Leading the way: SHS valedictorian to pursue double major at Yale

Published on Sunday, 4 June 2017 22:52


SOUTHINGTON - Southington High School’s class of 2017 valedictorian Nickolina Doran says she has loved math and science since middle school, and plans to pursue a double major in biomedical engineering and Spanish at Yale University.

“Both of my parents were math teachers, so they were always talking about the subject and helping me with it,” she said. “They both loved it and so I came to love it.”

Out-side of her academics, Doran interned at Yale Univ-ersity’s “Discovery to Cure” program and worked at Praline’s Café in her Junior and Senior year. She was also a referee for the school lacrosse team from freshman to junior year.

Doran has played lacrosse since elementary school. She also played in Powder Puff Football in her senior year. She has been a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society since her junior year.

She was a Southington High School student ambassador in her junior year and participated in the school’s exchange program with Chile in her senior year. She also did community service throughout her high school years as part of the Key Club International - a Kiwanis International high school program.

Doran’s volunteer work also included being a member of her church youth group at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church for four years, being a hostess at the Apple Harvest Festival, being a camp volunteer at John J. Nerden RTC Camp in Middlefield and repairing homes in Woonsocket, Rhode Island as part of her mission trip with Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Doran said that what she will miss most about Southington High School are the people.

“There are 500 kids in our grade and while I didn’t know all of them, it will be weird not to see the same faces that I have seen since Kindergarten and to have the comfort of being with friends,” she said.

Doran said that she is excited for the freedom to explore whatever subjects she chooses in college, but admits that the lack of a clear structure like high school has her a little nervous.

“In high school, the layout was all set up,” she said. “College is a new ball game; I’m a little worried about picking the wrong thing. It is still kind of surreal to me that we will be graduating so soon.”

Doran encouraged the underclassmen at Southington High School to take advantage of everything they can at the school.

“High school goes by so fast,” she said. “Go to school events and enjoy your time with friends.”

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bistolpress.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Sunday, 4 June 2017 22:52. Updated: Sunday, 4 June 2017 22:54.