Plainville salutatorian headed for UConn this fall

Published on Monday, 28 May 2018 21:01


PLAINVILLE - Plainville High School Salutatorian Abigail Leander will be entering the University of Connecticut’s Allied Health Physicians Assistant program following her graduation.

Leander said her quickly approaching graduation is both “exciting” and “nervewracking.”

“I’m excited to talk to my class and it’s going to be a little sad, but I’m going to try to convince myself not to cry,” she said.

Leander said the hard her parents put in, with her mother working as a math teacher and her father as a salesman, was reflected onto her. Their work ethic is what motivated her to strive for academic excellence.

“They didn’t force me into working hard at my academics, but they taught me that my education is important and helped me to develop good habits,” she said.

Leander’s extracurricular activities include volunteering at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain during her sophomore and junior years. During her junior and senior years, she volunteered as a photographer at a summer camp for children with muscular dystrophy, which she said was “very eye opening.” She was also on her school’s soccer team for the last four years and was captain during her senior year. She was a part of the school concert band and was also on the school’s yearbook committee, which she was editor of in her junior and senior year. Additionally, she served on the Student Advisory Council, which is composed of students from around the state who work toward education reform.

Leander said her favorite subjects at Plainville High School were calculus and biology. She said what she will miss most about Plainville High is the tight-knit community.

“This is a small town, so I have developed a lot of relationships going to school with the same people for all of these years, some of whom I have known since I was four years old,” she said. “It’s going to be an adjustment going to a much bigger school.”

Leander’s advice to other students is to find a balance between academics, social and extracurricular activities.

“Do it in a way where you are not overloaded and stressed,” she said. “Find a way to do everything that you want to do while still giving yourself some moments to breathe.”

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Plainville on Monday, 28 May 2018 21:01. Updated: Monday, 28 May 2018 21:04.