The Valedictorians Project

These Boston high school valedictorians set off to change the world.

But good grades only got them so far.

Source: Boston Globe
Published: Jan 17, 2019

Carjacking Victim Recounts His Harrowing Night

The story of the 26-year-old Chinese entrepreneur who was carjacked following the Boston Marathon bombing:

“The man rapped on the glass, speaking quickly. Danny, unable to hear him, lowered the window — and the man reached an arm through, unlocked the door, and climbed in, brandishing a silver handgun.

“’Don’t be stupid,’ he told Danny. He asked if he had followed the news about the previous Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings. Danny had, down to the release of the grainy photos of suspects less than six hours earlier.

“’I did that,’ said the man, who would later be identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev. ‘And I just killed a policeman in Cambridge.'”

Source: Boston Globe
Published: Apr 27, 2013
Length: 8 minutes (2,206 words)

Little Noted or Known, They Bear Scars of that Day

9/11, ten years later: “This is where it began. Two flights, one airport. Everyone knows how it ended. Nearly 3,000 dead, families devastated, a crater in the earth. Back home, Logan reinvents itself. Around the airfield, a 10-foot-high concrete barrier, prison-camp thick, with razor wire on top. Inside, a new security force, full-body scanners, hundreds of cameras, liquids in bags, beltless travelers in socks. And unseen, scars unwilling to fade. They are the rarely noticed casualties of the terrorist attacks: the security guard, the ticket agent, the baggage handler on the ramp. They made it home that night, but with images they couldn’t shake, a pain uncomfortable to voice. They can’t believe it has been 10 years. They can’t believe it has only been 10 years.” #Sept11

Source: Boston Globe
Published: Sep 6, 2011
Length: 19 minutes (4,792 words)