Last Saturday evening, commencement exercises for the Roslyn High School Class were held at the campus of C.W Post.
Among the speakers were Acting Superintendent Dr. Charles Piemonte; Dr. Jayson S. Stoller, Roslyn High School principal; and William Costigan, president of the Board of Education.
Listed below are profiles of the Class of 2004's three valedictorians.
Michael Sloyer is a young man who has mastered Roslyn High School's most demanding curriculum with ease. His flawless transcript, nearly perfect SAT scores and stellar academic performance have earned him a plethora of awards.
His dynamic presence on campus has also afforded him numerous roles of leadership. Whether in the academic forum, conducting social science research, competing athletically, or working with the mentally challenged in the community, Michael personifies excellence in every endeavor. His activities support his academic interests and capabilities. He has incredible insight, which can certainly be observed through his writing.
Such was the case in the exceptional piece he wrote for the John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage National Essay Contest, in which he was named as this year's winner. This accomplishment, in addition to being a National Merit Scholarship Finalist, confirms Michael's caliber as a student and his promise for the future. Michael will be attending Duke University in the fall.
Samantha Floam is an exceptional student in every respect. She has earned a perfect 4.0 GPA for her four years at Roslyn High School while pursuing the most rigorous course load offered.
In addition, Samantha has achieved outstanding SAT I, SAT II and AP scores. She has been the recipient of several awards for independent research in the areas of mathematics and social science and was recognized as an AP Scholar.
Samantha's leadership qualities have been acknowledged in many ways. She was awarded the Bruce Cutler Memorial Award in recognition of her leadership ability and her representation of the values and ideals of the graduating class of 2004. As Co-Editor-In-Chief of the Hilltop Beacon, her intellect, ability, and maturity were always evident.
Her achievements in her academics and extra-curricular activities are most impressive and her commitment to high standards is what will surely distinguish her in the years to come. Samantha will be attending Stanford University in the fall.
Jonathan Yehuda is a student whose academic stamina is demonstrated in the consistent selection of the most competitive courses offered, while maintaining perfect grades in each academic discipline.
In addition, he has achieved exceptional SAT as well as perfect AP scores in every content area. Jonathan's deep interest in the area of mathematics has motivated him to pursue independent research, through which he has been awarded numerous accolades at competitions.
Jonathan's commitment extends outside of the classroom and onto the stage. Jonathan is passionate about acting and singing, has been a member of the Royal Crown Players since ninth grade and has had leading roles in almost every production. In addition, he is a valuable asset to the Chamber Singers, allowing him to further demonstrate his love for singing.
He has earned the respect of the entire high school community because he personifies both the positive traits of scholarship and exceptional personal qualities. Jonathan will be attending Princeton University in the fall.