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Meet the Roslyn HS Class of ’09 Valedictorians

Chelsea Jurman

Chelsea Jurman is a brilliant, gifted student whose level of intellect makes her wise beyond her years. Currently at the top of her class, she has pursued an incomparably challenging course of study. She loves to learn and thrives in a rich and intellectually stimulating academic environment where the sharing of ideas is embraced. She is an avid reader who also possesses superlative mathematical ability. As a National Merit and INTEL Finalist, she has spent countless hours studying and conducting social science research.

Chelsea has also shared her verbal prowess with her school community in her roles as Editor-in-Chief of our school newspaper and Co-Captain of our Mock Trial Team. However, her true passion is the humanities. She is an exceptional writer who has been working independently with a faculty member on various writing projects in the humanities. Her writing reflects a compassionate, curious and insightful human being. We are looking forward to her future success at Yale University.


Gena Olan

Ask any of Gena’s teachers and you are likely to hear high praise for her diligence. According to one, Gena is the most conscientious student that she has encountered in 28 years of teaching. Another teacher reported that she was by far the most eager student he has come across. She is the type of student who consistently gives 100 percent and never gives up. Gena has been a leader inside and out of the classroom.

She has taken an exceptional role in many clubs and activities including Habitat for Humanity; she was president of the chapter and has led by example for the younger members. She is an outstanding young woman with great potential and a boundless future. Gena is truly what Roslyn High School aspires to produce: a compassionate student leader who cares about the decisions she makes and the community that she lives in. She will be a fantastic addition to Duke University’s undergraduate class in the fall and she will no doubt continue to impress her future professors and peers.




Samantha Batel

Samantha Batel is an exceptional student, held in high regard by faculty and students alike. She is President of the National Honor Society, an AP Scholar, a National Merit Commended Scholar, and a Math research competitor. Samantha’s impressive accomplishments are attributed to her remarkable intellectual ability, inner drive for excellence and compassion for others. Her extracurricular commitments and pursuit of the most rigorous curriculum reflect her passion for both academic challenge and her generosity of spirit.

As a leader in clubs and athletics and as a volunteer for community service, Samantha’s contributions have always been exemplary. Samantha was a member of the winter and spring Track Team as well as the Cross-country team throughout her four years of high school, editorial columnist for the school newspaper, and performed as Senior Color Guard Captain in the Marching Band. Samantha plans to pursue English as a course of study as she enters Princeton University this fall and we look forward to her continued success.


Stephanie Wang

Stephanie Wang, a distinguished student and esteemed member of the Roslyn High School class of 2009, has exemplified scholarship and excellence through her numerous accomplishments and breadth of intellectual interests. A National Merit Finalist, Siemens Regional Finalist and INTEL Semifinalist, Stephanie has sought to embrace both academic rigor and artistic expression. She is a recipient of the American Chemical Society Award and a finalist for the American Academy of Neurology’s Neuroscience Creativity Prize.

In addition to her dedicated and tireless commitment to science research, Stephanie is a published poet and gifted artist. Stephanie’s impressive achievements have been fostered by her genuine intellectual curiosity and desire to contribute significantly and positively in all her endeavors. Stephanie plans to study chemical engineering as a member of the 2013 graduating class at Harvard University.