The East Islip High School’s new valedictorian, Nicholas Pandolfo, was honored on June 7 when the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association (SCSSA) hosted its 18th annual Valedictorians Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Wind Watch Hotel in Hauppauge.
Pandolfo, of Islip Terrace, finished the year with a weighted GPA of 107.43. He was a member of the high school’s National Honor Society, Science Honor Society and varsity lacrosse team, and served as vice president of the Boys Leaders Club. Along with Suffolk County’s other outstanding valedictorians, Pandolfo was recognized for being the top Class of 2012 student in his school, and for his strong commitment to academics,. He received a certificate of recognition from SCSSA President Alan B. Groveman and East Islip Superintendent of Schools John J. Finello, as well as a key ring flash drive as a congratulatory gift from the SCSSA.
He was accompanied to the luncheon by his parents, teacher Paul McHugh (chosen by Pandolfo as the most influential during his high school years), East Islip Principal William Brennen, Superintendent Finello and Board of Education President Glenn Reed. “We were grateful for the chance to honor East Islip's valedictorian Nick Pandalfo,” said Reed. “The luncheon was an honor for us to attend and be a part of.”
Pandolfo will begin business studies this fall at the prestigious University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville. The only university in the United States to be designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, UVA was established in 1819 and designed by U.S. President Thomas Jefferson.