Notable Long Island seniors, 2000-2011
Long Island seniors recognized by Newsday over the past decade for making a mark during their high school years. If you see yourself, we'd like to find out what you're up to! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
School: William Floyd High School, class of 2000
Stoia, like her brothers, from left, Cosmo and Richie, achieved a perfect attendance at William Floyd High School in Shirley -- that's 2,340 days -- even attending class after the funeral of her grandmother.
"All the kids make jokes, but they respect it."
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School: Hampton Bays Junior-Senior High School, class of 2000
College: Lasell College in Newton, Mass.
Carey's many accomplishments -- member of the National Honor Society, varsity basketball and track, volunteer with the Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance Corps -- points to a life of many career choices, but the longtime camp counselor already knows what he wants to do -- work with children.
"I absolutely love little kids. I intend to become an elementary school teacher."
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School: Rocky Point Junior-Senior High School, class of 2000
College: Vanderbilt University, Nashville
This is how good Rovegno's voice is: Her accomplishments in academics (National Honor Society) and sports (medals in All-County and All-State track) pale in comparison to what she accomplished with music. By the time she graduated, she had performed in a professional theater production, won a college voice scholarship, and sung at Carnegie Hall.
"That's all I ever wanted to do -- sing and perform."
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School: Westbury High School, class of 2000
College: Nassau Community College, Garden City
Originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador, Rivera arrived in the United States in the middle of high school with no English. In two years, she not only learned the language, but also became a guide to other foreign-born students. In addition, she joined Students against Drunk Driving and participated on the volleyball, soccer and track teams.
"I never stayed quiet. I learned by speaking to people."
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School: West Hempstead High School, class of 2000
College: Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pa.
Bonventre is a gifted viola player who also sings in her school's musical productions, but a summer at the New York City Bureau of Labs under a researcher from Harvard University Medical Center has convinced her that her future is in biology.
"Music and drama are just a hobby of mine. I'm more science-minded."
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School: Riverhead High School, class of 2000
College: U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Conn.
Woodard, the highest ranking student cadet in his Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, has the distinction of being only the second graduate of his high school to be accepted by all three military academies be applied to -- the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, and his choice, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
"I accepted because I like the humanitarian aspect of it, things like the search and rescue missions the Coast Guard accomplishes."
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School: Hempstead High School, class of 2000
College: Johnson and Wales University, Providence, R.I.
Cooking the Thanksgiving turkey at age 15 launched Bennett into a life of cooking. He has already made a name for himself by winning the Men's Cooking for a Change contest benefiting the Riverside Church Youth Ministry in Manhattan and a $12,000 college scholarship. The winning dish? Chicken chop suey.
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School: Sewanhaka High School, class of 2000
College: University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Between varsity soccer, peer dispute mediating and volunteer work at the First Presbyterian Church soup kitchen, Hartline has been building toward a career in fashion illustration and design, with classes in marketing, a presence in the Future Business Leaders of America, and Saturdays spent at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
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School: West Islip High School, class of 2000
College: North American Institute of Aviation, Conway, S.C.
Although she is an honors student on land, Navarro truly excelled in the air, where she logged more than 70 hours of flight time during high school and hoped to join an increasing number of women who are becoming airline pilots.
"Flying always fascinated me. There's a certain thrill to it, you have a feeling of power and control. It's a wonderful, cool experience."
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School: Locust Valley High School, class of 2000
College: University of Notre Dame, Indiana
Hoffman can play the saxophone and build robots that shoot basketballs, but his crowning achievement is founding a community service club to help the less fortunate, sending costumes, candy and toothbrushes to children in Bolivia, sponsoring a Toys for Tots Christmas drive and collecting 100 bags of food for Thanksgiving dinners.
"We have clubs for everything else, and I thought there was a need for more ongoing community service in school."
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School: Plainview Old-Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, class of 2000
College: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Hung's successes in high school range from swimming on the varsity team to playing the cello and honors in academics, Spanish and mathematics, but his sights are set on a medical career, a path he prepared for by volunteering at the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System.
"My parents taught me to study hard and do my best."
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School: Centereach High School, class of 2000
College: Suffolk County Community College
Overcoming challenges are something Cosentino knows well. Born with spondyloepephyseal dysplasia, she is about 3-foot-4 but does not allow herself to be daunted, excelling in honors English though she was once told her partial hearing loss would make succeeding in the class difficult.
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School: Glen Cove High School, class of 2001
College: Princeton University, N.J.
Moore planned to put her interests in music, theater and courts to use by studying law at Princeton. Her time on her high school's mock trial team sparked her interest in law, "I liked standing up in the 'courtroom' and presenting evidence." (June 5, 2001)
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School: Centereach High School, class of 2001
College: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Fla.
Williams always enjoyed tinkering with electronics, leading him to volunteer as a sound and lighting technician at his high school and to study sound and lighting engineering at Full Sail.
'You can stretch your wings in this field. Ever since I can remember, I wanted to work on live productions, things like rock performances or other big-time events.' (June 5, 2001)
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School: Commack High School, class of 2001
College: Hartwick College
It's easy to see why one of Mayer's favorite stage productions is "The Music Man" -- he's going to be one. At this point, it's a toss-up between a career as a children's music educator or as the person in the pit wielding the baton over a Broadway show's orchestra.
"Playing jazz is one of my prime enjoyments," said Mayer, "but I like rap, rock and virtually everything else that has a beat."
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School: Locust Valley High School, class 2001
College: University of Notre Dame, Indiana
Wohrle chose to express her pride in her country, as inspired by her father, a Vietnam veteran and Army Reserve colonel, by joining the ROTC program at Notre Dame, with dreams of being a military intelligence officer in the Army Reserves. (June 5, 2001)
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School: Sachem High School, class of 2001
College: SUNY Cortland
Mock wanted to become a teacher. She also wanted to incorporate her lifelong passion for gymnastics and fitness and possibly coach the sport alongside her teaching career. (June 6, 2001)
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School: Bay Shore High School, class of 2001
College: Columbia University
Working on her high school newspaper inspired Brothers to study for journalism, and focus on becoming a reporter. She also enjoyed writing poems and short stories, but fantasized about being a television news anchor.
'I absolutely love writing. I'm looking forward to learning the skills and being a reporter someday.' (June 5, 2001)
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Gordon Smith Jr.
School: Southampton High School, class of 2001
College: Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, N.M.
As member of the Shinnecock nation from the Southampton reservation, Gorden always dreamed of going to college and being a leader in his community. He grew up seeing the drawings and art created by his grandparents. "Their influence helped me begin to enjoy and express myself in art," Gordon said. (June 5, 2001)
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School: Seaford High School class of 2001
College: Southwest State University
Though Keith has cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair, he is extremely active in sports as a member of the Nassau County Kings wheelchair basketball team. He is also an instructor for the disabled at Ski Windham during the winter.
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School: Holy Trinity Diocesan High School, class of 2001
College: Providence College, Rhode Island
Kerry has spent her life helping children with special needs and conditions, so picking an area to concentrate on in special education studies proved difficult. She taught herself American Sign Language at age 10 with the help of her parents, teachers at St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf in Brooklyn. (June 6, 2001)
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School: New Hyde Park Memorial High School, class 2001
College: Physics major at Stony Brook University with independent Arabic studies at Columbia or New York University
One of Mujeeb's life dreams is to walk down a road in China talking to a farmer in Chinese, hearing his perspective on life. Mujeeb's interest in languages has followed him throughout his high school career where he studied Spanish, French, Italian and Chinese. He also plans to attend medical school and get a doctorate in physics.
"Learning different languages lets you understand the attitudes and cultures of other ways of life." (June 5, 2001)
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School: Connetquot High School, class of 2002
An 18-year-old from Bohemia, Anthony Fulco is smitten with acting. But he's more than just a dabbler. Fulco already has an impressive list of credits that go well beyond high school.
"It's never been a question of what I am going to do," he said. "It's been how am I going to get there?"
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School: North Shore High School, class of 2002
When everyone in her junior class at North Shore High School began excitedly discussing college, Lily Fleishman just couldn't share their enthusiasm. Sure, college was in her future, but she thirsted to see people and places on the other side of the world. So she joined an international group of young people to work on "gap year" projects such as environmental rebuilding in Australia.
"There's college, and then a job, and traveling never happens."
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School: Manhasset High School, class of 2001
When Lisa Kechijian was wait-listed by Brown University in the spring of 2001, she was crestfallen. Even when the school offered her guaranteed admission for the following year, she initially believed it was an offer she could easily refuse. "I was mad at first," recalled the 2001 graduate of Manhasset High School. "I thought: What was I supposed to do for the year?" But she figured it out, with the help of a family friend. Kechijian, 19, spent much of the last year in Armenia, volunteering for a women's development organization.
"Now I know more of what I want to do, and I found out who I am. You have your whole life to go to school - this was my year. I may have started by doing it for Brown, but it turned out I did it for myself."
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School: Northport High School, class of 2002
The 19-year-old said a one-year hiatus from school will allow her to work full time and save money for college. Having worked in retail, which she enjoys, she is interviewing at stores like Old Navy, which will even help pay for college after a year's employment.
"I think about relaxing and spending more time with my family" and planning her next step, college-wise, she says. (May 28, 2002)
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School: Northport High School, class of 2002
This 17-year-old combines tremendous intellectual curiosity with research talents and an adventurous spirit. Even a full high school schedule couldn't offer Justin Lowe enough time to explore his greatest interests - biology and Russia - in depth, so it was inevitable that he would plan a gap year to do so.
"Writing a research paper isn't all that important. Talking and living with all these students from all over the world is," he said. "I'll bring patience and a broader view to college. I think I'll be ahead, not behind."
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School: West Babylon High School, class of 2002
College: Berklee School of Music
It's quite a stretch from playing the tuba in the school marching band to spending brain-draining hours at the keyboard trying to create a movie score. But that's what Hodgkinson has on his agenda.
"I found out that I had a talent and a great like for writing music." (June 4, 2002)
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Name Jason Richardson
School: Riverhead High School, class of 2002
College: Dowling College
Richardson's career goals are disparate - becoming an actor or a lawyer - although they may be more alike than first impressions reveal. Richardson, tongue-in-cheek, says to become, say, a trial lawyer, "You often have to use all the skills of an actor." (June 4, 2002)
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School: Uniondale High School, class of 2002
College: City College in Manhattan.
Many students can only imagine what a particular profession is like. Jijon got a firsthand sample of her prospective career in her sophomore year. A member of her school's eight-week shadow program, she spent two hours a day twice weekly shadowing a doctor at Stony Brook University Hospital.
"My goal is to help minorities, and I want to open a clinic for families, where needed, anywhere in New York City." (June 4, 2002)
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School: Jericho High School, class of 2002
College: Haverford College
Despite a visual-motor disability and partial hearing loss, Marks played double bass in the All-County Orchestra and became a top student at Jericho High School. He also enjoys golf and has traveled with his family to Arizona, the Canadian Northwest, Hawaii and Mexico. He is a member of the Science Olympiads and the National Honor Society.
"I learned that I had to work hard to get what I wanted, and I couldn't take the easy way out." (June 4, 2002)
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School: Harborfields High School, class of 2002
College: Centenary College
She began riding when she was 5 and has become a prize-winning equestrian. She has competed in such major events as the Hampton Classic horse show in Bridgehampton. On the local circuit, in 1998, she took home a trophy as junior high point rider at the Islip Horseman's Association competition.
"I'm hoping to someday have my own stable." (June 4, 2002)
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Name Katy O'Leary
School: Floral Park Memorial High School, class of 2002
College: Boston College
After O'Leary earns her degree in history, she plans to pursue a career in international studies and work as a political writer traveling around the globe for magazines and newspapers. At one time, however, she considered going into teaching, which she enjoys.
"I teach religion to second-graders at St. Gregory's R.C. Church in Bellerose," O'Leary said. "I also tutor some of the 10th- and 11th-graders [at her high school] in math and physics." (June 4, 2002)
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Name Christopher Jessamy
School: Westbury High School, class of 2002
College: Georgia Southern University
Jessamy's interests in technology, math and science have led to his desire to go into computer engineering. "I want to work on new [computer] programs and make them more people-friendly," he said. "You never know; we're always making progress."
He also has played for Westbury High School's wrestling and football teams and has traveled to Italy and France with the school's Student Explorers Club and to Albany with fellow students to lobby for gun control. "I have no idea how I do so many of these activities," he said. (June 4, 2002)
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School: Center Moriches High School, class of 2002
College: Suffolk County Community College
Camacho, who has always been intrigued by puzzles and riddles, said an uncle played a role in turning her interests toward scientific crime-solving. During summer vacations, she would often visit him in Virginia, where he was a police officer.
"I'm looking ahead, though, to the lab part of the job where an investigator has to come up with the right answers to clues using high-tech methods." (June 4, 2002)
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School: Islip High School, class of 2002
College: Cornell University
One of Conde's dreams is to anchor a television news show or work as a TV reporter covering breaking stories. Broadcast journalism is the latest foray into journalism for Conde, who has been editor of the high school newspaper.
"I like the prospect of being able to inform people about what's taking place," (June 4, 2002)
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Walter Barrientos Jr.
School: Amityville Memorial High School, class of 2002
College: Baruch College
At 11, Barrientos arrived in the United States from Guatemala speaking no English. By his senior year of high school, he was listed on the honor roll, elected president of the Key Club and chosen for a research project with the State Science Technology Education Program.
"I like going places and having to manage various things at once." (June 4, 2002)
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School: Solomon Schechter High School, class of 2002
Aviyah Reem possesses more strength and conviction than many who are twice her size. Although born and raised in the United States, Reem's parents emigrated from Israel, where she has many close relatives living. As a result, she is knowledgeable and passionate about Israeli culture and has resolved that despite the current violence and danger, she will spend her gap year in Israel.
"I want to experience a more extensive side of volunteering." (May 23, 2002)
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Heng "Amanda" Du
School: Hicksville High School, class of 2003
College: Cornell University
Heng, who goes by Amanda, began her freshman year at Hicksville after moving from China at age 14. Her determination to learn English translated to other subjects and she enrolled in honors and Advanced Placement Courses. She planned to study architecture in Cornell's five-year architectural research program. "I have broad interests, and architecture will combine my interests in art, science and social studies. Designing museums would be cool." (June 5, 2003)
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School: East Islip High School, class of 2003
College: Villanova University
Although she was interested in journalism, becoming a doctor was Amber's No. 1 goal. "I wanted to be a doctor since I was 4," she said, and planned to study biology to accomplish that childhood dream. (June 5, 2003)
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School: Ward Melville High School, class of 2003
College: Georgetown University and Washington School of Ballet
Julie planned to study toward becoming a pediatric orthopedist and follow her dream of being a professional ballet performer. But she was prepared pause her academics if necessary. "With dance you can pursue it first, but you have to keep academics on the side," said Miller. "You never know what dance is going to throw at you." (June 5, 2003)
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School: Eastern Suffolk BOCES Brookhaven Technical and Academic Center, class of 2003
College: Suffolk Community College
Early in his life, Andrew was diagnosed with the form of autism known as Asperger's Syndrome, but pushed through any difficulties that faced him. He was president of his local National Honor Society chapter and was a member of the New York State Council on Leadership and Student Activities. Upon graduation, he was still undecided about his major and career path, but enjoyed math and video games. (June 5, 2003)
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School: Malverne High School, class of 2003
College: Bethume Cookman College or Savannah State University to study social work and pediatric psychology
Kevin was the first in his family to go to college, and grew into a confident, active class member after a tough, insecure childhood. Elected vice president of the senior class, he played football and lacrosse and dressed up as Santa Claus for holiday fundraisers. 'Being around positive people, and the strong contrast to my mother, whose life was ruined because of drugs, I know what things not to do. ' (June 5, 2003)
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School: Glen Cove High School, class of 2003
College: The Brooks Institute of Photography
Michele planned to go into the audio recording and technology field like her late father, who died in the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. But she shifted to TV after taking a class in her school's television studio. "Whenever I'm not in class, you can find me in the TV studio behind the camera," she said. (June 5, 2003)
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School: Commack High School
College: U.S. Marine Corps.
After her finding her mother's body in their home after she had taken her own life, Katie came out stronger and more directed on what she wanted to do with her life. She focused on becoming a Marine, preparing for boot camp and put together a tough fitness regimen. 'When I put my mind to something, there's no stopping me.' (June 5, 2003)
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School: Westbury High School, Western Suffolk BOCES Aviation Facility at Republic Airport, class of 2003
College: Temple University
Moving to Westbury from the Dominican Republic after the third grade, Louis always had dreams of becoming a pilot. After logging more than 400 flight hours and going on more than 100 solo flights, he received his solo private license from the Federal Aviation Administration. "It's always been in my head since I was a little kid to pursue flying," he said. "And I've done it." He planned to study computer science to further his aviation studies.
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School: Lawrence Woodmere Academy, class of 2003
College: Harvard University
Gifted musician, Won-Jin played the clarinet with the New York Philharmonic and at the Kennedy Center. He also excelled academically, and planned on double majoring in music and psychology at Harvard.
Read more about Jo.
School: Brentwood High School, class of 2003
College: Stony Brook University
Harry moved from Haiti in 1999 to first live with his sister in Florida and then his dad in Brentwood. He planned to study health-care curriculum to become a nurse or social worker because wants to reach out to his community. 'It's a good thing to give back to the place where you live. There's much here that has to be shared by everyone.'
Read more about Desforges.
School: W.T Clarke High School, class of 2004
College: St. John's University
Kevin Chung moved to the Portuguese colony of Macao with his family and moved back to Westbury in 2000. He went to W.T. Clarke High School despite his weak English, but took English as a Second Language classes to eventually overcome the language barrier. He planned to attend St. John's University and enroll in the pharmaceutical program.
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School: George W. Hewlett High School class of 2004
College: University of Pennsylvania
Jessica was an award-winning high school journalist, and hoped to continue her reporting and writing success into a career as a financial journalist after studying economics at the University of Pennsylvania. Jessica was also vice president of her school's Future Business Leaders of America and captain and scholar-athlete award recipient on the varsity tennis team. (June 8, 2004)
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