Everything has value
ISLIP—Islip High School recently announced that Victoria Arthus is the valedictorian for the Class of 2019.
Arthus, a lifelong Islip resident, said it’s been one of her “many dreams” to receive the title. “I have worked towards this goal for the past seven years,” Arthus said, adding that the moment she was named valedictorian will forever be ingrained in her memory.
Throughout her time in high school, Arthus has been involved in many extracurricular activities. She was president of the Student Union, where she oversaw events for all four grades. These events included homecoming and Clash of the Classes. “Running such events provided me with the opportunity to further develop my leadership skills,” she said.
Arthus served on the principal’s and Islip School District’s Standard of Excellence committees, where she collaborated with the principal and officials from other Islip schools to make decisions on policy and educational improvement. “Such interactions exposed me to joint-decision making and compromise,” she said.
The valedictorian participated in the High School Women in Science and Engineering Program at Stony Brook University and attended the Empire Girls State summer leadership program through the American Legion. This publication reported on the Boys and Girls Empire State honorees, from the Islip School District, in the article “American Legion holds annual Law and Order Dinner,” published on Nov. 8, 2018.
Arthus also credits baton twirling, which she’s been doing for 11 years, with teaching her “patience and discipline.” In her spare time, she enjoys drawing, reading “meaningful quotes,” watching anime, and reading manga (Japanese comics).
With only a few weeks of classes left, Arthus said she will miss the smaller class sizes, which allowed her to develop close relationships with a number of her teachers. “I will miss this familiar environment,” she said.
In the fall, Arthus will enter the six-year Doctorate of Pharmacy program at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.
“Pharmacy is heavy in both science and math, two areas which I absolutely love,” she said. “The health field has always been at the forefront of my mind.” Arthus hopes to go into drug development for a pharmaceutical company, where she can “improve the health of people from a medicinal aspect.”
Arthus said her parents are her biggest role models.
“No matter what, [my dad] is always putting in 110 percent to provide for his family,” she said. “He is humble and consistent.” Arthus said her perspective, in many ways, comes from what she learned from watching her father’s actions over the years.
Arthus’s mother has also been her “source of comfort” and “model of thoughtfulness.”
“[My mom] is down-to-earth, and I consistently strive to be as reasonable and loving as her,” Arthus said. “She is understanding and my personality has taken mostly after her own.”
When asked what advice she would give to future graduates, Arthus said, “Never take shortcuts.
“This is true not only in your academics, but also in all your endeavors,” she added. “Success is derived from sacrifice. Give your time and you will open your mind to perspectives and ideas you never were aware of previously. No matter how small the assignment, everything has value.”
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