Special Graduation Edition Volume 14, Issue 41, 7-3-19
Jason Hom, Class of 2019 Valedictorian
Oyster Bay High School Valedictorian Jason Hom is a leader who takes the initiative to go out of his comfort zone to achieve personal growth. Self-described as having a strong work ethic, Jason welcomes opportunities to explore, analyze and problem solve to deepen his knowledge and reach new levels of success. That drive has not only earned him the top spot in his class, it propelled him to attain the highest grade-point average ever held by an Oyster Bay High School student.
When Jason heads to the University of Pennsylvania this fall, he plans to study engineering, computer science or pre-medicine and pictures himself as either a software programmer helping to create apps or medical devices, or a doctor who does research.
Among his many achievements, Jason was named a Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship Program. He excels in math and computer science, and made history for the District last year when he became the first Oyster Bay High School student to earn a Bronze Medal at the 2018 Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair at Hofstra University. He is also a National Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar, a National AP Scholar with Distinction, a National Spanish Exam Bronze Medalist and an American Chemical Society Chemistry Award winner. He graduated with an advanced 21st Century Diploma, which recognizes academic achievement, community service and computer technology expertise and experiences.
Michael Biggiani, Class of 2019 Salutatorian
Oyster Bay High School Salutatorian Michael Biggiani knew from a young age that he wanted to help people. Now as he embarks on his college career at the University of Virginia in September, Michael is setting his sights on doing just that. Intrigued by the process of scientific discovery, he has a passion for both physics and biology, and plans to major in biophysics to pursue a career in either medicine, science research or law.
Michael’s talent in the sciences was recognized by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory scientists who chose him to conduct science research under their mentorship as part of the highly prestigious Partners for the Future Program. Further attesting to his academic diligence and strong intellect are his outstanding test scores. He received a 1580 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and a perfect score of 800 on the Physics SAT II test, the first and only time he took them. He also earned perfect scores of 100 on both the Physics and American History Regents exams. Among his many awards and recognitions, Michael won the Xerox Award for Innovation and Technology. The award recognizes students who share in the pursuit of innovative approaches and appreciation for the possibilities of technology. He graduated with an advanced 21st Century Diploma, which recognizes academic achievement, community service and computer technology expertise and experiences.