Riverhead Top 20 Students Named

April 6, 2021

Riverhead High School has announced the top 20 students of its Class of 2021. Each of these individuals earned premier placement in their class through an impressive commitment to academics.

Leading the group are valedictorian Aria Manucha with a weighted GPA of 108.86 and salutatorian Kyle Martelli with a weighted GPA of 108.78.

Manucha has achieved a number of academic accomplishments throughout her school career. She is a National AP Scholar with Distinction and has earned multiple top honors in her courses. She also belongs to her school’s National Honor Society, math club and Gay-Straight Alliance and plays violin in the chamber orchestra. An avid reader, she participated in the Riverhead Free Library’s Battle of the Books competition.

As for her college plans, Manucha intends to double major in math and philosophy with a double minor in linguistics and music performance.

A well-rounded and exemplary student like Manucha, Martelli has also demonstrated academic prowess. He is a member of his school’s National Honor Society and National Foreign Language Honor Society, vice president of the student government, and vice president and treasurer of the Spanish Club. Outside of school, he volunteers at Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton. He has also spent his summers volunteering at Wockhardt Hospital in India, where he completed a monthlong observation program. Additionally, he completed a cancer research course at Harvard Summer School and raised $2,000 through an online crowdfunding platform to provide COVID-19 relief to frontline workers in India.

Martelli plans to study finance and economics in college.

The top-ranking students following Manucha and Martelli are Brianna Marichal, Diego Sandoval-Chavez, Kaillyn Ochoa, Matthew Yakaboski, Madison Stromski, Makayla D’Albano, Isabella Williams, Oleksandra Gachynska, Laine Girolamo, Nydelin Avalos Abzun, Olivia Niewiadomski, Casmir Lesiewicz, Taylor Bodanza, Viktoria Skobodzinski, Linda Pomiranceva, Justin Meilunas, Angeles Guazhambo Penafiel and Pedro Arruda.

The Riverhead Central School District congratulates these students for earning this prestigious placement and wishes them great success as they finish out the year and begin their postsecondary plans.