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Class of 2020 Valedictorian Sydney Kolosky

 

Sydney Kolosky has been named the Valedictorian for the Class of 2020. Her parents are Peter and Laurie Kolosky. Sydney is an ambitious and well-rounded student who has achieved many major accomplishments during her time at Gilbert. Some of her major accomplishments include receiving the Harvard Prize Book Award of the Harvard Club of Northern Connecticut, the AP Scholar with Honor Award, and the Litchfield County Superintendent’s Award. Her hard work and dedication to academics have earned her many academic achievement awards from her classes during her time at Gilbert. Sydney is the co-president of the National Honor Society, Vice-President of the senior class, the Secretary of the Leo Club, and a member of Peers.
She is also a student-athlete, participating prominently on Gilbert’s volleyball team, and briefly in basketball and track and field. Sydney said that, after she graduates, she will always carry with her great memories from her time at Gilbert.
“My favorite memories of my teachers revolve around having conversations with them and connecting with them on a deeper level,” Sydney said. “For instance, having a conversation with Mrs. Bannon after school, discussing different topics with Mrs. Gilley during my study hall, visiting Mrs. Wood before school, or talking with Mrs. Vinnikova in the morning.” Sydney said that one of the most important lessons she will always remember is to make the most out of all experiences. “As we all know, time can fly by and unexpected circumstances can arise,” she said. “It is important to live every day to its fullest and to not take those days, and the experiences they hold, for granted. High school and college are only a fraction of our lives, but they hold memories that we will cherish for years to come, which is why I want to make the most out of my college experience and everything that comes with it.” Sydney said that, during her time at Gilbert, she learned how to step out of her comfort zone to achieve great things. “I also learned to consider every opinion equally, and to stand up for what I believe in,” she said. “Most importantly, Gilbert has taught me that we can do anything if only we put our mind to it, which is something I will value forever.” As for advice to future Gilbert students, Sydney said that they should not be afraid to take risks. “Don’t be afraid to broaden your minds in a way that you wouldn’t have thought possible,” she said. “Be kind to one another and push yourselves to be the best you can be, and understand that the choices you make today will impact your future tomorrow.”
Sydney plans to attend the University of Connecticut in the fall as a pharmacy studies major.