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Class of 2020 Salutatorian Maryellen Marino

 

Maryellen Marino has been named the Salutatorian for the Class of 2020.
Her parents are Concetto and Ellen Marino. Maryellen is a hard working student who is dedicated to her academic studies having earned high honors in her classes throughout her high school career. During her time at Gilbert, she has received numerous honors and awards including an AP Scholar award, Rensselaer Medal, Bausch & Lomb Science Award, Trinity Book Prize, U.S. Marines Distinguished Athlete, AP Computer Science award, Army S.T.A.R. Achievement award, Outstanding Achievement in Accounting, and an Outstanding Student Ambassador award. She was named a Student Representative for the Berkshire League School Mental Health Conference and is a member of the National Honor Society, Ambassador Club, and the National Spanish Honor Society.
Along with her many academic achievements, Maryellen earned varsity letters for softball and basketball. Maryellen said that she will take many great memories of her time at Gilbert after she graduates. “One of my favorite teachers is Mr. Affie because he got me interested in computer science,” Maryellen said. “He went out of his way to let me into the class. Honestly, every teacher has been so supportive throughout my time at Gilbert. There has never been anyone who has said ‘no you can’t do this.’” Maryellen said she made a lot of great friends at Gilbert over the past four years. “There’s a lot of nice people at Gilbert,” she said. “I received a wonderful education at Gilbert and that’s due to the friendly people there. I was pretty shy when I first arrived at Gilbert. Over time, I was able to get involved with clubs, sports, and activities. I think that the biggest thing for me at Gilbert was that I was able to come out of my shell and get to know other people. I was given the opportunity to speak at events and put myself out there. It was new for me and scary, but it is what benefited me the most.” As for advice for future students, Maryellen said that perseverance is valuable. “If anyone tells you that you can’t do something, just know that there will be someone else that will tell you otherwise,” she said. “You have to keep fighting if you really want something. You just have to go for it.”
Maryellen will be attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute upon her graduation and will be dual majoring in computer science and mathematics.