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Sewanhaka Board Honors 2013 Valedictorians and Salutatorians

Board of education presents top students from each school with awards.

The members of the Sewanhaka Board of Education presented award certificates to the Class of 2013 valedictorians and salutatorians of the five component schools Tuesday night during their regular meeting at Sewanhaka High School.

“These students represent the best of the best and we congratulate them for what they have accomplished for themselves, their families and their schools,” superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said.

Each pair of students were introduced by their building principal.

The 2013 Elmont Memorial High School valedictorian is Kevin Matthew. He has a GPA of 101.28, was named an AP Scholar with honors, is a member of the science research program and has received awards in numerous state science and engineering competitions, plays the trumpet, is president of the science national honor society and vice-president of Mu Alpha Theta math honor society. He plans to study medicine or engineering and has applied to Macaulay’s Honors College, Johns Hopkins and Tuffts.

The Elmont salutatorian is Jerik Clamente, who has a GPA of 100.5, was named and AP Scholar with honors, is a member of the school’s talented/gifted program, the national senior honor society, math honor society and the science national honor society. He plays guitar, piano and trumpet and plans to study electrical engineering, having applied to Macaulay’s Honors College, Union College, Hofstra University and Manhattan College.

The 2013 salutatorian at Floral Park Memorial is Timothy Lazerof, who is also the president of Build On, helping to raise $30,000 for a trip to Nicaragua to help build a school and helped the volleyball team to a Nassau Championship. He has applied to Northwestern and Stanford and has a GPA of 102.2.

The Floral Park valedictorian is Vishnu Tawari, who already has 32 college credits through work this year, has achieved a 770 on Math Level II SAT and 800 on US History & Chemistry, a 100 average in AP Calculus AB. and will continue his research this year on pharmacological properties of a West Indian herb and a black earthworm used in labs for toxicology and the nervous system. He has also received a perfect score of five on every AP exam he has taken.

At H. Frank Carey the 2013 salutatorian will be Alyssa Mayer, who has a GPA of 101.12. perfect scores on a number of her Regents exams and nothing below a 92. She is a member of the national honor society in math, science and world languages in Italian, a science honor society winner, plays lacrosse and runs track and is a Habitat for Humanity volunteer. She hopes to have a career in genetics and has applied to Boston College, Fordham, Northeastern, Providence, Villanova and has been accepted at all.

The Carey valedictorian is Sara Tisclickis who has a GPA of 101.31. She is a national merit scholarship semifinalist, has gotten 100 on four of her Regents, a member of the national honor society, world languages, math, science and English. She has performed in orchestra, marching band, district marching band, pit band and chorus and received the bronze, silver and gold girl scout awards. She wants to major in engineering and has applied to MIT, Manhattan, RPI and Yale.

New Hyde Park Memorial 2013 salutatorian Clara Wilson has a 100.87 GPA. She has been involved in the science research program since eighth grade, showcasing her work at the Molloy College Fair, the New York Science & Engineering Fair and the Long Island Science Congress. She is the copyeditor of the yearbook, volunteers at North Shore Community Hospital, achieved the bronze, silver and gold awards from Girl Scouts and is an AP Scholar.

New Hyde Park 2013 valedictorian Linda Zhang has a 101.7 GPA, is editor-in-chief of the yearbook, co-captain of the district varsity swim team, volunteers as a tutor, has received the bronze, silver and gold medals for academic excellence, is an AP scholar with honors and is both fluent in Mandarin and a pianist.

Sewanhaka 2013 salutatorian Kieran O’Reilly achieved a GPA of 100.06. He is president of the student government and Model UN, at which he has been involved with since seventh grade. He is also President of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), winning several first place awards at the New York State competition. He was also nominated by the Elmont American Legion Post as their representative for the summer leadership action program and runs on the varsity cross-county winter and spring track teams.

Sewanhaka 2013 valedictorian Douglas Spring had a GPA of 100.1. He is an AP scholar with honor, completing nine AP classes with perfect scores of 5 on eight with one score of 4. He came in second place in the Nassau County Holocaust Memorial Tolerance Center’s poetry contest and is a member of the Key club and national honor society.

“Start preparing your speeches for Hofstra, it’ll be here before you know it,” Dr. Ferrie said. “We look forward to seeing you on the stage during that wonderful graduation event.”

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