Lauren DeMaria, Locust Valley High School’s Class of 2009 Valedictorian, serves as an example of excellence and dedication, striving for perfection in all that she does. In spite of a two plus hour commute to and from the city, and a grueling three-plus-hour dance workout, she still mustered up the energy to complete her schoolwork with impeccable attention to detail. She is the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award in Chemistry, Mathematics, AP World History, English and Italian. Moreover, she has been inducted into the National Honor Society and Foreign Language Honor Society. She graduated with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation and Honors, a Diploma with Distinction, and an IB Diploma.

She has studied dance year-round in some of the premier dance programs in New York City including the Joffrey Ballet School and the School at Steps Ballet Program. Lauren has performed in many venues and has had opportunities that many dancers wait most of their professional careers to experience, such as principal dancer roles, pas de deuxs with other professionals, and solos.  She has participated in various summer intensive programs, among them the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Connecticut, and was invited to train at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia.

Lauren’s demanding dance schedule did not leave her with much time for school activities, yet she would somehow always find it. She took part in Mathletes, the AMC Mathematics Competition and Relay for Life, a school wide fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. She even performed a lyrical solo at the Relay for Life Survivor Dinner and Talent Show.  Lauren is also a member of SKIP (Sick Kids Need Involved People), and has volunteered her time to mentor an autistic child.

Lauren will continue her studies at Columbia University.