Valedictorian Sahill Yadav
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Sahill says his greatest strength is that he exhausts all means to achieve his goals. Among his numerous accomplishments, he is a three-season athlete and was captain of the soccer, winter and spring track teams; was president of Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society his junior and senior year, and participated in Mock Trial all four years of high school. He is a member of several departmental honor societies and received excellence/achievement awards in science, math, foreign language and social studies.
His leadership qualities also extend outside of school. Sahill is an award-winning competitor in the regional Emerging Leaders Business Competition for Entrepreneurship and was chosen for the highly selective American Legion Boys’ State. He was elected Attorney General by his peers at the weeklong program that immerses rising seniors in citizenship and leadership training.
“I think my success largely has to do with the support I had from my parents and my teachers,” he said. “All the teachers at Oyster Bay were wonderful and encouraging, especially Ms. Annicelli, Mr. Knapp, Mr. Pontillo, and Ms. Luzzi; they were dedicated to helping me in my studies and extracurricular activities, and I am grateful for that. Last, but not least, Mr. Weber was a great influence on me as my track coach. He kept me grounded and helped me develop my skills as a leader. Although I was injured for most of my track season, he supported me regardless, and I really appreciate that.”
Reflecting on his high school career, his favorite memory is participating in the lip sync performance at pep rally. “The energy, the music, the movement; it’s just great that the grade was able to come together and pull off such a spectacular performance,” he said. Throughout high school he also enjoyed teaching yoga at Gayatri Gyan Kendra of Long Island and being a Nassau County Youth Court Advocate.
Sahill, an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, graduates with a weighted grade-point average of 110.76 after completing the most rigorous course load available at Oyster Bay High School, including 12 Advanced Placement/college level classes. This fall, he heads to the University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School to study finance. Someday, he hopes to take his entrepreneurial spirit and start up his own business.
“The Wharton School is the oldest and best business school in the world and its undergraduate program parallels the graduate school’s program,” Sahill said of his college choice. “Wharton has the resources to guide me in my entrepreneurial endeavors and provide me with a solid pre-professional education.”
Salutatorian Terrance Cameron
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He is an Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar with Distinction and a member of the math, science, foreign language and social studies honor societies. A musician, Terrance played the drums in both jazz band and pit band, was part of the wind ensemble, and is a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Out of the classroom, Terrance is a three-season athlete and was captain of the lacrosse, winter track and cross country teams. He went to states with the cross country team three years in a row and was named “Athlete of the Month” for both lacrosse and winter track.
His leadership qualities also extend outside of school. Terrance has been vice president of his class for all four years of high school and in his sophomore year, founded Friday Friends, a program for children with special needs that has grown from 11 to about 135 participants since its inception. Terrance has worked in various capacities to help develop the program, from managing correspondence with volunteers to delegating operations and raising money for the program. He was also a member of National Honor Society and the Interact Club.
Terrance attributes his success to his dad and his teachers. “My dad has been a great help teaching me at a young age to prioritize school, but still letting me be independent enough to balance sports and extracurricular activities,” Terrance said. “He gave me a strong work ethic, and was always there to motivate and support me in everything I did. I also have to give credit to the school system and its great teachers who not only provided a great education, but have been another source of motivation and support at school.”
As he prepares for college in the fall, Terrance said, “I don’t know what kind of engineering I am going to study yet but I’ve always been interested in design, efficiency and math. The engineering class I took with Mr. Schlendorf in ninth grade showed me much more about engineering and made it fun and creative to learn about it.”
Terrance said he wouldn’t change a thing about his high school experience stating, “I loved the time I had at Oyster Bay.” His greatest memory was working on the lip sync dance in ninth grade.
“From a very rough start, Student Council and I learned how to be real leaders and led our lip sync to third place, better than the usual fourth, and we ended up tying for first place overall at Homecoming,” he said. “It was just a fun way to enter high school and make lasting connections throughout high school.”
His advice to upcoming high school students? “Focus on school, but remember that a healthy balance is more important, between friends, sports, and extracurricular activities you’re passionate about. Having a balance and making memories is a lot more fun than just doing homework every night.”