Boston Public Schools (BPS) held its annual valedictorian luncheon at the Boston Harbor Hotel this month to honor valedictorians across the city, including two with Jamaica Plain ties, according to a press release.
“This is one of my favorite events of the year,” said Mayor Marty Walsh, according to the press release. “The class of 2016 is a very special one. More than half of these students are their first in their families to attend college. More than half of them were born outside of the United States. Eight of the 37 valedictorians have been in the Boston Public School system since kindergarten. This group of scholars is a testament to the BPS, and each student should be proud of their success. These students enrich our communities, schools, and the City of Boston. Congratulations to the valedictorians and their families on this great accomplishment.”
Callie Crosley, the host of WGBH’s Under the Radar, emceed the event and introduced each valedictorian.
Jamaica Plain resident Terry Ni, who graduated from Boston Latin Academy, managed the school newspaper and will attend Harvard College in the fall. Graduating valedictorian from English High School is Diosaris Leonela Lorenzo, who was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the United States when she was 11 years old. She plans to study nutrition and wellness at Framingham State University.