They may all be Long Island valedictorians for the Class of 2015, but among this group of talented students, there is also a vegetarian, a 'crazy' cat lady, and one student who takes her love of cheese to a whole new level.
We asked some of our 2015 valedictorians to share some of their secrets, and what we got surprised us.
See what they spilled on below.
Central Islip High School valedictorian Radiyyah Hussein is interested in going into the sciences professionally and even practices being a doctor in a unique way. "I like to drink my lemon iced tea with a spoon because it makes me feel like a doctor giving dosages of medicine to the cells in my body," she said.
Stella K. Abraham High School's valedictorian Yiela Saperstein took coloring on the wall to a whole nother level, and it wasn't accidental. "Last summer, I painted a mural on my dining room wall of a window looking out into an orchard," she said. "My parents were a little bit surprised when they first saw it."
Around the world
You may want to have Northport High School valedictorian Joseph Wetzel on your trivia team, considering his secret: "I know the flags of every country and U.S. state," he said. "This is probably the most obscure and unnecessary information I've ever taught myself, so I realized that sharing it might me appear a little strange."
Instead of snuggling up with a prized stuffed animal, Half Hollow Hills High School West valedictorian Rose Bender had a very different bedtime ritual growing up. "When I was a small child, I used to sleep with a stick of string cheese," she said.
Always in tune
Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School valedictorian Tyler Fenton spills on his personal soundtrack:
"I constantly sing and hum while walking around my house, in the shower, and doing just about anything," he said.
Hauppauge High School valedictorian Emily Linko admits that she sometimes races the clock when it comes to getting her homework done. "I'm actually one of the worst procrastinators in existence," she said. "Most people assume that I'm on top of all my schoolwork but that couldn't be further from the truth."
Lynbrook High School valedictorian Joshua Sarlo is also an avid hockey player. But when he's not spending time scoring on the ice, he's eating it -- for dessert, of course. "Most people do not know that I am a huge ice cream fan," he said. Every night, me and my brother share a half gallon of chocolate ice cream."
Sachem High School North valedictorian Meagan Loyst wanted to be a pop star when she was growing up. Now, she's planning to study business, but still keeps her musical hobbies alive. "Most people don't know that I play the piano," she said. "I can hear a song and just play it, and my favorite song to play is "Hall of Fame" by the Script."
A cut above
William Floyd High School valedictorian Jennifer McDermott highlights her lesser-known altruistic endeavors: "Many people do not know that I have donated my hair three times, and I would like to do it again," she said.
Bethpage High School valedictorian Harshil Garg shares insights from his experience traveling to the United States from Europe as a child. "I used to live in the United Kingdom, and am actually a British citizen but unfortunately I lost my accent. As a result of moving to the United States with a brief interruption in my education, I ended up somehow skipping a grade."
School of Rock
Smithtown High School West's valedictorian Rebecca Cheng thinks most would be surprised with her musical tastes. "People typically find it out of character that I like heavy metal music," she said.
East Hampton High School valedictorian Georgia Bennett talks about the love she has for her two furry family members. "I'm secretly a crazy cat lady. I have two huge cats named Otis and Ray (not pictured) who are the loves of my life," she said.
Eat your vegetables
No hamburgers here! Lawrence-Woodmere Academy valedictorian Brian Frost-LaPlante prefers a different type of school lunch: "I'm a vegetarian," he said.
Division Avenue High School valedictorian Krysten Garcia spilled on her favorite show. "My favorite TV show is "Lost," she said.