NEWINGTON – Hannah Siegel always says her first day in college classes was also her first day of high school.
This is a fact Newington High School’s Co-Salutatorian can be proud of, after participating in NHS’ Dual Enrollment program since fall of her freshman year. She has taken a total of six college courses at Central Connecticut State University and the University of Hartford, and is currently completing Differential Equations and Multivariable Calculus at UHart.
“It taught me early on how to study,” Siegel said of these programs.
Her vigorous academic schedule has also included 10 Advancement Placement courses and independent studies in AP Calculus BC and AP Physics C.
“My parents pushed me early on and once I started succeeding I used that as motivation,” Siegel explained. “I saw that if I really focused on something I could do well on it. That fuels me.”
Her next pursuit? A PhD in astrophysics.
“I’m definitely very excited,” she pointed out.
Siegel was accepted into several Ivy League schools and even received Presidential Scholarships at two of them. She has until May 1 to make a decision.
She is also President of NHS’ French National Honors Society, a member of the school’s other Honors Societies and recipient of the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award. Siegel was one of the co-founders of the NHS Debate Club and has been a member of the Peer Tutoring Club.
She will finish up her senior year as a coach with Newington Knights Cheerleading and working part-time at Target.
“I’m an essential employee,” Siegel said. “It’s stressful.”
In a resolution the Board of Education read in the Salutatorian’s honor, it was said: “Hannah’s willingness to help others is undoubtedly one of her best qualities, and one that will serve her well in her post-secondary pursuits.”
Her advice for younger students?
“Try to set goals for yourself even if they’re smaller. If you have something you’re working towards it provides an incentive to do better. That really helped me.”
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