although I may switch it to biological engineering). I will also minor in Spanish. I will be on a pre-med track. My ultimate goal is to become a plastic surgeon!

WHAT DOES BEING NAMED VALEDICTORIAN MEAN TO YOU:  Being the valedictorian was never my goal; it is reassuring to be recognized for all my hard work. In elementary school and the beginning of middle school, I struggled in school; I was in AIS classes, and I constantly needed extra help. I started to work much harder in school, that and perseverance eventually paid off.

WHO OR WHAT MOTIVATES YOU: My mother and my grandfather. My mother was a single mom of triplets with no job and no money. She sacrificed everything to build a better life for us. My mother brought us to our grandparents’ house to live and my grandfather (or my Poppy) told me about his journey as a young Italian immigrant to the United States. He balanced a rigorous work schedule with school. Instead of college, he started a very successful business.

WHAT WORDS OF ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO YOUR FELLOW CLASSMATES:  Time management and goal setting. I never once stayed up past midnight to complete an assignment. I manage my time in a way so that I didn’t have to cram for tests or pull all-nighters to get assignments done. Having an active social life is a great way to take a break from the stress of school.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT SHENENDEHOWA:  Spanish with Señora Clarkin. I have applied my Spanish knowledge outside of class way more than in any other class. During my trips to Spain, Ecuador, and Mexico, I was able to communicate and hold conversations with native Spanish speakers.

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