Plainville High School’s top students persevered 

PLAINVILLE — Plainville High School valedictorian Daniel Sozanski is fascinated by numbers.

So, as a freshman, he started delving into the world of economics.

“I knew I wanted to do something in business and math,” said Sozanski, who is headed to Princeton in the fall. “When I studied it (economics), it hit me, and I knew I wanted to do it.”

The Class of 2022’s top student said he is looking forward to challenging himself in college.

Thinking about potential careers, Sozanski said, “I’m open to exploring different jobs. Something with research and analysis, statistics, numbers.”

At PHS, Sozanski took 12 AP and Early College Experience classes. He also competed in cross country, swimming and track and field, and was a member of the National Honor Society, Italian National Honor Society and Math National Honor Society.

Sozanski plans to study economics in college.

The salutatorian

For Hailey Calder, being named salutatorian of the Plainville High School Class of 2022 was bittersweet. While proud of the accomplishment, she wished her mother was around to celebrate with her. Sadly, the girl’s mom died in 2021.

However, Calder believes her mother’s strength lives on through her.

At PHS, Calder was a member of the theater and choir programs, and played trombone in the band. She also competed in swimming and track and field.

As busy as she was, Calder still managed to excel in the classroom. The UConn-bound scholar was a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society and Math National Honor Society.

“I have never gotten a B in a class,” Calder pointed out. “I love math a lot, and calculus was my favorite class, with Mr. Rankin.”

PHS calculus teacher Tim Rankin taught both Calder and Sozanski, and is quite proud of them. “It’s been like a journey with them, and it’s been great,” Rankin said.

Calder plans to study chemical engineering in college.

Farewell to PHS

Plainville High School celebrated the 157-member Class of 2022 Friday, June 10 at Tinty Stadium. Addressing the crowd gathered for commencement, Calder, the class salutatorian, told her classmates to be proud of themselves, just as she is proud of them.

“Think of every challenge you’ve overcome,” Calder said. “Every person who’s helped you along the way.”

Among the people Calder thanked in her speech was her late mother. The salutatorian indicated that life is too short to not be your authentic self.

“A lot of people spend their lives trying to live up to other people’s expectations of them,” said Calder. “They choose to do things they don’t want to do and live lives they aren’t satisfied with in order to meet someone else’s standards of successful living.”

In Sozanski’s remarks at graduation, the class valedictorian reflected on the seniors’ four years at PHS. “Freshman year was a year of firsts,” he said. “We were all young and new to PHS, ready for new experiences and memories. Together we had our first Friday night football game, our first homecoming, our first class comp, and more.”

Sozanski then talked about challenges the Class of 2022 faced, namely, a global pandemic. “We overcame online learning. We overcame all the changes and restrictions in place during our junior year,” he said. “We overcame the physical and mental struggle of learning during a pandemic.”

Sozanski wished his classmates well.

“We are no longer the young and inexperienced freshmen we were when we first stepped into this school,” he said. “The lessons we’ve learned from all our mentors and peers will guide us for years to come as we take the next step in our journey.”



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