Learning comes easy for Providence High School valedictorian Michael
Kramer. But that didn’t stop him from spending extra time poring over
textbooks to achieve a cumulative grade-point average of 4.59.
“I kind of overloaded myself and took six Advanced Placement
classes this year,” said Kramer, who estimated that he spent about
four hours per night on homework during the past school year.
Kramer, 18, enjoys math, but his calculus class presented a real
“I was constantly with my calculus teacher in the mornings before
school, after school, and during vacation time,” he said.
Not surprisingly, Kramer’s math teacher, Robert Sides, called him
an outstanding student.
“He’s one of the strongest calculus students I’ve had in my five
years of teaching here,” Sides said.
Kramer doesn’t regret the amount of time he devoted to the
subject. Math is one of his favorite subjects, and he believes his
hard work paid off in the end.
This fall, the Acton resident will begin undergraduate work at New
York University with the help of a $5,000-a-year scholarship for four
years. When he graduates, additional scholarships await Kramer at
USC, where he will continue his graduate work.
Although he is undecided about a career, Kramer said he is hoping
to figure that out in college.
At Providence, Kramer was in the school’s health careers program
and interned at Verdugo Hills Hospital in La Canada Flintridge.
“It definitely introduced me to the workings of a hospital,” he
said. “I’m not quite sure if I want to be a medical doctor, but I’m
interested in maybe becoming a research biologist.”
After today’s commencement exercise -- during which he will
deliver the valedictory speech -- Kramer said he is ready to move on,
but is also experiencing some apprehension.
“I made a lot of great friends and had wonderful teachers [at
Providence], and I’m definitely going to miss them, but it’s time for
me to grow up,” he said. “I’m both excited and nervous.”