Northwest Catholic Announces Valedictorian and Salutatorian

On May 1, 2020 Northwest Catholic High announced its 2020 Valedictorian and Salutatorian. Gabriel Landi of Colebrook has been named Northwest Catholic’s Valedictorian, and Katherine Dudley of Wethersfield has been named Salutatorian. 

A straight-A student and ambitious Advanced Placement scholar, taking nine AP courses during his tenure at NWC, Gabriel Landi is ranked number one in the Class of 2020. This Summa Scholar is not only a stellar academic, he also sings in the Jazz Choir, acts with the Dramateurs, leads with the HILL class (Honors Institute for Leadership and Life), competes with the Robotics Team, and welcomes freshmen with the Link Crew. Creative, curious, focused, and enthusiastic, Gabe Landi is the quintessential Northwest Catholic student. 

Landi recognizes it’s a challenging time to be a graduating senior. He said, “Missing events like playoffs, the musical, and prom obviously hurts, but nobody can control it.” He also acknowledged, “It’s comforting knowing I’ve done the most I can.” Landi went on, “No one has or will ever have a senior year close to what the Class of 2020 has gone through. We’re the class that future students will remember as ardent, strong, and unique.” Landi concluded, “As for the pandemic, I pray to God that people simply trust and understand the importance of science and medicine after all this plays out.”

Next year Landi plans to study bioengineering and music in the honors program at Northeastern University. He hopes his undergraduate work will lead to either medical school or medical device designing.


Katherine Dudley of Wethersfield is Northwest Catholic’s Class of 2020 Salutatorian. 

Katie Dudley is a standout scholar at Northwest Catholic. Yale Book Award recipient, Summa Scholar, and among the esteemed group to earn First Honors for all her semesters, Dudley is also a member of the National Honor Society, Laurel Girls State, Unified Theater, Relay for Life, Helping Hands, and Future Leaders of America. 

She has undoubtedly left her mark on Northwest Catholic, but perhaps nowhere deeper than in the Performing Arts Department. A member of the Jazz Choir, Concert Choir, and Women’s Choir, Dudley represented Northwest Catholic last year at the All-National Mixed Choir in Orlando, FL. Dudley is also a captain of the Dramateurs and participated in all fall and spring productions as well as in the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival for four years. Dudley is also a dancer, studying and teaching at the Griffith Academy of Dance.

Dudley will head to Brown University in the fall with an undecided major, but she is leaning toward a double concentration in a STEM-related field and Theatre Arts and Performance Studies. 

Although Dudley admits she’s disappointed her extracurricular activities have been impacted this spring, she said, “I am trying to make the best of it and stay positive.” Dudley continued, “I am so appreciative of the manner in which Northwest Catholic has handled this situation. The faculty and staff have truly managed to keep us engaged and on track academically.” She emphasized, “I am grateful to my directors and dance teachers for continuously holding virtual meetings and keeping our spirits high.” 

Academic Dean Chris Stuck had this to say about Gabe Landi and Katie Dudley: “I am very proud of the accomplishments of our Valedictorian and Salutatorian. These students live the mission of Northwest Catholic while being fine examples of our graduate profile.” Stuck continued, “Gabe and Katie are both actively engaged in co-curricular activities while balancing the most rigorous courses NWC has to offer. Both students have made tremendous contributions to the community outside of the walls of our school, serving God and others.” He concluded, “These two scholars have truly developed their mind, body, spirit, and imagination."

Northwest Catholic congratulates Gabe Landi and Katie Dudley! Thank you for living Northwest Catholic's values of faith, respect, leadership, and service in our diverse community that educates and celebrates the whole person.