Julia Ryshkewitch named Class of 2020 valedictorian; Abigail Povill named salutatorian

Congratulations and best wishes!

The Minisink Valley School District proudly announces Julia Ryshkewitch as the high school’s Class of 2020 valedictorian; and Abigail Povill as the Class of 2020 salutatorian!


Julia Ryshkewitch
Julia’s GPA is 101.403.  She will attend  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with an undecided science major.

While at Minsink Valley, Julia was a member of the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society, the Key Club and the soccer and golf teams.

Julia’s message to others about the importance of hard work:
“I am very honored to have been named valedictorian and to be representing the Class of 2020,” she said.  “I believe everyone graduating this year has proven their strength through these past few months. It is important to stay strong and work hard for what you want to accomplish. Whatever it is that you want to achieve, you must put in the work for it.”

Abigail-Povill.Abigail Povill 
Abigail’s GPA is 100.957. She will attend Vassar College, with a potential cognitive science major and  creative writing minor.

Abigail has  been involved with athletics at Minisink Valley since 9th grade, including the varsity cross country team and as its captain in her senior year; and the varsity indoor track and varsity track and field teams. She’s been a member of the Key Club since 9th grade; and is an inaugural member of the Literary Magazine, including serving as its editor in her senior year.

Abigail’s message to others about the importance of hard work:
“While I appreciate the recognition of my hard work throughout high school, I think I was lucky because I was able to study subjects that I was interested in and curious about,” she said. “My advice to underclassmen is to try and make some sort of personal connection with the subject material. If you can identify topics that you’re passionate about, the work will be a lot less tedious!”

Images courtesy of LORS Photography