FAIRFIELD — When she takes the stage for her graduation day speech in two weeks, Fairfield Warde High School’s salutatorian plans to share the story of one of her teachers who would always cover her classroom’s clock. Students, the teacher would explain, should not watch the time ticking down and wish their lives away.

But Daisy Ferleger feels it is how so many students treated high school, wishing away homework and rushing through. “Why did I do that? I wish I could’ve gone back and had another four years here,” she said.

While she looks forward to her four years of college ahead, the 17-year-old Golf View Terrace resident will miss Warde and the good experience it has been for her.

“I feel like it was just yesterday I was a freshman, and now I’m graduating. ... Four years later and I feel like no time has passed,” Ferleger said. “It was the shortest four years.”

Growing up in Fairfield, Ferleger said she has enjoyed the large public school district and the chance to meet new people with each school transition — even gaining new friends through her senior year. Her teachers have also stood out, helping her to grow.

“It’s a really good environment to work hard and learn, and when you are struggling, there is always people there to support you,” Ferleger said of Warde.

In particular, her Advanced Placement chemistry course sticks out. It was among her favorites in school and she got to know the teacher well since the course met daily for class and labs.

Through high school, Ferleger was the Class of 2017 Club treasurer, a member of Humanity Now, a McKinley School tutor and a member of Warde’s tennis and field hockey teams. She finished senior year as a field hockey team captain and recalled it as a tight-knit team.

“There’s such a sense of community there because there’s a (junior varsity) and a varsity team, but it’s very close,” Ferleger said. “It’s a really good community I think.”

In her courses, Ferleger favored math and science classes. She plans to build on those interests by studying math or chemistry in college.

Ferleger will attend Duke University in Durham, N.C. this fall. She looks forward to the chance to meet people from different backgrounds and that hail from across the country and globe. Ferleger also hopes to study abroad.

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