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Highland Park Salutes Seth Devalve

Seth Devalve returned to Highland Park School on Monday (May 9) afternoon to cheers from students and teachers gathered to meet Manchester’s first-ever NFL draftee.

Devalve, who started his education at HPS 17 years ago, will report to the Cleveland Browns rookie camp on Thursday for a three-day orientation before walking with his graduating class at Princeton University on May 31st.

“Don’t be afraid to have a dream and dream big,” Devalve said as cameras clicked away in the full gym.

Cleveland’s fourth round pick answered questions from students, reflected on his days at HPS, joked with his former teachers and signed autographs during the hour-long assembly.

But mostly Devalve talked about his family – his mom, who was sitting in the back of the gym with a big smile, his three older brothers who pushed him athletically and his dad, who he always wanted to be like when he grew up.

His kindergarten teacher Jill Kilgus called him the most polite student she has taught over her 19-year teaching career.

“In my family it was cool to be polite,’’ Devalve said after the assembly.

Devalve was a quarterback at Manchester High and made the adjustment to tight end at Princeton. He will have another slight position change in the pro game.

“I was kind of a wide-receiver and tight end in college,” Devalve said. “At the next level I will be playing more tight end than wide receiver. It’s a bit of a change but not drastic.”

It won't be long before the Cleveland Browns and their fans will learn what people in Manchester have known all along - Seth Devalve is a great athlete, but an even greater person.

We have more photos on the district’s Facebook page.

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