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Parry top of class at Saint Mary’s

Ashley Charnley | Thursday, March 5, 2009

Saint Mary’s valedictorian, senior Courtney Parry, said she is very grateful to her professors and the faculty who have helped her throughout her four years on campus.

“I owe a great deal of gratitude to the professors and faculty I have learned from over the past four years. My professors have inspired me to want to learn more about their discipline, and have excited me about my own ability to make a difference in the world,” Parry said.

Parry, a mathematics and economics double major with a 3.99 GPA according to a press release, was not planning on becoming valedictorian.

“I was not working toward this goal specifically, and was very surprised when I first learned about the designation. I had honestly given my class rank very little thought prior to learning about my status,” Parry said.

Parry has also been involved in many other organizations on campus. She is the student member of the Board of Trustees and is currently administrative resident advisor for Holy Cross Hall after two years of being a resident advisor in the same building, according to a press release.

Parry has also been a member of the math honor society, Pi Mu Epsilon, since her sophomore year and is now president of the Saint Mary’s chapter. She said she enjoyed her math classes and fellow math students.

“I would certainly say that, in general, I have enjoyed the tight-knit math department. Math majors can frequently be found in the math resource room working in small groups, trying different problem-solving techniques,” Parry said.

She also recognized that her four years here have gone by very quickly.

“Though it sounds a bit cliché, I would certainly advise upcoming students to make the most of every minute of their time as a student. Four years goes by so quickly,” Parry said.

Parry’s fondest memories were not necessarily found in the classroom.

“I have always enjoyed the Heritage week dinner as it is such a wonderful bonding opportunity for students to come together and learn more about Saint Mary’s traditions,” Parry said.

While Parry has not yet decided what she is doing after graduation, she did have some advice for underclassman at Saint Mary’s.

“I would encourage upcoming students to always try their hardest and work to make each day better than the day that came before,” Parry said.

Parry graduated from Marquette High School in Michigan City in 2005.

Saint Mary’s commencement will take place May 16 at noon on the LeMans Green.