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RHS Sisters Jacqueline and Josephine Wu Honored as Class of 2020 Valedictorian and Salutatorian at Board of Education Meeting


At the Board of Education meeting on May 19th, Randolph High School proudly announced that sisters Jacqueline and Josephine Wu are this year’s Valedictorian and Salutatorian. Josephine, this year’s Salutatorian, has earned a weighted GPA of 5.025. She has taken 12 AP classes at Randolph High School. Her interests include English, history, and AP Research. She has earned her AP Capstone Diploma by successfully passing both the AP Seminar and Research exams along with a minimum of 4 other AP exams of her choice. This places her in a prestigious group of high school students who have earned this AP Diploma in addition to her high school diploma.


Cello is a huge part of Josephine’s life and she is a member of multiple orchestra groups. She reports her most meaningful activity as her writing for Redefy which is an international student organization aimed at defying stereotypes and promoting inclusivity. Josephine is described as bubbly, charming, positive and as someone who lights up the room.


Josephine will be attending Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Georgetown is one of the world’s most prestigious universities. In its 2019 review, Forbes ranked the institution as the 15th best in the country and is widely recognized as an industry leader in higher education. She currently intends to study in their School of Foreign Service where she will major in International History with the possibility of a minor in English. “I chose Georgetown because it has a phenomenal program in international relations and I love the D.C. location,” Josephine said. “I don't know what career I want to pursue yet, but I am considering academia, diplomacy, or law. I've had a long interest in English – I want to write and publish a book one day! – but I also want to explore the connections between the world, the past, and the future and use these skills to grapple with real-world issues.”


Josephine is thankful for the opportunities she has had at Randolph, and looks forward to what the future will hold. “Randolph means a lot to me! It's the place where I met most of my friends and learned how to collaborate,” Josephine said. “I'm really going to miss my teachers who have supported me and believed in me when I didn't believe in myself. Randolph truly has some of the best teachers, and the care and effort they provide knows no bounds. I'll also miss orchestra with all my friends, where I made some of the best memories ever. Without the support of my friends and teachers, I wouldn't be where I am today. Randolph truly is an amazing home, and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world!”


Jacqueline Wu is the Class of 2020 Valedictorian. Jacqueline boasts a GPA of 5.048 and has taken 12 Advanced Placement classes at Randolph High School. Her interests include AP Biology and AP Chemistry and, in her words, “finds molecular interactions, especially those in the body, fascinating.”


Jacqueline has found fencing to be among one of her favorite activities and states that it has taught her self-motivation and has helped her move toward achieving her goals. Jacqueline continued to follow her passion for fencing as well as maintaining her position as principal violinist in the NJ Youth Academy Orchestra. Her fencing sabre squad took first place in the County Championships and sixth place in the state tournament.


Jacqueline will be attending Rice University in Houston, Texas. Like Georgetown University where her sister Josephine will be attending, Rice is also one of the world’s most prestigious universities. U.S. News and World Report ranked the institution as the 17th best in the country and is widely recognized as an industry leader in higher education particularly for its dedication to research. She intends to study Computational and Applied Mathematics or Computer Science as well as Economics. “Though I am still unsure of what career to pursue, I am interested in prospects that combine computation, math, and finance, such as a career in quantitative finance,” Jacqueline said. “After taking AP Computer Science A, AP Calculus BC, and AP Economics this past year, I wanted to delve more into these fields of study. I chose to continue my education at Rice because I felt drawn to its smaller size, commitment to research, and flexible and interdisciplinary academics.”


Like her sister, Jacqueline has a very bright future ahead of her. She is grateful for the memories she has created during her time in Randolph, and looks forward to how she will apply what she has learned as an adult. “The Randolph community is so important to me because I believe that they have shaped my character and ambitions,” Jacqueline said. “I moved to Randolph in the fifth grade, and I cannot imagine being in another school district instead. I will definitely miss the teachers the most because of all their support and dedication to education.”


Randolph High School Debbie Iosso was honored to present these students achievements at the board meeting. “I am so impressed with not only the academic achievement of these young adults, but of their stated commitments to making this world a better place,” Mrs. Iosso said. “I can’t wait to see what the Wu sisters can bring to the world. We wish them all of our very best as they graduate Randolph High School.”


Congratulations Jacqueline and Josephine on your distinguished honors. We wish you all the best at Georgetown and Rice.


For more information on last night’s board meeting, please see the summary and PowerPoint in the link below: