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Aliewie, Waage are 2018 valedictorian and salutatorian

June 14, 2018

Congratulations to Sarrah Aliewie and Ariana Waage who have been named Class of 2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively.


Sarrah is the daughter of Angelique Schmidt and Sam Alaliewie. She participates in soccer, basketball, tennis, and FBLA. Sarrah was Vice President of her class and President of the French National Honor Society, and is a member of the National Honor Society. She has received the Academic MVP for varsity soccer four times, as well as three times for both varsity basketball and varsity tennis. Sarrah has also won the Scholar-Athlete Award for basketball twice.

Sarrah’s high school career has taught her how to balance employment along with academics, social life and three sports. She feels this has made her a more positive, mature and hardworking person.

Her fondest high school memory was the announcement of earning the designation of Valedictorian. Sarrah’s favorite subject is science and is leading her to follow a career in Biomedical Engineering at Binghamton University.

Sarrah advises underclassmen to always work hard and give every assignment, project and test 100% because what you put in is what you get out. And try to have fun and enjoy it, because it goes by quick!

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Ariana is the daughter of David and Rachel Waage. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society and Youth As Leaders. She has participated in outdoor track, which she received the Academic MVP, Irish Step and Modern dance as well as being a peer tutor. Ariana also took part in piano and guitar lessons and held employment at a local restaurant.

Starting as a home schooler, Ariana had to adjust to public school in the sixth grade. She learned to put things in perspective, remember that high school isn’t forever and to focus on one thing at a time. She also had to learn how to balance school, work and music. Ariana enjoyed several subjects, such as Spanish, math and business and found going to Youth As Leaders to be fun. She enjoyed hanging out and learning leadership skills with people from other schools.

Advice to underclassmen: High school is only four years. You can make the best or the worst of them – and it’s a waste of time if you don’t make the best of them. So hang on and enjoy the ride, it will be over soon enough!

Ariana plans to attend Schenectady County Community College for Business Administration and Music.

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