Meet the Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Class of 2017 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

SP-F HS Class of 2017 Valedictorian Carlie McNichol (left) and Salutatorian Max Mazursky. Credits: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education

SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ – Dr. David Heisey, Principal of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, has announced that Carlie McNichol has been named Valedictorian and Max Mazursky has been named Salutatorian for the Class of 2017 in recognition for their highest respective grade point averages.

“They both receive this distinction based on their consistent and sustained effort, desire, and dedication to excellence in the classroom and beyond,” said Dr. Heisey. “These traits and characteristics will serve them well in higher education and beyond. Not only are Carlie and Max outstanding students, they are also role models for all to follow.”

In an interview with TAP into Scotch Plains-Fanwood, both students provided insights on their high school journey and the road ahead.

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Valedictorian: Carlie McNichol

1. What does it mean to you to be honored for achieving such a high level of academic success?

I am very appreciative of the honor, and I feel very rewarded that all of my hard work is being recognized.

2. What motivated you to do well in your studies?

I have been very driven and self-motivated throughout high school, but I do not think I would have been able to sustain that motivation without the encouraging people by my side. My very supportive friends and family always motivated me to do my best and were also always there for me to talk to and have a good time with when I wasn't doing schoolwork. I have always taken my studies very seriously, but I knew the best way for me to succeed in school was to find the right balance between academics and having fun

3. Have you committed to a college yet? If so, where do you plan to go and what do you plan to study?

I recently committed to study Finance and International Business at Georgetown University in the McDonough School of Business.  

4. What are your long-term goals? Short-term goals?

In the near future, while I study at Georgetown, I hope to explore what Washington DC has to offer, study abroad in Europe, and get involved around campus to expand my global mindset and develop myself as a person. In the more distant future, I plan on working in an urban environment with a business career, possibly in consulting.

5. What is one thing your classmates may not know about you?

I love to travel with my family and friends. I am always happy to see a new place or do something I've never done before.

6. What will you miss most about SP-F HS?

My fondest memory at the high school is definitely seeing my friends in the halls between classes and at lunch. My high school experience would not have been the same without my amazing friends, and I will miss seeing them on a daily basis.

Salutatorian: Max Mazursky

1. What does it mean to you to be honored for achieving such a high level of academic success?

It is truly an honor to be receiving this type of recognition for all of the hard work and effort I put into getting to this point. It’s humbling to see the strong community that has been around me and supported me throughout these past few years. I look forward to continue on in my life, but I will not forget all of those who supported me.

2. What motivated you to do well in your studies?

My family was really the motivation for me. My brothers and cousins had all done really well, so they cultivated a mindset in me to achieve as much as I could. However, my friends also pushed me to succeed and challenged me every step of the way.

3. Have you committed to a college yet? If so, where do you plan to go and what do you plan to study?

I have just committed to Washington University in St. Louis in their Olin School of Business. I don’t know exactly which concentration I will be pursuing, but I do want to look into their financial engineering program.

4. What are your long-term goals? Short-term goals?

My long term goals are a bit hazy, to be honest. I definitely want to just be happy wherever I end up and just want to keep exploring the world as much as possible. In the short term, I really want to enjoy the last few months of school with the people I have spent the last twelve months with; I know without my friend’s crazy antics I definitely would not be who I am today. I definitely want to get settled into college as well and really embrace all that Washington University has to offer me.

5. What is one thing your classmates may not know about you?

One thing my classmates might not know about me is that I do not know how to tie my shoes correctly; Stephanie Ponterio wrote an essay about it in junior year. I will also have visited every continent except Antarctica this summer when I visit Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.  

6. What will you miss most about SP-F HS?

Obviously, the thing I will miss most about SP-F is the people. Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School is full of people with big personalities. Every student has made my high school experience absolutely unbelievable, and I would not trade it for anything. Scotch Plains has a one-of-a-kind community. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP.

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