PLAINVILLE - Plainville High School Valedictorian Nathan Michalek will pursue studies in actuarial science at Bentley University upon his graduation.
Michalek said that as he approaches graduation at the top of his class, it is nice to know that all of his hard work paid off.
“I’m excited to talk to the people that I’m graduating with and to leave them with a lasting thought as they move to the next chapter of their lives,” he said.
Michalek said he was motivated to succeed by his parents.
“My mom is a teacher and I have parents that taught me early on that you need a good education to get far in life,” he said. “Being good at sports and being a good person is good but education opens doors for you. I made sure to work hard and make the most of my 13 years in the Plainville school system.”
Michalek was involved in many clubs during his time at Plainville High School, including the Interact Club and the Student Council. He was class treasurer for his four high school years as well as the Board of Education liaison during his junior and senior years. He was also part of the National Honor Society, the Science National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society, the KIK (Kids Mentoring Kids) program, and the school baseball team, which he was captain of in his senior year.
“I don’t just work hard in the classroom, I also like to help my school and community,” he said.
In addition to studying actuarial sciences at Bentley, Michalek plans to continue his baseball career in college.
Michalek said his favorite subject at Plainville High School was math. He said what he will miss most are the “teachers and role models that I observed on a daily basis for the last four years.”
“I will also miss the people that I’ve been around my entire life who I plan to stay lifelong friends with,” he said.
Michalek’s advice for students is to take advantage of the resources available at Plainville High School.
“There are so many resources that students don’t take advantage of, from tutoring opportunities to countless teachers who are willing to stay after hours to guidance councilors who will help you with your college search and your emotional well-being,” he said.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.