Windsor’s co-valedictorians take next step forward

Published 9:35 am Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Windsor High School’s Class of 2016 was lead by the co-valedictorians, Leann Tengowski and Emilia Tumminello, as they celebrated their graduation.

Both valedictorians held active leadership positions in their school and the community, with Tengowski serving as class president, cheerleader, basketball player and Beta Club member. Tumminello played soccer, participated in the Scholastic Bowl and was a member of the Art Club, Beta Club and the Student Leadership Institute.

“[High school] allowed me to find a little more of who I am and who I hope to become one day,” Tumminello said.

Both girls said they enjoyed their science classes, and will pursue studies in the sciences come the fall.

“AP Biology was one of my favorites,” said Tengowski. “I took a lot of AP classes, and they were a challenge, but I think they gave me the ability to manage my time wisely and to know how to balance school and extracurriculars.”

Tumminello will attend Bridgewater College, majoring in physics, and planning to work in the engineering field.

“I am hoping that I will be able to find an enjoyable career path that will allow me to incorporate my math and science skills with my artistic ability,” she said.

Tengowski will study biomedical engineering at Louisiana Tech University.

“I’m also technically a pre-med student, but if I decide that medical school isn’t for me, I will still be very interested in working to develop that kind of technology and still be working in the medical field,” Tengowski said.

“I’ve had a lot of good teachers over the years,” she continued. “Especially Mrs. [Luann] Scott, my AP English teacher. She was a big help to me senior year, helping me prepare for college and scholarships. She’s written me a lot of recommendation letters.”

Tumminello echoed her co-valedictorian’s statements, saying that Windsor’s faculty has been instrumental in preparing her for college and life after high school.

“Mrs. [Deborah] McManaway, my chemistry teacher and Scholastic Bowl coach, has been the biggest influence on my life thus far,” said Tumminello. “She’s been a great mentor.

“High school has prepared me for life in that it has taught me a lot more about myself than I could have imagined before,” she concluded. “My time here will help me thrive when I reach college and in my life beyond that.”