Long Island celebrity yearbook pictures: The 2000s
Some Long Island High School graduates didn't waste any time finding stardom. Check out the yearbook photos of LIers who have graduated since 2000 and figured out the fast track to fame.
This Deer Park High School Class of '08 grad is best known for her "animated" vocal talents, and participated in several musicals throughout her high school career.
Kathleen Herles was the original voice of Dora in the hit children's television show "Dora the Explorer," which debuted in the early 2000s. She also was the voice of Dora on Nickelodeon's "Go, Diego, Go!"
It probably wasn't hard to expect success for this 2000 graduate of Mineola High School: She was involved with the Key Club and the National Honor Society, played varsity softball, was captain of the varsity volleyball team and class president for four years -- and was voted "Most Involved" by her senior class. In her yearbook dedication, she said she hoped to become a "television producer."
Lauren Scala is currently the traffic reporter for WNBC-TV's "Today in New York" morning program, as well as serving as a reporter and host on the NBC program "New York Live."
This Calhoun High School 2012 graduate took some time off from getting straight A's and playing baseball to shoot for the stars, making it to one of the semifinal rounds of "American Idol" when he was only 17.
After graduating, "American Idol" finalist Robbie Rosen went on to study music at Hofstra University. Even though he didn't take home the top prize on "Idol," Rosen still has a very active singing and songwriting career.
This 2003 Calhoun High School graduate, then known as Matthew Cardona, was a member of the Colts' wrestling team.
Cardona still competes on the mat -- as WWE Superstar Zack Ryder. His "Z! True Long Island Story" YouTube show turned him into an underground sensation and helped show WWE the power of social media.
As a student at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School in Hicksville, this 2004 graduate spent her time performing in the select choir and on stage in musicals including "Into the Woods," "The Baker's Wife," "Honk!" and the world's first high school production of "Les Miserables." She also served as class president during her sophomore year.
Actress Jenna Ushkowitz hasn't left high school. Since 2009, she's been singing in William McKinley High School's show choir as Tina Cohen-Chang, one of the featured characters on Fox's hit show "Glee." Before "Glee," Ushkowitz and her co-star and longtime friend Lea Michele also both performed on Broadway in the musical "Spring Awakening."
This 2003 graduate of General Douglas MacArthur High School in Levittown played linebacker on the school's football team and earned the coveted Tom Thorpe Memorial Award and Bill Piner Outstanding Linebacker Award during his senior year. He also was a standout wrestler for MacArthur.
Gian Villante went to Hofstra University in Hempstead on a football scholarship and gave the NFL a try, but eventually found a home in mixed martial arts and now competes in the UFC.
This rising star quoted Beyoncé in her yearbook: "Who needs a degree when you be schoolin' life?" She also played Rizzo in Connetquot High School's production of "Grease" during her freshman year, but that wouldn't be her biggest accomplishment before graduating in 2015.
From soaring on Team Christina to being taken under Blake Shelton's wing, soulful songstress-Ronkonkoma resident MarissaAnn Rizzitello competed fiercely during season three of "The Voice." Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera's plush red seats swiveled around during her blind audition, in which she belted out "Part of Me" by Katy Perry. She ultimately selected Aguilera's team, and was stolen by Blake Shelton after the battle rounds. Although she didn't make it to the top 10, MarissaAnn continues to create original music and perform on Long Island.
Considering her career choice, the fact that 2002 North Shore High School grad Kathryn Berthold was voted "Funniest" and "Most Theatrical" by her fellow seniors is hardly a surprise.
She now goes professionally by her first and middle name, Kate McKinnon, and debuted on "Saturday Night Live" in 2012.
While attending Oyster Bay High School, this 2000 graduate was splitting time between school, tutors and film and television sets. Although she landed a featured role in the CBS series "Now and Again" during her senior year, she still found room in her busy schedule to serve as president of the school's media arts club.
Heather Matarazzo is best known for her breakout performance in the 1995 film "Welcome to the Dollhouse," for which she won an Independent Spirit Award and Young Artist Award. She's also been featured in several movies, including Disney's "The Princess Diaries" and its sequel, "Scream 3," "Sorority Boys" and "The Devil's Advocate."
This 2003 Glen Cove High School graduate took a different name and formed a partnership with a fellow Long Islander to find success after his senior year.
Brian Myers, left, became Curt Hawkins as a WWE Superstar. He's shown here with Merrick native Zack Ryder as the pair celebrates winning the WWE Tag Team Championship after a Fatal 4-Way match at the Great American Bash in 2008 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. Myers worked for the WWE until 2014 and is now co-owner of the Create A Pro Wrestling Academy in Hicksville.