Class of 2020 Valedictorians and Salutatorians

We are proud to announce the Class of 2020 valedictorians and salutatorians. This year, Eastside Catholic congratulates seven valedictorians and five salutatorians. Please join us in celebrating these 12 outstanding students and their accomplishments:

Class of 2020 Valedictorians:
Theodore Arasavelli, Aidan Gelbrich, Sophia Giustino, Jakob Kaufman, Hailie Mitchell, Emma Robinson, Kate Simmons

Class of 2020 Salutatorians:
Christopher Grazko, Taylor Mallalieu, Serena Martin, Andrew Sprague, Ian Wood

President Gil Picciotto commented, “These students have worked diligently and are finishing their academic careers under some of the most unusual and challenging situations. Their commitment to maintaining a high level of learning in this environment is reflective of their entire academic careers. As a class, they have continually been driven to learn and grow. They have used obstacles as opportunities to find new ways to challenge themselves and become the best versions of themselves. We are excited to celebrate their success as they begin their individual journeys outside of Eastside Catholic.”

Many of our valedictorian and salutatorian honorees shared potential post-high school plans, including a field of study they may wish to pursue, and in some cases, advice for underclassman.

Valedictorians:

  • Aidan Gelbrich would like to study mechanical engineering: “Being interested in and passionate about what you are learning makes school easier and more fun.”Sophia Giustino would like to study journalism and pre-law: “Never be afraid to ask for help. Your teachers are always willing to support you, and I have found that putting in a little extra effort to figure out what confuses you always pays off.”
  • Jakob Kaufman would like to study aerospace engineering: “Go out of your way to make connections with your teachers and get to know them because they care the most about you and your education.”
  • Emma Robinson would like to study biological sciences and philosophy at a Catholic university: “Work hard, take care of your health, and don't let the bad times get you down.”
  • Kate Simmons will attend Air Force Academy: “Try your best and relax a little!”

Salutatorians:

  • Christopher Grazko would like to study communications at the University of Denver: “Value self-discipline in all aspects of your life as soon as possible. Hard-working habits are critical to any kind of success, and valuing discipline is the first step to forming good habits.”
  • Taylor Mallalieu would like to study mechanical engineering at the University of Southern California or Southern Methodist University: “Spend time doing things that you enjoy outside of school to take your mind off the stress of classes, and accept help from their peers.” 
  • Serena Martin would like to study international affairs and psychology at a university in Washington, D.C. or New York: “Maintain a persistent work ethic no matter what obstacles come your way.”
  • Andrew Sprague would like to study finance at Villanova University: “Enjoy high school. Take classes you find interesting, engage your peers and your community, and relax. This is a time to build relationships, learn, and have fun. It goes by quickly.”
  • Ian Wood would like to study engineering at Northwestern University


“Congratulations Eastside Catholic Class of 2020 valedictorians and salutatorians,” High School Principal Barbara Swann said. “Our valedictorians achieved a 4.0 GPA and our salutatorians achieved a 3.9 GPA in each of their courses, including a minimum of 12 Advanced Placement courses. Although we are away from campus due to COVID-19, we celebrate our students, their distinguished achievements and their commitment to their academics for the past four years. We wish them a bright and meritorious future.”