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Glen Cove High School’s Top Students

Valedictorian: Alison Abrams

From the first day she walked into Glen Cove High School, Alison Abrams has been actively involved in a plethora of school clubs and organizations while upholding a stellar academic average. Alison is the Class of 2012 valedictorian.

“Alison possesses sophisticated intellectual prowess and is an extraordinarily adept student,” says Glen Cove Coordinator of PPS Mike Tweed. “She self-challenges. Some students falter under pressure; Alison thrives.”

As the top-ranked student in the Class of 2012, Alison certainly has challenged herself –and succeeded–academically. A four-year member of the Principal’s High Honor Roll and member of the National Honor Society since her junior year, Alison was a top scorer in the American Mathematics Corporation exam and the DECA marketing math exam last year and has received awards for excellence in AP calculus, math B honors, and chemistry to go with a Bausch and Lomb Honorary Junior Science Award.

Yet there may be no better indication of someone who loves the pressure and responsibility than the leadership roles Alison has accepted throughout her high school career, including serving as Student Government Vice President since the ninth grade. Community service and activism for good causes is high on her list, having been a member of the Fight World Hunger Club, a peer tutor, spending time putting together care packages for soldiers, participating in Relay for Life and caroling for AHRC. She has successfully blended her love for mathematics, entrepreneurship and service through her work with DECA, serving as chairperson in her junior year and Parliamentarian in her senior year.

Music is also a passion, and Alison is a four-year member of the Symphonic, Jazz and Pep/Marching Bands, having served as vice president of the Symphonic Band this past year, even performing at Lincoln Center. Alison also served as director of the Student Pep/Marching Band this year, conducting in the 2011 Veteran’s Day parade in New York City and performing at football games and the annual City of Glen Cove Memorial Day parade. She also performed the piano at the NYSSMA Festival this year and was inducted into the Tri-M Music Honor Society, as well.

Rounding out Alison’s résumé is an impressive athletic career, including four years of girls lacrosse, achieving a varsity letter and a starting spot in her junior year. She also captained both the girls soccer team and girls basketball team in her sophomore year (the latter achieving a varsity letter and making the varsity squad as a junior), and co-captained varsity cross-country as a senior.

She plans on attending Bentley University this fall to major in mathematics.

“Alison has been at the starting gate for the past four years,” added Mr. Tweed, “She has been waiting for this time, when she can sprint off to college.”

Salutatorian: Alexandra Gerin

A four-year member of the Principal’s High Honor Roll and multiple academic award-winner in varied disciplines, Alexandra Gerin has demonstrated a high aptitude for her studies to go with a wide collection of interests in singing, sports and service. Alexandra is the Class of 2012 salutatorian.

“Whenever I meet with Alexandra, I know that it will be entertaining and insightful,” said Glen Cove Coordinator of PPS Mike Tweed. “She has all of the right tools to be successful in life, with a great attitude, full of optimism and spunk.”

This includes winning the Class of 2012 “Most Versatile Student Award.” The second-ranked student in the Class of 2012, Alexandra has never shied away from courses that may appear to be very demanding. She is a past winner of awards for excellence in AP World and U.S. History, as well as English, Italian (II and III), and Math B Honors, with an achievement award in Global History.  She is a three-year member of the National Honor Society, having served as secretary this year.

Other leadership roles include serving as vice president of the Student Senate and secretary of DECA, the latter of which she received regional competition awards in both her sophomore and junior years. Alexandra has also participated in the National Youth Leadership Conference and has a long résumé of community activism and volunteerism, which includes participation in the Glen Cove CARES Tennis Fundraiser and Morgan Walk, the Glen Cove Senior Center Intergenerational Ball, Relay for Life, and the Any Soldier Program at the Glen Cove Library. She also volunteers for the Glen Cove City Youth Bureau and the American Red Cross Blood Drive (as an organizer).

A three-year member of the award-winning GCHS Select Chorale, Alexandra was Alto II Section Leader this past year for a group that was lauded at the American Chorale Director’s Association and has graced many a big stage, including Citi Field. Her actions on the field of competition speak just as loud as her sparkling voice does on the stage, as she is a successful multi-sport athlete as well. Playing varsity tennis since the eighth grade, she has achieved All-County and All-Conference status for many years and has served as varsity tennis captain the last three years, most recently winning the team MVP award. Alexandra also captained the varsity girls lacrosse and winter track teams this year and has achieved All-County, All-Conference and All-American status in girls lacrosse. Alexandra has expanded her tennis prowess to the community, serving as a tennis trainer at Glen Head Racquet Club.

This fall, Alexandra plans to major in education at Binghamton University.

“I am not sure if her determination is fueled by perfectionism or just a will to be successful, but Alex is never afraid of trying,” added Mr. Tweed. “She is a well rounded student that is humble about all of her achievements.”

Honorarian: Gorov Sodhi

With the third-highest academic ranking in the Glen Cove High School Class of 2012, Gorov Sodhi is this year’s Honorarian. As president of the National Honor Society and having served three years, Gorov has met the highest expectations in both academics and service.

“Gorov is a scholar, a leader, an athlete, a citizen, and a humanitarian,” said guidance counselor Margie Tockman. “He is one of the strongest college candidates I have ever seen in my career as a counselor.”

Scholastic honors abound this four-year member of the High Honor Roll. Gorov won the AP Scholar with Distinction award and awards for excellence in Living Environment, Spanish III, AP World and U.S. History, AP Environmental Science and AP Language.

Musically, Gorov is a three-year member of the symphonic band, playing French horn. The elite group has performed at Lincoln Center, New York Islander games and this year’s NYC Veteran’s Day parade. Athletically, Gorov has been a prominent member of the tennis and wrestling teams. His dedication was personified at this spring’s National Honor Society Induction Ceremony when he rushed over from a conflicting tennis match to honor the new inductees. He was two years All-Division for tennis and was all-conference and the MVP in wrestling this year, also served as captain to both squads in his senior year (the last two years in tennis), and is a recipient of the Superintendent’s Cup.

Activism to make both his school and overall community a better place dominate Gorov’s résumé. Combining his stature as an athlete and a leader, Gorov is a past member of SALT (Student Athlete Leadership Team), speaking to younger athletes about the dangers of substance abuse and the value of sportsmanship. He also has spent his summers as a captain and student coach for the summer intramural wrestling program, mentoring younger wrestlers and leading a small team.

Gorov is also a four-year member of DECA club, which provides numerous opportunities for community service. He was also a member of the Fight World Hunger Club. With a strong knowledge of the judicial system, he was an asset to the award-winning Mock Trial Team, for which he not only prepared opening and closing statements and direct and cross examinations, but also managed and recruited on the club’s behalf. He attests that being part of the team has inspired him to study litigation. Gorov has also played the role of judge and attorney in the Teen Court, a judicial program through the City of Glen Cove that allows teens who commit minor crimes to be tried before a jury of their peers. Gorov plans on attending Boston College this fall to study poli-sci and pre-law.

“At such a young age, Gorov has the insight and maturity of a seasoned adult,” added Ms. Tockman. “He is strong, yet gentle, caring, a thinker and a grounded optimist who lives a full, rich life and inspires me to do the same.”