We were thrilled to hear that one of our recent graduates has been named Valedictorian of the Class of 2021 at Rondout Valley High School!

The announcement from the RVHS website reads:

Our Valedictorian is Dahlia Rosen, ranking first in her class with a GPA of 101.33. She is the daughter of Ari and Randi Rosen of Accord, NY. Throughout high school, she has excelled in and has been very involved with extracurricular programs. She is a member of the National Honor Society. A member of our Math Team and our school newspaper serving as Co-Editor. She is a Science Olympiad. She is a member of our Drama Club. She is a member of the Newcomer’s Uplifted Program serving as a Co-Coordinator. She is an excellent student athlete. She has competed on Rondout’s tennis & volleyball teams. Dahlia is a Black belt in Kyokushin Karate. She will graduate with an Honors Regents Diploma, with Advanced Designation, with Mastery in Math & Science. 

Dahlia attended High Meadow from 3rd through 8th grade and graduated in 2017. At High Meadow, we know that our students are given a wealth of opportunities to grow into their best selves. Still, we wanted to give Dahlia a chance to share a little bit about her experience at HMS and also find out how she navigated the past four years as she made her way to this point.

How did your experience at HMS prepare you for High School? 

Work ethic. Even though HMS doesn’t give a ton of grades, I learned that having accountability and getting your work done and doing your best, and following through on what you say you are going to do, matters.


What advice would you give kids entering HS next year?

Expect things to be different, but don’t be afraid of it. It was weird at first, and took a little getting used to, but once I got used to it, it was great. Continue to do the best work you can, do what the teacher tells you to do, and you’ll be fine!


If you were a lower schooler back at HMS, what is the first thing you would find/do?

Go to PoPo with my friends, to our specific corner and build our neighborhood of houses.


What was it like to have your senior year in the time of COVID?

Unusual and kind of disappointing, because every social aspect of school just doesn’t happen. There is a chance that we might have an outdoor prom, but we’ll see. Academically it was not too bad for me, because I had built a strong base. I chose to do my schooling entirely online this year, even though I could have gone into school. It allowed me to focus and get through my work.


What are your plans for next year?

I’m definitely going to a four-year college in the North East, and focusing on something in the STEM field. I’m still waiting to hear from a bunch of schools, so I don’t know exactly where I am going quite yet.


Last but not least, give us a 6-word story about your time in High School!

Hard work, good friends, great rewards.