Anyone who knows Franco Valentin ’21 will tell you that he represents Cincinnati Country Day School with class and charisma. Franco is from Indian Hill and started at CCDS in lower school, returning for his freshman year in the upper school. His sister Emma '23 is also a student at Country Day.
“Franco is a caring individual who is modest about his accomplishments,” said Merle Black, upper school history teacher. “Even with his popularity among his peers and his achievements in the classroom, on the court, and in student government, he is a humble person. In every respect, he ranks among the best students I have taught over my 39 years in teaching. Franco makes a positive difference in the lives of others.”
Franco played a large role on the basketball court, leading the team in three-point shots this year. “Franco is a great kid who represents the Country Day basketball program with class both on and off the court,” said Greg Ross, boys basketball coach. “He is the type of player all coaches love having in their program. He is a hard worker, is supportive of his teammate, and always puts the team first. It has been an absolute pleasure to coach him, and we can’t wait to see what the future has in store for him.”
Franco will major in Marine Biology and minor in English at the University of Miami, Florida. “I love writing poetry in my free time,” said Valentin. “Mrs. (Grace) Brown has prepared me well for writing at the next level.”
Franco said he will miss not only his friends at CCDS, but the faculty as well. “They have become not only my mentors but my friends. Not only do they make sure I am succeeding in the classroom, but outside of it as well.”