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Somers Valedictorian: "It's not about me."

Somers High School Valedictorian Isaac Shelby loves learning -- both as a verb and a noun.

Isaac described his father as a computer geek and his mother as a professional tutor. "They taught me that learning is fun," he said. Between the influence of his parents and the great teachers he encountered at Somers High, he has come to treasure both the experience of learning and the information he accumulates along the way.

In fact, Isaac would eventually like to become a teacher himself and work with students who are hungry for knowledge. He imagines it would be a lot of fun and very gratifying.

Isaac earned the valedictory honor because he had the highest GPA, averaged over three and a half years. It was 98.6. In the fall he will be off to Carnegie Mellon University to major in physics.

On the non-academic side, Isaac is also grateful to his track and cross-country coach, Tim Fulton. "He showed me how to do things I never thought I could," he said. Isaac runs a 4.32 mile. Is that good? "I like to think so," he responded. "Not many high school seniors achieve it."

Another outside influence was his music teacher, John Lissauer. Isaac plays both the saxophone and the clarinet. Lissauer taught him "more than just how to play music." He taught him "how to be an adult. It was a defining experience," he said.

Though his valedictory address has not yet been finalized, Isaac said, "I know no one wants to hear about me. I want to ask other students about their experiences. There are over 250 of us who have gone through 12 years of school together. We've all had unique experiences. I want to take some of those and share them."

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