This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many high school seniors may have missed out on one of the most anticipated activities of the traditional graduation ceremony, the valedictorian speech! In response, NSHSS asked high school seniors to submit their most creative and inspiring speeches for not only a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship but also the opportunity to send well-wishes to their fellow classmates and other seniors around the world.

Congratulations to the following 10 winners for their inspiring Virtual Valedictorian Speech!

  • Lauren Cogan, Winnipeg, Canada, Oak Park High School
  • Blaine Dillingham, Boise, ID, Timberline High School
  • Leena El-Mohandes, Hagerstown, MD, Boonsboro High School
  • Cullen Fetzer, Mullica Township, NJ, Cedar Creek High School
  • Faizan Khan, South Amboy, NJ, Old Bridge High School
  • Isabella Macias, Parrish, FL, Braden River High School
  • Jacob Sauls, Escondido, CA, Escondido High School
  • Marina Shenouda, Lima, OH, Shawnee Senior High School
  • Ashlynn Wright, Lilburn, GA, Arabia Mountain High School
  • Avery Zwayer, Richwood, OH, North Union High School


Be sure to check out their speeches here!

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