BRISTOL - Stephen Pittman had no idea during his freshman year that he would finish his high school career as the second-highest-ranked student in his graduating class.
Once it became apparent that his name was near the top of the class as he progressed through his years at Bristol Central High School, he made it a goal of his to finish near the top.
“I’ve just got to stay up here,” Pittman, the 2019 Salutatorian, said he told himself. “I worried about being dethroned.”
Pittman attributes a good deal of his success to the faculty at Bristol Central High School.
“I’m very grateful I came to this school,” he said. “The faculty is very good.”
“I think we’re quite good for a public school and for any school, really,” he continued.
The attributes of the Bristol Central faculty goes beyond just teaching skills, Pittman believes. When a student likes their teachers, he continued, they are much more likely to want to do well.
“You don’t want to disappoint them,” he said.
“Motivation to get a number to go to college can only last so long,” Pittman said.
After high school, Pittman plans to attend the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. There, he said, he would like to engage in classical studies.
“When I go to college, I just want to study things,” Pittman said. “I’m really just interested in stuff.”
Pittman said he sees himself attending graduate school and one day becoming either an academic or an archaeologist.
However, he said he will always remember his days in high school, where he ran cross country for four years and track and field for three years. He also played tennis for a year, did fencing in an outside club and won math team MVP.
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