Elaina Varriale has been named Mount Sinai High School’s class of 2021 valedictorian.
She said began getting involved with the school during her freshman year with the student government, staying in the club throughout her four years and serving as acting president during her senior year. Involved with both music and sports, she played volleyball and was a member of chamber orchestra. A member of the National Honor Society, she became held the title of secretary.
With an overall GPA well-above 104, she will be attending Cornell University in the fall, studying in the college of engineering. She plans on focusing mainly on chemical engineering.
Elaina said she was surprised when she found out she was the class valedictorian.
“I know how hard I’ve worked throughout the years, but I know that there are a lot of really great, hardworking people in my grade, my friends included, so I was a little surprised.”
She said the honor was rewarding.
Before she leaves for university, Elaina will be working and spending as much time with her family and friends as possible.
Paige Brauer was named as Mount Sinai High School’s salutatorian. While maintaining a 101.6 GPA, she participated in extracurriculars like Best Buddies, Athletes Helping Athletes, Peer Leaders, FACs, and played on varsity volleyball and varsity track.
While not in school, Paige volunteered at a therapeutic horseback riding facility, as well as at Mather Hospital where she shadowed several different doctors.
In the fall, she will be attending Georgetown University, studying human science and pre-med in hopes of going into surgery.
“My family has played a huge role for pushing me to do my best,” she said. “I also love staying busy, so between work, volunteer, school, sports, and clubs, I always had something to be doing when I wasn’t hanging out with my friends. Staying focused on my end goals really helped me continuously push myself over the last four years.”
Paige said she was caught by surprise to find out she was going to be salutatorian.
“I was so excited,” she said. “It was such an honor and I couldn’t be happier.”
She said she’s planning on spending as much time with her friends before they all go away to school.