Spotlight showcasing Woodbridge High School valedictorian and salutatorian
Posted on 08/02/2018
Woodbridge High School valedictorian and salutatoriansValedictorian, Nicholas Parente
Woodbridge High School valedictorian Nicholas Parente














Nicholas Parente, Woodbridge High School valedictorian, says he was inspired by his teacher and robotics coach, Carlos Castro, to pursue a STEM career path. He said he enjoys putting his math and science knowledge to practical use. Nicholas will be studying applied math and computer science this fall at Johns Hopkins University.

Extracurricular Activities:

Robotics Club – Team Captain
Academic Team – Co-captain
National Honor Society
Math Honor Society
Advanced Placement® (AP) Scholar
Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
Woodbridge Learning Center

Academic Achievements and Honors:


Academic Letter
VEX Robotics World Championship Science Division Design Award (2015)
VEX Robotics World Championship Qualifier (twice)
VEX Robotics Virginia State Championship Create Award (2016)
2017 Scholastic Bowl Cardinal District Champions
Outstanding Functions/Analytic Geometry Student (2015-16)
Outstanding AP World History Student (2015-16)
Outstanding AP US History Student (2016-17)
Outstanding AP Calculus BC Student (2016-17)
Outstanding Overall Math Student (2017-18)
Youth Salute Selection for Woodbridge Senior High School

Community Involvement:

SySTEMic Solutions VEX Robotics Summer Camps mentor
Math Honor Society and Woodbridge Learning Center tutor
Wounded Warrior CrossFit Games athlete liaison
VEX Robotics Competitions volunteer
The Knights of Columbus at the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church volunteer

Schools Attended:

Lake Ridge Elementary School
Lake Ridge Middle School

College plans:

Nicholas will be attending Johns Hopkins University in the fall. He plans to double major in applied math and computer science.


Co-Salutatorian, Caroline Finken
Woodbridge High School salutatorian Caroline Finken














Caroline Finken, Woodbridge High School co-salutatorian, was inspired and nurtured by her mother to pursue studies in art history and economics. She said, “My mother majored in economics and minored in art history, and I hope to do the same as her, with the end goal of becoming an art dealer so that I can cultivate a love of art in others like my mother did for me.” Caroline heads to Brown University this fall to study both economics and art history.

Extracurricular Activities:

Varsity Cross Country and Track
Sinfonietta Orchestra- 2nd chair cello
Cello Choir
Prince William All-County Orchestra (2016 and 2018)
Student Council – Captain of Merchandise
Tri-M Music Honor Society – Treasurer
National Honor Society
AP Scholars Program
Prince William County Student Leadership Conference (2015)
Orchestra Pit Instrumentalist for The Addams Family (2018)

Academic Achievements and Honors:

Academic Honor Roll (2014-2018)
Pre-AP World History Student of the Year (2014-15)
AP French 5 Student of the Year (2016-17)
AP Macroeconomics Student of the year (2016-17)
Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction
Outstanding Social Studies Overall Student (2017-18)
2018 Presidential Scholars Program Nominee
Early College Scholars Program (2018)
President’s Education Awards Program for Outstanding Academic Achievement (2018)
2017 Virginia Girls State Delegate

Community Involvement:

Writing Center tutor
Senior Altar Server at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors National Seminar volunteer

Schools Attended:

Old Bridge Elementary School
Lake Ridge Middle School

College plans:

Caroline will attend Brown University in the fall to study economics and art history.


Co-Salutatorian, Ryan Oubre
Woodbridge High School salutatorian Ryan Oubre















Ryan Oubre, Woodbridge High School co-salutatorian, says competitive robotics acted as a gateway to engineering, which he plans to continue studying at Virginia Tech this fall. He said, “I plan on continuing this everlasting dream by studying engineering in college and eventually creating a positive impact on others through a career in engineering.” Ryan and his robotics teammates competed in the Science Division Championship at the VEX Robotics World Championship in 2016 and placed fifth out of 500 teams from 32 countries.

Extracurricular Activities:


Robotics – Programming Lead
Boy Scouts – Eagle Scout

Academic Achievements and Honors:


Engineering Student of the Year for Academic Excellence

Community Involvement:

Scouting for Food – Boy Scout volunteer
Eagle Scout Project
Robotics volunteer
Robotics Summer Camp volunteer

Schools Attended:

Antietam Elementary School
Lake Ridge Middle School

College plans:

Ryan will attend Virginia Tech to study mechanical engineering.


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