Sonoma Valley High valedictorian, salutatorian prepare for the world

All valedictorians and salutatorians are, of course, impressive, if only by virtue of the inherent definition of being at the top of their class. But spend time with Sonoma Valley High School valedictorian Christina Uzzo and salutatorian Jack Murphy, and you’re instantly convinced that they are extra special. Their intelligence is obvious, and their optimism is so pervasive, you can’t be in their orbit without believing it’s a promising world out there and we’re blessed to be sharing it with them.

Christina has been number-one since her freshman year, although early on there were others who shared the spot with her. “I’m not competitive,” she said, but once she entered advanced placement classes as an upper classman, there was no catching up with her. She is graduating with a 4.27 grade point average.

Jack, on the other hand, said he didn’t know and never gave a thought to where he placed, and it wasn’t until he examined his transcript while applying to colleges that he realized he was second in his class.

So he humbly said he’s not disappointed to be coming in second, with a 4.26 because, “I never knew I was in contention. I always wanted to get good grades but I didn’t think I would end up at number two. I was shocked. I didn’t think I was that high.”

For young adults who would have every reason to be maybe a little bit cocky, these two are brilliant yet understated. Their smiles are constant, and “honored” and “appreciative” seem to be their favorite words.

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