Comsewogue High School announced the top students of the 2019 graduating class are seniors Ankita Katukota and Jessica Sperling, who have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.
Katukota finished her high school career with a 101.43 weighted GPA. She served as the varsity tennis captain and interned at the Brookhaven National Laboratory. She was a member of the jazz band, Brookhaven youth court, Women in Science and Engineering and Athletes Helping Athletes.
She will attend University of California, Los Angeles and plans to study pre-med.
“I’m really excited to go to UCLA and ready to try something new,” she said. “The school is really well-known for its pre-med program.”
Katukota shared some advice to students who are heading into high school.
“I would just say keep working hard, get involved in extracurricular activities and keep striving for what you want,” she said.
Sperling, as salutatorian, finished her high school career with a 100.2 weighted GPA. During her time at Comsewogue, Sperling served as T.A.S.K. club member, student government president, Comsewogue Board of Education student representative, Port Jefferson Station/Terryville Civic Association student representative, Spanish honor society vice president and yearbook editor-in-chief.
Sperling will attend Binghamton University in the fall and study political science.
“I’m really excited to go Binghamton,” she said. “I’m really interested in law and hope to go to law school [in the future] and possibly go into government work.”
Sperling said she is looking forward to continuing doing work in the community and being active in campus clubs and organizations at Binghamton.
The senior also shared some advice to students heading into high school.
“Have a good balance between school and your personal life,” she said. “I think it is really important to have time for yourself and enjoy your high school experience. Before you know it it’s over.”