Stonington High School,
Emily Gullotti, the valedictorian, approaches the classroom with curiosity and confidence. "I took challenging classes because I wanted to challenge myself," she told the Mystic River Press. "I didn't do it for anyone else. I don't remember any time when I've been so stressed out I couldn't take it. I guess I just manage time well."
Gullotti has a black belt in karate and competed in crew for four years. She is a voracious reader, counting "Anna Karenina," "Gone With the Wind" and the Harry Potter books among her favorites. Her summer job at a local beach gives her lots of time to satisfy her bookish bent. "It's the best job in the world--I basically get paid to read," she said.