Board of Education Honors Valedictorian, Salutatorian

The Rocky Hill High School scholars will be attending the University of Connecticut with a focus in research and development.


Andrus Maandi and Salutatorian Andrew Paluch got as they were recognized by the Rocky Hill Board of Education at . 

Principal Mario Almeida said that Maandi "is a very special man that could go to any college he wants."

"We are going to miss you," he said about his departing top student. "There are some great things coming from him."

Paluch was called a "fine student" with a "great personality" by Almeida. He added that Paluch knows every sports' statistic from any era.

"He must watch a lot of history on sports," Almeida said.

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Both young men said it was not easy to achieve such high marks, but "hard work," "focus" and taking "challenging courses" helped them get there. 

"You have to continue to work for four years," Paluch said.

Maandi said he also benefited from doing that homework that was assigned by the teachers.

"It helps a lot," he said. Maandi and Paluch agreed that they were the people pushing themselves the hardest.

"Kids need to be self moviated," said Paluch, who also played soccer four years at Rocky Hill High School.

When asked how it is feels that high school is over, Paluch said even though it is "weird," he is "ready to move on."

Both scholars will be attending the University of Connecticut in the fall. Paluch plans on studying chemistry with focus on research and development. Maandi is expected to study biomedical engineering and wants to research medical applications.


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