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High School North Valedictorian and Salutatorian

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Sachem High School North proudly announces the top of the Class of 2024. Congratulations to valedictorian Avi Talsania and salutatorian Ryan DeSimone.

Valedictorian Avi Talsania has demonstrated a passion for academics, specifically in science research. During his high school years, Avi participated in the Columbia Science Honors Program and the science research program at High School North. This past year, Avi completed research as part of the Garcia Summer Research Internship Program at Stony Brook, as well as at Yale University’s Haskin Laboratories. He has taken numerous Advanced Placement courses and was named a National Merit Commended Scholar for his achievement on the PSAT exam. Avi is involved in several extracurriculars at High School North. He is the founder and president of the HOSA chapter for future healthcare professionals and placed in the statewide HOSA competition. Additionally, Avi serves as a co-president of the DECA club and qualified to attend the international DECA competition as a junior. His involvement extends into the fine arts where he is an accomplished flautist. This year, Avi was named an alternate for the All-State festival.

Avi is involved in the greater Sachem community. He has hundreds of hours of shadowing experience at several medical offices including Desire Dental Care, Eye Vision Associates, NY Cancer and Blood Institute and Mid-Suffolk Neurology and Sleep Medicine. He also serves as an outreach administrator and volunteer coach at the Northsouth Foundation.

Salutatorian Ryan DeSimone is a well-rounded student and is actively engaged in the school community. His academic excellence and high achievement in several Advanced Placement courses earned him acceptance into various honor societies as well as the National Society of High School Scholars. Ryan is a recipient of an AP Capstone Diploma and was named an AP Scholar with Distinction. In addition to academic-based extracurriculars, Ryan is a member of the Sachem robotics team, interact club and DECA club, where he was named a regional winner for business services marketing. Additionally, Ryan is an advanced piano and clarinet player and has performed in multiple statewide NYSSMA festivals, while also being a member of the jazz band at High School North.

Outside of the classroom, Ryan dedicates time to benefit the community. He is a Sibshops facilitator, providing guidance in a recreational setting for young siblings of children with special needs. Additionally, he worked as a camp counselor at Hidden Pond Day Camp, supervising children while fostering friendships and providing a safe environment. His service has impacted the greater community – in 2023, Ryan expanded upon his AP Research paper to contribute to a local rally for the New York State budget.

Sachem High School North congratulates both Avi and Ryan for their remarkable achievements while in Sachem and wishes them the best in their future endeavors.


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Date Added: 3/20/2024