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Plainedge’s Top Grads

At the head of the Class of 2013 at Plainedge High School are Terrence McSweeney as valedictorian and John Coacci as salutatorian. McSweeney has a number of accolades on his resume. In addition to being named a scholar-athlete for basketball, he is a member of the National Honor Society, Math Honor Society and Jazz Band, and is treasurer of the student council.

He has continually challenged himself with Advanced Placement courses and has participated in the Intel Science Research Program as well as the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair. An active member of the community, he has volunteered more than 100 hours at Plainview Hospital.

Also crowned this year’s homecoming king, McSweeney will lead his class in its commencement exercises in June. Following in his brother’s footsteps, he intends to major in pharmacology at St. John’s University this fall.

Salutatorian Coacci is also no stranger to success. An active member of the Gemini Youth Orchestra and Plainedge Chamber Orchestra, he has been playing the viola since the fourth grade and has a strong love for music.

He is a member of the Ben Franklin Honor Society and National Honor Society, vice president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and International Club, and president of the Math Honor Society. He was named an All-County musician as well as an All-State alternate this year.