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2016 valedictorians

Boston’s faces of excellence

Boston’s valedictorians posed for a school portrait.
Boston’s valedictorians posed for a school portrait.(Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)

Forty-two different paths, many that began in distant lands, have brought them together. Through hard work and caring families and teachers, they’ve conquered challenges. Now, they’ve made it to the top of their class. Meet Boston’s 2016 high school valedictorians.

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Terry Ni

Boston Latin School

Born in USA

After graduation Harvard College

Advice for incoming freshmen “Try to meet as many people as possible.”

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Xuan Qin

Boston Latin School

Born in China

After graduation Harvard College

Advice for incoming freshmen “Focus on yourself and try to become the best version of yourself. Don’t worry about the drama around you. Focus on positivity and use your presence to uplift others.”

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Mikhailla Colon

ABCD University High School

Born in USA

After graduation Northeastern University

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Kryanna Wallace

Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter School

Born in USA (Boston)

After graduation Boston College

Advice for freshmen “Persevere and stay true to yourself. Do good for yourself because in the end it all works out.”

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Joel Ortiz

Another Course to College

Born in USA

After graduation University of Massachusetts Boston

Advice for freshmen “Try hard in school and don’t give up.”

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Jacelina Gonçalves

Boston Adult Technical Academy

Born in Cape Verde

After graduation Pine Manor College

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Issel Solano-Sanchez

Boston Arts Academy

Born in USA

After graduation Emerson College

Advice for freshmen “Start strong. If you start strong those habits will help you finish strong.”

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Michael Bolstad

Boston Collegiate Charter School

Born in USA

After graduation Brown University

Advice for freshmen “Make sure to do your homework because not only does it impact your grade, but by not doing it you fall behind in class as well, which also catches up to you on exams, too.’’

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Bilal Lafta

Boston Community Leadership Academy

Born in Iraq

After graduation Brown University

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Maritza Coren

Boston Day and Evening Academy

Born in USA

After graduation Curry College

Advice for freshmen “There is hard work that comes with every goal you have. You have to be willing to put in the hard work to reach your goal.”

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Suraia Silveira

Boston Green Academy

Born in Cape Verde

After graduation Juniata College

Advice for freshmen “Do your common application early!”

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Tarannum Rahman

Boston International High School

Born in Bangladesh

After graduation Boston College

Advice for freshmen “Visit colleges as much as you can to see the campus and check out what majors and activities there are to narrow it down when you apply.”

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Mayerly Smith

Boston Latin Academy

Born in USA

After graduation Harvard College

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Jodalis Gonzales

Boston Preparatory Charter Public School

Born in USA (Boston)

After graduation College of the Holy Cross

Advice for freshmen “Even when things get tough, don’t give up. Always have a dream to motivate you.’’

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Ebony Atwell

Brighton High School

Born in USA (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

After graduation Boston University

Advice for freshmen “Take everything seriously and get involved. There are a lot of opportunities from getting involved that will really help with your future.”

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Minting Chen

Charlestown High School

Born in China

After graduation University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Barbara B. Ferreira

City on a Hill

Born in Brazil

After graduation Northeastern University

Advice for freshmen “I went through high school leaving many assignments to the last minute and staying up all night as a consequence. To you, incoming freshman, I say DO NOT procrastinate.’’

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Steven Rodriguez

Community Academy

Born in USA

After graduation Commercial Drivers License Training School

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Darphens Rene

Community Academy of Science and Health

Born in Haiti

After graduation Northeastern University

Advice for freshmen “You have to find your own way in life and accept that other peoples’ ways are going to be different than yours.”

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Nerciany Gomes

Dorchester Academy

Born in Cape Verde

After graduation Bunker Hill Community College

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Albert Saunders IV

East Boston High School

Born in USA

After graduation Northeastern University

Advice for freshmen “Get involved with school-related activities as much as possible, and enjoy it.”

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Joshua Damas

EDCO Youth Alternative High School

Born in Canada

After graduation Norfolk State University

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Boihitta Thomas

Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers

Born in USA (Olney, Md.)

After graduation Brown University

Advice for freshmen “Enjoy your time in high school while keeping an eye on the future and planning for college. And don’t procrastinate.”

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Diosaris Leonela Lorenzo

The English High School

Born in Dominican Republic

After graduation Framingham State University

Advice for freshmen “Have self-discipline and never give-up.”

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Minh Nogc le

Excel High School

Born in Vietnam

After graduation University of Massachusetts Boston

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Chelsea Contreras

Fenway High School

Born in USA

After graduation Brandeis University

Advice for freshmen “Never doubt yourself. When you’re applying to college you might not think you can get in, but you should just go for it. Doubt kills more dreams than trying ever will.”

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Joy Young

Greater Egleston High school

Born in USA

After graduation Pine Manor College

Advice for freshmen “You can achieve any of your goals no matter how long it takes you to do it, as long as you don’t give up.”

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Joe-Freddy Francois

Henderson K-12 Inclusion School

Born in Haiti

After graduation Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Advice for freshmen “Take advantage of every opportunity presented to you and make sure to challenge yourself.”

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Flavia Freitas

Jeremiah E. Burke High School

Born in Cape Verde

After graduation Northeastern University

Advice for freshmen “Take advantage of opportunities available in your school.”

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Ina Dodoveci

John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science

Born in Albania

After graduation Boston University

Advice for freshmen “Be consistent with your work as well as morals.”

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Johnny Fang

Josiah Quincy Upper School

Born in USA

After graduation Harvard College

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Evelise Moreno

Madison Park Technical Vocational High School

Born in Cape Verde

After graduation Bridgewater State University

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Estephanie Ramirez

Margarita Muñiz Academy

Born in Dominican Republic

After graduation University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Andrea Flores

Mary Lyon Pilot High School

Born in USA

After graduation School of Visual Arts, New York City

Advice for freshmen “Do your common application before your senior year. Don’t leave everything to the last minute.”

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Brenda Batista

Match Charter Public High School

Born in Brazil

After graduation Dartmouth College

Advice for freshmen “High school can be stressful, and the work is very time-consuming, but remember to have fun and save some time for yourself, too.”

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Denise Britt

McKinley Preparatory High School

Born in USA

After graduation Bunker Hill Community College

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Juan Lopez

McKinley South End Academy

Born in USA

After graduation Bunker Hill Community College

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Venus Pimentel

Muriel S. Snowden International School at Copley

Born in Venezuela

After graduation Northeastern University

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Natalia Phillip

New Mission High School

Born in Dominica

After graduation Bryn Mawr College

Advice for freshmen “Always work hard, stay focused, and ask for help when you need it.”

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Jacqueline Huynh

TechBoston Academy

Born in USA

After graduation Northeastern University

Advice for freshmen “Always give everything a chance.”

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Michael Brown

Urban Science Academy

Born in USA

After graduation Undecided

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Gesar Naksi

West Roxbury Academy

Born in Albania

After graduation Northeastern University


Compiled by Correspondent Mina Corpuz