Locust Valley High School is proud to announce that Emily Barosin has been named the Class of 2021 valedictorian and Zophie Lemaitre has been named salutatorian.
Emily, an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate, has earned a weighted average of 109.66 and has been named a National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalist. Her varied interests and skills include math and science as well as reading and politics. When Emily thinks about her future, she envisions earning an engineering degree that would allow her to focus on policy from a scientific perspective. She is president of the Model United Nations Club and a member of Cheerleading, Ethics Bowl, History Bowl, Quiz Bowl, Science Bowl and Stage Crew. She is also on the track and field team and loves to act and sing, using that passion as a member of the high school’s concert chorale and as a performer in school dramas and musicals with the Jesters.
Emily volunteers with her grandfather at a soup kitchen and works part time as a math and Hebrew tutor for regular education and special-needs students. She has participated in pre-college summer courses focused on game theory and foreign policy. She also spearheaded a school initiative in which the members of the high school Model United Nations Club mentored the Middle School Model United Nations students.
Emily is a triplet and her pride in her siblings and her family plays a role in her identity and her success.
Zophie is also an International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate and has earned the title of salutatorian by achieving a weighted grade point average of 109.09. She has been named a National Merit Scholarship Program commended student and earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT, an achievement earned by fewer than half of 1% of the 1.67 million students that take the exam. A true leader in the school community, Zophie is co-president of the Ethics Bowl, founder and president of the BIOlympiads and was elected Student Body president. She is a member of the Global Students Society, the IB Leadership Club and Odyssey of the Mind, and as a member of the National Honor Society she serves as the society’s tutoring coordinator. She is also a member of the National French Honor Society, plays flute in the high school band and is a member of the varsity tennis and track teams. She gives back to the community in a variety of ways, including as a coach for youth sports.
Zophie has an interest in science, aspiring to be a pediatric oncologist. She has performed research on the effects of Alzheimer’s drugs on C. elegans as models for misdiagnosed patients. She participated in precollege programs at Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University to study medical issues.
While their individual efforts and achievements have earned them these top spots in their class, the girls have a shared commitment to community service. Together, they serve as co-presidents of their synagogue youth group, and both teach Hebrew language and values to younger students in that synagogue’s Hebrew school.
Congratulations to Emily and Zophie on this elite accomplishment!