Class of 2021 Valedictorians Revealed
Brentwood Reveals Class of 2021 Valedictorians
Congratulations to Nabihah Ahsan, Sonderling Valedictorian
and Annie Hsu, Ross Valedictorian
BRENTWOOD, NEW YORK (APRIL 2021)—The Brentwood Union Free School District has officially revealed Brentwood High School’s top scholars for the Class of 2021—Nabihah Ahsan, Sonderling Valedictorian, and Annie Hsu, Ross Valedictorian.
“As we approach the conclusion of the 2020-21 school year, it is my distinct honor and privilege to recognize two extraordinary students—Nabihah and Annie—as the recipients of the valedictorian titles for Brentwood High School,” said Mr. Richard Loeschner, Superintendent of BUFSD. “Despite a global pandemic and shifted instructional models, these two young women have remained steadfast in their personal, academic, and professional growth. On behalf of the entire Brentwood community, we congratulate them on their accomplishments and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.”
Although many students prefer to wait until college to determine the type of future they’d like to pursue, Sonderling Valedictorian Nabihah Ahsan began preparing herself early. By immersing herself in several district programs and a variety of course offerings, Nabihah discovered a keen interest in medicine and her desire to have a positive impact on lives around her.
In addition to her participation in community service at several places in and outside of school, Nabihah, a founding member of the Brentwood Leadership Club, has volunteered her weekends to organize and teach at the Sunday school at her local mosque.
Nabihah credits Brentwood teachers—Mr. O’Neill and Dr. Grella—for being instrumental in her development as a student in the district. “From teaching me about the importance of having a growth mindset to developing a mentality where I see my goals as missions, they have helped shape me into the person I am today,” stated Nabihah.
As a new chapter unfolds for Ross Valedictorian Annie Hsu, she will bring with her valuable lessons from the Brentwood school community. Whether it relates to school or life in general, Annie attributes who she is today to her experience in the district. Inspired by the dedication and commitment of the medical and healthcare workers during this pandemic, Annie intends on studying biology at Stony Brook University and aspires to later become a physician assistant.
Complimenting her stellar academic performance, Annie has also spent ample time volunteering within the district. Not only has she helped organize an elementary school art show but has spearheaded a craft stand for the district’s annual tree lighting ceremony, donated items to the district’s food pantry, and participated in the district’s Clean Streets project.
Annie noted that her business teacher Ms. McNamara has had a large influence on her life. “I have learned important business and real-life lessons from her. She has given me helpful advice and has always been there for me whenever I have reached out to her with questions and concerns. I really appreciate her help.”