Miller Place High School announced the top students of the 2019 graduating class are seniors Lori Beth Sussman and Jenna Hoyland, who have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.
Sussman has been an all-county musician involved in the jazz band and pit orchestra. In addition, she was the foreign language national honor society Spanish president, Tri-M co-vice president, varsity tennis member and part of the mock trial club. She also was Mathletes captain, Future Business Leaders of America member and The Cancer Answer project fundraiser founder.
She shared some advice to students who are heading into high school, saying not to be afraid to ask questions and put your foot forward.
Sussman finished her high school career with a 99.918 weighted GPA and plans to attend Vassar College in the fall.
“I’m really excited to go to Vassar. They have an open and flexible curriculum.” she said. ”I’m looking forward to learning more.”
Hoyland has participated in winter and spring track, served as senior council president and service club treasurer and was yearbook editor. This year she was also named a National Merit Commended Scholar.
The senior shared some advice to her fellow peers and students who are heading into
“Set high standards and don’t back down from them,” she said.
Hoyland finished her high school career with a 99.77 weighted GPA and will attend Binghamton University where she plans to study chemistry.
“I’m excited to meet new people and take on new challenges,” she said.