By: Samantha Charron
The Harbour Voice would like to congratulate Kevin Biggiani on being named valedictorian of the Class of 2022. To reflect on his high school experience, Kevin sat down to talk with The Harbour Voice.
How does it feel to be named this year’s Valedictorian?
Being named Valedictorian of the Class of 2022 is at the top of the proudest moments in my life. It is a euphoric feeling to know all the hours of studying really paid off. Oyster Bay High School is such a great academic school. I know I am so well prepared for college. For that I have to thank all the fantastic teachers I had in Roosevelt,
Vernon and the high school.
Over the years, was there something or someone that motivated you to do your best?
My brother, Michael, who graduated as the Salutatorian of the Oyster Bay High School Class of 2019 was a wonderful motivator. He is eager to learn and driven to succeed. I watched him over the years and saw how great a student he was. I also have to give thanks to my hardworking parents for always giving me their support. They always reminded me to enjoy the whole high school experience and have fun. I took their advice.
What is your favorite high school memory?
There are so many to choose from. If I had to pick one, it would be this year’s homecoming football game because we missed last year’s homecoming because of the pandemic. So many people participated in the homecoming parade, and the event really brought the community together. Best of all, the Baymen won the football game.
What has been a challenge you faced in high school? How did you overcome it?
That is a great question. I hate harping on the pandemic, but it definitely was a challenge. It was difficult to focus when classes were remote, but somehow I managed. I missed not seeing my classmates. I overcame this difficult situation by staying focused and reminding myself of the various goals I set for myself as a high school student.
If you could give students any piece of advice, what would it be?
While doing well in your classes is very important to get into college, it is important that you strike a balance between your school work and getting involved in social activities. Playing on a school team, joining school clubs and making contributions are essential to enjoying the high school experience. You also meet and make friends with students from all the different grades.
Do you have anything to say to the Class of 2022?
To all my classmates, you have so much to bring to the table and I know all of you will succeed in whatever you choose to do in the future. I can’t wait to attend our first high school reunion and hear about all the success stories and everything you all have been doing after high school.
Anything you would like to add?
I want to thank the administration, guidance and all my teachers because without you my success as a student would not have been possible. I want to give a big shout out to Dr. Ostroff for introducing me to the Stony Brook Young Investigators Writing Competition and everything she does making the science department exceptional, Mr. Acquaro for supporting my Regeneron research submission and writing a college recommendation letter for me, and Mrs. Limmer for supporting my Long Island Language Teachers poster submission and writing a college recommendation letter for me. I also want to thank Dr. O’Hara who, like a candle, consumes himself to light the way for others.
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