By Nick Sestanovich
Benicia High School’s Class of 2017 is unique in a lot of ways. They are the last class to have been born in the 20th century. They are also the last class that would have had students that attended Mills Elementary School, albeit only as kindergarteners. On Saturday, their K-12 journeys come to an end as the many talented graduates of the Class of 2017 use the skills they learned for the next chapter of their lives.
However, as always, only one student can walk away with the title of valedictorian. This year, that honor goes to Stella Li.
She is in good company though. Coming in just behind her at the salutatorian level are twin brothers Brian and Michael Chou.
“It’s nice,” all three said of their achievement.
The three top graduates were very productive during their time at Benicia High, spring time in such student clubs as Key Club, Model UN, Red Cross Club and Asian Culture Club. They also took a variety of Advanced Placement and Honors courses with the likes of such teachers as Dan Frazier, Alexander Tuiolosega, Melanie Voss, Vreni Huebner and Kim Thompson. Taking several high-level courses each year did give the three of them skills beyond the curriculums. For Li, that skill was “the ability to work under pressure.”