2 Milford students lead graduates
WEST HAVEN >> Two Milford students are Notre Dame High School of West Haven valedictorian and salutatorian of the class of 2017.
Zachary Bilcheck was named the valedictorian while Samarth Kasbawala was salutatorian. Both awards were announced as the highlight to the school’s annual Honors Convocation May 11.
The 141 members of the Notre Dame West Haven class of 2017 received their diplomas in the 68th commencement exercises in Alumni Hall on May 28.
Bilcheck, who will attend Dartmouth College, and Kasbawala, who will attend the University of Connecticut Honors Program, were both recently named Superintendent Summa Scholar Award recipients by the Archdiocese of Hartford Office of Catholic Schools.
• Bilcheck, who attended East Shore Middle School, is a National Merit Finalist. He has also been a four-year participant with the Math Team, Christian Student Mission Club, Latin Club, Chess Club, and Stage Crew. A member of the National, Latin, and Math Honor societies, Bilcheck was elected president of the National Honor Society at the start of the school year. He was also elected president of Latin and Math Honor Society last year. Selected as a senior peer counselor, he was captain of the Math Team this year. He received the Yale Book Award and University of Portland Biology Award, and RPI medal and the Latin III Award. Bilcheck has also been president of both the Latin and Chess clubs as a junior and senior, co-president of CSMC as a sophomore and senior, and stage manager for the Stage Crew as a senior. Bilcheck is also a multi-year member of Team ND and BRO (Brothers Reaching Others).
Bilcheck spent his summer in an extensive six-week “Discovery to Cure” internship program at the Yale University School of Medicine. He has also volunteered for several years with the Challenger Baseball Program and at Yale New Haven Hospital, while taking part in fencing for five years.
• Kasbawala is a member of the National, Math, Spanish and Tri-M Music honor societies. He was elected vice president of the band for his senior year. A peer tutor, peer counselor and Team ND leader, Kasbawala helped organize a school workshop, the Names Program, his junior year, in which he presented a bullying scenario where he became an ally and helped defuse a situation.
Kasbawala has been volunteering at Milford Hospital once a week since his sophomore year and received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program.