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Long Island valedictorians: Rocky Point to Wyandanch

Meet Long Island's 2018 valedictorians, arranged in alphabetical order by school. To report errors, please call 631-843-4813.

Click here to see students from Amityville to Hempstead and here to see students from Henry Viscardi to Riverhead.

ROCKY POINT HIGH SCHOOL, CONNOR MIDDLETON Hometown: Miller

ROCKY POINT HIGH SCHOOL, CONNOR MIDDLETON

Hometown: Miller Place

GPA: 106.71 (weighted)

Activities: Human Rights Club vice president, Human Rights Institute for High School Leaders presenter and facilitator, Students Building Bridges Award, State Senate and Assembly citations for community service, kempo jiujitsu black belt, Peer Networking facilitator with socially challenged students

College and major: Williams College, economics and philosophy

ROOSEVELT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, KAYLYN DIAZ Hometown: Roosevelt

ROOSEVELT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, KAYLYN DIAZ

Hometown: Roosevelt

GPA: 99.45 (weighted)

Activities: Mathletes, student government treasurer, Honor Society, band

College and major: New York Institute of Technology, biology

ROSLYN HIGH SCHOOL, ADAM ROBBINS Hometown: Roslyn GPA:

ROSLYN HIGH SCHOOL, ADAM ROBBINS

Hometown: Roslyn

GPA: 99.2 (unweighted)

Activities: Quiz Bowl, Science Olympiad, Math team

College and major: University of Pennsylvania, history

SACHEM HIGH SCHOOL EAST, THARINI PRAKASH Hometown: Farmingville

SACHEM HIGH SCHOOL EAST, THARINI PRAKASH

Hometown: Farmingville

GPA: 106.34 (weighted)

Activities: Class government treasurer, English Honor Society president, National Honor Society, Outdoors Club, National History Honor Society

College and major: Williams College, economics and political science

SACHEM HIGH SCHOOL NORTH, ABIGAIL BANDL Hometown: Nesconset

SACHEM HIGH SCHOOL NORTH, ABIGAIL BANDL

Hometown: Nesconset

GPA: 105.5 (weighted)

Activities: National Honor Society president, field hockey captain, varsity girls winter and spring track, Science Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Tri-M, History Honor Society

College and major: Binghamton University, biomedical engineering

SACRED HEART ACADEMY, AFIA KURAGU Hometown: Freeport GPA:

SACRED HEART ACADEMY, AFIA KURAGU

Hometown: Freeport

GPA: 105.81 (weighted)

Activities: Varsity extemporaneous speech captain for speech and debate team, National Honor Society co-vice president, instrumental ensemble, pit band, student council, Science Olympiad, Math team

College and major: Yale University, molecular, cellular and developmental biology

SANFORD H. CALHOUN HIGH SCHOOL, JOY MA Hometown:

SANFORD H. CALHOUN HIGH SCHOOL, JOY MA

Hometown: Merrick

GPA: 99.33 (unweighted)

Activities: Fencing, advanced science research at Cornell University, National Merit Scholarship winner, badminton, Nassau-Suffolk Wind Symphony, jazz band, National Honor Society

College and major: Yale University, biology

SAYVILLE HIGH SCHOOL, PHILIP RINALDI Hometown: Sayville GPA:

SAYVILLE HIGH SCHOOL, PHILIP RINALDI

Hometown: Sayville

GPA: 107.68 (weighted)

Activities: Tri-M vice president, Mathletes, pianist for SCMEA All-County jazz ensemble, pit orchestra, National AP Scholar, National Mathematics Award, History Club

College and major: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, physics

SEAFORD HIGH SCHOOL, JORDAN AMENT Hometown: Seaford GPA:

SEAFORD HIGH SCHOOL, JORDAN AMENT

Hometown: Seaford

GPA: 103.9 (weighted)

Activities: National Honor Society, Freshmen Mentors, World Culture Club treasurer, High Honor Roll, AP Scholar with Distinction, marching band, principal's list of honor

College and major: Northeastern University, undecided

SEWANHAKA HIGH SCHOOL, ARIANNA VANDEZANDE Hometown: New Hyde

SEWANHAKA HIGH SCHOOL, ARIANNA VANDEZANDE

Hometown: New Hyde Park

GPA: 101.26 (weighted)

Activities: Varsity soccer, varsity lacrosse captain, National Math Honor Society president, National Science Honor Society, Science Olympiad, National Honor Society, National English Honor Society

College and major: LIU Post, biology

SHELTER ISLAND SCHOOL, SARAH LEWIS Hometown: Shelter Island

SHELTER ISLAND SCHOOL, SARAH LEWIS

Hometown: Shelter Island

GPA: 101.93 (weighted)

Activities: National Honor Society vice president, student council president, varsity volleyball captain and MVP, varsity softball captain, jazz band, 100 hours of community service, Science Fair Best of Fair Award

College and major: Unity College, earth and environmental science, wildlife biology

SHOREHAM-WADING RIVER HIGH SCHOOL,  CHRISTIAN WESSELBORG Hometown:

SHOREHAM-WADING RIVER HIGH SCHOOL,  CHRISTIAN WESSELBORG

Hometown: Shoreham

GPA: 101.42 (weighted)

Activities: Al-Kalfus Long Island Math Fair gold medal, Institute of Creative Problem Solving, AP Biology department award, AP Statistics department award, Robotics captain, Sound Beach Stampede boys varsity soccer, jazz band

College and major: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, biology

SMITHTOWN CHRISTIAN SCHOOL, HALLIE NICHOLAS Hometown: East Setauket

SMITHTOWN CHRISTIAN SCHOOL, HALLIE NICHOLAS

Hometown: East Setauket

GPA: 4 (weighted)

Activities: Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society president, ARISTA Science Honor Society vice president, Spanish Honor Society vice president, English Honor Society events coordinator, Tri-M, National Honor Society member, Missions global team leader

College and major: Messiah College, math and computer science

SMITHTOWN HIGH SCHOOL EAST, MATTHEW TIMMEL Hometown: Smithtown

SMITHTOWN HIGH SCHOOL EAST, MATTHEW TIMMEL

Hometown: Smithtown

GPA: 4.13 (weighted)

Activities: DECA president, RYLA senior leader, National Honor Society, varsity badminton

College and major: Florida State University, finance

SMITHTOWN HIGH SCHOOL WEST, KEVIN CAMSON Hometown: Smithtown

SMITHTOWN HIGH SCHOOL WEST, KEVIN CAMSON

Hometown: Smithtown

GPA: 4.08 (weighted)

Activities: Board of Education student liaison, Student Pipeline founder and president, Robin Hood Foundation 10 council member, School Start-Time Steering Committee, Project Smith-Stead founder and leader, Tables to Enable founder, spring track and field

College and major: University of Notre Dame, political science

SOUTH SIDE HIGH SCHOOL, MICHAEL LUVIN Hometown: Rockville

SOUTH SIDE HIGH SCHOOL, MICHAEL LUVIN

Hometown: Rockville Centre

GPA: 105.2 (weighted)

Activities: Rensselear Medal winner, National Science Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Science Honor Society, Quiz Bowl captain, Military History Club vice president, Asian Culture Club founder

College and major: Northwestern University, engineering

SOUTHOLD JUNIOR SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, KAI OBINATA Hometown:

SOUTHOLD JUNIOR SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, KAI OBINATA

Hometown: Southold

GPA: 98.07 (unweighted)

Activities: Journalism publication, Southold Free Library community service, student government, soccer, nextcake Japanese-English translator intern

College and major: Princeton University, undecided

ST. ANTHONY'S HIGH SCHOOL, DANIELLE D'ALONZO Hometown: Northport

ST. ANTHONY'S HIGH SCHOOL, DANIELLE D'ALONZO

Hometown: Northport

GPA: 104.93 (weighted)

Activities: Cross-country captain, varsity winter track, varsity spring track, National Honor Society, English Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Friar News

College and major: Fordham University, English

ST. DOMINIC HIGH SCHOOL, ALEXANDRIA ROTHSCHILD-EDWARDS Hometown: Amityville

ST. DOMINIC HIGH SCHOOL, ALEXANDRIA ROTHSCHILD-EDWARDS

Hometown: Amityville

GPA: 101.89 (weighted)

Activities: World For Refugees international communications director, Mock Trial team founder, Model UN club founder, National Honor Society president, Future Business Leaders of America president, Rep. Kathleen Rice district office intern, AP Scholar with Distinction

College and major: Johns Hopkins University, international studies and economics

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST HIGH SCHOOL, AIDAN HEALY

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST HIGH SCHOOL, AIDAN HEALY

Hometown: Islip

GPA: 104.02 (weighted)

Activities: National Honor Society vice president, cross-country, track and field, Challenge Athletics volunteer, St. Patrick's Parish lector, Eucharistic minister

College and major: Boston College, Carroll School of Management, finance and accounting, minor in Spanish

ST. MARY'S HIGH SCHOOL, ATIF AKHTER Hometown: New

ST. MARY'S HIGH SCHOOL, ATIF AKHTER

Hometown: New Hyde Park

GPA: 102.9 (weighted)

Activities: National Honor Society officer, senior shepherd, Project Rebuild, Scholar Service Institute president, Stock Market Club, campus ministry, Students Building Bridges

College and major: Cornell University, biology, political science

ST. PIUS V HIGH SCHOOL, CARRIE MCCARTHY Hometown:

ST. PIUS V HIGH SCHOOL, CARRIE MCCARTHY

Hometown: Kings Park

GPA: 4.0 (weighted)

Activities: Sodality vice president, First Honors, varsity volleyball

College and major: New York Institute of Technology, finance

SYOSSET HIGH SCHOOL, JARRAD LI Hometown: Syosset GPA:

SYOSSET HIGH SCHOOL, JARRAD LI

Hometown: Syosset

GPA: 100 (weighted)

Activities: National Chemistry Olympiad honoree, 2017 Siemens Competition semifinalist, LI Science and Engineering Fair 2017 second place, LISEF 2018 third place, AMC 10B honor roll, AIME qualification, Theta Math Club co-founder and co-president

College and major: Princeton University, chemical and biological engineering

KNOX SCHOOL, KYLE PERSAUD Hometown: Miller Place GPA:

KNOX SCHOOL, KYLE PERSAUD

Hometown: Miller Place

GPA: 98 (unweighted)

Activities: National Honor Society president, senior class president, Civil Rights Alliance founder and president, KB Operation Hope, crew team captain

College and major: Cornell University, political science

STONY BROOK SCHOOL, CHRISTINA MANZO Hometown: Manorville GPA:

STONY BROOK SCHOOL, CHRISTINA MANZO

Hometown: Manorville

GPA: 4.27 (weighted)

Activities: Yearbook contributing editor, class president, concert choir, chamber singers, Cum Laude Society, varsity tennis, mentor/tutor

College and major: Columbia University, undecided

UNIONDALE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, ANTHONY LIDDIE Hometown: Uniondale

UNIONDALE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, ANTHONY LIDDIE

Hometown: Uniondale

GPA: 100.2 (weighted)

Activities: Step program ambassador, tutor, nine AP classes, students with mental illness advocate

College and major: Columbia University, mathematics

UPPER ROOM CHRISTIAN SCHOOL, JAKELYN MEJIA SANTOS Hometown:

UPPER ROOM CHRISTIAN SCHOOL, JAKELYN MEJIA SANTOS

Hometown: Wheatley Heights

GPA: 4.03 (weighted)

Activities: Cheerleading, National Honor Society, English Honor Society, Italian Honor Society

College and major: St. John's University, biology

VALLEY STREAM CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL, TASNOVA OSMANI Hometown:

VALLEY STREAM CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL, TASNOVA OSMANI

Hometown: Valley Stream

GPA: 106.21 (weighted)

Activities: SADD president, Queens Children Center head volunteer, National Honor Society, SCORE Athletic Honor Society, History Honor Society treasurer, Science Honor Society, peer mentor

College and major: CUNY School of Medicine, Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program, biology, pre-medicine

VALLEY STREAM CHRISTIAN ACADEMY, MARIA LAZARUS Hometown: Queens

VALLEY STREAM CHRISTIAN ACADEMY, MARIA LAZARUS

Hometown: Queens Village

GPA: 3.9 (unweighted)

Activities: National Honor Society president, National Art Honor Society president, Mock Trial team, drama team director, worship team, Life's WORC, House of Hope volunteer

College and major: Houghton College, neuroscience

VALLEY STREAM NORTH HIGH SCHOOL, ARSHIA IQBAL Hometown:

VALLEY STREAM NORTH HIGH SCHOOL, ARSHIA IQBAL

Hometown: Valley Stream

GPA: 107.99 (weighted)

Activities: S.T.O.P. Club president, Math Honor Society president, varsity badminton captain, varsity tennis co-captain, AP Scholar Award, Principal's List recognition, National Honor Society

College and major: CUNY School of Medicine, Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program, pre-medicine

VALLEY STREAM SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL, DAVID MANIKAS Hometown:

VALLEY STREAM SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL, DAVID MANIKAS

Hometown: Valley Stream

GPA: 109.98 (weighted)

Activities: National Merit Commended Scholar, National AP Scholar, NCTE National Writing Award, Science Honor Society secretary, History Honor Society treasurer, National Honor Society, varsity basketball team captain

College and major: Harvard University, applied mathematics

W.C. MEPHAM HIGH SCHOOL, GINA CONNORS Hometown: North

W.C. MEPHAM HIGH SCHOOL, GINA CONNORS

Hometown: North Bellmore

GPA: 100.26 (weighted)

Activities: Class Club president, track, cross-country, peer tutoring, Math team, National Honor Society, Italian Honor Society

College and major: University of Notre Dame, chemistry

W.T. CLARKE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, AASHINI SHAH Hometown:

W.T. CLARKE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, AASHINI SHAH

Hometown: Westbury

GPA: 109.97 (weighted)

Activities: Stony Brook University research, school newspaper editor-in-chief, Multicultural Club president and co-choreographer, Clarke Camerata first violinist, Model UN secretary of communications and research liaison, DECA co-director and junior treasurer, varsity badminton

College and major: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, chemical engineering

WALDORF SCHOOL OF GARDEN CITY, BORIS EPIE Hometown:

WALDORF SCHOOL OF GARDEN CITY, BORIS EPIE

Hometown: Franklin Square

GPA: 97.64 (weighted)

Activities: Varsity soccer captain, student body president, excellence in High School Chemistry Award, American Chemical Society, Tri-M president, Nassau County Youth Court, Model UN

College and major: Yale University, chemistry

WALT WHITMAN HIGH SCHOOL, JOSHUA JOSEPH Hometown: Melville

WALT WHITMAN HIGH SCHOOL, JOSHUA JOSEPH

Hometown: Melville

GPA: 102.32 (weighted)

Activities: Recording studio club officer, school newspaper officer, chamber orchestra, jazz band, podcast club, Tri-M, National Honor Society

College and major: Stony Brook University Honors College, journalism

WALT WHITMAN HIGH SCHOOL, JOSEPH VAN GOSTEIN Hometown:

WALT WHITMAN HIGH SCHOOL, JOSEPH VAN GOSTEIN

Hometown: Huntington Station

GPA: 102.34 (weighted)

Activities: DECA president and international champion, newspaper editor-in-chief, speech and debate president, Pre-Law Club founder and president, National Merit Scholarship winner, executive teen advisory board, National Honor Society

College and major: Fordham University, global business

WALTER G. O'CONNELL HIGH SCHOOL, ALEXANDRA SACZAWA Hometown:

WALTER G. O'CONNELL HIGH SCHOOL, ALEXANDRA SACZAWA

Hometown: Copiague

GPA: 104.04 (weighted)

Activities: Key Club president, National Honor Society, Math team, Science Olympiad, Bringing Unity Through Youth Club, Global Ambassadors Club

College and major: Yale University, chemistry

WANTAGH HIGH SCHOOL, MICHAEL HENNIG Hometown: Wantagh GPA:

WANTAGH HIGH SCHOOL, MICHAEL HENNIG

Hometown: Wantagh

GPA: 107.36 (weighted)

Activities: Band Council co-president, jazz musician, trumpet, marching band, pit orchestra, All-County music festivals, Science National Honor Society president

College and major: Cornell University, human biology, health and society pre-medicine

WARD MELVILLE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, ETHAN LI Hometown:

WARD MELVILLE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, ETHAN LI

Hometown: Stony Brook

GPA: 105.21 (weighted)

Activities: Chess National All-American team and greater New York champion, co-president of Mission Toothbrush, Stony Brook University researcher, abstract accepted for presentation in Paris to International Society for MRI, National Merit finalist, Science Bowl A-Team

College and major: Princeton University, operations research, financial engineering

WEST BABYLON SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, ERIC DONOHUE Hometown:

WEST BABYLON SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, ERIC DONOHUE

Hometown: Babylon

GPA: 107.98 (weighted)

Activities: Student government president, varsity boys volleyball captain, Science Olympiad president, American Legion Boys State delegate, marching band drum major, Mock Trial captain, 2018 Coca-Cola Scholar

College and major: University of Virginia, biomedical engineering

WEST HEMPSTEAD HIGH SCHOOL, SHADMAN SYED Hometown: West

WEST HEMPSTEAD HIGH SCHOOL, SHADMAN SYED

Hometown: West Hempstead

GPA: 101.2 (weighted)

Activities: National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, National Italian Honor Society, spring track, Key Club, Homework Club, Yearbook Club

College and major: Adelphi University, computer science

WEST ISLIP SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, MOLLY MCLAUGHLIN Hometown:

WEST ISLIP SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, MOLLY MCLAUGHLIN

Hometown: West Islip

GPA: 107.84 (weighted)

Activities: Institute for Genomic Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center volunteer, National Honor Society Academic Integrity Association co-president, National English Honor Society vice president, assistant editor-in-chief and writer for school newspaper, Tri-M, pit orchestra, World Language Honor Society officer

College and major: Yale University, neuroscience

WESTBURY HIGH SCHOOL, MANDY WAGNAC Hometown: Westbury GPA:

WESTBURY HIGH SCHOOL, MANDY WAGNAC

Hometown: Westbury

GPA: 101.07 (weighted)

Activities: National Honor Society treasurer, Key Club, Tri-M, French Honor Society, Red Cross Club, Audio Visual Club, Interact Club

College and major: Columbia University, English

WESTHAMPTON BEACH HIGH SCHOOL, ADAM SHEREN Hometown: Westhampton

WESTHAMPTON BEACH HIGH SCHOOL, ADAM SHEREN

Hometown: Westhampton

GPA: 98.34 (unweighted)

Activities: Brandeis Global Youth Summit delegate at conference on the Future of Medicine, National Honor Society vice president, all-division boys varsity tennis, first chair trumpet player, student government, class vice president, AP Scholar with Distinction

College and major: Cornell University, biological sciences

WILLIAM FLOYD HIGH SCHOOL, ASMA ASGHAR Hometown: Shirley

WILLIAM FLOYD HIGH SCHOOL, ASMA ASGHAR

Hometown: Shirley

GPA: 102.36 (weighted)

Activities: National Honor Society co-president, Stony Brook STEP president, science research team leader, Relay for Life, peer tutor, Stony Brook Hospital volunteer, Long Island Science and Engineering Fair second place

College and major: Barnard College, neuroscience

WYANDANCH MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL, JUAN LOPEZ Hometown: Wyandanch

WYANDANCH MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL, JUAN LOPEZ

Hometown: Wyandanch

GPA: 4 (weighted)

Activities: Pathway to technology and engineering through college and high school, Advanced High School Program through Farmingdale State College, Academic Achievement Award recipient, High Honor Roll

College and major: Farmingdale State College, mechanical engineering

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