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The ‘Urli’ bird catches the worm! Dan Urli: Class valedictorian

Danielle Anzelone, Co-Editor-in-Chief

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Dan Urli is known to the class of 2017 as a bright and well-rounded student, as well as a friendly and humorous fellow, extremely deserving of his title as valedictorian.  

With a GPA of 99.572, it is no surprise that Dan earned such a title in his class.  He has taken 14 AP exams throughout his high school career, further proving the outstanding work ethic he possesses.  

Since he began high school, Dan has held positions in multiple extracurricular activities including clubs and sports.  He played on the JV soccer team in ninth and tenth grade, as well as MHS’s greatly successful Varsity team during his senior year.  He is the vice president of the Spanish Honor Society, treasurer of the SADD club, and a member of the Spanish club.  To top it off, Dan has been a boy scout for as long as he has attended MHS and has recently earned the ranking of Eagle Scout.

Aside from his involvement in clubs, Dan has also been recognized for many achievements;. He is a member of the National Honor Society, a scholar athlete, and an AP Scholar with distinction.  

However, Dan is not completely engulfed with schoolwork at every moment. Like most high school students, he spends free time playing soccer or hanging out with his friends.  

Next year, Dan will be attending Georgia Institute of Technology to study material science and engineering.  Though he’s not entirely sure what he will do with his degree, he hopes to get a job in the research field.  He can thank his teachers for inspiring him to enter this field of study.

“Mr. Diehl and Mr. Zanco are both really good teachers,” Dan said.  “They’re helpful with not only understanding the material, but also getting students to see how useful it can be in the real world.”

The valedictorian is thankful for how things have gone for him so far.

“I’m pretty happy with how my high school experience went,” he said.  “I don’t think I would change anything if I had the opportunity.”

As far as his advice for the class of 2017, he encourages his fellow classmates to “take the important things seriously but don’t forget to enjoy yourself as well.”

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