WARREN, Mich. - Seniors Michael Kafoury and Jarod Amparo have been named Class of 2020 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.
The pair are the No. 1 and No. 2 academic students in this year's senior class with virtually identical grade-points of 4.506.
Valedictorian Kafoury is headed to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York, and plans to pursue engineering studies. He chose RPI because he prefers a smaller, private school, and is impressed with the aerospace program. A scholarship will cover much of his tuition.
“We’re very proud of Michael,” said Chris Dean, academic assistant principal. “He has worked hard over the last four years and been able to balance a wide variety of responsibilities while maintaining academic excellence. He is a fantastic representative of the Class of 2020.”
Kafoury is currently enrolled in four Advanced Placement classes (English Literature, Physics, Government, and Calculus BC), as well as the International Baccalaureate Business class. He is active in the De La Salle SAVE (Students Against Vandalizing the Environment) Club, the Link Crew, the Pilot Advisory program, and the National Honor Society.
Kafoury, who is this year's recipient of WXYZ's Brightest & Best Award, attended Richards Middle School in Fraser, and “chose De La Salle because of the environment.”
He added, “I believe De La Salle offers an excellent place for learning, with minimal distractions and a great teaching staff, particularly Mrs. (Jeana) Page and Mr. (David) Kirck.”
Kafoury is the son of Charles and Nicole, and lives in Romeo, Mich.
Currently secretary of the Student Council, salutatorian Amparo plans to major in accounting and business administration at the University of Notre Dame.
Amparo is a four-year participant in the IB Program, and heavily involved with school activities. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the Wig and Mask Society, DECA, and plays clarinet with the concert and marching bands. Amparo has also participated in track and field, and the mock trial program.
“I chose to attend De La Salle because of the International Baccalaureate Program, and the variety of clubs and organizations,” Amparo said. He attended Guardian Angels Grade School in Clawson.
“Jarod is an intelligent and insightful young men,” counselor Jon Hickey said. “He has excellent judgment and the humility not to set himself above others. These are some of the major reasons he has gained my respect and that of the faculty and staff. He is a wonderful example of what it means to be Lasallian.”
Amparo lives with his parents Noel and Rhodora, in Madison Heights, Mich.