M-W senior named OU BOCES valedictorian

on June 19, 2019

Sabrina Trimblett is named valedictorian of OU BOCES. She poses with her robot.Best wishes to Monroe-Woodbury High School senior Sabrina Trimblett who has been named Valedictorian for Orange-Ulster BOCES Class of 2019, Career & Technical Education (CTE) program. Two graduations. One Valedictorian speech. Multiple recognitions. A bright future. WOW!

Congratulations, Sabrina! We sat down with Sabrina to learn about her time at both M-W and O-U BOCES:

Q: How many years have you attended school at M-W?
A: I grew up in the district. I attended Sapphire and Pine Tree Elementary.

Q: Do you see any of your teachers from when you were young?
A: As part of my English class this year, I actually visited my old classroom at Sapphire  and saw Ms. Pfiefer. I remember passing around Lavender the Bear and taking it home for the weekend!

Q: When did you start attending O-U BOCES Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs?
A: As a junior. Sophomore year we visited to try out classes. I chose computer programming and digital design, because I wanted to go into animation (I am a big Disney fan). Then I visited the computer programming class and saw all the background stuff – coding – and realized you get to program everything to do what you want it to do. I felt the programming side was more my style.

Q: What types of classes have you taken at M-W that have helped give you experience in this field?
A: I took Animation, Advanced Animation and Graphics. This year I also took AP Computer Science Principles, which is more like networking. I’ve taken a mix of both animation and programming that have helped me decide what I want to do in the future.

Q: What classes have you taken at CTE?
A: Computer Programming I and Computer Programming II – one class for 2.5 hours each day.

Q: How did you find out you were Valedictorian?
A: Actually, it was a complete surprise; I was not expecting it at all. I never thought “I can be Valedictorian” or anything like that. I just knew I wanted to do well in this class. When the principal called me down I thought I was in trouble – I had never been in the main office before. 🙂

Q: What are your plans after graduation?
A: I am going to attend SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica, NY and I will study computer and information science.

Q: What do you ultimately want to do?
A: I have a big, very far off dream goal, which is to work at Disney as an imagineer. An imagineer is an engineer who helps design their parks and hardware. I also like doing robotics and I could work on the animatronics. That’s my big, big goal. But mostly what I want is to work at a good company where I can use the tools I’ve learned and make a successful career for myself that I will enjoy.

Q: Who is your favorite Disney character?
A: Peter Pan. I relate to him most because he’s a dreamer who goes after what he wants, despite all obstacles. Peter Pan exemplifies what Walt Disney said, “growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional.”

Q: What will you speak about as Valedictorian?
A: I want to thank administration for allowing us to go outside the norms of math, English and science – and encouraging us to try things. A lot of people don’t ever find what they are passionate about. Coming here, I found my passion for coding.

Q: Who do you want to thank?
A: There are a lot of people to thank! First, my family. Definitely my CTE teacher Mr. Hopper and the principals of both Monroe-Woodbury High School and BOCES, because without their collaboration, I wouldn’t be here. I feel like a piece of me would be missing.

Q: What advice would you give to younger students?
A: If you want to go in a different direction, off the beaten path, do it. Always go down the path less traveled. As J.R.R. Tolkien says, “Not all who wander are lost.” You can always find your way, even if it’s not the way everyone else wants you to go.