Head of the Class


High School student Nikita Shah has earned the distinction of Valedictorian, while classmate Anna Salvatore received Salutatorian designation for the Class of 2009. Both students exemplify the strong character, commitment to education and community spirit that make the district a success.

Nikita’s extensive awards and honors include competing and placing at the Suffolk County Math Contest four years in a row, as well as placing in the top five her junior and senior years at the Regional New York State Science Olympiad. Earning the respect of her teachers, she has been the recipient of a variety of departmental awards including English Language Arts, math, global history, AP Biology and foreign languages.

Extending her talents to the court she earned the title of Scholar-Athlete and was an All-League selection tennis player. On stage she participated in the school’s theatrical productions as part of the stage crew, and musical ensemble, as well as being President of the Tri-M Honor Society. Working towards a career in the medical field Nikita has volunteered her time at Brookhaven Hospital and has worked with the Young Scholarship Program at Stony Brook University.

Scoring three and higher on four challenging Advanced Placement Exams, Salutatorian Anna Salvatore received the AP Scholar with Honor Award. Excelling in diverse curriculum areas she also was given the SEA-BBS Certificate of Excellence in Art award and her works were displayed in a community showcase. Her creative skills have been highlighted in the high school’s publication Phantom Press where she held the positions of staff reporter and Co-Editor.

Serving as a district role model Anna was a member of the Peer Leadership committee where she attended conferences and worked with elementary school children on an anti-bullying and tolerance campaign. Connecting with the community she volunteered with the Patchogue First Political Campaign preparing campaign literature. 

The district congratulates the Class of 2009 Top Ten for their vast accomplishments and contributions to the school and Bayport-Blue Point community.
Valedictorian Nikita Shah
Salutatorian Anna Salvatore
#3 Margaret Muller
#4 Alison Bernicker
#5 Michael Hanusch
#6 Declan Diemer
#7 Adam Jansen
#8 Trevor Dougherty
#9 Dylan Kann
#10 Darcy Cahill