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Guidance Chief Praises Valhalla Class of 2012

VALHALLA, N.Y. – Andy Kupec, Valhalla High School's director of guidance, watched the class of 2012 come into the school as freshmen four years ago, and he said he will watch them leave this spring as one of the most accomplished classes in the school’s recent history.

“This year’s class is just an all-around great class,” Kupec said.  “They just combine excellence inside the classroom and out of it as well.”

The graduating class of 2012 will see 75 percent of its students go on to a four-year colleges this fall. Kupec said that percentage is a slight increase from the class of 2011.  Out of the 88 graduates, two will be attending Harvard University, and one will be attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Kupec added that other students will attend highly selective institutions such as New York University, George Washington University and Franklin & Marshall College, among others. Kupec said that in this year’s class, no students are planning on entering the military after graduation in any capacity.

A handful of Valhalla students, about 10 percent of the graduating class, plan to attend a State University of New York school in the fall. Kupec said over the past few years, finances have played a major role in students choosing SUNY schools.

“I think with the tough economic times recently, the decision by students and parents for the student to attend a SUNY school has definitely become more frequent,” Kupec said.

Kupec said that two of the most popular colleges that students in the class of 2012 applied to were right here in New York, with one near and one far – Iona College and SUNY Binghamton. Other popular schools among this year’s Valhalla grads were the University of Massachusetts and Boston University.

Graduation is only a few weeks away, Kupec said, but the class valedictorian has not been determined. Regardless, Kupec said he will miss this year’s class due to their accomplishments as a whole.

“This year has just been a really great year for the seniors,” Kupec said. “Each student is committed to the classroom and just very respectful and decent human beings.”

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