Meet North Salem High School’s Class of 2022 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

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With North Salem High School graduation a little over a month away, two very important members of the senior class are busy preparing remarks for their classmates. Delia Ciamei and Gianna Leidich were named valedictorian and salutatorian for the class of 2022. The North Salem Post caught up with Ciamei and Leidich to learn more about their high school experiences and what they’re looking forward to next.


Delia Ciamei, Valedictorian

Image courtesy of Delia Ciamei

What accomplishments are you most proud of?

I am most proud of getting accepted into all of my colleges and all of the extracurricular activities I have been involved in. Some extracurricular activities include hospice volunteer work, the musical, drama club, and honor societies. I used to be an introverted person, but becoming involved allowed me to express myself and befriend some of the most amazing people.

Tell us about the most influential person(s) in your life?

One of the most influential people in my life is Mrs. Orellana, my freshman Spanish teacher. She gave me wise advice to “never change,” and I lived by this message for the entirety of my high school career. Staying true to myself is what led me to the right people and future.

Do you have a favorite memory from North Salem schools?

My favorite memory from North Salem schools were the spring musicals. This year, we performed our production of Xanadu, and it was such a fun experience. I am so grateful that I had this opportunity. Everyday, I was surrounded by talented individuals and made friendships that I will never take for granted.

What should we know about this year's graduating class?

I would characterize the class of 2022 as resilient and adaptable. We are resilient because half of our high school experience was taken over by the COVID-19 pandemic. The suffering that took place in both our community and the entire world had a tremendous impact on our everyday lives, including school. During our sophomore year, we were forced to switch to online learning. Last year, we had to adapt to hybrid learning. But the worst part of it all is that we were all isolated from our peers. I am proud to say that my class handled a terrible situation with grace, and gained a new appreciation for the little things in life.

What are your plans for next year?

Next year, I will attend Villanova University as a nursing student. Receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is the first step of achieving my ultimate goal of becoming a Nurse Anesthetist. I look forward to this journey as I immerse myself in a field that I have been passionate about for so long.

What are you looking forward to after high school?

I am looking forward to spending time with my friends this summer before going to college. I also cannot wait to have more freedom in my schedule at Villanova, rather than the rigid schedule that is characteristic of high school students.


Gianna Leidich, Salutatorian

Image courtesy of Gianna Leidich

What accomplishments are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of earning my Girl Scout Gold Award and becoming the president of the Math and Art Honor Societies. For my Gold Award, I made a memorial rock garden for Ms. Svendsen, my middle school art teacher who died in 2018.

Tell us about the most influential person(s) in your life?

My teachers—English teachers in particular—are huge inspirations and influences to me. Dr. Kowgios, Dr. Popken, Ms. McCarron, Mr. Chisholm, and Mrs. Johnson. They taught me how to write really well and they were some of the first teachers to start treating us like adults.

Do you have a favorite memory from North Salem schools?

In the beginning of the school year, my AP physics class was doing a lab. Our teacher, Mr. Moste, said that the group with the least percent error got to dump water over his head. Our group didn’t win, but it was a lot of fun to see him get drenched.

What should we know about this year's graduating class?

We are a funny grade. There is always someone to make us laugh (intentionally, or not).

What are your plans for next year?

I will be studying Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts.

What are you looking forward to after high school?

I’m looking forward to having a nice summer before college - hanging out with my friends, working and having a good time before things have to get serious again.

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