Andrew Burnell and Ryan McGinnis are CHS

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vv val and salRyan McGinnis, 2013 salutatorian, and Andrew Burnell, 2013 valedictorian. Courtesy photoCedarcrest High School seniors Andrew Burnell and Ryan McGinnis will lead their 2013 graduating class as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.

Andrew Burnell earned his honor and title as valedictorian maintaining a consistent 4.0 GPA throughout his entire high school run. He has achieved this level of success while taking 16 Honors/AP classes at Cedarcrest, including AP language and composition, AP calculus 1 and 2, AP statistics, AP U.S. Government, AP literature, AP computer science, and honors physics, chemistry and biology.

This year’s valedictorian cited the recent emergence of the Cedarcrest Stealth Robotics team as an influence on where his future endeavors may take him. Andrew was one of the founders of the CHS Robotics team and served as the Head of Hardware and Head of Robot in each of the last two years. Andrew also served as the founder and president of Cedarcrest Science Club in 2011-12 and has been a member of National Honor Society since 2010.

For Ryan McGinnis, he has balanced academics and burgeoning success with Cedarcrest’s Track and Field team on his road to earning his salutatorian honor, finishing at Cedarcrest with a cumulative 3.97 GPA.

After what he describes as a rough start to his track and field career his sophomore year, McGinnis became a consistent qualifier in the triple jump in the Cascade Conference Championships and has earned several varsity letters, even earning a spot in the district championships his junior year.

Complementing his athletic success, McGinnis has also developed strong knowledge in the areas of math and science and he hopes to draw on those strengths as he pursues engineering as a college major.

Weighing his options, Andrew Burnell is presently wait-listed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is considering both the computer engineering program at the California Institue of Technology and the computer science program at University of Washington.

Ryan McGinnis is hoping to find a balance between engineering and athletics, narrowing his college considerations to Washington State, Gonzaga and Oregon State in the fall.

Both Burnell and McGinnis are unassuming and humble about their achievements but each acknowledged that earning this achievement serves as recognition for years of hard work and dedication.

The senior class graduation and commencement ceremonies will be held on Friday, June 14 at 7 p.m. at Overlake Christian Church in Redmond.

The Riverview School District proudly congratulates Andrew Burnell and Ryan McGinnis for earning the distinction of being Cedarcrest’s 2013 valedictorian and salutatorian and celebrates the hard work, dedication, and achievements of everyone comprising the Class of 2013.

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