Adam Burger named Class of 2021 valedictorian; Jada Vail is salutatorian

Adam Burger and Jada Vail

Congratulations to Adam Burger, the Minisink High School Class of 2021 valedictorian; and Jada Vail, the Class of 2021 salutatorian.

“Adam and Jada worked extremely hard for this distinction,” said Principal Kenneth Hauck. “All of us at the high school are so proud of them and we’re confident they will serve as wonderful role models for the younger students in our district.”

Adam’s four-year GPA is 101.918. During his high school career, he was a member of the indoor/outdoor track and field , gymnastics and lacrosse teams. He is also a member of the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society.

“I am very grateful to be given the honor of being named valedictorian,” he said. “Although it was a lot of work, I can definitely say that all of that time and effort was worth it. Hard work truly does pay off.”

This fall, Adam will attend the Rochester Institute of Technology and will major in chemical engineering.

Jada’s four-year GPA is 100.757. During her high school career, she has served as FBLA president and was a member of the varsity indoor/outdoor track team, where she is the school’s record holder for the girl’s javelin throw. She is also a member of the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society.

Additionally, Jada is QuestBridge College Prep scholar and National College Match finalist.

“Though I am honored to be named the salutatorian, I want students to know that grades and numbers don’t define who you are,” she said. “You won’t change the world by getting perfect scores on tests, but rather by being passionate about what matters to you, and being willing to share your passions with those around you.  Do things that you’ll look back on and be happy you did. Create memories; grades and tests aren’t everything. Meet new people, hang out with friends, experience life. School is important, but don’t abandon your youth to study for exams. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask questions, and don’t be afraid to be wrong – that is how you truly learn.”

This fall, Jada will attend Cornell University, with a double major in mathematics and physics.