Concord, Calif. - De La Salle High School is proud to announce the Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Class of 2020. Cameron Katz has been selected as the Valedictorian and William Milosevich has been selected as the Salutatorian. Cameron and William will speak at the school’s commencement ceremony that is scheduled to take place on Sunday, August 2 on the De La Salle campus.
“Both Cameron and William embody the best of a De La Salle education, as they are young men of faith, integrity, and scholarship,” said Dr. Heather Alumbaugh, Vice President for Academic Life. “More importantly, they have generously shared their many gifts with their peers, teachers, and entire community during their four years at the school. We have been blessed to witness their intelligence, compassion, thoughtfulness, diligence, and creativity at De La Salle. We are so excited to see what they do next.”
Valedictorian - Cameron Katz ‘20
Throughout his time at De La Salle, Cameron Katz has been recognized with Academic Excellence Awards in world languages, mathematics, performing arts, religious studies, and health and physical education. He has maintained a 4.56 grade point average, while taking eight AP courses.
“Looking back on my time at De La Salle, I have been able to see it for what it truly is: a place of opportunity and growth,” Cameron said. “I feel hopeful knowing that all the lessons we have learned live on in us. We carry the spirit of brotherhood out into the world and that’s what makes us Spartans.”
As a junior, Cameron received the Brother Laurence Allen Memorial Award, recognizing scholarship and service, and the George Eastman Young Leaders Award. Most recently, Cameron was named a 2020 National Merit Scholar and National Hispanic Scholar.
At De La Salle, he was a member of the National Honor Society, the Student Coalition on Respectful Education (SCORE), Peer Mentors, and has been a member of the De La Salle and Carondelet Theatre Company, both on-stage and behind the scenes. He founded the De La Salle Chapter of the Pledge to Humanity Club, which supports local and global service projects. Cameron was actively involved in Campus Ministry and served as Rector for Kairos 126. In addition, he has worked at the Lesher Center for the Arts as a Lead Ticket Scanner the past four years.
Next year, Cameron will attend UCLA as a Pre-Law student, majoring in Political Science. Cameron added, “I am grateful to all of my teachers at De La Salle who not only challenged me, but also inspired me to always reach my potential.”
Salutatorian - William Milosevich ‘20
William Milosevich has consistently taken Honors and AP classes throughout his four years at De La Salle and as a senior took four AP classes. William earned the Overall Academic Excellence award his first three years on campus and also received the Academic Excellence Award in Italian for his work during junior year.
“De La Salle is a place where I have the option to challenge myself to the level I want, and I’m very thankful for that opportunity,” William explained. “Because of the options provided to me by De La Salle, I have been able to thrive and develop into a better student each and every year.”
William has also been on the cross country and long-distance track teams, a house manager for Company’s production of She Kills Monsters, an active member and tutor for De La Salle’s National Honor Society, and was a Rector for Kairos 123. As a sophomore, William participated in the Contra Costa County Science Fair for his AP Biology class, where he was awarded first place in his category of Environmental Engineering, which gave him the opportunity to participate in the State Science Fair.
“I’m very content with the work I’ve been able to do while attending De La Salle,” William said. “The teachers, staff, and coaches at De La Salle have aided me greatly throughout the years, and because of them I have been shown how to thrive as a student, as an athlete, and as a person.”
During his cross country and track and field career, William earned the Scholar-Athlete Award each season since he began running as a sophomore. As a senior year, William was awarded the IMUA and Most Improved Awards for the cross country season. Outside of school, William has also been a Boy Scout for Troop 241 and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in early October 2019.
William will attend the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana this Fall. He has not decided on his major; however, he is planning on following a pre-medicine path so he can go on to Medical School afterwards. “The path I am planning to take will be a difficult one, but if I don’t take a path that is going to challenge me in college, I don’t think I would enjoy it as much.”
As part of the Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony on August 2, De La Salle will also announce the Senior Class Awards, which traditionally are given out as part of the school’s Senior Presentations, which was scheduled for May 18 and had to be cancelled due to the county’s COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place order.