Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury has named Emily Galvao, daughter of Joao (John) and Josie Galvao of Naugatuck, as valedictorian and Benjamin Gomes, son of George and Paige Gomes of Waterbury, as salutatorian of its Class of 2017.
During Emily’s four years at Sacred Heart, she earned a number of honors and achievements. She received a Summa Scholar Award from the Archdiocese of Hartford and was chosen a a school “Class of 2017 Super Senior.” She received the Thrall Scholarship and the Principal to President Scholarship from Naugatuck Valley Community College. An Advanced Placement Scholar, she also earned the Yale Book Award.
Emily was president and co-founder of the Math Club and a member of the National Honor Society, Science Olympiad team and Yearbook Club. Additionally, she was a student ambassador and head of the wardrobe for the past two annual school theater productions. She organized the first Mr. Sacred Heart Pageant, which raised about $1,500 for class activities.
She had perfect attendance and played soccer for two years and softball for four years. As a freshman, Emily won the Rookie of the Year award; and, during her junior and her senior year, Emily served as a captain of the softball team. She also received All-Brass Honors her junior year.
She will study biology at the University of Connecticut, from which she received the University of Connecticut’s Valedictorian Presidential Scholar Award. Her future plans include starting her own practice as a pediatrician.
Benjamin Gomes was a member of the Student Council, National Honor Society and the school’s Yale Physics Olympic Team. He was a student ambassador and co-founder of the Science Club. Also a recipient of the Summa Scholar Award, he was an Advanced Placement Scholar, Governor’s Scholar semi-finalist and recipient of the Thrall Scholarship and Harvard Book Award.
Benjamin also was a four-year member of the varsity baseball team, earning All-City and Defensive Player of the Year honors in his junior year, and a four-year varsity diver, serving as swim team captain as a senior and earning All-NVL status, He finished fourth in the Class S State Finals and was awarded the Lt. Raymond P. Donnelly Diving Award as the top senior diver in the league. Ben was also named a two-time Academic All-Star in both diving and baseball, was a member of the 2016 NVL Leadership Conference and was chosen as a 2017 Connecticut Association of School’s Scholar Athlete.
He will attend Boston College, which awarded him a Boston College Scholarship.