Guttman Community College is proud to announce its Valedictorian, Daniel Plastrik, and Salutatorian, Miralem Dervisevic, for the 2017 graduating class. Both students embody perseverance, dedication, and a strong desire to succeed and both will continue their studies at four-year colleges in the fall.
Daniel Plastrik is a New Yorker who chose to attend Guttman Community College because of its small, nurturing environment and its central location in the heart of New York City. The 2017 Valedictorian is a Liberal Arts major who is most proud of his participation at Guttman as a co-facilitator for a Deliberative Dialogue forum on internet safety. He also enjoyed his recent volunteer experience at the New York Public Library, where he assisted in planning and implementing programs geared towards engaging children and young adults with literary works by female authors. Daniel will be transferring to Hunter College this fall. He plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in film and media studies.
Born in Montenegro, Miralem Dervisevic, the 2017 Salutatorian, immigrated to New York with his family when he was 5. He was raised in the Bronx and attended Marie Curie High School.
Miralem is the first in his family to graduate from college. He credits his parents for instilling in him a passion for education. At Guttman, he has majored in Business Administration, and he will study international business at Baruch College. He is grateful to Guttman for giving him such a great start with his undergraduate education.