Middle Country Central School District’s 2024 Valedictorians and Salutatorians

The Middle Country Central School District recently announced that Michael Cosmo from Centereach High School and Saitta Roy from Newfield High School are their school’s respective class of 2024 valedictorians, while Gregory Mears from Centereach High School and Danica Lyktey from Newfield High School are the salutatorians. Throughout the four years in their respective high schools, these students excelled academically, were active community members, and participated in various extracurricular activities. 

Centereach High School class of 2024 valedictorian Michael Cosmo achieved outstanding academic success during his high school tenure. His weighted GPA of 103.9 is a testament to his dedication and hard work. Michael’s academic achievements include completing an impressive 13 AP classes alongside two additional college-level courses. He is a distinguished member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society, and the Tri-M Music Honor Society.

Beyond academics, Michael has made significant contributions to all facets of Centereach High School. He serves as the GO Treasurer, demonstrating his leadership and involvement in school activities. Michael’s talents extend to the arts and athletics, as well. He excels as a musician, playing the trumpet in the school’s jazz band and pit orchestra, and as a varsity basketball player and captain of the varsity tennis team. He has been recognized as an Academic All-county player by Suffolk County basketball coaches. Moreover, Michael has shown a strong commitment to community service, tutoring elementary students, volunteering at basketball camps, and participating in Tri-M Music Honor Society-sponsored events. After graduation, Michael plans to pursue a career in law at Georgetown University, building on his internships with local lawmakers during high school.

Centereach High School class of 2024 salutatorian Gregory Mears also achieved remarkable academic success. His combined SAT score of 1530 places him in the top 1 percent of all students nationally. Gregory has completed 11 AP classes and four additional college-level courses, earning recognition as an AP Scholar with Distinction and a National Merit Scholarship Commended student. He is a valued member of the National Honor Society, the French Honor Society, and the Tri-M Music Honor Society.

In addition to his academic achievements, Gregory is deeply involved in Centereach High School’s co-curricular activities. He holds the position of vice president of the science club, co-founded the school’s chess club, and actively participates in Tri-M Music Honor Society-sponsored events. Gregory’s commitment to community service is evident through his hours spent with the Avalon Nature Initiative in Stony Brook. As a talented musician, he serves as principal bassist in the Philharmonic and chamber orchestras, 

Gregory embodies the spirit of the music department and the Tri-M Music Honor Society. After graduation, Gregory plans to pursue English Literature at Colby College in Maine.

Newfield High School class of 2024 valedictorian Saitta Roy boasts a weighted GPA of 102.1913 and will have the potential to graduate in June with more than 30 college credits. She keeps herself busy as a member of the school’s mock trial team. the crochet club, the newspaper club, and the pit orchestra. She is also the vice president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and president of the National Honor Society.

Outside of school, Saitta works at the Middle Country Public Library and serves as a tutor, also known as a homework pal, for elementary-age students. Saitta has accumulated over 100 hours of community service as a book buddy, making donations to Stony Brook Hospital through the crochet club, serving food at the New Lane Elementary School MVP dance, and running a station at Bicycle Path Literacy Expo through the National Honor Society. Saitta will be attending the University of Notre Dame, at which she will major in mechanical engineering on her way to law school.

Newfield High School class of 2024 salutatorian Danica Lyktey earned the number two spot out of 324 seniors maintaining a 101.6888 weighted GPA. She took a total of 15 advanced placement and college-level classes throughout her high school career, Danica’s got the potential to graduate with more than 40 college credits. 

Danica is an active member of the Spanish Honor Society. the National Honor Society. and is also part of the school’s varsity kick line. Outside of school, she is a competitive dancer at Inspirations Performing Arts Centre and this year she is teaching her class for 3- to 6-year-old students. Danica will be attending SUNY Binghamton in the fall, majoring in psychology.