Head of the class: Woodland’s Vinay Dinesh


The Citizen’s News recently  sat down with the valedictorian and salutatorian from Woodland Regional High School and Naugatuck High School to find out how they felt about graduation and what their plans are for the future. Here’s what they had to say.

Vinay Dinesh

Vinay Dinesh

Woodland Regional High School


  • How does it feel to have earned valedictorian honors?

“It feels quite rewarding to earn such an honor. I am very honored to receive this distinction at my school.”

  • To what to you attribute your success?

“I think a combination of effort and luck allowed me to achieve this success. Certainly there was a lot of effort involved with maintaining high grades over my four years at Woodland, but a little luck must surely have been a factor. Also I feel that the support of my parents, sister, friends, and teachers was a critical factor in my success.”

  • What are your plans after graduation?

“I plan on attending the University of Pennsylvania next year. I am currently planning on majoring in physics at Penn, but also hope to go on to law school after graduating college.”

  • What is your fondest memory of high school?

“My fondest memory is perhaps this last year of high school. From lunch every day to advisory, my friends and I had a great time, formed closer bonds than ever before, and the year itself was quite challenging yet fun.”

  • What message would you like to give your fellow graduates?

“In my speech at graduation, I sought to leave my fellow graduates with a quote from Robert Frost. I want to encourage each and every graduate to ‘take the road less traveled by.’ I graduated with a truly amazing and diverse group and so I know that if my fellow graduates take Frost’s advice, they will change the world.”