Love of learning was key to Southington High School valedictorian's success

Published on Wednesday, 29 May 2019 19:51
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

@brianjohnsonBP

SOUTHINGTON - Southington High School Valedictorian Maxwell Heath will study software engineering and computer science while continuing to explore his creativity through writing.

After graduating, Heath plans to attend the University of Vermont, in Burlington, Vermont, where he will study data science.

“I’ve always been interested in computers and technology,” he said. “It will give me a lot of options for different career paths including medicine and pharmaceuticals.”

As he wraps up his senior year, Heath says he feels good and accomplished. However, he does feel some apprehension.

“I’ve changed a lot as a person, mostly for the better,” he said. “It is kind of scary though. I’ve never lived outside of town and going to Burlington will mean going away from the people I know - my family and friends. I will miss my fellow students and most of the teachers and staff at Southington High School.”

One of Heath’s favorite memories from his time at Southington High School was his senior prom.

“It was really great, really fun,” he said. “Most people I knew were there and it was cool to see how much people had grown up over the past four years.”

Heath attributes his success at Southington High School to his ability to set priorities and manage his time and a love of learning that was instilled within him from a young age.

“My parents read to me from a very young age and inspired me to continue learning,” he said. “I think that helped me to not give up, even when classes got difficult or boring.”

Heath also said that the Southington Public School system provided him with the opportunity to take a variety of classes.

“I had the opportunity to take AP Classes, summer classes and to study abroad,” he said.

Heath encourages other students at Southington High School to work hard and try their best, but to remember that high school is only a small segment of their lives.

If he could do one thing differently, Heath said it would be to become involved in clubs and extracurricular activities sooner. He started joining clubs in his junior year.

Heath has been a member of “Activists for Gender Equality” and the “Gender and Sexuality Alliance” since 2018. He is the president of the Creative Writing Club and he has been working on writing his own book.

“It’s a fantasy novella called ‘Blood Born’ that uses vampirism as a metaphor for revenge,” he said.

Heath has been an instructor assistant at Villari’s Martial Arts Centers since 2015, having been a student there since 2010. He holds a second degree black belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate and has been a certified martial arts instructor since March 2019.

Heath was recognized as a College Board AP Scholar and a member of the Harvard Book Club. He was named Project Lead the Way Student of the Year.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Wednesday, 29 May 2019 19:51. Updated: Wednesday, 29 May 2019 19:53.