Emma Trapani does not like to turn in assignments unless it is her best work possible.

This is what keeps her motivated and also has led to her being named the valedictorian for the class of 2017 at Camden Hills Regional High School. She is the daughter of Sarah and Carl Trapani of Rockport.

"I really like doing my best work. I do not like turning things in that isn't my best," she said.

Trapani said her studies do not naturally come easily to her and she has to put in the hard work that is necessary to achieve the grades, but she finds most classes interesting and fun.

In the fall, Trapani will be heading to Wesleyan College in Middletown, Conn., and plans to major in either biology or neuroscience and behavior. She is not sure what she wants to do as a career choice, but said she is thinking of going into medicine. With that keen interest in science, she said biology is her favorite subject.

"I really like biology, especially neuroscience, but I just like science in general," she said.

Trapani said she has enjoyed her time in Ken Vencile's science classes and in Jamie Gillette's English courses. Both teachers are very demanding of their students, she said, which also helps to keep Trapani motivated, but both are always readily available to help or answer students' questions.

In addition to excelling in the classroom, Trapani is also involved with the Camden Hills cross-country and track teams and plans to continue in the sport in college.

She also is president of the Camden Hills chapter of the Liberian Education Fund, a nonprofit that originally began at Belfast Area High School, whose mission is to provide youth in Liberia with educational opportunities by building connections among students from across the world.

This year's salutatorian is Molly Mann of Camden, the daughter of Jenny Roberts and Don Mann.

Trapani will deliver the valedictorian address, which she said is "in the works," at the Camden Hills graduation, which is the evening of Friday, June 9.

Courier Publications Editor Kim Lincoln can be reached at 236-8511 or by email at klincoln@villagesoup.com.