- Seaford Union Free School District
Ambitious Pair Earn Top Rankings in Class of 2022
The friendly competition between two hard working and academically gifted students at Seaford High School came down to fourth-tenths of a point. Jack Pidherney was named the Class of 2022 valedictorian with a weighted grade point average of 105.8 and salutatorian Rayann Ramoutar was close behind with a GPA of 105.4.
They were both in the same class, SUPA Economics, when the announcement was made on Sept. 24. Principal Nicole Schnabel, Assistant Principals Jennifer Bisulca and Dr. Raphi Morey and guidance counselor Jennifer Pimentel all came in to deliver the good news. Jack and Rayann then went to the main office and called their mothers, noting the good advice they got that this was too important for a text.
“It’s the culmination of all of my accomplishments and hard work here at Seaford High School,” said Jack, who started at Seaford Manor Elementary School. “It is so nice to have that satisfaction granted.”
He is particularly thrilled to achieve the same milestone as one of his biggest high school role models: Class of 2020 valedictorian Jason Linzer.
Rayann, who moved to Seaford in sixth grade, said it was a pleasant surprise when she learned she is the salutatorian and admits it took a few minutes for it to truly sink in.
“It’s the reward for studying all of those late nights and for getting up early to see a teacher for extra help,” she said.
Jack and Rayann have been very active students during their time at Seaford High School, taking challenging courses and involving themselves in numerous clubs. Jack has taken nine Advanced Placement courses and is a member of the National Honor Society. He is active in student government, having served as class treasurer since ninth grade. As a member of Mathletes, he has received the high-score award every year. He is also involved in the science club and radio club, and runs cross country in the fall and track in the winter and spring. Outside of school, Jack belongs to a robotics team and takes piano lessons.
Rayann has taken eight AP classes and is a member of Mathletes and the National Honor Society. She is involved with the science research program and last year entered her project on global warming into the Long Island Science Congress, Long Island Science and Engineering Fair, New York Science and Engineering Fair and South Asian American Women’s Alliance science fair. She earned an honors award from LISC.
The arts are also a big part of Rayann’s school life. She sings and plays multiple instruments including the alto saxophone, clarinet and piano. Rayann is a section leader in the band and a member of the jazz band, pep band and field show. She was in the ensemble for the musical productions of “Legally Blonde” and “All Shook Up,” and as a junior was cast as Donkey in “Shrek.”
In college, Jack plans to major in applied math and statistics to pursue a career as an actuary or in accounting. Among his top choices are MIT, New York University, Stony Brook University and Tufts University. Rayann said she plans to stay in the New York area, where her dream school is Columbia University, but others atop her list include NYU and Stony Brook. While she doesn’t have a specific major in mind, she is thinking about environmental science with a connection to business.
“Jack and Rayann really define what a prideful Seaford High School student looks like,” Ms. Schnabel said. “They’re involved across the board. They’re academic role models and they bring the energy that we want every Viking to have.”