SENIORS START FIRMING UP THEIR COLLEGE AND CAREER PLANS

See Links to the TOP FIFTEEN in the Class of 2012 (GRADUATION 2012: 330 Graduating Seniors)

(May 7, 2012) The college or career plans of some of the graduating class of 2012 are not yet complete, but many of the seniors have made this important decision. The Riverhead High School Guidance office has been busy working closely with students and families with regard to each student’s college selection and application plans all year. 

Each year Riverhead High School students apply to more schools and this year is no exception with an all time school record of 2000 applications processed.  This year, in particular, was an incredibly successful one with Riverhead students gaining admission to the most prestigious schools in the nation. 

For the first time ever, Riverhead High School students were accepted to 7 of the 8 Ivy League Colleges: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth and the University of Pennsylvania. Our students were also accepted to every college in the SUNY system as well as many highly competitive private schools throughout the country including Boston College, Middlebury, Syracuse, MIT, Amherst, Brigham Young University, NYU, George Washington and Wesleyan. This success is the result of a four-year cooperative effort between guidance counselors, students, and parents. 

Charles Gassar, the Director of Guidance, concludes proudly, “It truly is a banner year which will be hard to repeat.  The guidance counselors had the good fortune of working with an incredibly talented group of seniors, who were able to distinguish themselves from other qualified applicants at these coveted institutions.  We are proud of all of them as well as our school.”

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The Top 15 in the class and the colleges they will attend:

Daugile Savaneviciute (Valedictorian) -- Harvard University / Physics 
HARVARD
Sandra Ruttkayova (Salutatorian) -- Engineering
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( 3) Meyling Zuniga--SUNY Stony Brook University / Biochemistry

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( 4) Mariah Messina--Loyola University / Biology

Loyola

( 5) John Rios (Tie)--Princeton University/ Classics

Princeton

( 5) Timothy Clement (Tie)--SUNY Binghamton / Biology

Binghamton

( 6) Hannah Keiffert--SUNY Stony Brook / Graphic Design

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( 7) Ashley Ropell--SUNY Stony Brook / Engineering

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( 8) Annina Giannuzzi--Brigham Young University / Biology

BYU

( 9) Taylor Block--St. Joseph’s College / Speech Pathology

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(10) Joshua Blom--Brigham Young University / Physics

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(11) Alexandra Norbury--Suffolk CC Honors Program / Business

SCCC

(12) Brittney Baron--SUNY Geneseo / Elementary Ed., Special Education

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(13) William Green--University of Rochester / Engineering

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(14) Yevgeniya Komzyuk--Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences / Pharmacy

Albany

A few of the RHS guidance counselors and the students they have worked with over the years agreed to share their stories.

Ms. Volcy writes about Kerrysha Pittman:
VSU
PuddinKerrysha is a self-starter with incredible leadership qualities.  From the time she entered RHS in ninth grade, she knew she wanted to attend college, but did not know where.  It can be a daunting process for students and parents. Kerrysha decided to attend the Historical Black Colleges Tour this past October.  For one week, she traveled south and visited over 15 colleges.  She was able to experience college life first hand--living on the different campuses, eating in the cafeterias, and even sitting in on classes. She met many new people and earned acceptance to several schools while on the tour.  

In the fall, Kerrysha will be attending Virginia State University, one of the schools she visited while on the tour. She says VSU had everything she was looking for in a college.  This young lady is sure to achieve big things in college and beyond. >More

Ms. Salerno writes about Alycia Kratoville: 
Naval
KratovilleWhen Alycia first came to RHS in September 2008 she stated that she wanted to become an astronaut and attend the United States Naval Academy, where her brother attended a few years earlier.  Over the next 3 ½ years,  Alycia and I had many discussions about how she could challenge herself and stay active in school.  She enrolled in the most challenging courses available at RHS, and worked outside of school at Brookhaven National Lab, Stony Brook University while participating in soccer, track and lacrosse.  Alycia was offered four separate scholarships to play lacrosse at colleges, but still her desire to attend USNA continued.  Just this April, Alycia’s dream came true.  She was offered acceptance to NAPS (Naval Academy Prep School) and will be entering the USNA in the fall of 2013.  We cannot wait to hear of all the amazing future accomplishments of this young lady.
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Mr. Martin writes about Amanda Gallo:
RPI
AmandaWhen Amanda Gallo arrived at Riverhead High School as a ninth grader, she came down to my office in Guidance to introduce herself.  Amanda was a quiet observer in the Guidance Office and, at times, she would come down with a friend to just listen to what some of the older students were asking. Amanda was always strong in math and science, but she wanted to experience and participate in as many classes as possible during her four year high school career.  In addition to orchestra, ROTC, and a research class, Amanda took nine college level classes throughout her tenure at Riverhead. After her four year academic plan was designed and implemented, Amanda gained an understanding of all the college entrance examinations including the SAT Reasoning exam, the ACT, and SAT Subject exams.  Outside of the classroom, she played soccer and became an active member of the Science Club, joined and performed in several Blue Masques’ productions, and became editor of the school newspaper. 

Amanda applied to six colleges for engineering and got into all of them.  She will be attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and, in addition, she applied for and earned a four year NAVY ROTC Scholarship and will serve in the Navy as an officer after she completes her degree at RPI. 

Amanda notes, “Guidance is a great place to bounce around ideas and strategies early on, and then execute those ideas when the time comes.”  >More

MORE STORIES . . .

Melodee Riley

Uconn

MelodeeMelodee Riley received a full athletic scholarship and will join the University of Connecticut's track team in the Fall of 2012.

Although Melodee is undecided about her college major at this point in time, she already has her sights set on the possibility of jumping at the 2016 Olympics.
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Jalyn Brown

LIU

JalynJalyn Brown, a four-year All-League, three-year All Count, All Long Island and Top 50 in NYS basketball player, received a full athletic scholarship to play basketball at C.W. Post next year on a full athletic scholarship. Jalyn, who is a point guard on the RHS Varsity Girls Basketball team, was brought on to the varsity team when she was an eighth grader. Although, she is only about 5'4" tall, Jalyn doesn't see her height as a disadvantage. 

"I like a fast-paced game. That's how we play in Riverhead and that's the kind of game they play at C. W. Post. The coaching staff is great there and I loved the girls I met. I can really see myself there."

THE CLASS OF 2012 AND THEIR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE

Andrew Achilich Suffolk Community College
Eric Adelmann Employment
Mary Adinolfi Undecided
Christian  Aguirre Suffolk Community College
Kelly  Alfano University of Tampa
Oscar Alvarenga Employment
Karla Alvizures New York University
Sameer  Anand Suffolk Community College
Stephano Andreotti Westminster Choir College
Kevin Antunes Employment
Alex Arce Suffolk Community College
Jacquelyn Arthur Suffolk Community College
Eric Arvelo Suffolk Community College
Dominique Austin Undecided
Ashley Awalt Undecided
Guillermo Ayala Suffolk Community College
Karla Ayala Sequen Undecided
Brittney Baron St. Joseph's College
Charles Bartlett Perry ASA
Francis Basile IV Marines
Samantha Belbey Suffolk Community College
Walter Bell Lincoln Technical Institute
Abigail Beodeker SUNY New Paltz
Jairon Berganza Employment
Alexander Bernhardt Suffolk Community College
Daiquan Bland Undecided
Jennifer Bliss Suffolk Community College
Taylor Block St. Joseph's College
Joshua Blom Brigham Young University
Brandon  Boardman Five Towns College
Ermes Bonilla Suffolk Community College
Danielle Bonner Briarcliffe College
Patrick Borawski Employment
Patrick Borden Suffolk Community College
Jacob Boulier Suffolk Community College
Alexis Breest Wagner College
Nicole Brenton University of Charleston
Dustin Brewer Marines
Rashid Bridgewater Undecided
Gregory Briggs Suffolk Community College
Fatima Brown CW Post
Jalyn Brown LIU CW Post
Monique Brown Suffolk Community College
Shannon Brown Suffolk Community College
Tyler Brown Dowling College
Alexandria  Brown Virginia State University
Kyla Brunskill Undecided
Julia Buczynski Rockhurst University
Loren Burgazzoli Undecided
Kavon Campbell Westchester Community College
Luz Caraballo Suffolk Community College
Michele Carras Suffolk Community College
Jennifer Carrasco LaGuardia Community College
Elena Carrasquillo Suffolk Community College
Karen Carrera Suffolk Community College
Pedro Carrillo Suffolk Community College
Connor Carroll SUNY Farmingdale
Tyler Carroll SUNY Farmingdale
Stephon Carter Employment
Kurt Carter Suffolk Community College
Elizabeth Castillo Undecided
Wilbur Catalan Rivera Undecided
Richelle Caviness Suffolk Community College
Ifraz Chaudhry Suffolk Community College
Kevin Chew Suffolk Community College
Chelsea Chizever SUNY Oneonta
Milena  Chrzanowska Suffolk Community College
Erick Cifuentes Garcia Employment
Joseph Cihlar Suffolk Community College
Emalee Clark SUNY Potsdam
Timothy  Clement SUNY Binghamton
Nicole Clinco Assumption College
Amanda Commins Suffolk Community College
Dennis Contois Undecided
Alar  Corwin Elizabethtown University
Jacqueline Crabb Suffolk Community College
Naquan Crawford Employment
Josue Cruz Suffolk Community College
Marta Czaplak Suffolk Community College
Kayla D'Amour Seton Hall University
Dylan Dayton Suffolk Community College
Blacke Delia Employment
Brandon  Delia Suffolk Community College
Marissa Dellorusso Slippery Rock University
Jennifer Diegues Suffolk Community College
Amber Dillon BOCES LPN Program
Meagan Dillon BOCES LPN Program
Dayna DiMartino Sacred Heart University
Christopher  Dirkschneider Suffolk Community College
Allison Doscinski Suffolk Community College
Wayne Drexel undecided
Luiza Drozdowska Suffolk Community College
Jairon Dubon Salem Suffolk Community College
Paulina Dudojc Quinnipiac University
Manuela Duran Rodriguez Suffolk Community College
Thomas Edler Briarcliffe College
Aiyana Edmund Seton Hall University
Brianne Egan Immaculata University
Justin Ernst Marines
Gabriele Escallier University of Miami
John Escobar University of New Haven
Daniella Espinosa Employment
christian  Estrada Suffolk Community College
Sevan Eure BOCES
Cindy Fajardo Employment
Kristin Falek Suffolk Community College
Danielle Farnam Suffolk Community College
Argenis Fernandez Employment
Sebastian Figueroa Employment
Rachel Flannery University at Buffalo
Savannah Fleming Suffolk Community College
Joy Flowers Employment
Tahje Forbes Undecided
Nia  Fountaine Suffolk Community College
Monica Francis Berkeley College
marc Fremont Suffolk Community College
Cavante Fuentes Employment
Jordan Fulcoly Salisbury University
Melissa Gabrielsen Employment
Amanda Gallo Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Samantha  Gao Borough of Manhattan Community College
Yocelin Garcia Employment
Stephen Garcia Seton Hall University
Cristian Garcia Rivera Suffolk Community College
Ronald Garrido Suffolk Community College
Andrew Geiger SUNY Geneseo
Kristen Gevinski St. Joseph's College
Eric Gevinski SUNY Binghamton
Annina Giannuzzi Brigham Young University
Kendrick Gill Briarcliffe College
Curtis Gilliam Employment
Antonio Giustra Suffolk Community College
Jenna Gobrick Suffolk Community College
tiara Goff Employment
Sergio Gonzalez Employment
Anjel Gonzalez Marines
Jonathan Gorman Employmenrt
Sarahann Grathwohl Suffolk Community College
Rebecca Gray SUNY Delhi
Paige Graziano Suffolk Community College
William Green University of Rochester
Tori Greenidge Suffolk Community College
Patrick Grego Rotary Youth Exchange - Brazil
Siobhan Griffin Employment
Keva Grigg Suffolk Community College
Kevin Guazhambo Velacela Suffolk Community College
Pablo Guazhambo Velacela Suffolk Community College
Tyesha Harrell Virginia State University
Sabrina Harris University at Albany
Raachel Harrison- Smith Hartwick College
Joseph Haskins, Jr. Employment
Lanaya Henderson BOCES
Ronald  Hernandez Suffolk Community College
Christine Hernandez Suffolk Community College
Jessica Herzog Suffolk Community College
Marisa Hewkin College of the Holy Cross
Michael Hinchy SUNY Farmingdale
Walter Hodun Lincoln Technical Institute
Erik Hope Saunders employment
Brianna Hughes Suffolk Community College
connor Hyland Suffolk Community College
Cynthia Igneri Employment
Anthony  Infantolino Employment
Alaina Ingram SUNY Stony Brook
Joseph Inzalaco Dowling College
Kendall Jackson Full Sail University
Elease Jackson Undecided
Alissa Jacobson Suffolk Community College
Sebastian Jakubiak Suffolk Community College
Steven Johnson Suffolk Community College
Hannah Keiffert SUNY Stony Brook
Kenneth  Keller Army
Rebecca Kerr Smith Suffolk Community College
Aaron Kinard Suffolk Community College
Shawn Klopfer Suffolk Community College
Jenna Kockenmeister Suffolk Community College
Ryan Koeberl Dowling College
Yevgeniya Komzyuk Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Graham Kozakiewicz Dowling College
Alycia Kratoville US Naval Academy
Kamila Krupa CW Post
Edward Kruszon Norwich University
Melissas Kujawski Suffolk Community College
Opawel Kurzyna Suffolk Community College
Stephanie Labial Suffolk Community College
Astrid Lanza Bustillo Suffolk Community College
Jake Leibig Suffolk Community College
Kayla Lessard Suffolk Community College
Kyle Levasseur Suffolk Community College
Deserae Lewis Dowling College
Madelyn Liso Suffolk Community College
Leonel Lopez Employment
Gregorio Lopez Suffolk Community College
Ricardo Lopez Employment
Patrick Lopez Employment
Stephen Loquet Suffolk Community College
Johansy Lorenzo Suffolk Community College
Laquana Love Briarcliffe College
Malissa Luck Employment
Jacob Maccagli Dowling college
Dominique Mack Suffolk Community College
Joanna MacMahon Loyola University
Brenden Madonia University of Hartford
Rashawn Magee Employment
Brian Magee Suffolk Community College
Kody Malewicz Suffolk Community College
Cassie Malinauskas Suffolk Community College
Justin Mancini Suffolk Community College
Jessica Markert Wagner College
Thomas Marsh Suffolk Community College
Brittany Martens SUNY Albany
Vanessa Martin Iona College
Michael Martinez Suffolk Community College
Edmeisha Matthews Suffolk Community College
Edtwan Matthews Suffolk Community College
Christopher  Mazzucca Suffolk Community College
James McKay Suffolk Community College
Edgar Mejia Suffolk Community College
Mariah Messina Loyola University
Alyssa Meyer Suffolk Community College
Corrilyn Meyer Suffolk Community College
Cierra  Miles Suffolk Community College
Keturah Miles Suffolk Community College
Andrew Mlodynia Suffolk Community College
Paige Molinari Suffolk Community College
Miles Moloney Arcadia University
Corine Moore University of North Carolina, Wilmington
Reginald Moore, Jr. Alfred State University
Danielle Moran Suffolk Community College
Kimberly  Moreno University of Maine
Matthew Mulvaney University of Maine
Gabrielle Mungin Employment
Jasmine Nash Coffey Hunter Business School
Tarik Nelson Suffolk Community College
Shelby Nine Suffolk Community College
Alexandra Norbury Suffolk Community College
Bethany  Normoyle Suffolk Community College
David Normoyle Suffolk Community College
Alan-Michael  O'Brien Employment
Meghan O'Brien Undecided
Tara O'Donnell Employment
Samantha O'Keefe Employment
Emily Oruc Suffolk Community College
Collin Ott Marines
Aysha Ozyilmaz Suffolk Community College
Daryl  Palmer Ohio University
Emily Parker Suffolk Community College
Gina  Passentino Suffolk Community College
Miles Paszek BOCES
Elissa Patrick Rochester Institute of Technology
Ayeshah Pence Suffolk Community College
Mark Peragine College of Mount Saint Vincent
Kristin Peragine Roger Williams University
Kassandra Perez Suffolk Community College
Sergio Perez Suffolk Community College
Gresly Perez Suffolk Community College
Tyler Person Suffolk Community College
Terrance Pertillar Employment
Bethany Peters Western New England University
Jason Peterson Suffolk Community College
Justin  Peterson Suffolk Community College
Jacob Phillips Air Force
Michael  Phillips Suffolk Community College
Nicholas Pierro Suffolk Community College
Jordan Pierro Suffolk Community College
Jamal Pines Suffolk Community College
Marissa Pisicchio SUNY Oswego
Kerrysha Pittman Virginia State University
Brett Polera Suffolk Community College
Michael Polito Employment
Joseph Prete University of Hartford
Nicholas Prete University of Hartford
Genesis Quintero Suffolk Community College
Miriam Ramirez Suffolk Community College
Richard Ramos Employment
Kimberly Ramos undecided
Nabio Rangel Suffolk Community College
Tanya Rast SUNY Purchase
Porscha Reeder Nassau Community College
Franky Reyes Suffolk Community College
Darien Riley Suffolk Community College
Melodee Riley University of Connecticut
Jesse Rincon Lincoln Technical Institute
John Rios Princeton University
Jonathan Rizzo Suffolk Community College
Ericka Robles undecided
Edwin Robles Del Cid Undecided
Brittany Rocco Suffolk Community College
Juan Rodriguez Suffolk Community College
Erick Rodriguez undecided
Ashley Ropell SUNY Stony Brook
Gilberto Rosas Employment
Darrell Ross Suffolk Community College
Angelina Rowsell Suffolk Community College
Cendi Rubi BOCES LPN Program
Tonilin Ruisi Suffolk Community College
Dylan Rupp Suffolk Community College
Sandra Ruttkayova SUNY Stony Brook
Anthony  Sacchitello Suffolk Community College
Vakhtang Samkharadze Suffolk Community College
Victoria  San Andres Liberty University
Justin San Andres University of North Carolina, Wilmington
Alexandra Sanchez Dowling College
Precious Sanders University of Hartford
Keith Santoro University of Buffalo
Joseph Saudi Undecided
Angel Saunders New England Tech
Daugile Savaneviciute Harvard University
Josceline Schmidt Peidmont International University
Brianna Schulte-Oliver Suffolk Community College
Devin Schunk BOCES LPN Program
Stephon Scott Suffolk Community College
Michael Serafico Suffolk Community College
Gabriella Serpico Endicott College
Lillian Serrano Employment
Joseph Seymore Employment
Jalen Shelby Suffolk Community College
Tyrell Sims Suffolk Community College
Gavin Smiech Employment
Savannah Smith Buffalo State College
Paulina Sobczak University of the Sciences
Yaquelin Solorzano Carrera Employment
Bianca  Spano Suffolk Community College
Mikele Stanfield Alfred State University
Deanna Stephens Suffolk Community College
Anthony  Stimpfel St. Lawrence University
Terrance Sumpter Suffolk Community College
Jospeh  Tanzi undecided
Regiane Taylor Navy
Tyler Terry Suffolk Community College
Jay  Thies Employment
Christopher  Thompsen Employment
Peter Thompsen Suffolk Community College
Gregory Torres Marines
Aimee Trafford Newbury College
Nicole Treadwell Suffolk Community College
Jamece Trent Dowling College
Anthony  Trent Employment
Tashara Trent Suffolk Community College
Michael Truszowski Suffolk Community College
Maxwell Tuthill Suffolk Community College
John Vail SUNY Fredonia
Dennis Valencia Barzola Suffolk Community College
Edwin Vallesteros SUNY Stony Brook
Berlin Vargas Employment
Craig Vasey Suffolk Community College
Lissette Velasquez Suffolk Community College
Stephanie Visek LIU CW Post
Alicia Waldron Suffolk Community College
Shanice Walker Dowling College
Keiona Ward Virginia State University
Dylan Watts Suffolk Community College
Brian Weinhardt George Waashington University
Samantha Welch Suffolk Community College
George Wells Suffolk Community College
Kassandra Welz Briarcliffe College
Edward Weston III Suffolk Community College
John  Wevers Suffolk Community College
Jerrod White Suffolk Community College
Ashley Wilk Suffolk Community College
Darshae Wilkins Dowling College
Shakeyah Williams Employment
Takeyah Williams Employment
Takyra Williams Suffolk Community College
Kevin Williams SUNY Delhi
Clive Williams Cetina Suffolk Community College
Kiana Wiwczar Fordham University
Brittany Wright Five Towns College
Pawel Wyszynski Suffolk Community College
Shawn Yarborough Suffolk Community College
Amy  Yarborough Suffolk Community College
Emin Yilmaz Air Force
Hugo Zamora Allende Undecided
Irisa Zorovich Briarcliffe College
Meyling Zuniga SUNY Stony Brook