Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Alan Cron, and Rockland High School Principal Dr. John Harrison have announced that Sean Sugrue has earned the Valedictorian Award as the Class of 2018’s top academic student. Sugrue gave his Valedictory Speech on Friday, June 1 at the Graduation Ceremonies.
This honor is a culmination of Sugrue’s excellence in his studies for the past four years.
Along with his academic achievements, Sugrue is President of the National Honor Society at Rockland High School. He has also been involved in the environmental club, the math team, Harvard Model Congress and student government. He contributes poetry and prose regularly to Images Magazine.
Sugrue says that one of his highest achievements during his time in high school took place last spring when, after being inducted into the Pentelic Chapter of National Honor Society, he was elected by fellow members as the club’s president.
Sugrue is also a two-season athlete. He played on the soccer team in the fall, and was a captain of the boys’ tennis team this spring. Being on the tennis team has provided some memorable moments for the well-rounded Sugrue who noted, “Everyday has been an experience with these guys.” Sugrue and teammate Joe Naughton gave special recognition to their long-time tennis coach, Jim Patton, who is retiring this year by having him join them as an honorary member of the National Honor Society.
Among his other accomplishments, Sugrue placed third in the annual Spellman Oratorical Competition this past January and was the recipient of a $700 scholarship award.
After all his hard work and dedication throughout his four years at RHS, Sugrue advises underclassmen to balance their time between work and play, and adds, “It isn’t easy, but it is possible.”
In the fall, Sugrue will attend Boston College to pursue studies in philosophy and economics. Sean joins his brother Ryan at BC. Ryan was the Valedictorian of Rockland High School’s Class of 2016.
Chris Neal, Images advisor and AP Literature teacher in charge of the Spellman Oratorical Contest, commented on Sugrue’s impact at RHS.
“Sean is a deep thinker with a great sense of humor. His work ethic is outstanding, and his contributions to classroom discussions benefit all. He also has a great poetic sense and has made fantastic contributions to Images. Sean will be missed, but without a doubt he will be doing great things in the coming months and years.”