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Class Of ’12 Valedictorian And Salutatorian

Daniel Pollack, Valedictorian

Daniel Pollack is one of the brightest young men to ever walk the halls of Roslyn High School. He is modest about his accolades and intellectual abilities, yet very enthusiastic to share. Danny’s selfless humanitarian nature is evident in the countless ways in which he contributes to the school community as a student leader, as exemplified by his winning the NCHSPA Sixth Annual Outstanding Student Leadership Award. In concert with his exceptional character, Danny is truly talented in both the academic and artistic arenas. Faculty and staff were more than impressed with Danny from the moment he entered the high school, and now, years later, we are even more taken with what an astonishing person he has become.

The academic profile that Danny possesses is superb.  Always opting for the most rigorous levels of study, he has consistently excelled in research, honors and advanced placement courses. He also continues to extend his passion for learning outside the classroom with collegiate research programs and academic competitions.  If there is one thing we have learned about Danny over the years it is his thirst and passion for intellectual stimulation.  He loves to learn and excels across the board.  The faculty and administration have always been impressed with his ability to focus so intently on his strengths — math, science and writing — while continuing his creative passions in music and art.  Danny has earned many accolades in science, research and math that range from gold medals at the Long Island Mathematics Fair to national Finalist of the American Chemical Society U.S. Chemistry Olympiad.  He is a 2012 National Merit Scholarship winner and Intel Science semifinalist.  In addition, he has excelled in the arts and humanities, placing third in the Long Island Language Teachers Competition for Original French Poetry, All-County Art Exhibition at the Art Supervisors Association, and first place at the Wheatley Mock Trial Competition. These are just a few of the many awards Danny has received which demonstrate his versatile talents. 

Danny truly embodies the “artist with a scientific bent.” When Danny was asked last spring what he was doing for fun over the summer, he enthusiastically explained his college research program at MIT, and his freedom to have some time to read, write, draw and play the piano. Danny has the potential to achieve great things and school district officials wish him well on the next stage of his education as he enters Yale University next fall.

Daniel Sikavi, Salutatorian

Daniel Sikavi is a young man of many dimensions. He is intelligent and ambitious, inquisitive and investigative, broad-minded and personable. Academically, he has challenged himself with the most rigorous curriculum available to him and has earned near perfect marks regardless of the course, level or discipline.

He is a National Merit Finalist and a member of the National Honor Society and the Foreign Language Honor Society. Daniel’s engagement in extra-curricular activities is extensive. To date, he has dedicated over 900 volunteer hours at the local hospital greeting patients and their families at the front desk and serving as president on the Junior Advisory Board seeking to advance the hospital medically and technologically. He is a peer tutor to many, a mentor to a child with special needs, president of Model Government and president of the Jewish Student Union. Daniel’s outstanding commitment to service earned him the honor of the Good Deed Award and, within his school community, the Stewart Baxt Memorial Scholarship.

Congratulations to Daniel on all he has achieved. The school district wishes him great success as he continues his schooling next year as a member of the Class of 2016 at Princeton University.