It is no surprise to her teachers, guidance counselors, or anyone else who knows her, that Catherine Hoar is the Salutatorian of the Class of 2009. It is impressive enough that Catherine graduated with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, and, in her junior year earned a 98 or higher in each of her seven challenging IB classes, but she also scored a perfect 100 on five New York State Regents Exams. Catherine’s teachers say she is one of the strongest students they’ve ever encountered in their teaching careers.

Catherine’s reputation in the high school is that of being extremely kind, genuine, and respectful. Her inquisitive nature in and out of the classroom allows her to make new discoveries and find interesting stories to tell, which made her perfect as the Editor of the award-winning school newspaper, The Spectrum.

Being a natural leader made her not only a great Editor, but also a terrific co-Captain for the Locust Valley Field Hockey team. Catherine is team-oriented and believes each person has a unique character and the potential to grow, which directly impacts the collective results of the group.

This team approach helped her off the field as well where she has led her friends and classmates in community service work. Since ninth grade Catherine has been an active member of the Interact Club, through which she has volunteered for Ronald McDonald House and The Boys and Girls Club; she also fundraises for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and Breast Cancer Walks.

Catherine will attend Tufts University in the fall.