Twin sisters are at the top of Ellington High’s Class of 2010

Twin sisters are at the top of Ellington High’s Class of 2010

By Jessica Ciparelli

Michael and Deanna Piotrowski were doubly proud at Ellington High School’s graduation on June 18. Their daughters, identical twins Catherine and Kristyn, were named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.

“They’re very supportive of each other – they motivate each other,” said Deanna.

Both will attend UConn – however, they won’t be sharing a dorm room. In her valedictory speech, Catherine paid tribute to her twin. “I know that even though we will be separated next year, I will always have Krissy to fall back on,” she said, acknowledging that not everyone has a twin, but has close friends who can fill that role.

“You may not be able to try on clothes for one another, but you can still help one another through difficult times, give each other advice and have fun together,” said Catherine.

In her salutatory address, Kristyn quoted Oscar Wilde and Albert Einstein.

“[Einstein] said, ‘The important thing is not to stop questioning.’ No matter how much we already know... I hope we all keep asking questions... How far can I go? How much can I achieve? How can I make the world better?” Kristyn said.

Ajay Raghavan and Brian Kelleher reminisced about growing up in Ellington. “It seems like only yesterday we were awkward little kids with wide eyes and the tendency to ask too many questions,” said Raghaven. “Tonight is a bookmark in the tale of a journey that has only just begun.”

The class gift was a new performing arts sign for the auditorium, where many of the graduates took part in theatrical and musical performances.

“We feel it’s a great way to give back to something that was a big part of our lives,” said Katie Walker, the class president.

“I have many fond memories of you,” Principal Neil Rinaldi said to the class. “The most endearing is probably the fact that as a class, you demonstrated a great deal of respect and admiration for each other. You acknowledged and accepted the differences that made the Class of 2010 special.”


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