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The Key West High School Class of 2024 earned many achievements in the fields of athletics, academics and community service. Within a competitive class, Roan Milelli emerged as the year’s valedictorian. The honor was the result of four years of hard work and dedication, and accomplishments both within and outside the academic realm. 

Milelli will continue his education at the University of Florida, where he’ll be a second-generation Gator. The Keys Weekly caught up with Milelli to discuss his plans and the conclusion to his high school career. 

What will you be studying? Civil engineering. I enjoy the design process and I think it’s a unique way to help people and give back to our community. 

What was your fondest memory of high school? I have countless amazing memories with my friends, but one that stands out was seeing my films on the big screen at King’s Theater NYC during the All-American High School Film Festival.

How would you characterize your high school? KWHS offers a lot of opportunities and has so many different programs and pathways for success.

What difficulties and challenges have you faced over the past four years? Time management, because I have so much going on and I take on a lot. Sometimes it’s just too much. 

How have you changed over the past few years? I’ve become more outgoing and comfortable taking on new opportunities and challenges.

How did you work through them? With a lot of hard work and determination.

To whom do you attribute your success (besides yourself)? To my family for their constant love and support. 

What will you miss most about your high school experience? I was lucky to have an amazing group of friends. I will miss them all very much.What message would you want to give incoming students? Enjoy your time in high school while working hard to find balance with classes and activities.

Zack Woltanski
Zack Woltanski is a Coral Shores grad and aspiring novelist. After three years of high school and a gap year in Germany, he will be studying at Brown University, with a potential major in english or philosophy.