Rizzo Brothers Earn Top Two Spots in Class of 2017

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High School seniors Matthew Rizzo and Nicholas Rizzo have stood side-by-side on athletic teams, in after-school clubs and in advanced academic classes. They will now stand together at their high school graduation as the Class of 2017 Valedictorian and Salutatorian.

The twin brothers have pushed each other in all areas and it has paid off. Nicholas is the Valedictorian with 107.90 grade point average and Matthew is the Salutatorian with a 107.77 GPA. They are both IB Diploma Candidates and AP Scholars with Distinction and have excelled in the most rigorous courses that Locust Valley offers including IB Chemistry, IB Physics and IB Italian. They both began taking Advanced Placement and IB courses in ninth grade. 

The brothers also joined each other in the National Honor Society, National Foreign Language Honor Society, and as scholar athletes on the cross-country and bowling teams. Along with mutual friends, they co-founded the Computer Engineering Club during their sophomore year and have been active in Interact, Quiz Bowl and Robotics. 

They are both bilingual, speaking fluent Italian and each earning outstanding scores on the Italian Checkpoint A exam. Matthew earned a perfect score of 100 and Nicholas earned an impressive 98. Nicholas earned perfect scores on the Geometry and Chemistry Regents.

Matthew was named a National Merit Commended Scholar for his achievement on the PSAT. He is among a very small percentage of students nationwide to score at exceptional levels on the exam. 

Congratulations to Nicholas and Matthew on their outstanding achievements!