Friday, 01 July 2011 00:00
On Monday evening, June 27, the Massapequa High School Class of 2011 commencement exercises took place at Hofstra University. Included here are profiles of the class valedictorian and class salutatorian, both of whom were honored at the ceremony. There will be more articles and photos from the commencement exercises in upcoming issues of The Massapequan Observer.
Setting high goals, mapping out a course of action, and executing it with confidence and passion has paid off well for Alexa Savino. Her strategy has earned her the title of valedictorian of the Massapequa High School Class of 2011. This fall, she heads to Adelphi University Honors College where she will take the first steps towards another course of action — one day becoming a Supreme Court justice.
“I have been able to pursue my dreams because of a supportive family and a dedicated network of friends,” Savino said. My most dominant character traits, perseverance in my pursuit of academic challenges and sincerity in following my passion, have also helped me get where I am today.”
Savino, who earned a weighted GPA of 4.987 on a 4.75 scale, is president of the National Honor Society and was named a Commended Student by the National Merit Scholarship Program after scoring in the top 20 percent of students across the country who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. She is also a member of the Society of Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars.
A talented musician, Savino is the lead first violinist for the high school orchestra and quartet/octet, and was selected as an alternate in the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) All-State Winter Conference. She has been a member of the Gemini Youth Symphony Orchestra for six years, serving as concertmaster, and won a competition for her solo performance. She is also a recipient of the Vincent Liota Chair Scholarship, which is awarded to students with superior musical talent on string instruments, and is a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.
“The best part of my high school years has been performing in musical groups and charity events that boosted the morale of all Massapequa students,” Savino said.
She also enjoys horseback riding, running, reading and creative writing, and was a winner of Visions Literary Magazine’s Poetry Contest.
“I am so grateful for all I have been given,” Savino said. “I will cherish the gifts with which Massapequa has presented me, for they allowed me to clearly define my future.”
Natalie Sabia is a “triple A” student — athletic, artistic and academically gifted. The well-rounded, high-achieving senior has been named salutatorian of the Massapequa High School Class of 2011 and is on her way to Providence College in the fall to study secondary education and biology. She hopes to earn her master’s degree and become a high school biology teacher.
Carrying a weighted GPA of 4.982 on a 4.75 scale, Sabia was captain of the Massapequa travel soccer team, was the leading defense lawyer of the Mock Trial team and a first-place winner of last year’s “Reflections” contest in the Visual Arts category. Her artwork also graces the cover of the 2010-2011 Massapequa School District calendar.
Sabia said her positive attitude, willingness to try new things and determination to give 100 percent are qualities that have helped her succeed.
“My parents inspired me to work hard and be the best I can be,” Sabia said. “They both financed their own college educations and worked hard for everything.”
Sabia is also thankful for her teachers. One of the best parts of her high school years has been her 11th-grade AP biology class taught by Kathleen Frontino. “She inspired me to become a biology teacher,” she said.
“I think the people that you surround yourself with have a huge impact on your life,” Sabia added. “I know my family and friends helped make me who I am today and I love them for it.”
Her parting words of advice for underclassmen: “Always work hard because it does pay off. Don’t wait for the last minute to finish assignments — especially your college essay."