5 Questions With Hoboken High's Valedictorian

Leslie Markevitch has been an active student during her high school career and doesn't plan to slow down any time soon.

Leslie Markevitch (Contributed photo)
Leslie Markevitch (Contributed photo)
Leslie Markevitch says her greatest challenge is time management.

But when you consider the amount of extracurricular activities the Hoboken High School's valedictorian has been a part of, you'd understand why she's had a tough time prioritizing.

The Bucknell University-bound Markevitch has been a yearbook layoff designer, the secretary for the National Honor Society, Senior Student Council and Class Committee of 2014, and a member of the high school's literary magazine, environmental science club, chorus, the math, drama and poetry clubs, and she's performed on stage and has been a forward/midfielder for the girls soccer team the past two years.

Markevitch, 18, has also traveled to San Francisco with Harvard Model Congress, wrote a memoir for the Student Press Initiative and is a published author with her book "Out of Darkness."

In her free time outside of school, Markevitch works part time for an online bridal shop and contributes blog posts to a teen health magazine sponsored by Rutgers.

She doesn't plan to slow down when she gets to college, either.

Markevitch wants to join outdoor clubs and be involved in literary publications, college radio, theater and fine arts programs, student government and the debate team at Bucknell.

Find out more about Markevitch:

What are you most looking forward to in college?

Having the opportunity to further explore my interests, meet new people and to continue my education.

What will you miss most about high school? 

I will miss my friends and teachers.

What has been your greatest challenge?

Time management. There is only so much time to do everything you want to do and you have to prioritize. High school has taught me how to make the most of the time I am given.

What do you expect your emotions to be like on graduation day?

While I am happy to be graduating and moving on to the next phase in my life, I am sad to be parting ways with the many wonderful people I met over the last four years. 

What's your message to the Class of 2014?

Be dauntless.


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