(May 25, 2017) – Indianapolis Public Schools is pleased to
announce the 2017 Class of Valedictorians and Salutatorians today, May 25,
at 6pm, during the May Board of School Commissioners Action Session. From
enduring bouts of homelessness to acclimating to a new country, some of this
year’s Vals and Sals have overcome significant hurdles to graduate at the head
of their class.  This is only a small sample of the inspiring stories our
Vals and Sals have to offer. 


Blessing Olagundoye worked on the farms in her
homeland of Nigeria to make money to pay for school there.  She moved to
the United States less than two years ago and will graduate first in her class
at Northwest Community High School with a 3.97 GPA.


Justin Smith spent much of his senior year
homeless staying with friends.  But that didn’t stop him from
participating on the Arlington Golden Knights Cheer Squad, running track,
playing football, and becoming valedictorian with a 3.9 GPA earning a full ride
to IUPUI. 


Zacharie Zirnheld was academically gifted and
entered high school at the age most students enter middle school.  But,
despite his young age, he overcame some challenges to not only graduate at the
top of his class at Shortridge International Baccalaureate High School, but at
the top of the district with the highest
GPA of all graduating seniors at 4.45.


2017 IPS Valedictorians & Salutatorians: 


Arlington Community High School

Valedictorian Justin Smith-3.96 GPA

Salutatorian Curtez Hudgins-3.95 GPA


Arsenal Technical High School

Valedictorian Annie King-4.4 GPA

Salutatorian Daniela Lopez-4.2 GPA


Broad Ripple Magnet High School for Arts and Humanities

Valedictorian Andres Calvillo-4.107 GPA

Salutatorian Margaret VanSchaik-4.105 GPA


Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School

Valedictorian Kayla Hawthorne-4.1 GPA

Salutatorian Marlene Martinez Calderon-4.0 GPA


George Washington Community High School

Valedictorian Taylor Shoopman-4.0 GPA

Salutatorian Alexis Matthews-3.9 GPA


John Marshall Community High School

Valedictorian Cosmel Euceda-3.6 GPA

Salutatorian Anissa Davis-3.5 GPA


Northwest Community High School

Valedictorian Blessing Ajoke Olagundoye-3.97 GPA

Salutatorian Ron Sims-3.9 GPA


Shortridge International Baccalaureate High School

Valedictorian Zacharie Andre Zirnheld-4.45 GPA

Salutatorian Opeoluwa Obajolu-4.3 GPA



WHO:  IPS Valedictorians and Salutatorians

WHAT:  Presentation

WHEN:  Thursday, May 25, 2017

WHERE:  The Ed Center-120 E. Walnut,