Senior Nicholas Valin on graduating and the future


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Nick Valin's advice for incoming students is to get involved early. "I'm really glad that once I actually got to Niwot I got involved in a lot of stuff and it made the experience a lot more meaningful and I got to meet a lot more friends and people."

Niwot senior Nicholas Valin wasn't always the confident, aspirational young adult he is today. In fact, after going to private school and then being homeschooled for freshman year, his transition to Niwot was somewhat jarring.

"I was new as a sophomore, so for the first two days of school, I didn't know anyone and was silent," he said, laughing at the memory. "[But] I made a lot of friends after that."

Valin quickly became involved in the high school's forensics team, student council, Model UN and Politics Club; and in all of those organizations, he became a rising star. Not only is he a tw...

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