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Meet Patchogue-Medford High School’s brightest and best, the Class of 2023’s top 10 students.

No. 1
Ohm P. Patel: Valedictorian

Hometown: Patchogue

GPA: 105.0966 (weighted)

College: Brown University

Projected Major of Study:

Biochemistry

Extracurriculars: Key Club, lieutenant governor; General Organization, Board of Education student representative; National Materials Society; Pat-Med boys varsity volleyball, captain; Pat-med varsity boys track and field; Materials Research Society National presenter (published abstract); and National Merit semifinalist.

No. 2
Luca Capuano: Salutatorian

Hometown: Medford

GPA: 104.0252 (weighted)

College: Stony Brook University

Extracurriculars: AP Scholar with Distinction; National Honor Society, treasurer, Tri-M Music Honor Society, treasurer; all-school musical pit orchestra, clarinetist; CyberStart America and National Cyber Scholarship Foundation, Scholar Award, Rochester Institute of Technology, Computing Medal, and Key Club, treasurer.

No. 3
Harry Lian: Essayist

Hometown: Medford

GPA: 103.7667 (weighted)

College: Undecided

Projected Major of Study:

Biology (concentrating in Microbiology)

Extracurriculars: District Equity Committee, student representative; The GiGi’s Playhouse, online math tutor; Human Voice Club, secretary and liaison; Science Olympiad, president; Red Cross Club, president; College of Westchester Virtual JumpStart Program; and May Gardens, front desk/online store manager.

No. 4
Mahirah Morshed

Hometown: Medford

GPA: 103.7168 (weighted)

College: University of Rochester

Projected Major of Study: Biology

Extracurriculars: Wind Ensemble section leader, Red Cross Club, vice president; National Honor Society, secretary; Hall of Fame Club, secretary; Anchor Club, director; National NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing; and National English Honor Society, president.

No. 5
Ashley Lynn Schreck

Hometown: Medford, NY

GPA: 103.3883 (weighted)

College: Binghamton University

Projected Major of Study:

Neuroscience

Extracurriculars: National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Key Club, executive assistant, Red & Black School Newspaper, synchronized figure skating team for eight-plus years, Won the Strength and Endurance award, and Letters for Rose.

No. 6
Sarah Rose Wetzel

Hometown: Patchogue

GPA: 103.2118 (weighted)

College: Binghamton University

Projected Major of Study:

Biomedical Engineering

Extracurriculars: Girl Scout Ambassador (grades K- 12), PACK Club (former secretary and current president), Red Cross Club member, member of the chamber orchestra and pit for the school musical, wrestling manager, Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers (PMCT), Student Citizens Award, and National Honor Society member.

No. 7
Olina Zheng

Hometown: Patchogue

GPA: 102.7412 (weighted)

College:  Cornell University

Projected Major of Study:

Computer Science

Extracurriculars: Red Cross Club, treasurer; Venture Crew, president; Science Olympiad, president; National Honor Society, ALA Girls’ State participant, and varsity badminton team.

No. 8
Temilade Joyce Olateru-Olagbegi

Hometown: Medford

GPA: 102.6486 (weighted)

College: Boston University

Projected Major of Study: Biology

Extracurriculars: Class of 2023 vice president, National Honor Society executive member, Raider Express School Store president, Spanish Honor Society, English Honor Society, varsity tennis, and varsity badminton.

No. 9
Jake Vincent Havel

Hometown: Patchogue

GPA: 102.5096 (weighted)

College: Farmingdale State College

Projected Major of Study:

Computer Science

Extracurriculars: Ecology Club, Spanish Honor Society, Summer employment throughout high school, and participated in building of Homecoming float.

No. 10
Sarah Camille Terletsky

Hometown: Patchogue

GPA: 102.2667 (weighted)

College: Long Island University, Post

Projected Major of Study: Biology

Extracurriculars: National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) at Stony Brook University, Class of 2023 Club, lead designer & artist, and Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers, Student Citizen Award.