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Hampton City Schools announces top students in the class of 2018 at Bethel High School

Congratulations to Bethel High School students Rahwa Yehdego and Alexandra Luchtenberg.  Yehdego has been named the valedictorian and Luchtenberg has been named the salutatorian for the class of 2018.

Rahwa Yehdego
Rahwa Yehdego
4.61 GPA, 1410 SAT, 32 ACT
Johns Hopkins University

Yehdego’s activities include marching band, Model UN, Scholastic Bowl, Girl Scouts, National Honor Society, and English Honor Society. 

She was accepted to Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, University of Virginia, College of William and Mary, Virginia Tech and Hampton University.  Yehdego has decided to attend John Hopkins University to double major in chemistry and public health.  After college, Yehdego plans to either attend medical school or a MD PhD program and work as a physician while conducting biomedical research.

Fondest high school memory:
“My fondest memory was earning a superior rating at marching assessment at the end of the season my sophomore year.  It was the first time I was a part of the band earning a superior and it felt so amazing to see the reward after all the hard work and it was my favorite season in band.”

A tradition at your school you will miss:
“I will miss playing in the marching band and performing at pep rallies.”

An achievement you are most proud of:
“I am most proud of being valedictorian throughout all four years of high school.  It was my big goal coming in as a freshman and it feels amazing to see it finally come full circle.”

I am proud to be an HCS graduate because:
“I had amazing teachers who supported me and got to know me through my four years at Bethel.  I was also fortunate enough to be surrounded by such diverse classmates, who have shaped me into the person I am today.”

If you could thank a teacher who had the greatest impact on you, who would it be and why?
“I would thank my chemistry teacher, Ms. Turner, because she believed in me and I feel in love with chemistry while taking her class.  It was one of the first classes I took in high school that I genuinely enjoyed and would take over again.”

Alexandra Luchtenberg
Alexandra Luchtenberg
4.53 GPA, 33 ACT
Harvard University

Luchtenberg’s activities include marching band, Model UN, aerial dance, Marching Elites Drill Team, Hampton City Youth Commission, Scholastic Bowl, Hampton Roads Youth Volunteer Corps, National Honor Society and National English Honor Society.

She was accepted to American University, Georgetown University, Dartmouth College, Brown University, Columbia University, and Harvard University.  She has selected to attend Harvard University and major in government. After college she plans to join the U.S. Foreign Service and serve her country as a diplomat.

Fondest high school memory:
“My fondest high school memory is celebrating my 16th birthday on the way back from a marching band competition with my best friends.”

A tradition at your school you will miss:
“I will miss playing in the marching band at the fall pep rallies.”

An achievement you are most proud of:
“(I am proud of) leading my marching band to a superior rating at state marching assessment my junior year.”

I am proud to be an HCS graduate because:
“Being an HCS graduate has allowed me to meet people who have become my closest friends and allowed me to grow into the person I am today.”

If you could thank a teacher who had the greatest impact on you, who would it be and why?
“(I would thank) my 12th grade English teacher Ms. Redding.  She has given me the freedom to explore who I am and what I believe through writing and discussion with my class.  She’s allowing my class to put on town hall meetings for the entire school addressing pressing issues of school security and mental health awareness.  She’s fostered an environment where we have all become a family and I have learned what it means to be an active participant in life and politics.”

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