WEYMOUTH– Superintendent Jennifer Curtis-Whipple and Weymouth High School Principal Alan Strauss are pleased to announce the Weymouth High School Class of 2020 valedictorian and salutatorian.
“We are extremely proud of the entire Weymouth High School Class of 2020 for finishing their high school career amidst a time of such uncertainty,” said Superintendent Curtis-Whipple. “All of our students have shown a commitment to their studies even in these unprecedented times. We would especially like to highlight our Valedictorian Angela Laenen and Salutatorian Brianna Toomey for their impressive accolades throughout their time as wildcats.”
Angela Laenen has been named the valedictorian of the graduating class, and Brianna Toomey has been named the salutatorian. Class ranking is based on the soon-to-be graduates’ cumulative GPAs for the first semester of this year.
Laenen is a member of the Girls Cross Country and Track Team, president of the National Honor Society and the Latin vice president of the World Language Honor Society. Laenen was also on the Math Team for three years and served as captain of the Quiz Show Team. Laenen is involved with peer tutoring and a volunteer coach at the Weymouth Youth Track Club.
Laenen received the Harvard Prize Book, the Weymouth High School Scholar Award three times, Most Outstanding Latin Student twice and the Top Sophomores in Mathematics Award.
Toomey is a member of the Math Team, National Honor Society, World Language Honor Society for Spanish and the head of the Multicultural Night Committee. Toomey is also the captain of the Varsity Softball team.
Toomey has received the Dartmouth College Book Award and Weymouth High School Scholar recognition. Throughout her time at Weymouth High School, Toomey has also received many awards for excellence in geometry, pre-calculus, physics and more.
Outside of academics, Toomey spends time volunteering. She has volunteered with the Weymouth Food Pantry, Clean Harbors Golf Tournament, Allerton House and at Old South Union’s summer bible school.
For her capstone project, Toomey completed a project about Down Syndrome and the effects it has on families. Toomey sold blue and yellow Puravida bracelets and hosted a paint night to raise funds for the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress. In total, Toomey raised $1247.47 to support families with Down Syndrome.
“It’s been a pleasure of mine to watch Angela and Brianna excel academically and in their extracurricular activities,” said Principal Strauss. “I know they both have bright futures ahead of them and I look forward to their success in their future endeavors. The world eagerly needs not only brilliant young minds, but hearts and souls that bleed for injustice and seek to make the world a better place.”
Laenen will attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst this fall, and will study in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Toomey will attend Westfield State University in the fall and will study biology in the Honors Program to later pursue an education in neuroscience or medicine.