Michael Biggiani, Salutatorian of the Class of 2019
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 will graduate with an advanced 21st Century Diploma, which recognizes academic achievement, community service and computer technology expertise and experiences.
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 shared this advice for 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!”