Glen Ellen student named valedictorian at Justin-Siena

For the past two years, either the valedictorian or salutatorian at Justin-Siena High School in Napa has hailed from Sonoma Valley. Siena Guerrazzi, of Glen Ellen, was recently named as the school’s valedictorian for 2014, and Mary Bridget Pecha of Sonoma was the school’s salutatorian in 2013. Both students attended St. Francis Solano School for elementary and middle school.

Siena Guerrazzi has made the most out of every moment at Justin-Siena. In addition to finishing with one of the highest GPA’s in her class, she competed on the school’s Mock Trial team and recently returned from the state competition. She is involved in student government and competed on Justin’s cross-country running team.

Beyond the school day, Guerrazzi has pursued a passion for creative writing, taking classes with writing teacher Kate Williams in Sonoma since middle school. She now helps teach those classes to Williams’ youngest students.

She also founded a literacy club at Justin with her sister, Gemma, who is a junior, and organized book collections for young readers in need, an annual Quidditch Match and Author Days at Justin.

Williams first met Guerrazzi in elementary school. “Siena is inquisitive and highly teachable; she’s uniquely empathetic, too, with a solid moral center and an active social conscience,” said Williams. “I expect the world at her feet.”

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