Brandon Ngo, Valedictorian
Beginning his life as a shy introvert, Brandon Ngo always looked up to his peers and never felt confident in himself. He was merely an admirer and a follower who had dreams of one day becoming someone people could look up to. Brandon was, metaphorically, trapped in a cocoon with only hope to motivate him. He wanted so badly to break out of his shell and take flight to achieve goals that lie out of his reach, but always felt he was not good enough. After years of personal strife and many disappointments, Brandon has finally become what he only dreamed of years before. He is Basha High School’s valedictorian, blood drive coordinator and 2013 prom king. With 18 years under his belt, Brandon has accomplished remarkable feats such as winning a first place award at the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair with his research partner. His accomplishments and character qualities have earned him a place among Duke University’s Class of 2017. Humbled by his past and driven by what lies ahead, Brandon feels his greatest success is the fact that he is a model and source of inspiration for younger students, especially Basha’s Accelerated Middle School students. Brandon has become a well respected leader and a top ranked student, but most importantly, he has become someone his younger self can loop up to and say, I’m proud.
Andrew Thomas Kaye, Salutatorian
Having been born and raised in Chandler, you may think that I have lived a sheltered life, but that is not the case. I have visited almost every single state in the U.S., and have seen the landmarks, the movement of history, the cultures of different cities and towns in our country. I was surprised to learn that some of the smallest towns in the middle of nowhere offer the most interesting experiences and provide valuable insight on how to live. In terms of my life in Arizona, I have loved every moment of it. I went to private school for kindergarten through second grade, and then moved to the public school system. It was very intriguing to find out how far ahead I had become coming from a private school. My math skills were two grades ahead on average and similarly with my writing and reading talents. Being in public school, I made the most of my education by being involved in clubs, student council, work and sports, all while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. I enjoyed my time with friends and appreciated the efforts of all my teachers who tried very hard to each me the material I would need to know for later in my career. One of my only goals throughout high school was to have no regrets going into college, and as of now, I have none. I look forward to the future and am ready for what lies ahead.