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Barrington, NH, resident Krystin A. Kerekes has been named valedictorian of the Nichols College Class of 2011. “It is my pleasure to announce that Krystin earned a 3.992 grade point average,” says Registrar Betin Robichaud, “the highest in her class!”
Kerekes parents always knew she could do great things. “I am grateful that my parents encouraged me to keep my standards high, so that I could reach my full potential,” says Kerekes. Father Leonard is a Newington, NH, police officer, and Mother Kimberly is the Barrington, NH, deputy town clerk.
Kerekes chose Nichols College for its business program and friendly, small campus. With a double major in Marketing and Economics and minor in Psychology, she has the full support of her Nichols professors. “Dr. Hans Despain has always been there to listen to me,” says Kerekes, “and Dr. Larry Muller bolsters my confidence by telling me: ‘You have the world in your hands!’"
Kerekes is in pursuit of her first, full-time position, and hopes it will provide many opportunities for professional growth. “I interned at Sherwin Williams this past summer and am looking for an entry-level position with a New England company in marketing."
Right now, Kerekes is thoroughly enjoying her last semester living in a six-person suite in Copper Beech II. “I made a yummy pot roast last night” she says proudly. And she’s actively involved in campus activities, as president of the Marketing Club, president of Mu Kappa Tau, president of Zeta Alpha Phi, volunteer student ambassador and peer tutor.
Graduation will be a happy and sad day for Kerekes. Her 18-year-old brother, Paul, who enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and is leaving for boot camp on April 12th, will miss the ceremony. “He won’t hear my speech, but I’ll make sure he gets a video of it on CD,” says Kerekes, who is working on her address with Dean Brian McCoy. “I’m going to weave in a little of Plato’s philosophy on how to lead a good life. I hope my Nichols classmates won't forget the good and beauty all around them.”