East Windsor High School students part ways and follow different paths

By Calla Vassilopoulos - Staff Writer
East Windsor - posted Fri., Jun. 21, 2013
Ayesha Ejaz, East Windsor High School valedictorian, wants students to understand the importance of being flexible with life, because sometimes paths take unexpected turns. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

After graduation, students must usually choose from several paths on the way to their goals, and circumstances sometimes affect those decisions, noted East Windsor High School valedictorian Ayesha Ejaz. She pointed out that life takes unexpected turns, so it is important to be flexible about the goals you set.

“Don't stop persevering, be open to others in your new path, and make sure you stay proud of your hometown as well,” she told the graduating Class of 2013.

Ejaz knew she was one of the top students, but she didn't quite expect to be valedictorian. She was very excited to hear the news, which made her feel that all her hard work had finally paid off.

The seniors had an exciting year, experiencing school spirit in ways they hadn't had the opportunity to in previous years. The girls' basketball team made it to the semi-finals of the state tournament, which hasn't happened in many years.

“I know that Ashley and Molly Gallant - they were captains with me and they were also seniors - I don't think we would have wanted high school to end any other way,” said salutatorian Allison Rodrigue. For her, this was the best part of senior year.

Sports at the school haven't received so much student support in the past, but this year they came together with school pride. The school organized fan buses to transport students to games during the state tournament, said Ejaz, who added that she enjoyed watching friends play.

Another event that connected seniors this past year, said Ejaz, was Abby's Walk, a fundraiser organized by a classmate and his family for his younger sister living with mitochondrial disease.

Ejaz will study biological sciences next year as a pre-dental student at the University of Connecticut and hopes to attend dental school in the future. Right now, she is most excited about shopping for college, and she sees college as a big adjustment, considering she has been attending school with the same students since pre-school.

“I am excited to go to college and start doing things I have been waiting for - my goals,” said Ejaz.

Rodrigue shared her appreciation for living in a small town and going to school with the same classmates their entire lives. Rodrigue said she always felt close to her classmates, as everyone laughed and smiled together and cheered each other up on bad days.

“It was one of those indescribable things where you get so close with everyone,” she said.

Aside from making it to states with the basketball team, Rodrigue enjoyed the senior outing to Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park. She hasn't decided on a major yet, but will also attend UConn next year, most likely doing something involving math or science.

“There's a fork in the road ahead of us and you have to pick your way, and wherever your path leads do the best that you can,” said Rodrigue.

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