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Jason Hom, Valedictorian of the Class of 2019

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 will graduate with an advanced 21st Century Diploma, which recognizes academic achievement, community service and computer technology expertise and experiences.

 

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 has been President of Student Council throughout his high school career, leading his class in fundraising campaigns and other initiatives. He has been 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 extends to other clubs and organizations, including President of Mathletes and President of Foreign Language Honor Society. He is 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 enjoys 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!”