SHS salutatorian continuing coding at UConn

Published on Friday, 15 June 2018 20:47


SOUTHINGTON - Southington High School Salutatorian Chloe Becquey will continue her studies at the University of Connecticut, where she will major in computer science and possibly double major in math or statistics.

Becquey said that she hadn’t touched computer coding until her sophomore year. She was inspired when she attended the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Conference where she met a data scientist who was able to use math in order to better predict when people might suffer from a stroke.

“I knew then that it was something I wanted to do,” she said. “I wanted to save someone’s life too.”

Becquey said that she liked that she had access to a lot of AP classes at Southington High School which helped her to earn college credits.

“I have enough credits where I’m basically half-way through my sophomore year,” she said.

Becquey was the treasurer of the Women in Science and Engineering program, the co-captain of the school math team and an officer in the school’s model United Nations. She was the treasurer in the French Club Honor Society and was also a member of the National Honor Society and School Orchestra. Her volunteer work included student leadership and tutoring. She was a mentor to the FIRST Lego League and a computer science mentor with the Random Hacks of Kindness Jr. club where she taught kids to use MIT’s App Inventor.

Becquay said that she has always loved school and that doing well felt like it came naturally to her.

“In the end of my freshman year, I found out I was on track to become salutatorian and so I decided I wanted to keep it up,” she said.

Besquay said that she is excited to get out into the world. Her advice for her fellow students is to “not worry all the time.”

“I spent too much of my time on the verge of a panic attack over small assignments,” she said. “I could have definitely taken time to breathe a bit more.”

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Friday, 15 June 2018 20:47. Updated: Friday, 15 June 2018 20:49.