A few weeks ago the senior and junior classes shuffled into the auditorium for a presentation on AfterProm and were surprised to find that there was more to the assembly than simply a briefing of this year’s activities. Before turning the presentation over to the AfterProm group, Mr. Podraza proudly announced the Class of 2016’s salutatorian and valedictorian. This year’s salutatorian is Grace Miner and the esteemed title of valedictorian goes to Talia Goldwasser. Not everybody here at EGHS may know Talia, and after spending the past year in Mrs. Izzo’s AP Lit Class with her, I must say that I hope everybody does by the time she leaves EGHS. She is nothing short of Haley Essington’s excited description: “Absolutely iconic.”
Haley and I decided an interview was due with the valedictorian so we sat down with her after school one day and asked her to answer even some of our most outrageous questions. Keeping with her regal nature, each of our questions was met with a pregnant pause as Talia deliberated over her answer. Highlights from the interview follow:
Talia, everyone wants to know more about you. What do you like to do when you aren’t busy being valedictorian?
Reading. Often to my eleven year old sister. I also watch Netflix.
What’s your favorite show on Netflix?
I love Dr. Who.
Do you have a favorite book?
What is your favorite food?
My dad’s homemade mac and cheese.
Math, but I don’t actually have a Math class this year because I took AP Calc as a Junior.
What kind of music do you listen to?
Songs I first heard at summer camp.
We later learned Talia has spent every summer since she was 10 at a camp in Vermont.
What is your pet peeve?
Official-looking documents that forget apostrophes.
What was your reaction when you learned you were valedictorian?
I got called down to the office before advisory and Grace Miner was there. The principal told us. I was a little bit shocked and definitely wasn’t taking in the information from Mr. Podraza.
I’m planning on taking a gap year to travel and volunteer.
Who is the person who has made the biggest impact on your life?
I’ve moved a lot so I’ve become very close with family.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
At summer camp I had to do this thing called “Pioneer” where I had to chop down a tree, build a bonfire, and spend 24 hours outside alone.
What would you like to be remembered for?
Improving the lives of people around me, always.
If you ruled the world what is the first thing you would do?
If Hollywood made a movie about you, who would play your role?
And most importantly: How do you eat your oreos?
I pull one cookie off of two oreos, and stick the two open faces together.