The Glen Cove City School District announced Andrew Gerin, Jenny Armstrong and Ali Raza as the Class of 2015 valedictorian, salutatorian and honorarian, respectively.
Gerin earned an overall GPA of 105.23. This accomplishment is a reflection of his hard work and dedication to his studies. Gerin successfully completed the most demanding courses offered at Glen Cove High School, even doubling up in advanced placement and honors science courses in consecutive years. His academic strengths are vast, as Gerin has received academic awards in every subject area. However, there is so much more to Gerin than a strong academic profile: he is thoughtful, humble, genuine and takes pride in his work, family and the community in which he was raised. During his years at Glen Cove, Gerin never wanted his school day to end when the final bell rang. Rather, he wanted to be a part of the spirit of Glen Cove High School and became an active participant in extracurricular activities, taking on leadership roles in most. He is president of the National Honor Society, vice president of Student Senate, captain of the varsity baseball team and DECA parliamentarian, just to name a few.
In the fall, Gerin will attend the University of Virginia where he plans to study engineering, a passion of his since he was young. His self-driven demeanor, strong work ethic and natural intelligence are all traits that make for a great engineer. His future is extremely bright, as anything Gerin sets his mind to he will accomplish.
Salutatorian Jenny Armstrong is described as diligent, bright, compassionate and a true leader. This impressive young woman has maintained a GPA of 102.16, while actively involving herself in school, community and athletics. Some of her prestigious recognitions include her induction into the National Honor Society and participation in NYSSMA.
Armstrong’s love for sports and the community is second to none. She is the captain of the varsity tennis team, Student Senate treasurer, Wind Ensemble section leader, and junior auxiliary board member for North Shore LIJ, Glen Cove Hospital.
Armstrong is a true gem; is not only academically gifted, but a genuinely well-rounded individual who truly cares about the community at large. Her leadership skills were enhanced through her role as a hospital volunteer junior supervisor, where she mentored more than 100 high school students. She will attend University of Pennsylvania this fall, where she will study nursing.
Ali Raza is ranked three in the Class of 2015 and has a GPA of 102.09. He is an honored member of the National Honor Society and an AP Scholar with honors. Raza is a Model United Nations and International Club member. He also volunteers on Saturdays and Sundays at a local animal shelter. Raza has always wanted to work in the field of nuclear engineering and according to guidance counselor Christine Mulhall, he has all the characteristics necessary to pursue this field.
“Ali is disciplined, a great listener and someone with deep concern for others,” Mulhall said.“He epitomizes the phrase ‘still waters run deep,’ for within his quietness lies a great person, the kind of person anyone would want to collaborate with. He demonstrates qualities natural to a leader: sensitivity, independence, open-mindedness, conviction and courage.”
Raza will attend the University of Wisconsin in the fall, where he will be pursuing a double major in theology and nuclear engineering through a special program.