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Oxford High School Class of 2019 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Oxford, Mississippi (April 22, 2019) — Oxford High School’ s graduation is set for 6:00 pm on Friday, May 24, 2019 at the Tad Smith Coliseum on the campus of the University of Mississippi. The Class of 2019 Commencement will be led by Valedictorian, Marawan Elgohry and Salutatorian, Siena Cizdziel.

Valedictorian, Marawan Elgohry Valedictorian, Marawan Elgohry

Marawan Elgohry is leading his class with a 4.69 GPA. He has chosen to attend Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia to study Economic Statistics.

Marawan has also been recognized as a National Speech & Debate (NSDA) All-American, and a two-time Ocean Bowl National Competitor. At Emory next year, he is “looking forward to the new challenges that come with rigorous academic courses, especially in my chosen field of Math. I’m very excited to learn new techniques, new material, and new levels of analysis that come with these classes.”

Marawan wants to encourage underclassmen to “start assignments early, as doing so has always made my life easier. I’ve also found listening to some instrumental music while studying has made time go by much faster and has made it much easier for me to stay focused.”

Marawan is the son of Mona Haron and Moustafa Elgohry.

Salutatorian, Siena Cizdziel Salutatorian, Siena Cizdziel

Siena Cizdziel is named Salutatorian with a 4.57 GPA. Siena has chosen to attend Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut to study Engineering. Siena has served as the Envirothon captain, placing 6th & 8th international competitions, Lincoln-Douglas Debate Captain- two-time National Speech & Debate (NSDA) Qualifier, Intel International Science & Engineering Fair Finalist, and is an MIT Women’s Technology Program alumni.

“I’m looking forward to the wide array of classes that I’ll be able to take at a liberal arts college in subjects I’ve never really been exposed to before, like bioethics in law or philosophy. I absolutely love the interdisciplinary nature of Yale.”

When asked about her study habits, Siena said “I’ve always studied by going to a quiet place (alone) and teaching myself the material out loud. I’ll read over the notes, repeating important information until I have it memorized. In general, I try to understand and follow a thought process to get to the answer rather than rely on rote memorization. To do that, I’ll stop after important information and explain the information again to myself in my own words.”

Siena is the daughter of James and Liming Cizdziel.