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Long Island valedictorians 2016: Amityville to Harborfields

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

CASEY TERBANIESINGH, AMITYVILLE MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Amityville

CASEY TERBANIESINGH, AMITYVILLE MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Amityville
GPA: 104.63
Activities: National Honor Society, World Language Honor Society, SUNY Farmingdale Scholars Program
College and major: Hofstra University, engineering

ADAM GUMBARDO, BABYLON JUNIOR SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL Hometown:
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ADAM GUMBARDO, BABYLON JUNIOR SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Babylon
GPA: 104.45
Activities: Varsity lacrosse, student council vice president, class cabinet, Language Club president, Science Honor Society president, DECA, Math team
College and major: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, chemical engineering

KEYHAN VAKIL, BALDWIN SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Baldwin
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KEYHAN VAKIL, BALDWIN SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Baldwin
GPA: 122.07
Activities: National Merit finalist, National AP Scholar, American Invitational Math Examination qualifier, Nassau County Interscholastic Math League, All-Star Math Team of Long Island, Nassau Math Tournament Gold Medal, Science Olympiad
College and major: University of California, Berkeley, mathematics, computer science

KWAKU OWUSU, BAY SHORE HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Bay
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KWAKU OWUSU, BAY SHORE HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Bay Shore
GPA: 103.76
Activities: Bay Shore Harmonaires, marching band head drum major, International Thespian Troupe president, Model UN, Tri-M Music Honor Society, student council
College and major: University of Pennsylvania, actuarial science

MEGHAN SMITH, BAYPORT / BLUE POINT HIGH SCHOOL
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MEGHAN SMITH, BAYPORT / BLUE POINT HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Bayport
GPA: 103.63
Activities: Varsity field hockey captain, National Honor Society, Bausch + Lomb Honorary Science Award, Interact Club, Science Olympiad, Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Program, Tri-M Music Honor Society
College and major: Ohio State University, animal sciences

ERIN BERJA, BELLPORT HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Bellport GPA:
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ERIN BERJA, BELLPORT HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Bellport
GPA: 102.77
Activities: National Honor Society, Science Honor Society co-president, Math Honor Society, Math team vice president, Science Bowl secretary, Future Business Leaders of America, center of excellence
College and major: Tufts University, cognitive and brain sciences

MEGAN HSUN, BETHPAGE HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Plainview GPA:

MEGAN HSUN, BETHPAGE HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Plainview
GPA: 108.64
Activities: Cross-country captain, AP Scholar with Distinction, National Merit Commended Scholar, Student Civic Association, track, National Honor Society, Mathletes
College and major: Stony Brook University, Honors College, STEM-related

KATHARINE BROWNFIEL, BISHOP MCGANN-MERCY DIOCESAN HIGH SCHOOL Hometown:

KATHARINE BROWNFIEL, BISHOP MCGANN-MERCY DIOCESAN HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Middle Island
GPA: 102.69 weighted
Activities: School newspaper editor-in-chief, seven Quill Awards including third place Most Outstanding Reporter, National Honor Society, Science Honor Society public relations/historian officer, varsity tennis, Math Honor Society, varsity academic team
College and major: College of William and Mary, English and secondary education

MEGAN FOLEY, BRENTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL ROSS CENTER Hometown:

MEGAN FOLEY, BRENTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL ROSS CENTER
Hometown: Brentwood
GPA: 104.89
Activities: Medical Society co-president 2014-15, National Honor Society, World Language Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Sunrisers Drum and Bugle Corps, pit orchestra, Freshman Center Literary Guild, Great South Bay YMCA Leaders Club
College and major: Binghamton University, mathematics

JASKIRAN KAUR, BRENTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL SONDERLING CENTER Hometown:

JASKIRAN KAUR, BRENTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL SONDERLING CENTER
Hometown: Brentwood
GPA: 106.60 weighted
Activities: National Honor Society president, Medical Society president, Leadership Club treasurer, marching band section leader, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Town of Islip Leadership Award, AP Scholar with Honor
College and major: Princeton University, pre-medicine

HARRIET DEGROOT, BRIDGEHAMPTON SCHOOL Hometown: Bridgehampton GPA: 99.00
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HARRIET DEGROOT, BRIDGEHAMPTON SCHOOL
Hometown: Bridgehampton
GPA: 99.00
Activities: Honor Society, student government, varsity tennis, Chemistry Honors Award, Culture Club
College and major: University of Pennsylvania, undecided

LUCY YU, CARLE PLACE MIDDLE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
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LUCY YU, CARLE PLACE MIDDLE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Carle Place
GPA: 102.03
Activities: Class of 2016 treasurer, Environmental Action Club vice president, Math Honor Society vice president, National Honor Society, Key Club, Women's Choir & Ensemble Chorus, chamber orchestra
College and major: New York University, biology

MATTHEW ALMOND, CENTER MORICHES HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Center

MATTHEW ALMOND, CENTER MORICHES HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Center Moriches
GPA: 102.12
Activities: Varsity soccer captain, varsity basketball, varsity baseball, Suffolk Zone Outstanding Physical Education Achievement Award, AP Scholar, National Honor Society, Science Honor Society
College and major: Stony Brook University, applied mathematics

PETER VAN NOSTRAND, CENTEREACH HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Lake

PETER VAN NOSTRAND, CENTEREACH HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Lake Ronkonkoma
GPA: 96.33
Activities: Speech and Debate Club, Math team, Men's Choir, Academic Decathlon, AP Scholar with Distinction, National AP Scholar, Rensselaer Medal
College and major: University of Buffalo, electrical and computer engineering

ANTONIO CARRERO, CENTRAL ISLIP HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Central

ANTONIO CARRERO, CENTRAL ISLIP HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Central Islip
GPA: 101.28
Activities: Science Club president, Leo Club president, senior class treasurer, first place Junior Division Biological/Life Sciences Annual Statewide STEP Science Fair, AP Scholar, National Merit finalist, National Honor Society
College and major: Stony Brook University, physics

ANTHONY BRITES, CHAMINADE HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Cedarhurst GPA:
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ANTHONY BRITES, CHAMINADE HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Cedarhurst
GPA: 99.80
Activities: National Honor Society president, track, Culinary Club, Science Olympiad
College and major: Cornell University, engineering

MEHTAAB SAWHNEY, COMMACK HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Commack GPA:

MEHTAAB SAWHNEY, COMMACK HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Commack
GPA: 104.63
Activities: Math team coach, USAMO/JMO qualifier Mathematical Olympiad, National Chemistry Olympiad, Intel semifinalist, International Science and Engineering Fair finalist, MIT PRIMES-USA program
College and major: Undecided, mathematical finance, computer science

CASEY NEVINS, COMSEWOGUE HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Port Jefferson

CASEY NEVINS, COMSEWOGUE HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Port Jefferson Station
GPA: 100.90
Activities: National Honor Society, English Honor Society, Bringing Unity Through Youth Club president, Drama Club treasurer, Coffee House Charity Productions senior director, Science Research Club, Tapestry Women's Choir
College and major: Lafayette College, undecided

JAMIE MAZZA, CONNETQUOT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Oakdale

JAMIE MAZZA, CONNETQUOT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Oakdale
GPA: 103.50 weighted
Activities: Spring track, winter track, U.S. Presidential Scholars candidate, Bausch + Lomb Honorary Science Award
College and major: University of Maryland, physics

AQSA KHALID, CRESCENT SCHOOL Hometown: Bethpage GPA: 97.90

AQSA KHALID, CRESCENT SCHOOL
Hometown: Bethpage
GPA: 97.90
Activities: Red Cross Club founder, Model UN, tutored students, volleyball, basketball, table tennis
College and major: Queens College, Macaulay Honors, pre-medicine

YONI GUTENMACHER, DAVIS RENOV STAHLER YESHIVA HIGH SCHOOL

YONI GUTENMACHER, DAVIS RENOV STAHLER YESHIVA HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Flushing
GPA: 98.10
Activities: National Merit Commended Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction, debate team, Mock Trial, Model UN, school newspaper editor
College and major: University of Pennsylvania, liberal arts

KATHRYN BLOCK, DEER PARK HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Deer

KATHRYN BLOCK, DEER PARK HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Deer Park
GPA: 105.60 weighted
Activities: National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Varsity Leaders Club, AP Scholar with Distinction, varsity swimming captain
College and major: Pennsylvania State University, architecture

SEPIDEH VASSEGHI, DIVISION AVE HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Levittown

SEPIDEH VASSEGHI, DIVISION AVE HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Levittown
GPA: 103.50
Activities: National Merit Commended Scholar, student council vice president, National Honor Society president, National Math Honor Society vice president, DECA treasurer, Model Congress vice president, teen advisory board executive council
College and major: University of Chicago, economics

SHANNON CHRIST, EARL L. VANDERMEULEN HIGH SCHOOL Hometown:

SHANNON CHRIST, EARL L. VANDERMEULEN HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Port Jefferson
GPA: 101.02
Activities: AP Scholar with Distinction, National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Science Olympiad, dancing, varsity cross-country, varsity winter and spring track
College and major: Fairfield University, mathematics

ERIN NOLAN, EAST HAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: East

ERIN NOLAN, EAST HAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: East Hampton
GPA: 102.24
Activities: National Honor Society president, student association treasurer, High Honor Roll, Lions Club Student of the Month, environmental studies internship in Montauk, AP Scholar, Model UN Award, Scholar Athlete Award, HOBY Ambassador
College and major: Cornell University, environmental science and sustainability

MEAGHAN COLES, EAST ISLIP HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Islip

MEAGHAN COLES, EAST ISLIP HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Islip Terrace
GPA: 109.41 weighted
Activities: Student EMT at Bay Shore Brightwaters Ambulance, Stony Brook University Hospital volunteer, Science Honor Society historian, school newspaper, National Student Leadership Conference at Harvard Medical School, AP Scholar with Distinction
College and major: Tulane University, public health pre-medicine

ZAINAB NATHANI, EAST MEADOW HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: East

ZAINAB NATHANI, EAST MEADOW HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: East Meadow
GPA: 109.52 weighted
Activities: National Merit Scholar, Sen. Kemp Hannon Youth Leadership Award, National Honor Society, French Honor Society, Key Club secretary, NY District Key Club Distinguished Key Clubber, World Hunger Action, Pre-Med Club
College and major: Brooklyn College, pre-medicine

SARINA GONZALEZ, EAST ROCKAWAY JUNIOR SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

SARINA GONZALEZ, EAST ROCKAWAY JUNIOR SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: East Rockaway
GPA: 103.61 weighted
Activities: Dance, band president, jazz band, district musical, Key Club treasurer, Quiz Bowl, student council
College and major: New York University, undeclared

JAMES BONANNO, EASTPORT-SOUTH MANOR JUNIOR SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

JAMES BONANNO, EASTPORT-SOUTH MANOR JUNIOR SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Manorville
GPA: 107.50
Activities: AP Scholar with Distinction, National Honor Society, World Language Honor Society treasurer, English Honor Society, Natural Helpers, drum major, marching band section leader, Tri-M Music Honor Society
College and major: Vassar College, biology

AUGUSTA UWAMANZU-NNNA, ELMONT MEMORIAL JUNIOR SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

AUGUSTA UWAMANZU-NNNA, ELMONT MEMORIAL JUNIOR SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Elmont
GPA: 101.63 weighted
Activities: Intel finalist, White House Science Fair, science research, Dances of IMO Youth Group founder, Excel college readiness and academic mentoring initiative, Leo Club of Valley Stream
College and major: Harvard Univeristy, biochemistry, environmental studies

AMANDA DIMARTINI, ELWOOD - JOHN GLENN HIGH SCHOOL

AMANDA DIMARTINI, ELWOOD - JOHN GLENN HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Huntington
GPA: 99.27 weighted
Activities: National Honor Society president, school musical, Natural Helpers, Alpha to Omega, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Habitat for Humanity
College and major: Harvard University, molecular and cellular biology

SURAJ MURALIDHARAN, FARMINGDALE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Farmingdale

SURAJ MURALIDHARAN, FARMINGDALE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Farmingdale
GPA: 107.74
Activities: National Science Bowl regional champion, drum major, National Honor Society, French Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Science Olympiad, varsity tennis
College and major: Harvard University, pre-medicine

MAHESH TIWARI, FLORAL PARK MEMORIAL JUNIOR SENIOR HIGH

MAHESH TIWARI, FLORAL PARK MEMORIAL JUNIOR SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Floral Park
GPA: 104.40
Activities: Student council president, Romance Language Club president, LGBT Association president, National Honor Society president, Long Island Science & Engineering Intel honorable mention, Concerto Festival Competition Grand Prix Winner Pianist
College and major: Stony Brook University, medicine

CHRISTOPHER MESZAROS-RODRIGUEZ, FREEPORT HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Freeport GPA:

CHRISTOPHER MESZAROS-RODRIGUEZ, FREEPORT HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Freeport
GPA: 101.50
Activities: National Honor Society, Mathletes, peer tutor, Book Club, Bausch + Lomb Honorary Science Award, Math National Honor Society
College and major: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, game and simulation arts and sciences

MORGAN HERRMANN, GARDEN CITY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL Hometown:

MORGAN HERRMANN, GARDEN CITY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Garden City
GPA: 101.18
Activities: Girl Scouts Gold Award, Columbia Science Honors Program, chamber orchestra, German Club co-president, National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Plattduetsche Volksfest Vereen ambassador
College and major: University of Pennsylvania, biomedical, digital media design engineering

HANNAH MCDONALD, GARDEN CITY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL Hometown:

HANNAH MCDONALD, GARDEN CITY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Garden City
GPA: 101.18
Activities: National Honor Society president, Peer AIDS Educator, varsity soccer, winter track, spring track, AP Scholar, National Spanish Exam gold medalist, Nassau County Girls Soccer Coaches' Scholar Athlete
College and major: University of Pennsylvania, undecided

GREGORY MATOUSEK, GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR HIGH SCHOOL Hometown:

GREGORY MATOUSEK, GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Levittown
GPA: 102.70 weighted
Activities: National Honor Society president, Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Scholarship, RIT Computing Medal Scholarship, AP Scholar with Distinction, Model Congress, Mathletes, Science Olympiad
College and major: Stony Brook University, physics

LINDSEY REITER, GEORGE W. HEWLETT HIGH SCHOOL Hometown:

LINDSEY REITER, GEORGE W. HEWLETT HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Woodmere
GPA: 101.59
Activities: SADD co-president, DECA, B'nai Brith Youth Organization, PPS Pals
College and major: University of Virginia, business

MARIA KRISCH, GLEN COVE HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Glen

MARIA KRISCH, GLEN COVE HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Glen Cove
GPA: 104.92 weighted
Activities: Class president, Feinstein Institute research intern, Orthopaedic Associates intern, National Merit Commended Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction, Bausch + Lomb Honorary Science Award
College and major: Fordham University, Honors Program, biology

EMILY BAE, GREAT NECK SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL Hometown:

EMILY BAE, GREAT NECK SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Great Neck
GPA: 98.18
Activities: Intel semifinalist, National Merit finalist, HOSA Club president, varsity tennis
College and major: Yale University, pre-medicine

LIAM LIEBLEIN, GREENPORT HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Greenport GPA:

LIAM LIEBLEIN, GREENPORT HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Greenport
GPA: 96.45
Activities: NJROTC lieutenant junior grade, master server for St. Agnes Church, band percussionist, stage crew assistant stage manager, varsity soccer, Cyberpatriot
College and major: Binghamton University, chemistry or physics

SERENA VITI, H. FRANK CAREY HIGH SCHOOL Hometown:

SERENA VITI, H. FRANK CAREY HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Franklin Square
GPA: 103.41
Activities: Founder of "Let's Tackle Poverty" fundraiser, Christian Club president, coordinator of seminars for confirmation candidates St. Catherine of Siena and volunteer, National Honor Society communications officer, yearbook business editor, Mathletes secretary
College and major: Catholic University of America, communications and media

BAILEY KASTON, HALF HOLLOW HILLS HIGH SCHOOL EAST

BAILEY KASTON, HALF HOLLOW HILLS HIGH SCHOOL EAST
Hometown: Melville
GPA: 99.64
Activities: U.S. Presidential Scholars Award (ACT perfect score), National Merit semifinalist, varsity basketball, Mathletes co-president, Town of Huntington Youth Council supervisor, DECA vice president, National Honor Society secretary
College and major: Duke University, undecided

BRANDON EPSTEIN, HALF HOLLOW HILLS HIGH SCHOOL WEST

BRANDON EPSTEIN, HALF HOLLOW HILLS HIGH SCHOOL WEST
Hometown: Dix Hills
GPA: 98.98 weighted
Activities: Intel semifinalist, two-time Siemens semifinalist, National Merit finalist, National AP Scholar, MIT PRIMES presenter, Mathletes president and top scorer, Brainstormers president, Spanish Club president, North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad
College and major: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, math and physics

ALICIA GOLYSKI, HAMPTON BAYS HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Hampton

ALICIA GOLYSKI, HAMPTON BAYS HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Hampton Bays
GPA: 95.95
Activities: Science research, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Key Club vice president and secretary, varsity tennis captain, student council secretary, DAR Good Citizenship Award, Peconic Bay Medical Center junior volunteer
College and major: Boston University, biology

SABRINA QI, HARBORFIELDS HIGH SCHOOL Hometown: Centerport GPA:

SABRINA QI, HARBORFIELDS HIGH SCHOOL
Hometown: Centerport
GPA: 108.04 weighted
Activities: Global Justice Club treasurer, National Honor Society tutor chair, National Merit finalist, Long Island Scholar Artist Award of Merit, researched at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Rensselaer Medal, Huntington Hospital volunteer
College and major: Duke University, biomedical engineering, molecular biology

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