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While Jason is all about high academic achievement, he by no means buries his head in the books. Throughout his high school career, he has successfully balanced his schoolwork with numerous leadership roles and extracurricular activities that have shaped him into a mature, well-rounded individual.
Jason was President of Student Council throughout his high school career, leading his class in fundraising campaigns and other initiatives. He was President of the Coding Club for three years and helped create the first Techathon at Oyster Bay High School, which features guest experts and topics such as App development, cyber security and game design to help students explore the world of computer science. In 10th grade, he founded Tech Buddies, a tutoring service for students who need support in computer science, math and science.
Jason’s leadership extended to other clubs and organizations, including President of Mathletes and President of Foreign Language Honor Society. He was a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society (Math Honor Society), Science National Honor Society and Rho Kappa Honor Society (Social Studies Honor Society).
He also enjoyed mock trial and acting in school dramas, taking on leading roles including Creon in Antigone and Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet. He competed in varsity Track and Field for three years and earned the Nassau Zone Outstanding Physical Education Student Award.
One of his favorite high school memories was finally winning the lip sync contest at pep rally senior year after losing three years in a row.
“I participated in every lip sync contest at Oyster Bay High School and seeing our progression from freshmen to seniors was rewarding,” he said. “It was also sad that it was our last lip sync, but it was amazing to finally get first place after getting last place for the last three years.”
Jason attributes his hard work to the support of his family, teachers and guidance counselor. He is particularly inspired by his older sister, Cindy, a Georgetown University graduate who works in the computer science field.
“Seeing her work hard has allowed me to see how hard work can play off,” Jason said. “It makes me want to work harder and try my best in my endeavors.”
As he looks towards his future, Jason leaves Oyster Bay High School content that he did his best and took advantage of the many opportunities that the school has to offer. With that in mind, he gave this advice to underclassmen: “Don’t be afraid to branch out and try new things; you might find new activities that you love! Try your best in what you do and if you receive a bad grade, it’s not the end of the world—just try better next time!”
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Michael’s passions and interests go beyond the classroom. He is a talented musician on stage and a champion on the tennis court, making him what many would consider a “triple threat’ among college-bound seniors.
Michael was selected to participate in the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) All-County Music Festival eight years in a row, seven times for playing trombone and once for singing in chorus. Last year, he performed at Carnegie Hall with the Oyster Bay High School Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. Michael played varsity tennis since 7th grade and made the All-Conference team four years in a row and the All-Division team two times. He also represented Oyster Bay High School in three straight Nassau County Varsity Individual Championships.
Last year, Michael was the Opinion Editor for the school paper, The Harbour Voice, and this year he was Managing Editor. He also participated in Mathletes, Jazz Band, Pit Band and Peer Tutoring. He enjoys giving back to the community, having served on the Oyster Bay Library’s Teen Advisory Board since 7th grade.
Michael said his greatest strength is that once he sets his goals, he works extremely hard to achieve them. “I inherited the drive to succeed from my father and mother,” Michael said. “My family gives me 100 percent support in everything I set out to accomplish.”
Michael also credits his teachers for his success. “Oyster Bay High School gives you so many opportunities to learn and succeed,” he said. “The excellent faculty in our school district has prepared me for college and beyond. My musical experience at Oyster Bay High School has been first rate.”
Looking back at his high school career, Michael cited several high points that he says he will never forget, including performing at Carnegie Hall with the school bands and celebrating with his teammates after the tennis team won a conference championship when he was in 8th grade. He also enjoyed being able to work with and set an example for younger students at science fairs through the National Science Honor Society.
Michael said he loved every moment of his high school career and would not change a thing.
“I participated and enjoyed every extracurricular activity I could fit into my schedule,” he said, and offered this advice to underclassmen: “Take advantage of all the fine opportunities to learn what our school has to offer and have fun while doing so. I certainly did!”