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Congratulations to the Class of 2020 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Meet the West Islip Valedictorian and Salutatorian for 2020 thumbnail169472
Meet the West Islip Valedictorian and Salutatorian for 2020 thumbnail169473
Meet the West Islip Valedictorian and Salutatorian for 2020 thumbnail169474

The high school’s valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2020 are Grace Gallagher and Courtney Metzger, respectively.

Gallagher, who earned a weighted GPA of 106.166, serves as vice president of the school’s Science Honor Society and is a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, World Language Honor Society, and Tri-M Music Honor Society. A four-year violinist in the West Islip Chamber Ensemble, she earned a perfect NYSSMA score for the last three years. She has been a member of the school’s kickline team for four years and serves as team captain. Gallagher is also a member of the school’s Thirst Project and serves as a peer tutor. During her free time, she mentors physically disabled children by teaching and choreographing dance for them, and performs and teaches as a member of the West Islip Creative Arts program. Gallagher will attend Fairfield University, majoring in biology.

Metzger, who earned a weighted GPA of 105.59, is an AP Scholar with Honor and Seal of Biliteracy candidate. She serves as co-president of the school’s National Honor Society and vice president and treasurer of the school’s DECA club. She is also a member of the National English Language Honor Society, National Foreign Language Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, New York State Business & Marketing Honor Society, Mathletes, Science Olympiad team, Thirst Project and Century Club. Metzger earned the American Chemical Society Award, Long Island Business Teachers Association third-place prize in accounting, and Student of the Month honors from the high school’s art, business and math departments. As a member of the varsity field hockey team, she was honored with the 2018 Unsung Hero award and 2019 NYSPHSSA Scholar-Athlete recognition. Metzger will attend Stony Brook University, majoring in health science.