Kimberly Shen and Nick Scover 2012 Valedictorian & Salutatorian

Kimberly Shen is Walt Whitman 2012 Valedictorian

“Try your best, and make the most of your four years at Whitman,” said this year’s valedictorian Kimberly Shen. “Get involved and see where it takes you.” Sound words of advice from Whitman’s top academic student, who will be graduating with a 99.2 grade point average. Kimberly enjoyed the sciences at Whitman right away and learned of a program run by Columbia University. It required some pretty tough testing to get in, and Kimberly scored well, competing with her high school peers in the New York Metropolitan Area. This Saturday science program at Columbia opened the world of neuroscience to Kimberly.  “I'm honored to be awarded valedictorian,” said Kimberly. “It’s the culmination of my high school experience.” 

Kimberly was involved in numerous clubs and activities at Whitman, but she most enjoyed her 4 years working for the school's newsletter "Pawprint." She served as its editor in chief during her senior year and found that her love for creative writing matched her love for the sciences. Kimberly's quiet demeanor and selfless character make her a favorite of both her fellow students and her teachers, whom she credits for being "extremely supportive and fostering a really good learning environment." This fall, Kimberly will be attending Columbia University, where she will major in biology. 

Nick Scover is Walt Whitman 2012 Salutatorian

Nick Scover will be headed to the Bronx next fall, not to play baseball, but to begin his post-high-school career as 1 of 25 students chosen from across the nation to participate in the Business Honors Program at Fordham University. Posting a 98.9 grade point average, Nick, early on, debated with himself about attending Whitman. “I was considering a different school, but I’m really glad I chose to go to Whitman,” said Nick. “Between wrestling and DECA, I found so many activities that I really enjoyed. This will be my second year going to the DECA international competition. I had a really good time at Whitman, and I’m going to miss it.”

Photo: Nick Scover, Principal Acker, and Kimberly Shen