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Alicia Perry grew up in Port Washington but the 28-year-old now has a few places she calls home.

Currently studying medicine at Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University in Israel, Perry said she has come to love living in Israel so much that she made aliyah -- the important Jewish cultural practice of immigrating to Israel.

She also considers California a home. After graduating from Portledge, Perry studied chemistry and religious studies at Stanford University and then spent about four years rotating through different jobs in California. Her fiance still lives there so she splits her free time between Long Island and California.

In Israel, Perry is going into her third year of med school and also plays for the Israeli women?s national lacrosse team, which will make its World Cup debut in July.

Perry suggests this year?s graduates ?be open to new experiences? -- a view that has led her to where she is today. --ERIN GEISMAR(Credit: Handout)

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LI valedictorians: 10 years later

Ten years after they graduated, we caught up with some of Long Island's 2003 high school valedictorians to see what they're up to. Their experiences, as you might expect, have been diverse. Some took the paths they originally set out to follow, while others have landed in completely different careers. All have fascinating stories to tell.

If you're a 2003 valedictorian and want to be featured here, contact us at litowns@newsday.com.

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