Meet Long Island's 2012 valedictorians
Meet Long Island's 2012 valedictorians, arranged in alphabetical order by school. Note: If you have trouble advancing to the next photo, just hit refresh in your browser.
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Hayley Jacobsen, Amityville High School
Activities: Drama club president, National Honor Society president, Tri-M Music Honor Society, girls’ varsity soccer captain, wind ensemble, senior class secretary
College and major: Gettysburg College, biology/pre-medicine
Sarah Grosser,Babylon Junior-Senior High School
Activities: AP scholar with distinction, NYS scholar athlete award, National Merit Scholarship semifinalist, National Honor Society co-president, Science Honor Society president, senior class treasurer, NYSSMA, Spanish Honor Society, Girl Scout
College and major: Brown University, neuroscience/pre-medicine
Jay Wong, Baldwin High School
Activities: Science Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Social Studies Honor Society, English Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Tri-M, National Society of High School Scholars, Key club, Chinese culture Club president, Wind Ensemble, jazz band, AIDS Peer Educators webmaster
College and major: Yale University, biology/medicine.
Matthew Cohen, Bay Shore High School
Hometown: Bay Shore
Activities: Model UN president, class vice president, Service Honor Society vice president, creator of school newspaper website, director of breast cancer brunch, president Keep Islip Clean, varsity cross country captain, varsity winter track captain, All County varsity tennis, saxophone section leader in Marching Band, 1st tenor saxophone Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band.
College and major: Yale University, economics/micro-finance.
Emily Sarich, Bayport-Blue Point High School
Activities: National Honor Society chairwoman, Ecology Club, Jazz Choir, Tri-M Music Honor Society vice president, Science Olympiads.
College and major: Middlebury College, Vermont, environmental science.
Mark Maranan, Bellport High School
Activities: Chamber Orchestra, French Club, National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Science Honor Society, Tri-M, Clipper newspaper, challenge team, theater pit orchestra, math team
College and major: Hunter College, medicine.
Chelsea Levy, Bethpage High School
Activities: Executive member of Community Outreach Responsibility Experience, girls’ varsity tennis, National Honor Society
College and major: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, mathematics
Melissa Wilson, Bishop McGann-Mercy High School
Hometown: Hampton Bays
Activities: National Honor Society, theater, academic team, school newspaper co-editor-in-chief.
College and major: Suffolk County Community Honor's college, general
Laura Argueta, Brentwood High School Ross Center
Activities: Student Council executive board, school newspaper editor, Tri-Music Honor Society, peer tutor, represented Brentwood High at Hispanic Youth Leadership Conference.
College and major: Duke University or Dartmouth College, journalism.
Vivian Vuong, Brentwood Sonderling High School
Hometown: Bay Shore
Activities: AP Scholar Award, varsity girl’s fencing, Brentwood Athletes Booster Club, yearbook, anti-bullying campaign, math league, research club, editor-in-chief school paper, National Honor Society, varsity girls' tennis, Student Council
College and major: Brown University, pre-medicine
Genevieve Marie Kotz,Bridgehampton High School
Activities: National Honor Society president, superintendent leadership council, youth court member, varsity cross-country, Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center volunteer
College and major: American University, history
Leanne Iannucci,Carle Place High School
Hometown: Carle Place
Activities: National Honor Society president, newspaper editor, varsity softball captain, varsity field hockey captain, varsity bowling captain, math team, SADD Students Against Destructive Decisions, concert band, marching band.
College and major: Cornell University, biological engineering.
Victoria Holborow,Center Moriches High School
Hometown: Center Moriches
Activities: Varsity soccer, softball, drama club
College and major: University of New Haven, biochemistry
Eric Tran Nguyen,Centereach High School
Activities: National Honor Society, math team co-captain, science olympiad president, peer tutor, newspaper editor, chamber orchestra principal 2nd violin
College and major: Cooper Union, electrical engineering.
Bandna Choudhary,Central Islip High School
Hometown: Central Islip
Activities: Student government treasurer, varsity winter track, school newspaper, school magazine, honor roll, friends for Honor Society, future business leaders of America, art club, chess club.
College and major: Syracuse University, computer science.
James Paul Agolia,Chaminade High School
Activities: National Honor Society vice president, science olympiad, glee club, crew, social studies club, drama club
College and major: Princeton University, molecular biology, pre-medicine
Andrew Shapiro,Commack High School
Activities: Math Honor Society president, National Honor Society, math team, science olympiad
College and major: Lehigh University, electrical engineering
Rachel Lawrence,Comsewogue High School
Hometown: Port Jefferson Station
Activities: National Merit Scholarship recipient, academic club, Intel Science, National Honor Society, Art Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, math league captain, Tri-M, jazz band, pit band, NYSSMA, All County Band and Orchestra, science club, science bowl team captain, art club.
College and major: Yale University, biology and mathematics.
Carolyn Kiriakos,Connetquot High School
Activities: Varsity tennis captain, all league and all division tennis player, scholar athlete, AP Scholar with Honor, commended student in the National Merit Scholarship program, marching band section leader, National Honor Society, Foreign Language Honor Society, Tri-M, St. John’s Youth Ministry, Model UN
College and major: SUNY Stony Brook University, physics and math, Women in Science and Engineering program
Kevin Tresselt,Deer Park High School
Hometown: Deer Park
Activities: Chamber orchestra first chair violin 1, jazz band, student council, academic team, National Italian Honor Society, National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, varsity leaders club, varsity boys’ swimming, varsity boys’ tennis, AP Scholar with Distinction Award
College and major: Princeton University, civil engineering
Evan Rosati, Division Avenue High School
Activities: Science olympiad president, student council vice president, Math Honor Society vice president, mathletes, Long Island Challenge, National Science Bowl, Nassau County varsity/senior mathletes, humanitarian club, chamber orchestra
College and major: Northwestern University, chemical engineering
Allison Anne Cluett, Earl L. Vandermeulen High School
Hometown: Port Jefferson
Activities: Academic team, Leo Club secretary, mathletes, Mid-Island Band, National Honor Society, pit orchestra, Science Honor Society, science olympiad, Tri-M, varsity cross country, varsity spring ensemble, women in science and engineering.
College and major: Brown University, chemistry and environmental science.
Cameron Yusko, East Hampton High School
Hometown: East Hampton
Activities: National Honor Society president, Gold Award for advanced placement English language, News 12 Scholar Athlete, Wendy's Heisman school winner, varsity golf captain, varsity baseball MVP, scholar athlete, Century Club president, Athletes Helping Athletes officer.
College and major: Duke University, biology.
Nicholas Pandolfo, East Islip High School
Hometown: Islip Terrace
Activities: Varsity lacrosse, National Honor Society, Science Honor Society, Boy's Leaders Club vice president.
College and major: University of Virginia, business, (entrepreneurship, management); law school.
Nilam Patel, East Meadow High School
Hometown: East Meadow
Activities: Cross country varsity captain, varsity winter track captain, varsity spring track captain, National Honor Society, Science Honor Society treasurer, Spanish Honor Society, environmental club, math team, Nassau County Interscholastic Math League silver medalist.
College and major: Barnard College, medicine.
Sheri Lynn Reichelson, East Rockaway Jr./Sr. High School
Hometown: East Rockaway
Activities: AP scholar, NMSQT commended student, National Senior Honor Society president, scholar athlete, student council treasurer, Key Club webmaster, Key Club treasurer, Key Clubber of the Month, senior band secretary.
College and major: Wesleyan University, undecided.
Paige Gabrielle Moeller, Eastport South Manor Junior-Senior High School
Activities: Spanish Honor Society, Interact Club, student council president, National Honor Society treasurer, yearbook treasurer.
College and major: American University, Washington D.C., international studies.
Grace Cho, Elmont Memorial High School
Hometown: Valley Stream
Activities: Secretary of Talented and Gifted Club, Science Honor Society president, marching band section leader, Math Honor Society, National Senior Honor Society, Business Honor Society, global links
College and major: University of Michigan, engineering
Ribu Mathew, Elwood-John Glenn High School
Activities: Mathletes captain, National Honor Society secretary, science olympiad secretary, Knowledge Masters, Community Service Club, Language Other Than English Honor Society, science research
College and major: Stony Brook University, biology
Brian C. Entwistle, Farmingdale High School
Hometown: North Massapequa
Activities: Tri-M president, National Merit scholar, AP scholar, Key Club, science olympiad competition, mathletes, All-State wind ensemble, All-State jazz ensemble, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Scouting Honor Society-Order of the Arrow
College and major: Vanderbilt University, music education and music performance
Kevin Konzelman, Floral Park Memorial High School
Hometown: Floral Park
Activities: Varsity lacrosse captain, varsity soccer captain, Model UN president, Sunday school teacher at religion school
College and major: University of Delaware or Johns Hopkins University, engineering.
Brea Baker, Freeport High School
Activities: Nora Helen Johnson Memorial Young community leader award, Peer Leaders secretary, marching band color guard manager, All County chorus division VI, peer tutor, select choral
College and major: Yale University, bio physics
Alina Ranjbaran,Garden City High School
Hometown: Garden City
Activities: Juilliard School pre-college division, concert mistress chamber orchestra and orchestra, math team captain, science bowl captain, Latin Certamen quiz bowl captain, school newspaper editor, Latin club president, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair finalist, first place in physics and astronomy at Long Island Science and Engineering Fair, National Merit Scholarship finalist, National Honor Society president, Latin Honor Society president, Tri-M
College and major: Harvard University, engineering/computer science
Melissa Slyper, General Douglas MacArthur High School
Activities: National Honor Society, World Language Honor Society, Tri-M vice president, Math Honor Society, mathletes, student government vice president, chamber ensemble, string orchestra, symphony orchestra, AP Scholar with Distinction, Renaissance Scholar, varsity tennis captain.
College and major: Hofstra University, biochemistry.
Helaina Regen-Tuero, George W. Hewlett High School
Hometown: Valley Stream
Activities: Gymnastics, intern at Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Foreign Language Honor Society treasurer, National Honor Society, school newspaper photographer, ensemble school musicals, concert chorale
College and major: Brown University, pre-medicine (PLME program combined MD degree.)
Alison Abrams, Glen Cove High School
Hometown: Glen Cove
Activities: Student government vice president, National Honor Society, Tri-M, symphonic band vice president, pep squad, jazz band, pep/marching band, ski club, science olympiad, varsity cross country co-captain, varsity basketball captain, soccer.
College and major: Bentley University, mathematics.
Mark Pagano, Greenport High School
Hometown: East Marion
Activities: National Honor Society treasurer, senior class president, Outing Club president, Athletic Club president, varsity baseball captain.
College and major: Cornell University, environmental science
Justin Poserio, H. Frank Carey High School
Hometown: Franklin Square
Activities: Science Honor Society, Career and Technical Education Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Tri-M, National Honor Society, Foreign Language Honor Society treasurer, National Merit Scholar semi-finalist, AP scholar, mathletes, peer mediators, Chess Club vice president, Asian Association, varsity volleyball, orchestra violinist, Ryan Van Manen Quartet.
College and major: Cooper Union, engineering.
Adam J. Needelman, Half Hollow Hills High School East
Activities: DECA, mathletes president, Chinese language independent study, MSG Varsity, Long Island rowing team, Unite for Sight and Number Theory Club vice president, science olympiads, National Honor Society, Business Honor Society, junior varsity tennis, Spanish Honor Society.
College and major: Brown University, applied mathematics/economics.
Jesse A. Schanback, Half Hollow Hills High School West
Hometown: East Northport
Activities: Harvard Award, Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award, AP Scholar with Honor, National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, SADD, Peer AIDS Educators, Spanish Club, Philosophy Club, varsity cross country
College and major: Cornell University, engineering
Sarah Lins Reed, Hampton Bays High School
Hometown: Hampton Bays
Activities: Varsity winter/spring/cross country track, student council officer, Hampton Music Educators Association, band president, chorus treasurer, Southampton Animal Shelter volunteer, Lighthouse Mission.
College and major: New York University, pre-medicine.
Bridget Greene, Harborfields High School
Activities: Senior class president, National Honor Society president, varsity lacrosse captain, varsity volleyball captain, Spanish Honor Society president, Tri-M, Habitat for Humanity, Harborfields interact service club, Town of Huntington Youth Council, National Merit finalist, 2011 U.S. lacrosse academic all-American, AP scholar with distinction, Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, News12 scholar athlete, NYS Board of Regents Scholarship for Academic Excellence.
College and major: Columbia University, economics/political science/spanish
Julie Phuong-Anh Nguyen, Hauppague High School
Activities: Interact club, history club, Spanish club, science olympiad, marching band, competed in Dupont Essay Competition, AP Scholar Award, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society.
College and major: Adelphi University, pre-dental.
Marissa Young, Hebrew Academy of Nassau County
Hometown: West Hempstead
Activities: Student senate president, school newspaper editor-in-chief, college bowl co-captain, Model UN co-captain, varsity softball, debate team, National Honor Society, National Merit Scholarship Competition finalist, Hempstead Boys and Girls Club, peer tutoring society, E2K science program.
College and major: Columbia University, political science
Gabrielle Lovett, HAFTR High School (Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns & Rockaway)
Activities: College bowl captain, model congress president, National Honor Society president, math team, science research, volleyball, food delivery to the needy, Intel competition.
College and major: Columbia University, chemistry.
Jocelyn Solis-Moreira, Hempstead High School
Activities: AP cholar, student government president, badminton team captain first singles, tennis team first singles, school guidance department aide, Village of Hempstead Youth Advisory Council member.
College and major: CUNY City College of New York, pre-law.
Gabrielle Jassie, Henry Viscardi School
Activities: Student council representation, Natural Helpers, school newspaper, participated in the Dysautonomia Foundation’s 'Blue Genes and Tour de Fall Foliage' fundraiser.
College and major: Hunter College, education
Sarah Chapin, Herricks High School
Hometown: New Hyde Park
Activities: National Merit finalist, Intel Science Talent Search semifinalist, Stony Brook summer science research Ojima Lab chemistry department, honors math research program, Siemens competition in math, science and technology, Long Island Math Fair gold medal and silver medal
College and major: Harvard University, biomedical engineering
Christopher Datsikas, Hicksville High School
Activities: Science olympiad team board member and event leader, Math Honor Society president, natural helpers (peer-assistance program), co-vice president, National Honor Society, English Honor Society, Science Honor Society, peer tutoring, Italian club, ecology club.
College and major: Yale University, engineering.
Danielle DiGrazia, Holy Trinity High School
Hometown: North Bellmore
Activities: Varsity soccer captain, varsity basketball, varsity softball captain, Mu Alpha Theta, math fax, Math Honor Society, National Honor Society, academic challenge team, LIGHT (Living in God Holy Together).
College and major: Fordham University, accounting