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Long Island valedictorian's superstitions

Whether they're avoiding ladders or wearing lucky socks, these Long Island valedictorians believe in supernatural causality. Newsday surveyed Long Island's valedictorians and found out what some of Long Island's brightest students worry - or don't worry - about.

Tap the posts

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"On the ice I have many weird superstitions. I always have to put my left pad on before my right pad, I can never touch the blue or red lines before the game, and I always tap the posts in the same order before the start of a period." - Joshua Sarlo, Lynbrook High School

Refuse to wear college gear

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"During this academic year, I refused to wear or buy any sort of college gear until I received acceptance letters from those schools. The only exception was if I had gear from schools that my siblings attended." - Shreeya Panigrahi, Sayville High School

Cracking knuckles before a test

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"I have to crack my knuckles before taking a test." - Noah Davis, Earl L. Vandermeulen High School

Can't unplug at 97 percent charge

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"I can't unplug my phone and leave if it's at 97% battery." - Tyler Fenton, Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School

Wearing tie dye

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"I wear tie-dye mid-calf socks to important tests. I think it's good luck. They're also pretty comfy." - Kacie Candela, H. Frank Carey High School

Only pick up heads-up coins

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"I only pick up coins if they're on heads because I believe it brings good luck. I also pick my feet up when driving past a railroad crossing because I believe that brings good luck." - Krysten Garcia, Division Avenue High School, Levittown

Don't walk under ladders

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"For the most part I'm not actually superstitious, but out of habit I'll avoid walking under ladders, throw salt over my shoulder, refuse to open umbrellas indoors, etc." - Emily Linko, Hauppauge High School

Good-luck necklace

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"I have a necklace that my parents gave me as an eighth-grade graduation gift. I feel like it is my good-luck charm for exams." - Georgia Bennett, East Hampton High School

Inside-out PJs for snow days

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"Wearing pajamas inside out so that we would get a snow day." - Brian Faller, Kellenberg Memorial High School

Using a particular pen

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"That's tough, because I'm not one for superstitions. I suppose there's a particular pen I like to use on AP tests, and I always shake out towels before using them." - Hannah Lawrence, Comsewogue High School, Port Jefferson Station

Wearing an orange bracelet

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"I always have to have my orange "STAYSTRONG #29" wristband on no matter what I do. One of my close friends, Julia Nofi, passed away due to leukemia complications just over three years ago and my friends and I sold these wristbands to raise money and awareness for Julia and her condition. This bracelet serves as a daily reminder to remain strong and resilient in all that I do just as Julia always did. " - Hailey Wagner, Bellport High School

Don't step on the "S"

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"In the lobby of my school, there is a big "S" that nobody steps on. I think I've always avoided walking over it. From what I've heard, stepping on it gives you bad luck." - Meagan Loyst, Sachem High School North, Lake Ronkonkoma

Don't speculate on test scores

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"I never want to say what I think I got on a test, especially if I think I got a perfect score. I never want to tell anyone what I have gotten on previous tests too because I am afraid that I might slip up on the next one." - Vincent Coghill, Massapequa High School

If you can't sleep, it's because you're awake in a dream

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"I'm not sure if I believe it, but I love the old Japanese superstition that if you can't sleep at night, it's because you're awake in someone else's dreams." - Rebecca Cheng, Smithtown High School West

No evidence, no superstitions

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"I believe nothing without evidence, therefore I have no weird superstitions." - Brian Frost-LaPlante, Lawrence Woodmere Academy


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