Class of 2012 Valedictorian

  • “Erica Weinberg is truly an amazing young woman.” This statement has been the consensus among Sayville High School administrators, faculty, and staff even before her weighted, grade-point average of 107.109 landed her in the top position among 272 graduating seniors and the Valedictorian for the Class of 2012. 

    Brilliant in all her academic courses throughout her high school career, Erica not only has enjoyed the challenging coursework, but her enthusiasm for knowledge has motivated her to succeed in every endeavor. A member of the National Honor Society, the Tri-M (Music) Honor Society, and an AP Scholar with distinction, Erica has consistently demonstrated strong leadership qualities, patience and perseverance, and analytical skills that have allowed her to think “outside the box.” She has attended both the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. Since her Freshman year, Erica has consistently participated in the Research in Science and Engineering Program, and through this research over the past four years, she has explored Cognitive Factors in Lyme’s Disease Patients, the Presence of Water on Mars, and Consumption of Dark Chocolate as it relates to Blood Pressure. Yet, Erica’s intellectual acumen and special talents in Spanish, mathematics, and the sciences cannot completely define this highest–achieving young woman.

    Nor can Erica be identified predominately by her great passion for the arts. It is true her love for photography found new vistas during her summer trip to Barcelona Spain, where she worked with professionals from National Geographic, endowing her with a greater appreciation for cultural diversity. She has also been recognized for being a musically gifted violinist, garnering accolades for successfully completing NYSSMA levels 1-6, earning All-State solos, and serving as concertmaster in the award-winning High School Orchestra.

    Rather, and as equally defining, Erica is well rounded by her qualities of character.

    In every description about this gifted young lady, are the words “humble,” “humorous,” and “compassionate.” Erica is well respected by her peers. She is someone who shows empathy and works well with others. She serves as an active volunteer for SWEEP, Anchor Club, and Interact Club. She partners well as a member in Chemistry and Physics Club, Quiz Bowl, and Mathletes. As a member of the Chamber Orchestra, Erica has been among a select group of students who volunteered time and talent by organizing performances at local nursing homes.

    In her kind, understated ways as a role model of maturity, Erica is a quiet leader and abiding friend, who fully accepts her responsibilities, and who has earned the title of Valedictorian for the Class of 2012. Erica will be attending Duke University in the fall. Congratulations, Erica!

    (photo courtesy of Jo Art Photography)