Terrific 10 Seniors Celebrated

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The high school announced its top 10 ranked seniors for 2015-2016 during an Oct. 9 morning ceremony, with Kathryn Block and Peter Demopoulos named first and second, respectively. Rounding out Deer Park’ list were Alexandra Jacullo (ranked third), Theresa Grimaldi (fourth), Lauren Lazarte (fifth), Tajriana Haque (sixth), Michael Strenta (seventh), Kevin Chang (eighth), John Santare (ninth) and Nicholas DiModica (10th).

With a weighted average of 105.62, Block earned top-ranked status as valedictorian for the Class of 2016. An AP Scholar with Distinction, she earned a perfect score on the AP world history exam. She serves as captain of the school’s swim team and is an award-winning Girl Scout. The senior will apply to Rochester Institute of Technology, Penn State, Lehigh University and Quinnipiac University, and plans to study civil engineering and architecture with the goal of developing sustainable housing from organic materials.

“Though Kathryn is respected by many for her academic prowess, I find it to be her character that truly sets her apart, making her a leader among her class,” said guidance counselor Jessica Yawney. “She is kind, caring and always thinking of more ways to give back to the Deer Park community. This is a young woman who has developed a clear and decisive voice.”

The second-ranked senior and future salutatorian, Demopoulos serves as editor in chief of the school newspaper, captain of the academic team, and president of the National Honor Society, Pen Society as well as his Class of 2016. An AP Scholar with Honor, he was named treasurer of the school’s DECA club, with who he placed fifth in county and state tournaments. Demopolous also participates on Deer Park’s varsity golf team and Chess Club, and volunteers at Good Samaritan Hospital in his spare time.

Each of the terrific 10 were given accolades by Deer Park faculty as they enjoyed a celebratory breakfast in the school library with their families. 

“This group is going to make us proud in the future,” said Principal James Cummings. “Congratulations to their parents and families.”