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Millis High School Announces Valedictorian and Salutatorian for Class of 2023

Above, Valedictorian Lilly Cassidy

Millis High School is proud to announce the Valedictorian and Salutatorian for its graduating Class of 2023.

Lilly Cassidy will be recognized at graduation ceremonies as the class Valedictorian. Lilly achieved the highest cumulative grade point average for the class. Lilly has been recognized with several awards throughout high school, including the Sarah Koenig Award for excellence in AP Language and Composition, Zinn Award for Excellence in AP US History, Award for Excellence in Honors Pre-calc, the Barnard Book Award, and she is an AP Scholar with Honor. She is a Global Scholar at MHS, which is a selective academic program where students apply and are chosen by the faculty. As an MHS Global Scholar, Lilly purposefully has taken a range of interdisciplinary academic studies and has completed several community service projects. A member of the varsity tennis team for the past 3 years, she was elected by her teammates to be Captain for her senior year. She has participated in Destination Imagination (DI) for 12 years, which focuses on solving STEAM-related challenges, presenting collaborative solutions at state and national tournaments. Lilly and her DI team have competed at the state championships nearly every year, where they have placed as one of the top 3 teams several times, and competed at the DI national/global level competition. At school, Lilly is the president of Amnesty International, working with her classmates to raise awareness about global issues. She has been in the drama club throughout high school and is a valued member of the high school chorus as well. She is also a member of the library council and writes for our school newspaper, The Crimson Post. She will be attending Wellesley College next fall, where she will double major in Biology and Mathematics. Lilly is the daughter of Myles and Theresa Cassidy of Millis.

 Salutatorian John "Jack" Burns


John ‘Jack’ Burns is Millis High School’s Salutatorian for the Class of 2023. Jack has received several awards throughout high school in recognition of his hard work and leadership, including the Harvard Prize Book Award for excellence in scholarship and high character, and the Superintendent’s Award for Academic Excellence and Community Leadership. He is President of the National Honor Society, treasurer of the Chemistry Club, and co-president of the Junior Leo’s Club. He is a member of the Student Council and Peer Leaders club. Jack has organized and participated in countless community service projects through his membership in each club and truly goes above and beyond in each position to get to know others and help other kids feel included and confident. Jack is also an impressive athlete and captain of both the winter and spring varsity track and field teams. He is an accomplished Martial Arts and Karate participant locally and nationally on the United States National Karate Team. He twice competed on Team USA, is an 8x medalist, and is a World Champion in extreme forms. Jack has also mentored and taught dozens of other students through his participation in Martial Arts. Jack is a product of Millis’ Grades 1-12 Spanish Immersion program, and is fluent in Spanish as a result. Jack will be attending Boston College in the fall, where he will be majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Spanish. Jack is the son of Jon and Laura Burns of Millis.

Millis High School will graduate a class of 71 students during its 120th commencement exercises, being held on campus at Welch Memorial Field, June 1, 2023, at 6pm.