Salutatorian Allison Davis has sights set on becoming a doctor

WTHS graduate discusses her favorite memories and future goals

Allison Davis addressing the Class of 2018 at commencement

Allison Davis, the salutatorian for Washington Township High School’s class of 2018, will attend the University of Delaware in the fall. Before moving roughly 50 miles southwest of Washington Township, she recalled some memories about her time at WTHS.

“One of my favorite events was Monzo Madness,” she said. “We raised $15,000 for ALS, seeing everybody having fun and dancing in the gym for 18 hours and having all the hard work coming together was one of my favorite moments.”

The Interact Club, which Davis was the president of, puts on the event every year. Students donate money to ALS and dance the night away in the gymnasium. The event was started by the former advisor of Interact, Tracy Naval, who started the event in honor of her sister.

Davis reflected on the relationships she made during her tenure at WTHS.

“I’ll miss the relationships I made,” she said. “I made some great friends from all different backgrounds, and they’re the strongest relationships I’ve made in my life. From friends to teachers, they made a difference.”

She was also incredibly active as a student, such as being captain of the marching band, president of Interact, president of German Club, vice president of Music Honors Society TRI-M, National Honor Society, German Honor Society and an honors graduate.

Davis acknowledged the amount of hard work it took to earn the title of salutatorian.

“I put a lot of hard work into it,” she said. “I care about academics. It took a lot of late nights, asking for extra help and studying with friends.”

While it might have been hard, she relished her time in the Washington Township school district.

“I had a great experience, I wouldn’t change it for anything,” she said.

Davis’ future goals include earning a degree in biology pre-medicine from the University of Delaware with the intention of being a pediatrician.
“I love working with kids, I’ve worked in summer camps the past few summers,” she said. “I love biology too, and this is the best way to combine both passions.”

As an encore for her high school performance, she took the stage at commencement to address her 560 classmates and those in attendance. She talked about heroes and what it means to be a hero.
“It’s not the million-dollar athlete or the gorgeous super model that we should be looking up to; rather the people who do what is right in order to make our ordinary lives as extraordinary as possible,” she said. “They are our everyday heroes.”

Davis closed her speech by saying how being a hero can come full circle.

“Once we learn to appreciate the little things in life and the large impact they have — we have the capability of becoming heroes ourselves,” she said. “Simple acts, like helping someone cross the street, paying for someone’s meal on line behind you, or being kind to someone who’s upset allows you to become that person’s hero for the day. That to me is the most heroic thing of all.”