La Porte High School Announces Valedictorian and Salutatorian Candidates Principal Ben Tonagel, of La Porte High School, is proud to announce the names of the valedictorian and salutatorian candidates from the Class of 2017. Brandon Bellen is La Porte High School’s Valedictorian candidate for the Class of 2017. He is the son of Ashley and Charesa Bellen. Brandon plans to attend Indiana University to major in Biochemistry with a minor in Spanish. Brandon plans to attend medical school to be a cardiovascular surgeon. David Toth is LaPorte High School’s Salutatorian candidate for the Class of 2017. He is the son of Joe and Tanya Toth. David plans to attend the University of Notre Dame to major in Chemistry and Mathematics. He plans to either pursue a PhD in chemistry or attend medical school. Candidates for Valedictorian/Salutatorian must meet Academic Honors requirements. Qualification points are awarded for honors courses, dual credit courses, AP courses, and total credits earned. There were 21 finalists for the Valedictorian and Salutatorian designation from the Class of 2017. Each student maintained a 4.0 GPA and is ranked number one in the Class of 2017. The valedictorian and salutatorian will address their class at commencement on June 4, 2017 at Kiwanis Stadium. Congratulations to these Slicers for their outstanding achievements at La Porte High School. Their academic achievements exemplify LPCSC’s mission of “Learn Today to Excel Tomorrow.” The Slicer Community is proud of these students and we wish them the very best as they graduate from LPHS.