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Dr. Herb Brown, President of the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents, spoke to Nassau County's valedictorians and salutatorians at the 10th annual Celebrating Excellence Breakfast at the Cedar Hollow Country Club in Woodbury (June 1, 2012). Credit: Michael Cusanelli

Dr. Kishore Kuncham stood before the beaming crowd of parents and brightest students from Nassau County as they were honored for their accomplishments.

Over 120 valedictorians and salutatorians from Nassau schools gathered Friday morning to celebrate their academic achievements as they prepare to attend some of the most prestigious universities in the nation, such as Yale, Cornell, Columbia and Princeton.

“Valedictorians and salutatorians, you are our super heroes,” said Kuncham, the Freeport School District superintendent.

The 10th annual breakfast ceremony, which was sponsored by the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents, was held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

“We really wanted to celebrate excellence,” said Kuncham, who is also the chairman for the Celebrating Excellence Committee of the NCCSS. “I’m very honored to be a part of this celebration.”

The top two students from each of Nassau County’s high schools were presented with plaques and received a standing ovation from the crowd of more than 400.

“It was a really great event,” said Daniella Amell, 18, the salutatorian from Sewanhaka High School who will be attending American University. “I’m really glad to be here.”

Justin Poserio, 18, the valedictorian from H. Frank Carey High School agreed.

“It’s pretty humbling seeing all these people from the entire county,” said Poserio, who plans to major in engineering at Cooper Union.

Keynote speaker Todd Richman lauded the students and their parents for their hard work and dedication, and encouraged them to continue in their roles as community and national leaders.

“They’ll be the ones who will solve the problems that previous generations haven’t been able to,” said Richman, board chairman for the Cradle of Aviation Museum. “These are the individuals who will lead America into the 21st century.”

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