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This issue of The New Dealer honors FDR’s finest.  Valedictorian, Melagras (Mila) Mirzakandova and Salutatorian, Besmira Alija.  We are proud to recognize their achievements and give them the opportunity to address their school.

Valedictorian- Melagras Mirzakandova

It is hard to believe that four years ago, we walked into FDR as nervous 9th graders, not knowing what to expect from this new environment. When I first opened the envelope and saw that I would be going to FDR, I was hesitant to attend, but I gave it a chance. After the first few months of freshman year, I realized that attending FDR was the best decision I ever made. These past four years have been incredible. The trip to the amusement park, the opening of the time capsule, and the homecoming dance are all unforgettable memories that I will cherish forever. I will never forget the moments we shared, the lessons we learned, and the laughs we had along the way. Our teachers have successfully guided us, by instilling us, the knowledge that we need to pave the road to our future. They taught us to realize our potential, challenge ourselves, learn from our mistakes, and never give up. I am eternally grateful that I had the chance to spend my four years of high school beside all of you! Thank you all for being an essential part of my life. FDR High School will always hold a special place in my memories! Once a cougar, always a cougar!

Salutatorian- Besmira Alija

For the past four years of my life, FDR has provided me with a home away from home. Words cannot describe how thankful I am to have been a part of the FDR Family. I’ve met teachers and guidance counselors that have motivated me and molded me into the person I am today. I’ve met friends who have stuck by my side and provided me with all the love and support anyone could ever ask for. With all the countless hours spent studying, the lack of sleep and the accumulation of stress throughout my years of high school, I would not exchange any of it for the world. To all the teachers and guidance counselors I’ve become acquainted with, thank you. Thank you for believing in me and thank you for being genuine, amazing individuals. I’d also like to give thanks to my friends and family. You have all loved and supported me unconditionally, and I can honestly say I would not be the same person I am today without you all. With that, I wish my FDR family the best of luck in all present and future affairs.

Have a great time in college ladies!  Always remember you have a home here in Cougar Country!