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Meet the Class of 2021's Valedictorians & Salutatorians
Asheville City Schools is pleased to announce its Valedictorians and Salutatorians for the Class of 2021.
Asheville High School
Boryan Markulis is the Valedictorian, finishing first amongst Asheville High School's Class of 2021. The son of Jakub Markulis and Maria Rusafova, he has been a member of the Interact Club since Freshman Year and stepped into a leadership position his Junior Year. Markulis has also been a member of the track and cross country teams and played trumpet with the band during 9th Grade. Throughout high school, he took 15 5.0 GPA credit classes, including nine Advanced Placement classes. He was awarded the Math III Honors Award, Spanish IV Award and the Harvard Book Award. Outside of school, Markulis enjoys volunteering, competitive rock climbing, mountain biking and snowboarding. He also runs his own landscaping company. After graduation, Markulis plans to take a gap year and travel before starting at North Carolina State University in the Fall of 2022. He is still undecided on his major but is currently considering Engineering.
The School of Inquiry and Life Sciences at Asheville
Gabriel Price Johnson is the Valedictorian, finishing first amongst SILSA's Class of 2021. Johnson moved to Asheville his Junior Year, yet despite his limited time at SILSA, he is the head of the Lincoln-Douglas Team and a member of Speech and Debate. Throughout high school, he took eight Advanced Placement classes and three AB Tech courses. During his free time, he enjoys mountain biking, backpacking, and backcountry skiing. This fall, Johnson will be attending the University of Vermont. His major is currently undecided, but he’s leaning towards Humanities or Architecture.
Robert Glenn Humphrey is the Salutatorian, finishing second amongst SILSA's Class of 2021. The son of Sonia and David Humphrey, he is the captain of the soccer team, which he played on all four years. Humphrey was also a member of HOSA and the Efforts Towards Conservation Club. Throughout high school, he took eight Advanced Placement classes, four AB Tech classes and two 5.0 GPA credit classes. Outside of school, Humphrey played soccer with Highland Football Club, Asheville City Soccer and volunteered as a referee. This fall, he will be attending North Carolina State University, where he plans to major in either Mechanical Engineering or Biomedical Engineering.
Along with Markulis, White, Johnson and Humphrey, Asheville City Schools' Class of 2021 will be turning their tassels this Saturday, May 29th at 10:00 AM in the high school stadium.