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Nadeem: The key to success is tenacity. We must constantly pursue our life goals despite any adversity and challenges that may await us. It is important to remain determined and be persistent in your endeavor to reach success.
Koshy: My key to success are my teachers, friends and my counselor at Elmont Memorial High School.
Soetan: In my opinion, the key to success is passion. When you are passionate about something, even when it seems difficult, you will continue to work hard to get better. Once you have a goal in mind, you have to work, or else you will get nowhere.
What, in your opinion, is your biggest strength?
Nadeem: One of my biggest strengths is problem solving. Throughout my high school career, I have had to traverse many obstacles and find ways to accomplish my goals.
Koshy: My biggest strength is to face obstacles without losing courage.
Soetan: In my opinion, my biggest strength is my determination. When I want something, I will do whatever I can to get it. Even when it does not work out. I know I tried my best. When it does work out, I have the satisfaction of knowing that I tried and I conquered.
What is the biggest challenge you had to deal with en route to such a distinctive honor?
Nadeem: The biggest challenge I had to deal with is time management. I’ve had to juggle academics, volunteer work, extracurricular activities, sports, as well as spending time with my family. That has proven to not be an easy feat.
Koshy: The biggest challenges I had to face were my speaking trouble and my inexperience with the education system.
Soetan: The biggest challenge I face was learning how to ask for help when I really needed it, instead wasting time trying to solve a problem I had no idea how to solve.
What was your reaction to finding out?
Nadeem: When I first found out, I was overfilled with joy that I had achieved such an honor. Looking back, I had always known inside that I would be the Valedictorian based on my academic prowess and determination.
Koshy: I was profoundly surprised find this out as I did not expect to get this honor, not even one percentage.
Soetan: When I found out I was salutatorian, I was so excited I couldn't even talk. When I told my dad, he started yelling.
What are your hobbies?