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Long Island valedictorians 2017: Amityville to Hempstead

Meet Long Island's 2017 valedictorians, arranged in alphabetical order by school from Amityville to Hempstead. To report errors, please call 631-843-4813.

AMITYVILLE MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL, ESTEBAN IDROVO PONCE Hometown:

AMITYVILLE MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL, ESTEBAN IDROVO PONCE Hometown: Amityville GPA: 112.13  (weighted) Activities: Amityville Fire Department, National Honor Society parliamentarian, World Language Honor Society vice president, track and field, Drama Club treasurer, Key Club co-president, Mathletes College and major: Stony Brook University, physics

BABYLON JUNIOR-SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, GABRIELLA ALBANESE Hometown: Babylon

BABYLON JUNIOR-SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, GABRIELLA ALBANESE Hometown: Babylon GPA: 104.2 (unweighted) Activities: Ballet, Math team captain, varsity tennis, National Honor Society, LIU Post Orchestra, Thoreau Society, Columbia University Science Honors Program College and major: Stony Brook University, chemistry

BALDWIN SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, SIERRA WOJTCZACK Hometown: Baldwin

BALDWIN SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, SIERRA WOJTCZACK Hometown: Baldwin GPA: 119.58 (weighted) Activities: Children's Orchestra Society principal cellist, Dr. H.T. Ma Scholarship, Dr. Mary Howell Memorial Scholarship, school chamber orchestra president, National Arion Award for Orchestra College and major: SUNY Fredonia School of Music, music composition, Spanish

BAY SHORE HIGH SCHOOL, MATTEA GRAVINA Hometown: Brightwaters

BAY SHORE HIGH SCHOOL, MATTEA GRAVINA Hometown: Brightwaters GPA: 103.37 (weighted) Activities: Varsity gymnastics team captain, Interact Club, Rotary International's Service Club, Athletes Helping Athletes, Challenger Athletics Inc., National Honor Society, Hospice Care Network junior volunteer, BK Gymnastics Center instructor and coach College and major: Worcester Polytechnic Institute, biomedical engineering

BAYPORT-BLUE POINT HIGH SCHOOL, PHILIP TUBIOLO Hometown: Bayport

BAYPORT-BLUE POINT HIGH SCHOOL, PHILIP TUBIOLO Hometown: Bayport GPA: 102.24 (weighted) Activities: Science Olympiad captain, DECA vice president, Chamber of Commerce School to Business Partnership student representative, National Honor Society, chamber orchestra principal cellist, jazz band bassist, Tri-M College and major: Stony Brook University, University Scholars Program, biomedical engineering

BELLPORT HIGH SCHOOL, MARIA ARUANNA Hometown: East Patchogue

BELLPORT HIGH SCHOOL, MARIA ARUANNA Hometown: East Patchogue GPA: 4.43 (weighted) Activities: National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Science Honor Society, Math team, soccer, spring track and field, winter track and field, violin College and major: St. Joseph's College, accounting

BETHPAGE HIGH SCHOOL, SHANAZ DEEN Hometown: Bethpage GPA:

BETHPAGE HIGH SCHOOL, SHANAZ DEEN Hometown: Bethpage GPA: 107.91 (weighted) Activities: Marine fitness team captain, National Honor Society vice president of tutoring, Spanish Honor Society, Tri-M, varsity gymnastics, AP Scholar with Distinction College and major: Princeton University, molecular biology

BISHOP MCGANN-MERCY DIOCESAN HIGH SCHOOL, ANGELIKA OSINIAK Hometown:

BISHOP MCGANN-MERCY DIOCESAN HIGH SCHOOL, ANGELIKA OSINIAK Hometown: Riverhead GPA: 101.82 (weighted) Activities: Varsity tennis captain, Science Honor Society president, Math Honor Society secretary, chamber choir, vocal jazz, Riverhead Town Youth Court, advanced Battle of the Books College and major: Georgetown University, international politics, foreign policy

BRENTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL ROSS CENTER, MICHAEL SIMOES Hometown:

BRENTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL ROSS CENTER, MICHAEL SIMOES Hometown: Brentwood GPA: 106.45 (weighted) Activities: National Honor Society president, National English Honor Society vice president, National Social Studies Honor Society, French Club treasurer, Medical Society treasurer, WXBA Radio Club DJ, Tri-M College and major: Stony Brook University, medicine

BRENTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL SONDERLING CENTER, REEDA IQBAL Hometown:

BRENTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL SONDERLING CENTER, REEDA IQBAL Hometown: Brentwood GPA: 106.88 - weighted Activities: Generation Success Mentorship Program founder, National Honor Society, National English Honor Society secretary, Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society, Medical Society president, Stony Brook University student researcher, science buddies College and major: Harvard University, human development and regenerative biology, pre-medicine

BRIDGEHAMPTON SCHOOL, MAX CHENG Hometown: Bridgehampton GPA: 95.00

BRIDGEHAMPTON SCHOOL, MAX CHENG Hometown: Bridgehampton GPA: 95.00 (weighted) Activities: Culture Club founder, varsity basketball co-captain, National Honor Society, Sprouts farm stand co-founder, East Hampton Star All-Star Award, U.S. Presidential Scholars nominee College and major: Hunter College, Macaulay Honors College, sociology

CARLE PLACE HIGH SCHOOL, VINCENT BASSO Hometown: Westbury

CARLE PLACE HIGH SCHOOL, VINCENT BASSO Hometown: Westbury GPA: 101.99 (unweighted) Activities: National Honor Society vice president, Math Honor Society vice president, Tri-M, student-run theater company, Culture Vultures, Prudential Spirit of Community Award for Service, Key Club webmaster College and major: Stony Brook University, biology

CENTER MORICHES HIGH SCHOOL, PAIGE VOLKMANN Hometown: Center

CENTER MORICHES HIGH SCHOOL, PAIGE VOLKMANN Hometown: Center Moriches GPA: 102.19 (weighted) Activities: National Honor Society president, varsity lacrosse captain, All-Division lacrosse, NYSPHSAA SAAC, varsity soccer captain, All-League and All-Conference soccer, Science Honor Society vice president, school play student director, clarinet first chair College and major: Binghamton University, math

CENTEREACH HIGH SCHOOL, DEMI LAMBADIS Hometown: Lake Grove

CENTEREACH HIGH SCHOOL, DEMI LAMBADIS Hometown: Lake Grove GPA: 101.52 (unweighted) Activities: Competition dance team; student council vice president; community service; Leadership Club vice president; class vice president; class president, grades 9 and 10; National Honor Society College and major: Lehigh University, biomedical engineering

CENTRAL ISLIP HIGH SCHOOL, DULCE MEDINA Hometown: Central

CENTRAL ISLIP HIGH SCHOOL, DULCE MEDINA Hometown: Central Islip GPA: 98.53 (weighted) Activities: Student council president, National Honor Society president, Mathematics Club president, Lions Club president, Youth Power Club, Science Club, Future Business Leaders of America College and major: Binghamton University, biology

CHAMINADE HIGH SCHOOL, MICHAEL CAROLAN Hometown: East Islip

CHAMINADE HIGH SCHOOL, MICHAEL CAROLAN Hometown: East Islip GPA: 99.76 (unweighted) Activities: National Honor Society officer, fall and spring crew, speech and debate, Emmaus volunteer, Senior Leaders College and major: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, business

COMMACK HIGH SCHOOL, DUA RAZA Hometown: Dix Hills

COMMACK HIGH SCHOOL, DUA RAZA Hometown: Dix Hills GPA: 103.76 (weighted) Activities: Mathematics Honor Society president, National History Honor Society president, Grandfriends Club vice president, Cougar Achievement Award, Science Honor Society, National Honor Society, Physics Achievement Award College and major: Cornell University, chemical engineering

COMSEWOGUE HIGH SCHOOL, MARISSA LEHNER Hometown: Port Jefferson

COMSEWOGUE HIGH SCHOOL, MARISSA LEHNER Hometown: Port Jefferson Station GPA: 100.40 (weighted) Activities: National Merit Scholarship winner, National Honor Society officer, Social Studies Honor Society officer, varsity tennis captain, B.U.T.Y. Club, Math team, academic team College and major: University of New Haven, national security studies

CONNETQUOT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, MIT PATEL Hometown: Bohemia

CONNETQUOT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, MIT PATEL Hometown: Bohemia GPA: 98.54 (unweighted) Activities: Independent science research through Stony Brook University, Model UN president, Science Olympiad president, National Honor Society, Interact Club treasurer, Habitat for Humanity volunteer College and major: Harvard University, biological sciences

CRESCENT SCHOOL, HAFSAH KAMAL Hometown: East Meadow GPA:

CRESCENT SCHOOL, HAFSAH KAMAL Hometown: East Meadow GPA: 95.3 (unweighted) Activities: National Honor Society, writing center tutor, Annual Speech Competition 2017 winner, Quran Competition winner for five consecutive years, Science Fair first-place winner, Community Service Award from the Long Island Muslim Society College and major: Undecided, civil engineering, English

DRS YESHIVA HIGH SCHOOL FOR BOYS, MAYER ADELMAN

DRS YESHIVA HIGH SCHOOL FOR BOYS, MAYER ADELMAN Hometown: Cedarhurst GPA: 97.00 (unweighted) Activities: Dvarim Hayotzim Torah Publication editor, Torah Bowl, Kulanu Learning Program for Disabled Children volunteer, Math team captain College and major: Yeshiva University, undecided

DEER PARK HIGH SCHOOL, OMAIER MOHIUDDIN Hometown: Deer

DEER PARK HIGH SCHOOL, OMAIER MOHIUDDIN Hometown: Deer Park GPA: 107.28 (weighted) Activities: National Honor Society, AP Scholar with Distinction, Spanish Honor Society president, Red Cross Club, Math team, International Culture Club, Art Club College and major: Stony Brook University, math, science

DIVISION AVENUE HIGH SCHOOL, MARIA MANCZ Hometown: Levittown

DIVISION AVENUE HIGH SCHOOL, MARIA MANCZ Hometown: Levittown GPA: 102.00 (weighted) Activities: Art Honor Society president, Mathletes, National Honor Society, World Language Honor Society, peer leaders, Math Honor Society, showcased at Long Island's Best Young Artists at The Heckscher Museum College and major: New York University, cybersecurity

EARL L. VANDERMEULEN HIGH SCHOOL, CHIARA RABENO Hometown:

EARL L. VANDERMEULEN HIGH SCHOOL, CHIARA RABENO Hometown: Port Jefferson GPA: 101.39 (weighted) Activities: National Honor Society president, All-Conference varsity field hockey, Suffolk County Science Teachers Association Award for Outstanding Senior Science Student, National Merit Commended Student, National Latin Exam gold medal, Interact Club College and major: Boston College, biology

EAST HAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL, PHILIPPE ZABLOTSKY Hometown: East

EAST HAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL, PHILIPPE ZABLOTSKY Hometown: East Hampton GPA: 103.51 (weighted) Activities: AP Scholar with Distinction, National Merit Scholarship Commended Student, All-League varsity baseball, NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete, academic team century College and major: Johns Hopkins University, economics

EAST ISLIP HIGH SCHOOL, JACK PALMERI Hometown: East

EAST ISLIP HIGH SCHOOL, JACK PALMERI Hometown: East Islip GPA: 108.19 (weighted) Activities: Varsity spring track and field, Math Honor Society, Rensselaer Medal Award, AP Scholar with Distinction, academic team, Emmanuel Lutheran Soup Kitchen, High Minds in Motion Scholar-Athlete Award College and major: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, engineering

EAST MEADOW HIGH SCHOOL, MAHALIÀ MATHELIER Hometown: East

EAST MEADOW HIGH SCHOOL, MAHALIÀ MATHELIER Hometown: East Meadow GPA: 107.71 (weighted) Activities: National Honor Society Executive Board member, Social Studies Honor Society, Business Honor Society, Model Congress secretarial chair, George Washington University's Engineering Medal, Key Club treasurer, English Honor Society College and major: Harvard University, economics, political science

EAST ROCKAWAY JUNIOR-SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, NATALIA CUTTITTA Hometown:

EAST ROCKAWAY JUNIOR-SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, NATALIA CUTTITTA Hometown: East Rockaway GPA: 102.98 (weighted) Activities: Jazz band, National Honor Society treasurer, Key Club webmaster, varsity cross country, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards honorable mention, Nassau County Executive's Office's Community Service and Academic Award College and major: Chapman University, TV writing and production

EASTPORT-SOUTH MANOR JUNIOR-SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, ASHLEY BALDELLI Hometown:

EASTPORT-SOUTH MANOR JUNIOR-SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, ASHLEY BALDELLI Hometown: Manorville GPA: 107.81 (weighted) Activities: AP Scholar with Distinction, National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, World Language Honor Society, Academic Excellence Math and Science, peer tutor, varsity soccer College and major: University of Connecticut, actuarial science

ELMONT MEMORIAL JUNIOR-SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, SHAZOR SHAHID Hometown:

ELMONT MEMORIAL JUNIOR-SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, SHAZOR SHAHID Hometown: Elmont GPA: 101.02 (weighted) Activities: Science research member, SADD, Mathletes, National Honor Society, Global Links, Science Honor Society, Social Studies Honor Society College and major: Boston University, computer science

ELWOOD-JOHN GLENN HIGH SCHOOL, MICHAEL HERMANNS Hometown: Huntington

ELWOOD-JOHN GLENN HIGH SCHOOL, MICHAEL HERMANNS Hometown: Huntington GPA: 98.86 (weighted) Activities: Varsity cross-country captain, Science Olympiad team manager, Mathletes, Knowledge Masters Quiz Bowl, National Honor Society, World Language Honor Society College and major: Boston University, business

FARMINGDALE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, SAMUEL CROES Hometown: Farmingdale

FARMINGDALE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, SAMUEL CROES Hometown: Farmingdale GPA: 105.91 (weighted) Activities: National Merit Scholarship Commended Student, AP Scholar with Honors, band section leader, All-State alternate clarinetist, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society treasurer, Science Bowl co-captain College and major: Brown University, molecular biology

FLORAL PARK MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL, LUKE deARMAS Hometown:

FLORAL PARK MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL, LUKE deARMAS Hometown: Floral Park GPA: 103.17 (weighted) Activities: Future Business Leaders of America treasurer, student newspaper editor-in-chief, varsity soccer, varsity track, junior varsity basketball, Boys State Leadership, volunteer firefighter, Junior Achievement College and major: Vanderbilt University, engineering

FREEPORT HIGH SCHOOL, KIMBERLY SERNA Hometown: Freeport GPA:

FREEPORT HIGH SCHOOL, KIMBERLY SERNA Hometown: Freeport GPA: 105.98 (weighted) Activities: Science Honor Society president, Mathletes vice president, varsity softball captain, AP Scholar, National Honor Society, student government College and major: CUNY Medical School, Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, chemistry

GARDEN CITY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, ALYSSA DeGRUCCIO Hometown:

GARDEN CITY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, ALYSSA DeGRUCCIO Hometown: Garden City GPA: 101.02 (weighted) Activities: Miracle Club president, Spanish Honor Society president, National Honor Society secretary, Greek Orthodox Youth Association, Wall Street Rocks, Tri-M, Long Island Children's Museum volunteer College and major: Brown University, humanities

GEN. DOUGLAS MacARTHUR HIGH SCHOOL, CASEY PABLO BUTCHER

GEN. DOUGLAS MacARTHUR HIGH SCHOOL, CASEY PABLO BUTCHER Hometown: Levittown GPA: 103.21 (weighted) Activities: Science Olympiad team captain, Math Fair Club president, two silver medals from Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair, symphonic orchestra section leader, All-County Orchestra trumpet College and major: Stanford University, computer science, English

GEORGE W. HEWLETT HIGH SCHOOL, DANIEL KOSTOVETSKY Hometown:

GEORGE W. HEWLETT HIGH SCHOOL, DANIEL KOSTOVETSKY Hometown: Woodmere GPA: 104.64 (weighted) Activities: Recognition in Regeneron Science Talent Search, Fed Challenge captain, Math team president, school paper opinion section editor, Robotics Club, chess master College and major: Brown University, undecided

GLEN COVE HIGH SCHOOL, JULIE MICKO Hometown: Glen

GLEN COVE HIGH SCHOOL, JULIE MICKO Hometown: Glen Cove GPA: 103.52 (weighted) Activities: Student senate treasurer, Mathletes, DECA, Ski Club treasurer, varsity volleyball captain, AP Scholar with Honor, National Merit Scholar College and major: Stony Brook University, biology

GREAT NECK SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL, BENJAMIN NEWMAN Hometown:

GREAT NECK SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL, BENJAMIN NEWMAN Hometown: Great Neck GPA: 98.7 (unweighted) Activities: Robotics, academic outreach, varsity tennis, Math team, science research, band, flute, Computer Programming Club College and major: Stanford University, computer science

GREAT NECK SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL, MELODY YANG Hometown:

GREAT NECK SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL, MELODY YANG Hometown: Great Neck GPA: 98.7 (unweighted) Activities: Science Olympiad, Science Bowl, Asian Culture Club, Tae Kwon Do, Math team College and major: Stanford University, undecided

GREENPORT HIGH SCHOOL, ANGELINA PAGANO Hometown: East Marion

GREENPORT HIGH SCHOOL, ANGELINA PAGANO Hometown: East Marion GPA: 98.91 (unweighted) Activities: Newspaper editor-in-chief, National Honor Society president, Interact Club president, student council secretary, Acappella Club, DECA 2017 Suffolk County Regional Winner, track and field MVP College and major: Stony Brook University Honors College, political science

H. FRANK CAREY HIGH SCHOOL, MAIRA KHAN Hometown:

H. FRANK CAREY HIGH SCHOOL, MAIRA KHAN Hometown: Franklin Square GPA: 102.28 (weighted) Activities: Garcia Materials Science Research, elementary school STEM ed program founder, National Merit finalist, National Honor Society president, Girl Up blog founder, Orchestra Board president, Science Honor Society president College and major: Harvard University, physics, economics

HALF HOLLOW HILLS HIGH SCHOOL EAST, MATTHIEW CHEN

HALF HOLLOW HILLS HIGH SCHOOL EAST, MATTHIEW CHEN Hometown: Dix Hills GPA: 99.23 (weighted) Activities: Future Doctors of America president, National Honor Society, AP Scholar with Distinction, College of the Holy Cross Book Award, Huntington Hospital junior council, Amnesty International Club, National Merit Scholarship Program College and major: Fordham University, biomedical engineering, pre-medicine

HALF HOLLOW HILLS HIGH SCHOOL WEST, ALEXIS BAINNSON

HALF HOLLOW HILLS HIGH SCHOOL WEST, ALEXIS BAINNSON Hometown: Dix Hills GPA: 99.35 (weighted) Activities: National Merit Scholarship semifinalist, FBLA president, Business Honor Society president, AP Scholar with Distinction, DECA president, first place in New York State DECA Human Resources Management Event, Harvard Prize Book Award College and major: Washington University in St. Louis, business

HAMPTON BAYS HIGH SCHOOL, ERIK MORASTITLA ROJAS Hometown:

HAMPTON BAYS HIGH SCHOOL, ERIK MORASTITLA ROJAS Hometown: Hampton Bays GPA: 102.61 (weighted) Activities: Key Club, Leo Club, National Hispanic Scholar, AP Scholar with Honor, Robotics, Bienvenidos Club College and major: Stony Brook University, math

HARBORFIELDS HIGH SCHOOL, CASANDRA MOISANU Hometown: Centerport GPA:

HARBORFIELDS HIGH SCHOOL, CASANDRA MOISANU Hometown: Centerport GPA: 107.32 (weighted) Activities: National Merit Scholarship, AP Scholar with Distinction, Outstanding Senior Science Student, National Honor Society webmaster and executive board member, Academic All-County girls soccer College and major: Cornell University, environmental science

HAUPPAUGE HIGH SCHOOL, ANGELA MUSCO Hometown: Smithtown GPA:

HAUPPAUGE HIGH SCHOOL, ANGELA MUSCO Hometown: Smithtown GPA: 104.1 (unweighted) Activities: Science Teachers Association of New York State Award, Volunteer Service Award, Interact Club president, Spanish Honor Society vice president, Debate Club treasurer, Spanish Club vice president, National Honor Society College and major: Stony Brook University, biology

HEBREW ACADEMY OF FIVE TOWNS & ROCKAWAY, RACHEL

HEBREW ACADEMY OF FIVE TOWNS & ROCKAWAY, RACHEL SACKS Hometown: Woodmere GPA: 99.18 (unweighted) Activities: Garcia Summer Research Program researcher, Science Institute co-president, debate team co-captain, Regional Model Congress co-president, school newspaper copy editor, math research, National Honor Society president College and major: Columbia University, biochemistry

HEBREW ACADEMY OF NASSAU COUNTY,  RACHEL CANTER

HEBREW ACADEMY OF NASSAU COUNTY,  RACHEL CANTER Hometown: Great Neck GPA: 97.65 (unweighted) Activities: Student senate co-president, school newspaper editor-in-chief, National Honor Society co-president, yearbook editor, College Bowl, Passion for Education Award, Honor Roll College and major: Brandeis University, English

HEMPSTEAD HIGH SCHOOL, MOKUTIMA EKONG Hometown: Hempstead GPA:

HEMPSTEAD HIGH SCHOOL, MOKUTIMA EKONG Hometown: Hempstead GPA: 98.08 (weighted) Activities: LIHSA music major, National Honor Society, North Shore University Hospital Emergency Service Explorers, Mary Brennan INN Youth Advisory Board, Broadway Shines a Light on Girls' Education, Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession College and major: New York University, business, accounting

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