Luke Friedman of Cortlandt Manor believes diligence and hard work are the keys to success.
He was named salutatorian of the graduating class of 2012 at Walter Panas High School and finishes his high school career with a 98.89 grade point average.
“I am the kind of person that works well in a pressure situation,” Friedman explained. “When there was a big test—even with a broken ankle—I was able to put my distractions aside and focus on what I was doing.”
His focus has been largely on math and science and he completed AP courses in calculus, chemistry and statistics. In the fall, the soon-to-be high school graduate will attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and hopes to pursue a degree in industrial engineering.
Friedman, who enjoys Ultimate Frisbee, also calls himself a “huge NY Giants football fan” and in addition, is classically trained in piano—playing at his church on the weekends.
“It has been a great four years at Walter Panas High School,” the 18-year old said. “There have been some great teachers who have helped me get to this point.”
As for advice for the students who are entering their senior year next year, Friedman cautions them to prepare for “senioritis” and rise to the occasion when it comes to completing their workload.
“We all get that feeling toward the end of school and even as early as junior year,” he added. “The trick is to remain diligent and be mentally prepared to succeed.”
High school graduation ceremonies will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at Westchester County Center, White Plains. Lakeland High School's ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. and Walter Panas High School at 2:00 p.m.