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2 Chappaqua Residents Earn Valedictorian At Dartmouth

Ethan Portnoy, Chappaqua resident, is the valedictorian of Dartmouth College. Photo Credit: Eli Burakian
Ezra Toback, also a Chappaqua resident, shared the stage as valedictorian for the college as well. Photo Credit: Eli Burakian

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- Ethan Portnoy and Ezra Toback, both Chappaqua residents and former valedictorians of Greeley High School, recently both shared the stage again as valedictorians at the Dartmouth College commencement.

Portnoy and Toback finished their Dartmouth careers with perfect 4.0 grade-point averages, as did another three of their classmates. They received their Bachelor of Arts degrees Sunday morning, June 8, at a ceremony on the Dartmouth Green in Hanover, N.H.

Portnoy is graduating from Dartmouth with a major in economics and a minor in Spanish. His academic interests include financial markets, international trade, managerial economics and business strategy; he started two businesses while at Dartmouth and was a leader in Greek system philanthropic efforts.

After graduation, he will move to Boston to join Bain Capital as a private equity analyst.

"For me, Dartmouth is defined by its strong sense of community and passionate student body," Portnoy said. "Dartmouth students’ enthusiasm for everything they do — from academic studies to extracurricular interest s— has always impressed me. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend four years at such a special place."

Toback graduated with a major in Asian and Middle Eastern studies and Asian and Middle Eastern languages and literatures, specializing in Japanese. His academic interests include history, visual culture studies, urban studies, religion studies, literary theory and geography.

After graduation, Toback will attend the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama, Japan, and plans to apply for P.h.D programs in East Asian studies and anthropology this winter.

"Here at Dartmouth I've encountered the most formative intellectual forces of my life," Toback said. "I know that this school's students and faculty will continue to shape me going forward."

Among his other interests are singing, reading early 20th-century novels and works of socio-cultural criticism and baseball.

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