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Milan Mistry: Class of 2024 Salutatorian

This year’s graduating class features many smart and talented individuals who will go on to achieve great things. One of these outstanding students is Milan Mistry. Milan Mistry is well-known across Valley for his involvement in sports, clubs, and academics. 

Obtaining this title was not an easy feat. Milan’s “well blended balance of dedicated studying, exceptional support system, and mental strength” allowed him to succeed academically. Through his efforts and seeking help from others, Milan pushed his limits, improved himself, and corrected his faults. There were many difficulties along the way, but Milan never gave in to stress or frustration. Prioritizing his well-being and maintaining a positive outlook, Milan’s subsequent success was made apparent. 

Milan’s success is not limited to his academic rigor; he is a decorated Varsity Cross Country and Track and Field Athlete. Milan is a 9-time Scholar Athlete, 3-time First Team All-County, 2024 Passaic County Champion in the Outdoor 3200m Race, 3-time First Team All-Conference, and 3-time States Qualifier. He was also awarded the NJSIAA Scholar-Athlete Award. 

In addition to athletics, Milan is also a member of DECA and one of Valley’s first state qualifiers for Sports Entertainment and Marketing SOLO. 

Milan participated in many activities outside of Valley. He was a hospital volunteer at St. Joseph where he attended to patients, restocked hospital supplies, and followed the instructions of medical staff. Milan has also helped his community by participating in a cooperatively led 6,500 canned food drive. For 13 years, Milan attended Vivekananda Vidyapith: an academy of Indian Philosophy and Culture. By gaining knowledge of language, Hindu scripture, and music, Milan’s culture has shaped him into who he is today.

Milan is going to Georgia Tech for Biomedical Engineering on a Pre-Med Track. He wants to develop a biomedical company and later go to medical school.

Milan thanks his family for their overwhelming support. “My family has been my greatest motivating force, as the sacrifices they have all made and the stresses they have endured for me have supported my growth, happiness, and success.” When he found out about salutatoriancy, Milan was grateful for each individual that contributed to his personal development.

Milan advises his peers “to always challenge themselves, but in doing so, have a well crafted approach, so they are best prepared and least stressed. Do not be overwhelmed about grades and instead focus on developing a connection to the topics you are learning. Always establish connections with and respect others. Do not be afraid to ask for guidance or support as there is no shame in learning. Take every opportunity presented to you and if an opportunity is not explicit, create the opportunity. Make sure to just have fun and live in the moment.”

Good luck Milan and the rest of Wayne Valley Class of 2024–in college and beyond!

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Sarah Bensaid, Senior News and Features Editor
Sarah is the Senior News and Features Editor. She enjoys crochet, sewing and language learning, and drinking bubble tea. Her favorite color is brown and her favorite ice cream flavor is raspberry. Her favorite class at Valley is Child Development. After graduation. she hopes to travel around the world and get a DNP in Neonatal nursing.

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