Class of 2020 Valedictorian and Salutatorian
Sisters are at the top of the class
Twins Stacey and Lyndsay Rosenfeld have done just about everything together and now will share one more special moment in their lives. The two will be making speeches at the upcoming Class of 2020 graduation. Lyndsay will do so in her role as valedictorian and Stacey as salutatorian.
“I don’t think we are competitive with each other, but my dad does joke that she is the smarter one,” Stacey said, all in good fun, of course.
The two recently took a few minutes to reflect on their education and future. One thing the sisters loved about Port Chester High School was the opportunity to engage in numerous extracurricular activities.
“You have a lot of choice about what you want to take, and a lot of extracurricular options. You have a big community in the school,” Lyndsay said.
Throughout high school, Lyndsay was the stage manager for the drama club and helped with the lighting for a number of shows too. She also played flute in the band and was the section leader, and served as treasurer of the Gay-Straight Alliance for the past two years.
“There was a lot of choice about what you could do,” Stacey said of her high school, adding, that she felt the teachers enjoyed their work too.
Stacey played the snare drum and was the section leader. She also did indoor percussion and played on the drumline. She was the captain of the bowling team and played softball, serving as the junior varsity captain. She also served as secretary of the Tri-M Honor Society.
The former King Street Elementary School students are getting ready for a return to the school in the fall. Lyndsay will be attending Purdue University and is considering a degree in applied mathematics. She is thinking that eventually she would like to go to medical school. Stacey will be heading south to the University of Alabama to study environmental engineering. She would like to get her master’s degree and one day work for the Environmental Protection Agency and research climate change.
Like their classmates, they have had to adjust to distance learning during a time that should have been filled with special end-of-year activities celebrating the Class of 2020. It was a transition that came easy for them. However, both said they like to keep their school separate from their home life, something that was difficult to do.
“I thought what was the most challenging was that you were home the entire time,” Stacey said. “Usually school and at home are two separate places. Here it was hard to get into the mentality of I am not home to relax, I still have to get my work done.”
Lyndsay said she struggled with getting into a routine.
“But once I was able to do that, I was able to get my work done,” she said.
Being out of school has given them both more time to spend with family, something the two said they would treasure.
Stacey said that there were times when she would not see her parents because she was busy with school and sports. By the time she got home, they would have eaten and sometimes gone to bed. In the last few months, they have enjoyed more time together. In addition, her family has also been using Zoom to connect with extended family, virtually visiting with them a couple times of week rather than a few times a year.
“I find it nice to be relaxed between the transition from high school to college,” Lyndsay said. “We’re not just jumping in straightaway. We have time to calm down and I think it’s going to make the transition easier.”
As they begin to think about what the fall will bring, including leaving the community they love, they reflected on what they will miss.
For Stacey, it’s the diversity of her community and school. That, and the food — the Peruvian and Italian restaurants in Port Chester.
Lyndsay said she has been thinking about being by herself in the Midwest and away from home. Purdue has canceled all breaks from the start of school through Thanksgiving, at which point she will come home for a visit.
“That is longer than I was expecting not to see people,” she said. As for those closer to home, she will miss her high school and the relationships she has with her teachers.
Before they leave for college, however, they both have one additional assignment to complete. They have to write speeches to share with the Class of 2020. Stacey said she is still thinking about the message she would like to convey, while Lyndsay said she talk about how strong her class is for having gone through the pandemic.
“We can make some changes in the world,” is one theme she is considering. She added that she and her classmates are already working to do just that, having participated in some of the recent Black Lives Matter protests.
“I want to be central to how we can affect our world,” she said.