Class of 2022 valedictorians and salutatorian named


The Catalyst / Clair Sapilewski

Daley, Tam and Lewis were chosen based on GPA, extracurriculars, community service and leadership.

At the 2022 Academic Awards on Thursday, May 19, NDB announced who would be the valedictorians and salutatorian for the Class of 2022. This year, the committee named Peyton Daley and Amanda Tam co-valedictorians and Ali Lewis salutatorian to recognize their effort and success throughout high school.

Co-valedictorian, Peyton Daley represents the pinnacle of excellence at NDB. As a stellar student who is involved in many activities inside and outside of school, Daley truly embodies all that an NDB graduate can accomplish.

Beyond her academic success, she has led the journalism program in the production of The Catalyst for three years, serving as Editor in Chief her senior year, and has been a member of NDB’s varsity cross country team for four years. Outside of the NDB community, she is an equestrian vaulter and qualified for and competed at the World Championships in Le Mans, France in 2021. She has also committed time to service work with local animal shelters, earning the Gold-Level Presidential Service Award.

Daley will be attending Stanford University in the fall where she plans to study earth systems and communications.

“I’ve always been really passionate about saving the climate and environmental science,” said Daley. “And I recently developed such a passion for journalism throughout high school that I want to bring in communications as well because I think that climate change is an issue that can be best solved through collaboration, and communications is a huge part of that.”

Amanda Tam was also named co-valedictorian for her outstanding achievements at NDB. She participated in several AP classes throughout her time in high school and is especially proud of her growth in learning French.

Tam was heavily involved in the mock trial team and credits her skills of public speaking, critical thinking and communication to her experience in the program.

“Always work hard. Find the right people who support you and in turn, support them and do the things you’re passionate about and then just continue to do them at the 100% level,” advised Tam.

Tam will attend UCLA next year and hopes to study psychology which she truly became interested in during her AP Psychology course her junior year.

Ali Lewis earned the role of salutatorian for the Class of ‘22 due to her phenomenal leadership and academic capabilities. From her years on student council to her several athletic awards to her academic achievements, Lewis represents all of NDB’s core values.

Lewis is especially proud of her involvement in athletics, as she was the captain of her varsity lacrosse team and a member of the varsity golf team. She also served as the Director of Communications on ASB this year.

“I will definitely take with me to not be afraid to get involved and get out there and to just try so many different things because eventually you’ll find what you’re really good at and what you’re passionate about,” she shared.

Lewis plans to study business at the University of Washington, Seattle next year. Although she does not know exactly what she hopes to pursue after college, she feels that business is a great place to start.