Locust Valley High School is proud to announce that Elizabeth Gresalfi has been named the valedictorian and Nicole Berritto has been named the salutatorian of the Class of 2022.
For Elizabeth, becoming the valedictorian is the culmination of years of enjoying school work. She focuses on making everything she does fun, even her homework.
“If I play music while doing homework, it makes it more enjoyable,” she said.
Elizabeth explained that if you’re having fun, it’s easier to work hard. She must have been having a lot of fun over the years, because Elizabeth is quite accomplished. She is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate and an Advanced Placement Scholar with Honors, and will earn the Seal of Biliteracy as well as an Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors and Mastery in Science and Math.
In addition to her official coursework, Elizabeth taught herself to code. “It seemed interesting and is an area with room for growth,” she said. Of course, she had fun learning this new skill and therefore succeeded. Her interest in this topic may lead her to major in computer science, math or physics.
Elizabeth is captain of the varsity field hockey team and earned All-State Honors as a junior and was recognized for having the most goals scored in Nassau County as a sophomore. She is also a member of the varsity lacrosse and basketball teams and was on the Nassau County championship team as a sophomore.
Elizabeth is a leader as treasurer of the Interact Club and a tutor for middle school students in a variety of subjects, including Spanish. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Neuroscience Club and Spanish Honor Society.
Attaining the second-highest grade point average for the Class of 2022 likely happened because of Nicole’s curiosity. She likes to know the answer to everything, and that inquisitive nature has led her on a path to learn as much as possible. As a matter of fact, learning is so enjoyable for her that Nicole’s favorite class is IB European History, for the sheer fact that she knew nothing about the subject prior to taking the class.
“School is not a chore,” she said. “I like to know how things work.”
Nicole is an IB Diploma candidate and AP Scholar with Distinction. She serves as Class President and the Vice President of both Italian Honor Society and National Honor Society. She is a member of the varsity lacrosse team and a scholar-athlete in varsity soccer. Nicole is also a member of the Art Honor Society, Italian Club, Model United Nations and Student Government. She participates in the Science Research Program and will earn the Seal of Biliteracy as well as an Advanced Regents Diploma with Mastery in Science and Math.
Nicole loves to travel and has taken the concept of a semester abroad one step further by applying to study full time in the United Kingdom. She hopes to study science and her internship experience at The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research will certainly serve her well.
Elizabeth and Nicole are connected not only by sharing the top spots in the Class of 2022, but have played on the same travel lacrosse team since they were little. They both find sports to be relaxing rather than competitive and enjoy being on the athletic fields with their friends. They both love learning and have attained academic success because of that.
Congratulations and best of luck to Elizabeth and Nicole!