St. Paul Catholic High School names salutatorian

Published on Tuesday, 24 May 2022 10:24
Written by DEAN WRIGHT


BRISTOL – Gabriel Duncan has been named St. Paul Catholic High School’s 2022 Salutatorian, and will be attending University of Connecticut to study Engineering.

“I am thinking right now I want to pursue mechanical engineering as my major,” said Duncan. “Ultimately, aerospace engineering really interests me right now, so potentially being an aerospace engineer as a future career.”

Duncan said that he is fascinated with military jets.

“Around my freshman year, my friend’s dad is actually an engineer and works for Pratt & Whitney and he brought us to a military jet show down in New York,” said Duncan. “And they featured, at the time they were pretty new, F-35 Lightning II jet engines. I remember that. They were featured in the sky and that was awesome. I really like those. I think that sparked my initial interest in being an engineer.”

Duncan has been involved in National Honor Society and has held the position of class President all four years of his high school career. He also participated in track and field, basketball and baseball.

“From my freshman to junior year, I played baseball and basketball. I wasn’t one of the best players for those sports, but I definitely learned from it that it takes a lot of effort to improve your abilities, for sure,” said Duncan. “Ultimately, I ended up senior year changing into track and field. I did indoor track and field. Now I’m doing outdoor track and field. I actually had quite a bit of success from that. Something that I’ve learned from that is try to find where you fit and what you’re best at. I think I figured that out through changing to track and field.”

Duncan’s favorite class was filmmaking, because it allowed him to express his creative side.

“I really enjoyed how personal it was. I got to really get into the video and audio. It was basically I got to create everything myself and I got to decide how things would work,” said Duncan. “I just thought being able to use my own creativity, but also at the same time, we would do group projects, so being able to base my own projects off of what others have to say, but ultimately I get to make my own decisions, that’s what I really liked about it.”

Duncan said out of all the things he has learned during his time at St. Paul, the most important thing was finding balance in life.

“Being able to decide how you’re going to work hard but also have leisure in your life at the same time because I know there would be times I would find myself working extra hard and it would just become super overwhelming and I would be stressed out,” said Duncan. “It makes it hard to succeed in that environment, but then at the same time, when you’re relaxing too much and you’re not focusing on what’s the most important in life, so at the same time, you’re struggling there. Finding that balance is what matters most, I think.”

The advice he left for other students is to “embrace versatility.”

“It’s important to be able to adapt and be good at multiple things in life. Don’t be afraid to fail because failing is part of the life experience. In order to succeed, you have to fail. Also, never let go of your faith.”

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Tuesday, 24 May 2022 10:24. Updated: Tuesday, 24 May 2022 10:26.