Due to the pandemic, their time at Berlin High School came to an abrupt end in mid-March, but members of the Class of 2020 continued to strive for success.
Audrey Feldman, the class valedictorian and the vice president of the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society, racked up a list of accomplishments in her final year in high school.
In addition to placing first in the Business Finance Series at the 2020 state DECA conference, following the COVID-19-related cancellations, Feldman wasted no time in teaming up with the Friendship Service Center in New Britain to start a donation drive to help the homeless.
This year Feldman was also the recipient of numerous academic awards that recognized her excellence in several subjects, including Advanced Placement Statistics and Honors Calculus.
Feldman will be headed to the University of Notre Dame in the fall to study Economics and Global Affairs.
Joining Feldman at the state DECA conference was fellow senior Adam Kajzer, who ranked first in the state for the Accounting Applications Series. Also, he was a recipient of the Mathematics Award for excellence in Advanced Placement Calculus and served as a captain of the BHS boys swimming and diving team, which finished the regular season with a record of 10-2 and as co-champion of the CCC South Division.
Kajzer will attend the University of Connecticut and plans to major in Math and Actuarial Finance.
Mahad Khan, another future UConn Husky, will be studying Computer Science and Engineering in college.
Khan left his mark at BHS as the founder of the World Language Club, which has provided students with after-school lessons in a variety of languages including Chinese, Finnish, Japanese, German and American Sign Language.
Khan was one of eight senior recipients of the CT Seal of Biliteracy for his demonstration of proficiency in English and Spanish. Also, he served as the Willard House Leader as part of the Berlin Upbeat program.
Another BHS senior, Dawson Trotman, excelled in music and performing arts.
Trotman was one of two BHS students selected to participate in the 2019 National Association for Music Education All-National Honors Ensembles.
In addition to being active in the school’s choral and band programs, Trotman is also civic-minded. He served as the Youth Governor at the state YMCA Youth and Government Pre-state Conference and was on track to serve at the official conference at the state capitol before its cancellation.
Trotman will attend the University of Michigan and plans to major in Choral Music Education.
Commenting on the BHS Class of 2020, principal Eileen Eustis stated: “The Class of 2020 will definitely go down in history for all that they have had to endure with the pandemic. Since we have been out of school, I have been impressed with their optimism, empathy and compassion for one another and the greater good. While they are disappointed about many of the things they have missed out on, they always keep perspective on what is happening from a global perspective. One of the things I don’t want to lose sight of is that the pandemic should not be the sole thing that defines their class. They are a remarkable class with many achievements in academics, civic leadership, athletics, service and the arts. Students have showed up for their classes and persisted with their academics in an effort to finish on a strong note despite not being together. They have been incredibly resilient and creative and I am proud of them!”
– Jack Carroll is a Berlin High School senior. He will further his education at Trinity College-Hartford, where he will study English Literature and Political Science.