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Long Island valedictorians 2016: Hauppauge to Pierson

Meet Long Island's 2016 valedictorians, arranged in alphabetical order by school from Hauppauge to Pierson. To report errors, please call 631-843-4813.

REAH VASILAKOPOULOS, HAUPPAUGE HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Hauppauge GPA:

REAH VASILAKOPOULOS, HAUPPAUGE HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Hauppauge
GPA: 104.59 weighted
Activities: AP Scholar with Distinction, National Merit Scholar finalist, Drama Club vice president, senior class treasurer, student council parliamentarian, Science Olympiad vice president, Honors Chamber Orchestra violinist
College and major: Johns Hopkins University, molecular biology

JUSTIN GLICKMAN, HEBREW ACADEMY OF FIVE TOWNS Hometown:

JUSTIN GLICKMAN, HEBREW ACADEMY OF FIVE TOWNS
Hometown: Woodmere
GPA: 99.02
Activities: Garcia Research, Math team captain, College Bowl captain, volleyball captain, softball captain, Spanish newspaper editor-in-chief, Spanish Honor Roll president, Hebrew Honor Society, student of the year, AP Scholar with Honors
College and major: City University, Macaulay Honors College, mechanical engineering

ARI LEVINE, HEBREW ACADEMY OF NASSAU COUNTY -

ARI LEVINE, HEBREW ACADEMY OF NASSAU COUNTY - UNIONDALE
Hometown: West Hempstead
GPA: 98.20
Activities: Torah Bowl captain, co-president National Honor Society, basketball team captain, Mock Trial captain, Mathletes, human rights conference presenter, AP Scholar with Honor
College and major: Yeshiva University, Honors Program, chemistry

NAOMI LIVIEM, HEBREW ACADEMY OF NASSAU COUNTY -

NAOMI LIVIEM, HEBREW ACADEMY OF NASSAU COUNTY - UNIONDALE
Hometown: Great Neck
GPA: 98.00
Activities: Torah Bowl team captain, National Honor Society co-president, Peer Drug Education Committee president, Jewish elderly chairperson, soccer captain, basketball, AP Scholar with Honor
College and major: Undecided, undecided

RHONDA TRAUB, HEBREW ACADEMY OF NASSAU COUNTY -

RHONDA TRAUB, HEBREW ACADEMY OF NASSAU COUNTY - UNIONDALE
Hometown: West Hempstead
GPA: 98.00
Activities: Yearbook editor-in-chief, peer tutor, Mathletes, peer drug educator, Jewish elderly committee, National Honor Society, National Merit Commended Scholar
College and major: University of Maryland, University Honors, nursing

STEVEN NINO, HEMPSTEAD HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Hempstead GPA:

STEVEN NINO, HEMPSTEAD HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Hempstead
GPA: 99.59
Activities: Science Research Program, National Honor Society, Hempstead High School health and safety committee, symphonic band, Robotics Club, JROTC
College and major: Princeton University, engineering

CHRISTOPHER ALVAREZ, HENRY VISCARDI SCHOOL Hometown: Elmhurst GPA:

CHRISTOPHER ALVAREZ, HENRY VISCARDI SCHOOL
Hometown: Elmhurst
GPA: 95.38
Activities: Student council, Natural Helpers, school lobbyist, Hear Me Club president, wheelchair basketball, farmers market worker, Sports Night
College and major: Adelphi University, communications

MATTHEW COHEN, HERRICKS HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Roslyn GPA:

MATTHEW COHEN, HERRICKS HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Roslyn
GPA: 4.16
Activities: National History Day State and Regional Award, Special Maritime Award, National Honor Society, AP Scholar with Honor, DECA, Model Congress, varsity ice hockey, Amnesty International
College and major: University of Pennsylvania, economics

MATTHEW CIMINO, HICKSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Hicksville GPA:

MATTHEW CIMINO, HICKSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Hicksville
GPA: 103.05
Activities: German Club vice president, jazz band vice president, Model UN secretary, Chess Club vice president, National Math Honor Society, Social Studies Honor Society, English Honor Society, Science Honor Society
College and major: Stony Brook University, civil or mechanical engineering

JENNIFER LOCASCIO, HOLY TRINITY DIOCESAN HIGH SCHOOL Hometown:

JENNIFER LOCASCIO, HOLY TRINITY DIOCESAN HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Levittown
GPA: 99.00
Activities: National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Science Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, L.I.G.H.T.S. leader, blood drive leader, cross-country winter and spring track
College and major: St. John's University, actuarial science

RACHEL CARPENTER, HUNTINGTON HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Huntington GPA:

RACHEL CARPENTER, HUNTINGTON HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Huntington
GPA: 103.57
Activities: National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Drama Club, Natural Helpers
College and major: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, biology

JUSUNG KIM, ISLAND TREES HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Levittown

JUSUNG KIM, ISLAND TREES HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Levittown
GPA: 108.97
Activities: Teacher assistant at Plainview Korean School, high school tutor, Robotics Club president, Ping-Pong Club founder and president, Mathletes president, Quiz Bowl, National Honor Society treasurer
College and major: Harvard University, neuroscience

AMBER YILDIZEL, ISLIP HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Islip GPA:

AMBER YILDIZEL, ISLIP HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Islip
GPA: 104.42 weighted
Activities: Empire Girls State, AP Scholar with Honors, National Honor Society officer, Science Olympiad A Team officer, Foreign Language Honor Society, yearbook vice president, Young Diplomacy co-founder and writer
College and major: Brown University, international relations

LAUREN GOLD, JERICHO SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Old

LAUREN GOLD, JERICHO SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Old Westbury
GPA: 4.00
Activities: Chinese Honor Society president, varsity tennis captain, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society
College and major: Northwestern University, communications

GRAELIN MANDEL, JL MILLER - GREAT NECK NORTH

GRAELIN MANDEL, JL MILLER - GREAT NECK NORTH HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Great Neck
GPA: 98.70
Activities: School newspaper editor-in-chief, Model Congress president, DECA vice president, Science Research Club, Intel Club treasurer
College and major: University of Pennsylvania, undecided

ISABELLE SEHATI, JL MILLER - GREAT NECK NORTH

ISABELLE SEHATI, JL MILLER - GREAT NECK NORTH HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Great Neck
GPA: 98.70
Activities: DECA, peer leader, Chamber Music Society
College and major: Binghamton University, undecided

SAMANTHA KLEIN, JOHN F KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL Hometown:

SAMANTHA KLEIN, JOHN F KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Merrick
GPA: 101.22
Activities: Varsity softball All-Conference captain, Key Club, student government, Math Club, B'nai B'rith Youth Organization chapter board, National Honor Society
College and major: Georgia Institute of Technology, engineering

DANIEL RUESCHER, KELLENBERG MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Malverne

DANIEL RUESCHER, KELLENBERG MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Malverne
GPA: 97.80
Activities: National Honor Society president, Drama Club, Gregorian Consortium, jazz chorus, school chorus, Marianist Mentor, retreat staff
College and major: Georgetown University, undecided

JULIAN UBRIACO, KINGS PARK HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Fort

JULIAN UBRIACO, KINGS PARK HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Fort Salonga
GPA: 108.14 weighted
Activities: Coca-Cola Scholar, CSHL Partner for the Future, National Merit Scholar, student council class president, Model UN president, Siemens Competition regional finalist, varsity tennis captain
College and major: Harvard University, applied mathematics

ALEXANDER WANG, KNOX SCHOOL Hometown: Guangdong Province, China

ALEXANDER WANG, KNOX SCHOOL
Hometown: Guangdong Province, China
GPA: 4.00
Activities: Student council vice president, crew team, High Academic Honor Roll
College and major: Bentley University, business

SAMANTHA RUBENSTEIN, LAWRENCE HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: North Woodmere

SAMANTHA RUBENSTEIN, LAWRENCE HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: North Woodmere
GPA: 101.61
Activities: DECA, National Honor Society treasurer, AP Scholar with Honors, Intel Science Talent Search Competition, FHA mentor, math mentor
College and major: Washington University, Olin Business School, accounting and finance

BINCONGWAN YAN, LAWRENCE WOODMERE ACADEMY Hometown: Lynbrook GPA:

BINCONGWAN YAN, LAWRENCE WOODMERE ACADEMY
Hometown: Lynbrook
GPA: 4.24 weighted
Activities: Pianist, Methodology Club co-founder, Lower School teacher's assistant
College and major: University of Washington, undecided

IHOR BALABAN, LINDENHURST SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Lindenhurst

IHOR BALABAN, LINDENHURST SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Lindenhurst
GPA: 103.18
Activities: Peer leader, class council, International Club officer
College and major: Undecided, aerospace engineering

QUINLAN FERRANTE, LOCUST VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Muttontown

QUINLAN FERRANTE, LOCUST VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Muttontown
GPA: 109.03 weighted
Activities: Robotics, Quiz Bowl co-captain, school newspaper co-editor, lead in musical, varsity tennis, science research participant, Atlas Award, Italian Honor Society vice president
College and major: Duke University, mechanical engineering

ALEXANDRA KAPILIAN, LONG BEACH HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Long

ALEXANDRA KAPILIAN, LONG BEACH HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Long Beach
GPA: 106.03
Activities: All-State Performing Ensembles, NYS Summer School of the Arts bassoonist, Columbia Science Honors Program, Science Research, USDAN Center for the Performing Arts, marching band drum major, IB Diploma candidate
College and major: Columbia University, neuroscience and music

CHARLOTTE CANAVOR, LONG ISLAND LUTHERAN MIDDLE & HIGH

CHARLOTTE CANAVOR, LONG ISLAND LUTHERAN MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Hicksville
GPA: 101.88
Activities: Science Olympiad captain and bronze medalist, Tae Kwon Do black belt, Sports Car Club solo series, engineered and built a Formula One race car and placed second, school magazine editor, Quiz Bowl captain, National Honor Society treasurer, Mathletes
College and major: Georgia Institute of Technology, aerospace engineering

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RUOJING "JENNY" FANG, LONGWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Ridge
GPA: 103.20 weighted
Activities: U.S. Presidential Scholars Program semifinalist, Outstanding HS Chemistry Student regional winner, Bausch + Lomb Honorary Science Award regional winner, Tri-M Music Honor Society president, NYSSMA All-State orchestra
College and major: Columbia University, biochemistry, computer science or applied math

ANDREW MEERSAND, LYNBROOK HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: East Rockaway

ANDREW MEERSAND, LYNBROOK HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: East Rockaway
GPA: 103.46
Activities: Intel semifinalist, National Merit semifinalist, FIRST Robotics Dean's List semifinalist, National Honor Society, varsity swimming captain, Mathletes, school newspaper contributor
College and major: Harvard University, engineering

JESSE PACE, MALVERNE HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Malverne GPA:

JESSE PACE, MALVERNE HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Malverne
GPA: 101.44 weighted
Activities: National Honor Society vice president, Robotics, marching band, Mathletes, varsity bowling captain, varsity soccer, Coding Club, musical productions, fusion band, Science Bowl
College and major: Stony Brook University, Honors Program, biomedical engineering

JASON FIACCO, MANHASSET SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Manhasset

JASON FIACCO, MANHASSET SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Manhasset
GPA: 4.49
Activities: Social Studies Honor Society president, INTEL ISEF second place Grand Award winner, varsity lacrosse, varsity soccer, Simons summer research fellow, Northwell Health Hospital volunteer, Science Olympiad
College and major: Yale University, computer science

JOSEPH PRUSAN, MASSAPEQUA HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Massapequa Park

JOSEPH PRUSAN, MASSAPEQUA HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Massapequa Park
GPA: 99.87
Activities: Science Olympiad president, Science Research Club president, Debate Club, Aerify 3.6 Club, varsity soccer
College and major: UCLA, bioengineering

KATHERINE HOEG, MATTITUCK JUNIOR SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL Hometown:

KATHERINE HOEG, MATTITUCK JUNIOR SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Mattituck
GPA: 97.92
Activities: National Honor Society, varsity lacrosse, varsity basketball, DECA
College and major: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, undecided

AVITAL VAINBERG, MIDRESHET-SHALHEVET HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Brooklyn GPA:

AVITAL VAINBERG, MIDRESHET-SHALHEVET HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Brooklyn
GPA: 98.95
Activities: AP Scholar with Distinction, Dean's List, Math team, Model UN captain, National Merit Scholarship
College and major: Queens College, Macaulay Honors College, computer science or business

ABIGAIL BETHON, MILL NECK MANOR SCHOOL FOR THE

ABIGAIL BETHON, MILL NECK MANOR SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
Hometown: Port Washington
GPA: 90.28
Activities: Nassau BOCES for Culinary Arts, student of the month twice, student government secretary, Academic Bowl, sports teams, community service projects, Shameka Edwards Character Award
College and major: Suffolk County Community College, culinary arts

ELIZABETH WHITLOW, MILLER PLACE HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Miller

ELIZABETH WHITLOW, MILLER PLACE HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Miller Place
GPA: 99.60
Activities: Drama Club, All-Conference softball captain, Mathletes, Athletes Helping Athletes, AP Scholar with Honors
College and major: Northeastern University, American sign language

KATIE SHI, MINEOLA HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Roslyn Heights

KATIE SHI, MINEOLA HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Roslyn Heights
GPA: 99.99
Activities: National Merit Commended Scholar, regional third place in junior mathematics, science and humanities symposium, marching band, track, leadership council in student service center, drama, peer tutor
College and major: Carnegie Mellon University, engineering

PATRICK HANAJ, MOUNT SINAI HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Mount

PATRICK HANAJ, MOUNT SINAI HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Mount Sinai
GPA: 105.24 weighted
Activities: National Merit semifinalist, National AP Scholar, National Honor Society president, class president, class secretary, Columbia University Science Honor Program, Metropolitan Youth Orchestra cellist, research at Stony Brook University
College and major: Harvard University, applied math

ROBY DANIEL, NEW HYDE PARK MEMORIAL JUNIOR SENIOR

ROBY DANIEL, NEW HYDE PARK MEMORIAL JUNIOR SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: New Hyde Park
GPA: 103.20
Activities: AP Scholar, National Merit Commended Scholar, varsity volleyball, varsity tennis, Mathletes president, Science Olympiad vice president, Winthrop-University Hospital volunteer
College and major: City College of New York, Macaulay Honors College, medicine

MICHELLE BARTOLO, NEWFIELD HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Selden GPA:

MICHELLE BARTOLO, NEWFIELD HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Selden
GPA: 97.52
Activities: National Honor Society president, National Foreign Language Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, philharmonic orchestra, varsity soccer captain, Book Club president
College and major: Marist College, applied mathematics

ALONZO TABADA, NORTH BABYLON HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: North

ALONZO TABADA, NORTH BABYLON HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: North Babylon
GPA: 101.33 weighted
Activities: AP Scholar with Distinction, Dowling College Noyce Science Symposium fourth place, Students for a Better World, academic team, Model UN, National Honor Society
College and major: Stony Brook University, biomedical engineering

SHAINA ARJANG, NORTH SHORE HEBREW ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL

SHAINA ARJANG, NORTH SHORE HEBREW ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Great Neck
GPA: 98.66
Activities: Headmasters council president, anti-bias task force, varsity basketball, varsity soccer, peer drug educator, Medical Explorers team president, National Honor Society, student of the year, AP Scholar
College and major: Yeshiva University, Stern Honors Program, biology

GABRIELLE FARB, NORTH SHORE HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Greenvale

GABRIELLE FARB, NORTH SHORE HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Greenvale
GPA: 103.33
Activities: Mathletes, Mu Alpha Theta, newspaper, Key Club, National Honor Society
College and major: University of Connecticut, Honors Program, biology

IAN BUITENKANT, NORTHPORT HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Northport GPA:

IAN BUITENKANT, NORTHPORT HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Northport
GPA: 104.35
Activities: Varsity tennis, Chess Club president, Mathletes, Academy of Information Technology
College and major: Stony Brook University, Honors College, computer science

MICHAEL DISTEFANO, OCEANSIDE HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Oceanside GPA:

MICHAEL DISTEFANO, OCEANSIDE HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Oceanside
GPA: 105.51
Activities: World Interest Club president, Mount Sinai Hospital college science research volunteer, Robotics Club, tutor
College and major: Cornell University, engineering

TAYLOR MALATESTA, OUR LADY OF MERCY ACADEMY Hometown:

TAYLOR MALATESTA, OUR LADY OF MERCY ACADEMY
Hometown: St. James
GPA: 98.55 weighted
Activities: National Honor Society vice president, Italian National Honor Society, Mercy Mentors, OLMA Ambassadors, Mercy Action
College and major: Villanova University, writing, journalism

MARIA CAMPANELLI, OUR SAVIOR NEW AMERICAN SCHOOL Hometown:

MARIA CAMPANELLI, OUR SAVIOR NEW AMERICAN SCHOOL
Hometown: Centereach
GPA: 3.90
Activities: Drama, choir, chamber choir, March student of the month, outstanding student of the year in junior year, lead roles in school productions junior and senior year, youth band
College and major: SUNY New Paltz , theater

VANESSA YU, OYSTER BAY HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Oyster

VANESSA YU, OYSTER BAY HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Oyster Bay
GPA: 110.20 weighted
Activities: Varsity lacrosse MVP, varsity winter track MVP, varsity soccer MVP, National Honor Society president and treasurer, student council treasurer, Cold Spring Harbor Lab's Partner for the Future, Local Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year
College and major: Yale University, biological sciences

DANIEL MARZAGALLI , PATCHOGUE-MEDFORD SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL Hometown:

DANIEL MARZAGALLI , PATCHOGUE-MEDFORD SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Patchogue
GPA: 105.14 weighted
Activities: Varsity tennis captain, varsity academic team captain, National Honor Society executive board, English Honor Society, Science Honor Society, French Honor Society, History Honor Society
College and major: Cornell University, computer science and economics

ANDREW GRUBER, PAUL D. SCHREIBER HIGH SCHOOL Hometown:

ANDREW GRUBER, PAUL D. SCHREIBER HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Port Washington
GPA: 5.18 weighted
Activities: Quiz Bowl vice president, debate team, Model UN Club, yearbook vice president, Science Olympiad secretary
College and major: Columbia University, undecided

ASENA ULUG, PAUL D. SCHREIBER HIGH SCHOOL Hometown:

ASENA ULUG, PAUL D. SCHREIBER HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Port Washington
GPA: 5.20 weighted
Activities: Orchestra, Mathletes, Art Club, Science Olympiad, Relay for Life, National Honor Society
College and major: Cornell University, engineering

COURTNEY KINSELLA, PIERSON MIDDLE HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Sag

COURTNEY KINSELLA, PIERSON MIDDLE HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Sag Harbor
GPA: 104.68 weighted
Activities: IB diploma candidate, Pierson drama department dance captain, Model UN, soccer, National Honor Society
College and major: Boston College, finance

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