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Floral Park Names Class of 2017’s Top Two Students

Floral Park Memorial is pleased to announce Luke de Armas as valedictorian and Aideen Gill as salutatorian of the Class of 2017.
          
Luke is a National Merit Commended Scholar and has distinguished himself by achieving academic excellence awards in every subject. He has a weighted GPA of 103.17 and his natural intellectual abilities enable him to share his gifts as a role model and student leader.     
    
Whether as a Senior Honor Society tutor or as a volunteer firefighter, Luke can be counted on to serve and sees it as his “call of duty.” A gifted soccer player, he has earned All-County honors, the team’s Most Valuable Player Award and the Scholar Athlete Award. He has also given selflessly to numerous food drives, has volunteered as a camp counselor for three summers and participated in American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life events consistently for the past six years. His value on service and his contributions are a testimony to his philanthropic nature. Luke is highly respected and mature and endears students and faculty alike in how gracious and kind he is, whether in the classroom, in his community or on the field. 
    
Luke has accomplished much in his high school career: playing varsity soccer, junior varsity basketball, running varsity track and fulfilling the role of editor-in-chief for “The Shield,” the school’s newspaper. In addition, he has served as treasurer of the school’s Future Business Leaders of America. His role as a starting forward helped bring the varsity soccer team to a win in the Nassau County Championships for the first time in Floral Park history. He has developed excellent time management skills and is admired for his ability to share with others his successes in self-motivation, work ethics and balancing academics, sports and other activities. 
     
Aideen Gill has an impressive 102.8 GPA, and time and again has proven herself worthy of the distinction of being named salutatorian for the Class 2017. She has pursued a rigorous academic schedule, including Advanced Placement courses in U.S. history, global history, English, human geography, chemistry, physics and statistics; demonstrating her mastery of these subjects by earning a 5 on four AP exams. During her years at Floral Park, she has distinguished herself through academics and participation in an array of extracurricular activities. She is currently captain of the Long Island Champion varsity girls basketball team and is equally impressive as the varsity girls soccer team’s attacking midfielder for the past four years. She has served as the team’s captain for the last two years. Her soccer achievements helped lead the team to Conference Championships for the past two years, and earned her All-Conference and All-Class awards. Aideen is an integral volunteer for Leos Club/Key Club, having a positive impact on the community through fundraising efforts benefitting a variety of local charities. Her efforts are also notable with SADD  and the Floral Park Awareness Club, dedicated to supporting the missions of various international non-profit organizations, such as UNICEF and Reason2Smile.  Aideen’s philanthropic spirit is evident beyond her school activities as an active participant with the Hance Family Foundation, promoting self-esteem for girls, and Floral Park’s Annual “Liz’s Day” event raising funds targeted to breast cancer research.
    
Floral Park Principal Dr. Kathleen Sottile and assistant principals Jennifer Alaimo and John Kenny congratulate the students on their outstanding success.
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