Sewanhaka High School is proud to announce Merlyn John as valedictorian and
Sidney Saint-Hilaire as salutatorian, for the Class of 2016. Merlyn is graduating with a 99.7 GPA and is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Honors. Her career goal is in pharmacy and for the past two summers she has volunteered more than 215 hours in North Shore Franklin Hospital’s pharmacy department. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the National Science Honor Society and last year received the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medal, awarded to a junior for excellence in science and math throughout their high school career.
At Sewanhaka, Merlyn has been a member of the volleyball team for four years and has participated in Women in Science, SPICE and plays violin in the school’s orchestra. She also placed third in the Nassau County Irish Cultural Society’s Essay Competition last year. Merlyn has been accepted to every pharmacy school she has applied to, and is now deciding
which one to attend.
Salutatorian Sidney Saint-Hilaire is graduating with a 99.4 GPA. He is a National
Merit Commended Scholar and an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. As a member of the Science Research Program, Sidney spent seven weeks last summer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute conducting science research in the department of chemical engineering on “The Remediation of Prudhoe Bay Crude Oil Using Sopharolipids.”
Sidney is currently participating in the Columbia University Science Honors
Program on Saturdays. At the Long Island Science Congress last year, he received an Honors Award in the Senior Division and placed third in the Most Distinguished Project Award in the category of Earth, Space and Energy. Sidney also received the Aileen & Irwin Wissner Environmental Conservation Award and a first place award in the Nassau County Library Association “Freedom to Read” Essay Contest as a junior. He is the secretary of Science Olympiad, an editor for the school newspaper, secretary of Model UN, the Student Council historian, and a member of the school’s orchestra. Sidney served as a district representative at the New York State Caucus of Black School Board Members Convention in the fall, and is a building representative for the district’s Equity Task Force and the Safety Committee. He has already been accepted to Yale, but he is awaiting other college decisions. He is planning a career in medicine.
Photo Caption: Sewanhaka valedictorian Merlyn John (third, left) and salutatorian Sidney
Saint-Hilaire (third, right) are pictured with (from left): Assistant Principal Paul Naraine,
Principal Debra Lidowsky, Assistant Principal Nichole Allen and guidance chairperson