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Hats Off to the Glorious Graduates of 2009: New Hyde Park Memorial High School

Jisha Thomas…Valedictorian

Jisha Thomas, New Hyde Park Memorial’s Valedictorian, was not only first in her graduating class but the President of the Red Cross Club and Secretary of the New Hyde Park Step Team. Also, she is a Girl ScoutLeader and a Praise and Worship Leader at her local church. Next year, Jisha will be attending the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education and will pursue a career in medicine. Her advice to her fellow classmates is “you could be satisfied with average and mediocre but why- when you still have so much more to offer. I once heard that most people only work up to less than 30 % of their full potential. What would this world be like if everyone gave 100 percent. Always put in a little more effort and in the end, you will reap the satisfaction.”

Melinda Wong….Salutatorian

Melinda Wong, New Hyde Park Memorial’s Salutatorian, is also President of the Seekers Club, Vice President of the National Honor Society, member of Mathletes, French Club, Varsity Swimming, Talented and Gifted Program, and a Chambers Singer. She plans to attend Cooper Union for Chemical Engineering. Her advice to her younger classmates is “to work hard but love it. If you don’t even try to enjoy what you’re learning, it will be boring, uninteresting, and harder to motivate yourself.” She feels that her greatest accomplishment was being voted “Friendliest Senior” by her classmates. “It means that I did what I came to do.”