Class of 2021 Val & Sal AnnouncedValedictorian Madalyn Jordan
Madalyn Jordan’s family always told her to never put a limit on herself, and Jordan followed that wisdom all the way to being named the class of 2021 valedictorian.
Jordan said she is proud to finish at the top of her class, especially with how difficult the last year has been due to COVID-19.
“I think especially with everything going on, it’s so easy to fall behind,” she said. “So I’m really proud of myself for sticking with it.”
Jordan said at this point she isn’t surprised by the curveballs COVID-19 is continuing to throw, noting that students are adapting to the challenges of the last year.
“Actually, I think the changes have made me a better student and will be a good experience in the long run,” she said.
Jordan, who is currently undecided on which college she will attend but has a list of three finalists, will study environmental engineering at the next level.
When looking back at her success over the last four years, Jordan said she couldn’t have accomplished what she did without the support of her parents and grandparents.
“They always told me to not put a limit on myself, so I think that really just stuck with me,” Jordan said.
When asked what advice she would give to incoming freshmen, Jordan said it’s important to keep things simple.
“Be yourself,” she said. “I spent way too long being scared of what other people thought. Just be yourself and have fun. It doesn’t have to be all serious.”
Salutatorian Sadie Tratt
Port Byron High School senior Sadie Tratt has been showcasing hard work and determination for the last four years, which has helped propel her to the class salutatorian.
Tratt said she is proud to finish as class salutatorian, especially with how challenging the last year has been for students.
“It’s definitely been a struggle. It’s not a typical year at all,” Tratt said about education during COVID-19. “We’ve missed out on a lot of things, but we’re also in a good place with our school. I’m just thankful that we’re here.”
Tratt is undecided on where she will attend college but does a list of finalists. She will be studying business.
When asked who she’d like to thank for helping to guide her over these last four years, Tratt said her parents for their unwavering support, as well as the guidance of her teachers.
“I’ve had great experiences with my teachers and they really helped me so much through the years,” she said.
As for advice Tratt would give to incoming freshmen, she said they just need to soak in every experience they can.
“It goes by really fast, so take advantage of the years you have here,” she said. “I’m hoping they’ll be normal years for them.”