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Newark High School names top students for class of 2024

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Newark High School has announced the valedictorian and salutatorian for its Class of 2024.

Valedictorian Beatrice Van Riper, daughter of Deborah and Kenneth Van Riper, has achieved a GPA of 98.53. She plans to attend Nazareth University, where she will double major in elementary education and dance studies. During her time at NHS, Van Riper has been an active member of the National Honor Society and participated in various vocal, instrumental, and performing arts activities. She has been involved in Drama Club, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Choir, and jazz band, and has also excelled in choir and band competitions.

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Salutatorian Ian Murphy, son of Tere and John Murphy Sr., has a GPA of 98.39. He will attend UNC Charlotte, though he is currently undecided on his major. Murphy has been active in Drama Club, Film Club, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Newark FUSION, Chamber Choir, and numerous other vocal and instrumental groups. He has also participated in various sports including golf, cross country, swimming, and tennis. Outside of school, Murphy works at his family’s business, Paul L. Murphy & Sons Funeral Home in Newark.