NEWS: Brady Earns Class Of 2017 Valedictorian Honors

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By Mike Dattilo – Staff Reporter

Jonathan Law has officially named Trisha Brady the Class of 2017 Valedictorian.

Brady has been successful during her entire high school career. She has taken 7 Advanced Placement courses, which include AP United States Government and Politics, AP Language and Composition, AP Macroeconomics, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Psychology, AP Human Geography, and AP Calculus BC.

She has also taken three UConn ECE courses at Bridgeport Regional Vocational Aquaculture Center, which she attends in the afternoon.

“In high school I wasn’t aiming to be valedictorian,” Brady said. “I took the classes that I wanted to take and was successful.”

Brady will be attending the University of New Haven in the fall majoring in Forensic Science. She hopes to one day work for the United States Government.

“During my six years here, Trisha is one of the finest people to go through Jonathan Law,” principal Mr. Thompson said. “Not only is Trisha gifted academically, but as a citizen and a person, she is the real deal, whether she’s here or at Aquaculture.”

Brady’s most challenging class has been Advanced Placement Calculus BC which she took her senior year.

“Trisha is the one of the most driven and reflective students that I’ve had,” math teacher Mr. Frank said. “I’ve seen her grow to take risks and try new things to improve herself.” 

Brady said that Frank’s course was her most memorable.

“Mr. Frank is a hilarious teacher,” Brady said. “You can tell he loves math and brings in a real life application to math whenever possible.”

In addition to being a great academic student, Brady also brought her talents to multiple extracurricular activities and to the Law tennis team.

“Trisha introduced me to tennis freshman year,” senior Maeve Rourke said. “ The day before try-outs freshman year, she went with me to teach me the logistics of tennis and to help me practice.”

Brady has been a member of the tennis team since her freshman year. She has qualified for State Opens twice, including this year when she and her doubles partner, fellow senior Brianna Arnold, finished undefeated for the regular season.

“For four years, Trisha has been the epitome of a student-athlete,” girls tennis coach Mr. Kulenych said. “She is an amazing teammate, a selfless player, and a role model in the classroom and on the court for the rest of the team.”

Even though Brady will be missed in the Jonathan Law community, she hopes to one day teach, and may be back at Jonathan Law.

“After I have an established career I would like to teach either at the high school or university level,” said Brady.


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