Irvington High School names class of 2022 valedictorians

Joshua Chang and Alexander Lee Photo courtesy of Irvington Union Free School District

Irvington High School named his elders Joshua Chang and Alexander Lee as co-valedictorians for the class of 2022. Both accomplished students said they were honored to share the school’s highest recognition.

Chang is known for his inquisitive mind, deep desire to learn, and wide range of interests. He has taken the most rigorous courses Irvington has to offer, in addition to participating in several college-level courses at a local college. He has also volunteered in many ways, both at school and in the community. He attributed his success to his curiosity, his sense of organization, his independence and his consistency, as well as the unwavering support of his family, teachers and friends.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better place than Irvington Schools to spend the past 13 years,” Chang said. “Irvington has always supported me as I grew and learned, and I have found a strong community. I feel like I know almost everyone in my class, which makes me feel at home wherever Most of all, I will miss my friends and the camaraderie of our class.

Chang is editor of the online edition of his school’s newspaper, Paw Print, and a member of the Yearbook, the varsity bowling team, and the science research program, for which he completed a research project using the machine learning to assess the impact of snow on road safety. . He is also passionate about coding and has created new websites for his school newspaper and the high school art department. Throughout his secondary studies, he was a teaching assistant in French and Earth sciences. Following his fascination with the weather, he provided the community with forecasts for snow days on his Instagram page. Outside of school, he has volunteered to help with food insecurity, distributing food to people in need during the pandemic.

Although Chang has not decided which university he will attend in the fall, he plans to pursue a degree in computer science.

One of Lee’s greatest strengths is her authenticity and her ability to connect and communicate. He is known for his passion for languages, having excelled in Latin and Greek since entering high school. He also mastered the English language and wrote several short stories for competitions. Additionally, his fluency in spoken language has led him to be a leader on the Mock Trial team, where he is known for being thoughtful, engaging and competitive. Lee attributed his success to his strong work ethic and the guidance of his teachers, mentors and peers.

“IHS has really nurtured my development as a lifelong learner,” Lee said. “I’ve been through so much in Irvington in so few years. After all, the Class of 2022 have been through what felt like the full COVID-19 journey: transitioning to a pandemic lifestyle at the end of sophomore year, months of distance learning as juniors, and returning upbeat to normal signaled by our return to in-person learning. Going on this trip made me realize how much I will miss the benefits of being part of a tight-knit community like Irvington where empathy is rampant. Everyone knows and supports each other, so there’s a real feeling that we’re all in this together.

Since his freshman year, Lee has been a member of the varsity and mock tennis teams, as well as a member of the Jazz Ensemble, Model United Nations, and National Honor Society. Outside of school, he served as editor of an international literary magazine, and his writings have appeared in literary journals and received national awards. He was also an instructor at a non-profit organization, where he taught Latin and psychology remotely to middle school students around the world. In addition, he has been playing the piano since the age of five.

Lee will attend Brown University, where he plans to study classical languages ​​and literature while exploring and discovering new interests.

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