Sachem Patch wishes to congratulate the top 10 graduating seniors at Sachem High School North. There are 503 students in North's Class of 2010.
Here's your chance to learn more about some of the brightest minds Sachem has to offer:
1. Brian Chung: The Boston College-bound Chung is a three-sport athlete, running cross country, swimming and running on the spring track team. He is a Suffolk County Zone Award winner as a top scholar athlete and is a whiz at the violin. He is undecided about his college major right now.
2. Jonathan Tsang: He loves biology and chemistry and will combine both as a biochemistry major at UC Berkeley. He reads a lot, practices karate outside of school and is a member of the track and field team at North.
3. Jason Wong: Wong took as many Advanced Placement courses as he could throughout his high school years. He achieved high marks in all areas as well as being an integral part of the cross country and track teams at North. Jason did all this with a pleasant and positive attitude that garnered the admiration of students and staff. He will attend Boston University.
4. Jennifer Mueller: She has received numerous awards of distinction for her hard work such as the AP Scholar with Honors Award, second place in Medicine & Health at the Nebula Science Fair, Principal's Honor Roll every semester as well as perfect attendance. In addition to being the captain of the field hockey team and playing both lacrosse and winter track, she has also been involved in numerous community service experiences such as volunteering in the Nursing Orthopedics department at Stony Brook University Hospital as well as at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church.
5. Karley Dutra: She has meticulously balanced all three areas of academics, athletics and social avenues with ease and grace. Dutra held the position as Vice President of the Student Government as well as Ex Officio Member of the Sachem Board of Education. She is a track & field and cross country runner, as well as the winner of the New York State Association Suffolk Zone Award. Dutra will be attending Wesleyan University where she will study Neurobiology.
6. Elizabeth Haussner: She has been the recipient of multiple Scholar Athlete Awards in grades 9-12 for swimming & diving and track & field. Being captain of the varsity swimming & diving team, her leadership abilities have been challenged and developed into nothing less than outstanding, her teachers say.
7. Drew Ellison: He is an incredibly involved student who treats his extracurricular activities as he does his academics. He volunteered at the Stony Brook Hospital Cancer Center which helped blossom his passion for the medical field. He has worked extremely hard over the years, pouring his energy into activities such as Drama Club, Class Government, Current Events Forum and three National Honor Societies. Ellison will be attending SUNY Geneseo in the Fall.
8. Stephanie Brown: She will be attending Stony Brook University where she will major in pre-medical studies. Her non-weighted average of 95.49 is fortified by a 96.125 average she attained on the New York State Regents Examinations. Brown will receive an Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors Designation when she graduates. For her Sweet-16 party, Stephanie went sky diving in Brazil. She continues to challenge herself in all facets of her life.
9. James Dantuono: He serves as president of Sachem North's Math Team, competing in the SCMTA Math Tournament annually. He has also made contributions to the Current Events Team, Chess Club, and Science Research Team. A NYSSMA gold medal vocalist, Dantuono sings in North's honors level Symphonic Choir and vocal jazz group. He is a concerned citizen who volunteers at a local food pantry and has spent time working as a camp counselor at a local day camp. He is also a member of the National Honor Society, the National Foreign Language Honor Society, the Science Honor Society, and the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Dantuono will be attending SUNY Geneseo.
10. Dana Applegate: She will be studying Veterinary Science at North Carolina State University. Besides her outstanding rank within the top two percent of her graduating class, she has doubled her science curriculum throughout high school. This year she chose A.P. Biology and A.P. Environmental Science and is fortifying these high powered courses with A.P. Calculus-BC. Among her many activities, she feels a special sense of accomplishment volunteering at one of the local animal shelters.
Stay tuned for features on the Valedictorian and Salutatorian. Here's a look at the top students from Sachem High School East.