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Hats Off To The Glorious Graduates Of 2012

Herricks High School

Sarah Chapin Valedictorian

Sarah is the valedictorian for the Class of 2012. This year she was named a finalist in the select National Merit Scholarship Competition. Sarah has devoted countless hours to science research. She has completed projects through the Hofstra Summer Science Research Program. Her more recent work was done through the distinct Ojima Lab, Chemistry Department, at SUNY Stony Brook. The research project that she developed this year garnered her semifinalist standing in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search and an opportunity to compete in the Siemens Math and Science Competition.

Throughout high school, Sarah has competed and earned medals in science and math competitions including, but not limited to, the Long Island Math Fair, New York State Science and Engineering Fair and the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair. This year Sarah was selected to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Her project placed in the top four in the category of chemistry. Sarah has also competed in the Young Epidemiology Scholars Competition, the Research Association Invitational Fair, and the Dupont Challenge. She earned honors status at the Research Association Invitational Fair for Computer Science and at the Rohm and Haas Competition for Computer Science. Sarah’s accomplishments extend beyond her academics. She has served as a writer for the Highlander school newspaper, and as an editor for the Opinions Page. Currently she leads the publication as co-editor-in-chief. Sarah has also been a long-time contributor to the Herricks Math Magazine, and for the past two years she has served as its editor-in-chief.

Vance Zuo Salutatorian

As salutatorian of the Class of 2012, Vance Zuo has excelled academically as well as with his extracurricular activities. Through the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University, Vance successfully completed coursework and studies in neuroscience, electrical engineering, and computer science. Vance has participated as an active member of several swim teams including USA Swimming, Long Island Aquatic Club, and the Varsity Swim Team at Herricks High School. He has received a myriad of awards such as All County, All Division, and he placed seventh in the Metro Swimming Junior Olympics. Vance’s application for Academic All American has just been accepted by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association of America, Inc. As a nationally ranked chess player, Vance has received several awards for his outstanding tournament play. In addition, Vance is very competitive in mathematics tournaments and received All State honors in music.

Academically, there is no specific area in which Vance excels because he excels in every discipline. His transcript is bursting with advanced placement and honors courses. The sheer quantity of these high level courses has not diluted the quality of his work.

New Hyde Park Memorial High School

Geoffrey Lin Valedictorian

This year’s valedictorian, Geoffrey Lin, is an unusually special young man. Quiet and soft spoken and yet strong in conviction and bold in character, he has made his mark on New Hyde Park Memorial High School. He has achieved all of the academic honors that the school can offer and more. He has received the bronze, silver, and gold medals, been inducted into the Junior and Senior National Honor Societies, the Foreign Language Honor Society and was the recipient of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Award. He is a National Merit Commended student and a college board AP Scholar with Honors. Geoffrey’s passion is not limited to the classroom. He has been involved in the Mathletes, the Italian Club, and the Red Cross Club and he has been a teacher’s assistant for four years at a local enrichment center. He and the school’s service league have raised thousands of dollars to support a summer camp for children with cancer. He is extraordinary in his desire to help others. Geoffrey was also a standout this year on the varsity volleyball team. His obvious intelligence is strengthened by his charisma, his sensitivity to others, and his versatility. He is an outstanding student and leader. Geoffrey will attend the University of Pennsylvania in the fall.

Parth Trivedi Salutatorian

Parth Trivedi is a diligent, hardworking young man whose genuine enthusiasm for learning is matched only by his motivation to succeed. He has the second highest average in the senior class and has earned a near perfect score on the ACT exam. Parth serves as the president of the National Senior Honor Society and has enjoyed being active in several extracurricular activities including Mathletes, the Service League, and the Talented and Gifted Program. He has represented the school at the Nassau County Mathematics tournament, as the captain of the Long Island Challenge team, and participated in the Science Bowl. He also has enjoyed writing articles for the school newspaper and has spent time tutoring younger students. Parth Trivedi is truly a talented young man who has a great personality and sense of humor. Parth will attend Cornell University in the fall.