Central honors valedictorians, salutatorians

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Valedictorian: Brian Keohane

Brian Keohane is a National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalist and was named a candidate in the prestigious U.S. Presidential Scholars program. Recently, he was named a News 12/Capital One Scholar Athlete of the Week – an honor given to only 30 Long Island students a year that recognizes seniors who excel in athletics, leadership and scholarship. Keohane is the first Mepham student to receive this honor and the second district-wide.

Keohane is a three-season athlete in cross-country, basketball and spring track, serving as captain on all three teams this year. Outside of athletics, he is a member of the math team, science club and Athletes Helping Athletes, and he has taken a challenging roster of classes, including Advanced Placement U.S. History, English, macroeconomics, calculus BC, physics C, Italian and psychology.

Keohane is interested in studying engineering next year in college. His future career plans include going to graduate school and obtaining his doctorate. 

Salutatorian: Matthew Waldmann

Committed to his studies in mathematics and science, Matthew Waldmann is an active member of the Mepham community. Academically, he has challenged himself with a rigorous course load, including such classes as Advanced Placement statistics, chemistry, physics and calculus BC. A member of the school’s Physics Olympics team, math team and Athletes Helping Athletes program, he has also been dedicated to several other Mepham activities. He has played for the varsity Bulldogs ice hockey team for the past four years, serving as captain for the past two, and played three years of varsity soccer, being named captain as a senior.

Waldmann gives back to the community through his involvement in the Wounded Warrior Project and Make-A-Wish Foundation. He plans to study aerospace engineering and hopes to become an engineer.

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