An impressive Class of 2015 bid farewell to high school during a commencement ceremony filled with praise for their exceptional accomplishments. For a small high school, these 180 graduates earned a record amount of scholarships — $12.7 million in total from colleges and community organizations. The class includes All-American athletes, a National Merit Scholarship finalist, winners of international, national and state competitions, and the highest achievements in music, science and the arts.

Members of the Class of 2015 have been invited to perform at the Grand Ole Opry and Carnegie Hall, have presented research at international conferences, and have gained acceptance to some of the most prestigious and selective universities in the country. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund expressed her pride in the graduates and said that they contributed to Locust Valley High School being ranked No. 1 on Long Island and being named the No. 1 open enrollment school in the state by the Washington Post. 

Speakers at the ceremony included Board of Education President Suzanne Sgueglia, LVHS Principal Dr. Kieran McGuire, valedictorian Mary Kate Guma, salutatorian Tazim Merchant and Class President Samuel Ward. Serving as special guest and keynote speaker was Rev. Jeffrey von Arx, S.J., Ph.D., the president of Fairfield University and a member of the Locust Valley Class of 1965. Rev. Von Arx encouraged the graduates to reflect on who they had become during high school and what direction they wanted to head in as the future unfolds. He told them to take chances. “Is there something you would like to do that you haven’t been able to do so far?” he asked. “Now is the time to plan for it. What are your talents, what are the world’s needs, what are the deepest desires of your heart?”

In addition to all of the speakers’ reflections and words of wisdom, Dr. McGuire presented outgoing Board of Education President Suzanne Sgueglia with flowers and thanked her for her nine years of service to the district.

Members of the Locust Valley High School Class of 2015 certainly have many opportunities to look forward to, and this won’t be the last we hear of them. Congratulations and good luck!