By Rachel Siford
Three of Rocky Point High School’s finest are at the helm of Rocky Point’s graduating class of 2015.
Lauren McBrearty came in on top as the Rocky Point’s valedictorian. She will attend Cornell University in the fall, but is undecided about her major.
She kept herself busy throughout her high school career with jazz band, pit orchestra, chorus, mock trial, varsity soccer, National Honor Society and the New York State Math Honor Society. McBrearty was also co-editor in chief of her yearbook and a rank and section leader in marching band.
The busy student has taken 19 Advanced Placement classes and is an AP Scholar with Honors and a National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student.
McBrearty said she got to where she is today with a lot of hard work and self motivation.
“I couldn’t not try to do well,” she said. “It’s just not in my nature.”
Joseph Niver is this year’s salutatorian and will attend Vassar College to study political science.
He was involved with the track team, cross country team, National Honor Society and the New York State Math Honor Society. He was also the president of the Science Club. Niver took 19 AP classes in high school and is an AP Scholar with Honors. He was named a 2015 NMSP Commended Student.
He attributes his success in school to hard work and luck, and reminisced about going to Relay for Life every year and attending football games.
Brittany Rinaldi is number three in her class and this year’s exhortation speaker. She is going to the United States Military Academy at West Point in the fall, where she’ll play lacrosse.
She was inspired to go to West Point after the school’s lacrosse coach contacted her. She said she fell in love with the school when she visited.
During high school, she was part of Athletes Helping Athletes, National Honor Society and New York State Math Honor Society. Rinaldi was also vice president of the Leaders Club and captain of both her varsity basketball and lacrosse teams.
She said she achieved her goals by continuously keeping herself busy with sports and clubs, and also constantly studying.