Tops of their class: BEHS valedictorian looking at D.C. for accounting, political career

Published on Sunday, 14 May 2017 21:25


BRISTOL - Alexandra Allen, valedictorian of Bristol Eastern High School’s Class for 2017, has her sights set on the nation’s capital.

The daughter of Karen and Douglas Allen, she will be attending the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., with a plan to major in accounting and minor in political science.

“I hope to join a firm and become a CPA,” she said. “I’m really interested in accounting, but I’m also interested in the whole political aspect of it. There are a lot of jobs that involve both knowing business and knowing political sciences.”

Being in Washington will mean lots of great opportunities, she said. “Like, I could go to the capital or I could work in a big accounting firm, it depends on which path I would like to take.”

Last fall Allen was chosen as BEHS’s student representative to the Board of Education for the school year, indulging her interest in political science.

“I love learning about education and how education policy is made,” she said. “I got to go to the state capital with the Board of Ed and see all the new policies that are going to be rolled out by the legislature. It was very interesting, because we don’t often see that in school.”

Her favorite subject in school is accounting, which she said she got into by accident.

“I wasn’t planning on taking it but we had to do a business or art credit so I decided to take it for the business credit and get it over with. I learned to love it so it has been my favorite class these past two years. It was a very happy accident,” she said.

Likewise, her accounting teacher Sharon Jacques is one of her favorite teachers, whom she counts as an influence, along with her parents.

“Ms. Jacques has been amazing these past few years,” Allen said. “She has been so inspirational to me, and so has the AP Government and Civics teacher, Mr. (Jeffrey) Fleischman. He inspired me to get more into delving deep in the world of politics.”

Outside of class, she is a member of the National Honor Society and the Science National Honor Society, but her real avocation is out of school - as a martial arts instructor at RiSu Martial Arts Academy.

“I’ve been training for 10 years and I’ve been teaching it for three years now. I got my black belt and that’s really my passion. I dedicate a lot of time every day to helping kids learn martial arts,” she said.

Martial arts teaches self discipline and confidence, she added. “That’s what I try to instill in the students too. It’s a really great thing.”

Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, General News on Sunday, 14 May 2017 21:25. Updated: Sunday, 14 May 2017 21:27.