On Monday May 20, the Class of 2019 will be celebrated as they graduate from McNicholas High School. The valedictorian and salutatorian of the class, Myles Bailey and Madison Boeckman, respectively, will address the students, faculty, and guests.
Bailey, a St. Joseph Scholar, has been involved in Student Council and Academic Team, where he was a co-captain. He is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, a two-year member of National Honor Society, and a one-year member of Science National Honor Society. He has been the light technician for Theatre all 4 years, and was named the king of the Mardi Gras Ball for 2019. He will be attending Miami University on a merit scholarship where he will major in Computer Science.
“I’ve been working four years for this (placing as valedictorian) so I’m glad to see it finally happen.” Bailey said.
Boeckman is also a member of the Academic Team and a co-captain, a two-year member of National Honor Society, a member of the Ecology Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Student Council, and was a member of the Mardi Gras Ball Court in 2019. She is also the yearbook copy editor for the 2018-2019 school year, and she works with both senior video and stage crew for Theatre productions. Boeckman is also the founder Hands Across Campus, a new organization at McNick that “celebrates cultural confidence and inclusivity.” Boeckman will be attending Bowling Green University on the Presidential Scholars Award and will be majoring in Secondary Education.
“I’ve been thinking about [my speech] since my sophomore year,” Boeckman said, while both admitted to not beginning their writing yet.
Bailey and Boeckman shared their advice for underclassmen in regards to academics and extra-curricular activities. Bailey said, “Sleep is very important. Make sure you have enough time for yourself.”
“It is okay to not give your all with everything.” Boeckman said. “In the end, academics aren’t everything,” Bailey said. “Just do your best and it will work out in the end.”