Central honors valedictorians, salutatorians

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Valedictorian: Katherine Kustas

As historian of Calhoun High School’s student council, Katherine Kustas has photographed school events and is creating a montage for the senior class at the end of the year. Throughout her high school years, she has assisted in raising money and planning prom as part of student council. She has also been a member of the science club and has participated in soccer, winter track and badminton since freshman year. And she has been involved with the Key and yearbook clubs, as well as served as a peer tutor. Every year, along with the entire soccer team, she has visited businesses in Merrick, asking for gift cards to raffle off at the annual St. Baldrick’s fundraising event, for which she also volunteers.  

Outside of school, Kustas volunteers at the Merrick Library over the summer, reading books with children and assisting them with book reports. She has also volunteered at the Merrick Fair for the past two years and participated in the Jones Beach Breast Cancer Walk. 

Kustas has played soccer her entire life, serving as goalkeeper on an outside soccer team in her spare time. She plans to study finance or economics in college and hopes to become a financial analyst. 

Salutatorian: Alexander Boyd

Alexander Boyd has earned the spot of Calhoun’s salutatorian by taking such classes as Advanced Placement U.S. history, English language and composition and English literature, as well as international relations and creative writing. Every year, he has conducted extensive research and written position papers for the National High School Model United Nations Conference in New York City on issues such as farming in the Middle East, intellectual property rights, the Arab Spring, and the situations in Somalia and Cote D’Ivoire.

Besides academics, Boyd serves as captain of the cross-country, winter track and spring track teams; the secretary general of the Model United Nations; and president of the band. He has volunteered at Robbie’s Run for the past three years and is involved with We Care Blankets over the summers. Outside of school, he loves to read and is an avid sports fan. He plans to double major in political science and English, and hopes to pursue a career involving writing.

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