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Each year, Indianapolis Public Schools is honored to celebrate our top scholars from each high school. Our valedictorians and salutatorians not only represent academic excellence, they are also students who are actively engaged in their schools and communities. 

ARLINGTON COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL —

This year, Arlington has two sets of vals and sals. The second set includes the top two graduates who transferred to the school from John Marshall Community High School. It converted to a middle school for the 2017-18 school year.

Our first Valedictorian is Tinisha Barron with a GPA of 3.66, Tinisha has been involved in cheerleading, volleyball and cross-country. She is also a member of student government and the National Honor Society, and has served as social awareness officer of the Jobs for America’s Graduates program. Tinisha will enroll in IUPUI this fall, where she plans to study biology and pre-med on her way to becoming an anesthesiologist.

Arlington’s Salutatorian is Joi Moseley with a GPA 3.53. Joi is proud to be a native of Barbados in the Caribbean Islands. At school, she’s a member of the National Honor Society. In the fall, Joi will enroll at Ivy Tech Community College where she will study culinary arts. She plans to eventually open her own restaurant.

Valedictorian Linaizisa McNeal, a former John Marshall student, is a member of the National Honor Society. Her GPA is 3.83. Linaizisa will enroll at either Ivy Tech Community College or Bennett College, an all-girls school in North Carolina, where she will major in business. She plans to become a real-estate agent and agency owner.

Salutatorian Mariah Voyles, a former John Marshall student, serves as secretary of JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates). Her GPA is 3.81. She is a member of Arlington’s choir and student government. In the fall, Mariah will enroll in either Ivy Tech Community College or IUPUI to major in elementary education and minor in culinary arts. She plans to become an elementary school teacher.

ARSENAL TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL —

This year’s Valedictorian is Rachael Steelman with a GPA of 4.25. Rachael is a member of the National Honor Society and has played both softball and volleyball at Tech. In the fall, Rachael will enroll at the University of Indianapolis to major in computer science. She plans to become a programmer.

Arsenal Tech’s Salutatorian is Tania  Pliego  Torres with a GPA of 4.19. Tania is a member of Tech’s theater program and show choir. She’s also participated on both the soccer and tennis teams. Tania will enroll in Purdue University where she plans to major in brain and behavioral sciences. She wants to become a pediatrician or pediatric neurologist.

BROAD RIPPLE MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES —

The 2018 Valedictorian is Jennifer Argumedo with a GPA of 4.17. Jennifer is a first-generation middle school, high school and college student. She’s the president of Broad Ripple’s chapter of the National Honor Society and vice president of Student Council. Jennifer will enroll in Indiana University beginning this summer and will major in international studies. She plans to become a humanitarian and lead a corporation.

The Salutatorian at Broad Ripple is Jasmine Murphy with a GPA of 4.13. Jasmine is multilingual. She speaks Mandarin, Japanese, French and English. She interns for an English-speaking Japanese news site interviewing Japanese guests, writing reviews and translating news. Jasmine will enroll in Colorado University in the fall to major in marketing, with certificates in international business, talent management and quantitative finance. She plans to become a business owner.

CRISPUS ATTUCKS MEDICAL MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL —

The Valedictorian is Binuri  Hapuarachchy with a GPA of 4.33. Binuri is a member of the National Honor Society and volunteers at Eskenazi Hospital, the Domestic Violence Network, and the No More Club. Binuri will enroll at the University of Notre Dame where she will study neuroscience. She plans to become a surgeon. 

Maria De Leon  is the Salutatorian at Crispus Attucks with a GPA of 4.19. Maria is a first-generation high school graduate and college student. She’s an activist with the Domestic Violence Youth Network. She will enroll in Butler University to double major in political science and peace and conflict studies. Maria plans to become president and CEO of a nonprofit organization that empowers youth.

GEORGE WASHINGTON COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL —

This year’s Valedictorian is Esmeralda Velasco Garcia with a GPA of 3.94. A first-generation college student, Esmeralda is a member of JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates), the National Honor Society and the Yearbook Club. Esmeralda enjoys coding and will major in software development when she enrolls in Ivy Tech Community College. She plans to become a Web developer.

The Salutatorian at George Washington is Jaina Wilson with a GPA of 3.68. Jaina has been a member of George Washington’s band since 8th grade. She plays the trombone and has been drum major for three years. In the fall, Jaina will enroll in Ivy Tech Community College to study culinary arts and photography. She plans to become a pastry chef, restauranteur and photographer.  

NORTHWEST COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL —

The Valedictorian is Abiodun  Akinseye  with a GPA of 4.11. Abiodun is an artist and athlete, who is a member of the Drama Club, plays soccer, and spends most of his time drawing. Abiodun will enroll at Butler University to study psychology, art and technology. He plans to become a psychologist and artist.

Boluwatife  “Precious” Adekanye  is the Salutatorian at Northwest with a GPA of 4.02. She’s a native of Nigeria. Boluwatife (Bowl-a-wha-teefa) is a member of Northwest’s volleyball and tennis teams, the National Honor Society, and the JROTC Drill and Raiders team. Boluwatife (Bowl-a-wha-teefa) will attend Ball State University to study public relations. She plans to focus her public relations skills in the area of immigration law.

SHORTRIDGE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE HIGH SCHOOL —

The Valedictorian is Michael Snodgrass with a GPA of 4.3945. Michael has the gift of an exceptional memory and the ability to remember facts for long periods of time. He credits this trait for is success in school. In the fall, Michael will enroll in Purdue University to major in electrical engineering technology. He plans to become an electrical engineer.

Tylyn Johnson is the Salutatorian at Shortridge with a GPA of 4.3881. He’s an avid writer and has completed a draft for a novel he started in middle school. He also fights for a number of social justice issues in a variety of ways, including performing in drag. Tylyn will enroll in the University of Indianapolis. He plans to pursue a career in policy analysis and advocacy. 

Please help us congratulate these amazing youths.

Hear a special congratulatory message from Public Information Officer Kristian Stricklen recorded for Radio One here:

Vals and Sals Congrats on Radio One