Tappan Zee High School has announced Jake Laddis as Valedictorian and Nicole Malpeli as Salutatorian of the Class of 2018. Jake earned his place at the top of his graduating class by excelling in the most rigorous coursework available at TZHS. He is an innovative problem-solver with wide-ranging interests, but is particularly drawn to politics and government. Over the course of his TZHS career, Jake has been involved with Model UN, TZ Varsity soccer, the robotics team and, as DECA member, has qualified to compete in the International Career Development Center Conference and Competition in Atlanta next month. He is in the process of finalizing his post-graduation plans. “The multitude of opportunities students are constantly being presented with open doors,” reflects Jake. “No matter what door you choose, there’s always support to back you up.”
Nicole, a three-season Varsity athlete, has thrived both academically and athletically. She has an outstanding work ethic and has demonstrated strong leadership in the area of community service throughout her four years at TZHS. Math and science are Nicole’s favorite subjects and she plans to major in biology at Duke University this fall. “I feel like there’s a really good sense of community at Tappan Zee and everyone is there for each other,” says Nicole.
Submitted by BJ Greco