PETERBOROUGH — ConVal Regional High School has announced the students with the top two grade-point averages in the class of 2019. The commencement ceremony was Saturday, June 8, at the high school’s football field in Peterborough.
The class valedictorian is Ryan Beal, son of Sandy and Benjamin Beal of Dublin. He plans to attend Northeastern University in Boston, where he will study chemical engineering.
He has represented ConVal as a member of the Ocean Bowl team, math team, Alpine ski team, Interact and National Honor Society. Outside of ConVal, he has been fencing through the Keene Family YMCA for seven years. Last year, he participated in the Junior Olympics in Tennessee.
“He is an incredibly impressive student,” social studies teacher Eric Bowman said. “His work ethic is unmatched. His intellect is among the strongest I have ever worked with. He willingly challenges himself and always rises to the occasion. He is ready to do big things.”
Class salutatorian is Rachel Hurley, daughter of Dr. James and Emily Hurley of Peterborough. She plans to attend Lafayette College in Easton, Penn., where she will study chemical engineering.
She represented ConVal on the jayvee and varsity soccer, jayvee basketball, varsity track, varsity indoor track and varsity cross country teams. She was also a member of Interact, the Student Athletic Leadership Team, the math team and National Honor Society.
“Despite her demanding academic schedule,” chemistry teacher Moira Milne said, “Rachel has excellent time-management skills, abundant energy, and is quietly focused. The world needs people of Rachel’s intelligence, motivation, and courage to face the next global challenges. I was so happy to hear that Rachel selected chemical engineering as the career she will pursue.”