Local high schools will be holding their graduation ceremonies this weekend. Here are the times of the graduations:
Valley Stream North High School - Friday, June 25 at 5:30 p.m. outdoors. If there is inclement weather, graduation will be held indoors on the same evening in the Valley Stream North High School auditorium.
Sewanhaka High School - Friday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. on the football field.
Elmont Memorial High School - Saturday, June 26 at 10:15 a.m. in the school's courtyard.
H. Frank Carey High School - Sunday, June 27 at 5 p.m. in the school's courtyard.
West Hempstead High School - Sunday, June 27 at 5 p.m. in the Pratt Recreation Center on the campus of C.W. Post.
Here is a look at some of the honorees of graduation.
Valley Stream North High School's valedictorian Edith Jurado of Elmont will attend the Fu Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science at Columbia University next fall, where she plans to major in civil engineering. A National Merit Letter of Commendation winner who was also honored by the National Merit Hispanic Recognition Program and was selected an A.P. Scholar With Honor, Edith is president of the National Honor Society at North and a member of the Science, Math and Language honor societies. She plays clarinet in the school band, sings in the chorus and was selected for the District Music Festival Band in grades 9-12. Edith is also active in North's SPO (Student Peer Organization), the Kids on the Block disability awareness program, and tutors students in science and math.
A resident of Franklin Square, North High's salutatorian Jacquelyn Cafasso plans to major in biology next year at Cornell University's College of Agriculture & Life Sciences and then hopes to enter the field of medical research. Jacquelyn was a National Merit Letter of Commendation winner, an A.P. Scholar, and has been inducted into the National, Science, Math and Music honor societies at North. She plays clarinet in the school band, sings in the women's choir and mixed chorus, and was selected for the District Music Festival chorus in grades 9-12. Also active in sports, Jacquelyn is captain of the varsity soccer team, plays on the varsity badminton team, and has run track and cross country as well.
Erin Henry posted the class' highest grade point average of 101.0. Despite pursuing a demanding curriculum, she remained extremely involved in school and community activities including having served as president of Athletes Helping Athletes, vice president of the senior class and a coordinator of the tutoring program for the National Honor Society.
Erin received numerous awards at the school's annual community and scholarship awards program including the Community Service and Academic Excellence Award from Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi, New York State Academic Excellence Award and the West Hempstead Rotary Club Student of the Year.
Erin will be attending Boston College where she will pursue a degree in English and film.
Lisa Berotti earned the salutatorian honor with a 100.2 grade point average. The Island Park resident is a talented student athlete. She served as captain of the varsity soccer team for the past two years and was a volunteer coach for a soccer team for children with special needs. Lisa was an active member of Athletes Helping Athletes and Key Club and served as president of her freshman and junior classes.
Lisa will attend Vassar College, where she plans to study economics and international relations.
Yuhli Tsuei was named the valedictorian for the H. Frank Carey High School Class of 2004 for posting a grade point average of 98.76 and will attend Cornell University.
Michael Mallon was named the valedictorian for the Sewanhaka High School Class of 2004, posting a grade point average of 100.29. He was a member of the National Honor Society, jazz band and mathletes and took part in the Model UN conference. He will be attending Boston University, where he will study computer engineering.
Anila Thomas was named the valedictorian for the Elmont Memorial High School Class of 2004 with a grade point average of 101.97. She participated in various organizations and student activities including National Honor Society, Foreign Language Honor Society, Key Club, SADD, yearbook and senior orchestra. She was also given the AP Scholar Award. She will be entering the Brooklyn College M.D. Honors program for biochemistry.