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  • (Left to right) State senator Bryan Simonaire, delegate Nic Kipke, valedictorian Alexis Bianco and valedictorian Sarah Davis.
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    (Left to right) State senator Bryan Simonaire, delegate Nic Kipke, valedictorian Alexis Bianco and valedictorian Sarah Davis.
  • (Left) Taylor Paul and (right) valedictorian Alexis Bianco at Chesapeake High School’s 2018 graduation ceremony.
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    (Left) Taylor Paul and (right) valedictorian Alexis Bianco at Chesapeake High School’s 2018 graduation ceremony.

From Cougar To Blue Devil: Alexis Bianco Heads To Duke

Maya Pottiger
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June 12, 2018

From the minute she got to high school, Alexis Bianco knew it would be a competitive journey to become the valedictorian of Chesapeake.

“As soon as we came in freshman year, the goal was to be valedictorian,” Bianco said. “You have to take the most AP and honors classes you possibly can, get A’s in them, you can’t mess up once. You basically have to do the most you can without burning yourself out.”

During her time at Chesapeake, Bianco played JV softball; she was a member of the math team; and she participated in National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and art club.

In the end, it all worked out. Bianco is one of the two valedictorians from Chesapeake High School’s class of 2018.

“I really wanted to get into one of my dream schools. That was my biggest thing,” Bianco said. “I really wanted to get into my dream school, whatever I perceived that to be.”

Though her dream school changed over the years, after Bianco visited Duke University for the first time, she couldn’t stop thinking about it.

“I went to some other schools, but I couldn’t stop thinking about Duke. That was kind of a sign,” Bianco said. “I went for it and I applied early decision, and I got in.”

Bianco plans to go pre-med at Duke, where she will double-major in biology and chemistry and minor in a foreign language if she can fit it in.

In her spare time, Bianco likes to paint. During her junior year of high school, she and the art club painted a mural of the international space station, the earth, the sun, a couple of planets and a big galaxy for math teacher Alfred Kasimov.

“The teachers I was really close with, they’re some of my favorite people I’ve ever met,” Bianco said. “My math teacher, Mr. Kasimov, he was my favorite teacher I’ve ever had. He was an awesome person.”

Now that she achieved her goals of earning the valedictorian title and getting into her dream school, Bianco set new goals: do well on the MCATs to get into “a good med school,” pursue an internship and become a neurosurgeon.

“I really like the brain. I think it’s really interesting,” Bianco said. “In terms of doctors, the field really appeals to me. I like helping people. I like anything that’s science and nerdy.”

Though Bianco is excited about moving to North Carolina, she will miss her younger sister, Sophia.

“We’re talking about getting friendship lamps,” Bianco said. “It’s a little lamp, and when you touch it, the other lamp lights up no matter how far away you are.”

Despite Sophia and Bianco not being in high school together, there was still academic competition between them.

“She always has to beat me at everything,” Bianco said. “When it comes to school, she’s me. It’s really funny. She probably could be [valedictorian], too. That would be awesome.”


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