The Middle Country Central School District (MCCSD) recently announced that Anthony Roman from Centereach High School and Logan Ortiz from Newfield High School are the Class of 2018 valedictorians, and Olivia Zhu from Centereach High School and Diogo Martins from Newfield High School are the District’s salutatorians. Throughout their four years in their respective high schools, these students excelled academically, became active community leaders and participated in countless extracurricular activities.
“As we approach the conclusion of the 2017-2018 school year, it is my distinct honor to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of these four students,” said MCCSD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Roberta Gerold. “These students not only shined in their classroom studies but outside of the classroom as well—setting an example for what it means to be a good peer and community members. On behalf of the entire Middle Country community, we congratulate them on their accomplishments and wish them the best of luck in all future endeavors.”
Centereach High School Class of 2018 valedictorian Anthony Roman will graduate in June completing no less than 14 Advanced Placement (AP) classes and four additional college level courses—all while maintaining an unweighted GPA of 98.2. Due to his incredible success in his AP courses, Anthony has been recognized by the College Board as an AP Scholar with Distinction and a National Merit Scholar. He is a member of several student groups including Thespian Honor Society, Italian Honor Society, National Honor Society, school newspaper and Science Olympiad. Anthony will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this fall to study Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science.
Newfield High School valedictorian Logan Ortiz is set to graduate in June with potentially more than 40 college credits due to his hard work and dedication to his studies. He is often described as an exceptionally intellectual student, holding an unweighted 98.7 GPA. He is active in all things Newfield—participating in student government, National Honor Society and Tri-M Honor Society, as well as serving as captain of the Mock Trial Team, president of the Video Club and captain of the golf team. Logan is set to attend Georgetown University next fall to study political science, with his sights set on law school and elected office.
Olivia Zhu, this year’s salutatorian of Centereach High School, has seen some outstanding academic accolades throughout her time in high school, all while maintaining a rigorous course schedule. Olivia will have completed no less than 11 AP courses and two college level courses upon graduation, earning her the recognition of National AP Scholar with Distinction from the College Board. Olivia is a member of the National Honor Society, Tri-M Honor Society, Math Team and Science Olympiad. She has also been a member of the varsity tennis team since the eighth grade—serving as captain and earning the distinction of Most Valuable Player from her coach over the past two seasons. Olivia will be attending Cornell University to study computer science and engineering.
Newfield High School’s salutatorian, Diogo Martins, has an unweighted 98 GPA and has the potential to graduate with more than 45 college credits. Diogo has been praised by his teachers and peers as a born leader—serving in leadership roles in the Thespian Honor Society, World Languages Honor Society and National Honor Society. He has played a consistent role in almost every fundraising event in Newfield during his four years, a testament to his commitment to giving back to his community. Diogo will be attending Villanova University in the fall and intends to major in finance.
For more information regarding the Middle Country Central School District and its students’ many achievements, please visit the District’s website: http://www.middlecountry.k12.ny.us.
Centereach High School’s valedictorian Anthony Roman.
Newfield High School’s valedictorian Logan Ortiz.
Centereach High School’s salutatorian Olivia Zhu.
Newfield High School’s salutatorian Diogo Martins.