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Get to know Riverhead’s valedictorian and salutatorian

05/03/2017 9:22 AM |

Riverhead High School’s valedictorian, Kyle Gevinski, marched to the top of his class with a weighted grade point average of 109.3556, the school district announced this week.

He was treasurer of the National Honor Society and president of the French National Foreign Language Honor Society. He also received the Rensselaer Medal Award and the title of AP Scholar with Distinction.

Outside of the classroom, Mr. Gevinski has been a member of the varsity golf team since his freshman year and was an all-league pole vaulter his sophomore and junior years. He also participated in the robotics, coding and math clubs.

Additionally, he volunteers at Maureen’s Haven where he organizes clothing donations. He also tutors students in world history, trigonometry and physics and has worked part-time at Harbes Family Farm in Jamesport and Phil’s Waterfront Bar and Grill in the past. This past summer he attended a University of Notre Dame for an engineering program.

“Throughout these past four years, I’ve come to learn it is not all about the numbers, but more about the experiences,” Mr. Gevinski said in a release from the school. “This difference between numbers and experiences is what creates the gap between a good education and an exceptional education. From the staff to the students, the people I’ve met at Riverhead High School have made an everlasting mark on me and this impact is what I cherish most about my education here.”

He plans to major in mechanical engineering at Brown University in the fall.

Salutatorian Ian Moloney’s achievements are just as impressive.  

He has a weighted GPA of 107, and was also named an AP Scholar with Distinction in his junior year. He is a member of the National Honor Society and a Latin officer in the National Foreign Language Honors Society

Mr. Moloney played the alto saxophone and guitar in the high school’s jazz ensemble and pep band and ran on the varsity cross country team. He also tutors his peers and works at Strathmore Bagels on the weekends and during the summer.

“Passion is what drives all of our decisions,” he said. “I believe that when I look back on my experiences later in life, I will see that the staff and my peers in Riverhead High School have helped me find my passion in the mathematics and science field. I am forever thankful and indebted.”

He plans to major in electrical engineering at Stony Brook University next school year.

Photo Caption: Valedictorian Kyle Gevinski, left, and salutatorian Ian Moloney, right (Courtesy of Riverhead High School). 

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