On Friday, June 5, the St. James School, Basking Ridge, livestreamed its graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020; during the ceremony, North Plainfield resident Katharine Walto was named the 2020 Class Valedictorian.

"It's been my goal ever since I was in second grade, when I told my mom I wanted to be valedictorian when I graduate," said Katharine, "I really wish my mom could be here to see it.  I know she has watched over me, and I know she's really proud."  Katharine's mother passed away in 2015. "I'm honored to be named valedictorian.  I also want to congratulate all of my fellow graduates on their hard work and accomplishments," said Walto.

In an earlier awards ceremony held on May 30, Katharine also received awards for outstanding achievement in Social Studies and in French.  Katharine will be attending Union Catholic High School, Scotch Plains, in September.