Braimah will be studying for a degree in architecture at Harvard
University. She is a graduate of Hauppauge HS where she participated in
Scholastic Opportunities for Academic Recognition (SOAR) and was a
member of the National Honor Society. She is an AP Scholar with Honors,
fluent in Spanish and plays the tuba, trumpet and French horn. She
spearheaded a safe-teen-driving media blitz, and plays basketball,
softball and soccer. Parent: Basira Braimah, a teaching and research
center nurse at Stonybrook Hospital.
Castellani is heading to Wheaton College to study computer science. He
received numerous awards for his academic achievements at St. Joseph
Central HS in Pittsfield, MA such as the Williams College Book Award,
Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology and medals for the
highest average in history, Java, religion and Spanish. Castellani
participated in Model Congress, the Lead American Law and Trial Advocacy
summer conference and worked on the school newspaper. He enjoys cross
country running. Parent: Victoria Castellani, a child protective
services specialist at OCFS.
Dardani will major in chemical engineering at Villanova University. He
is a 2009 graduate of West Genesee HS in Camillus, where he challenged
himself by taking eight college-level courses. Dardani played soccer and
was on the track team for four years, along with being active in student
senate, math league, Respect and Responsibility and Ski Club. He is a
National Honor Society member, He has held several leadership positions
in sports and other programs. Parent: Lorraine Dardani, a teaching and
research center nurse at Syracuse Hospital.
Katherine McKissick studies environmental biology at the SUNY College of
Environmental Science and Forestry. She achieved a 4.0 average her
freshman year, earned the Dean Bray Student Ambassador of the Year
Award, and has been accepted into the competitive Undergraduate
Mentoring in Environmental Biology Program. McKissick graduated from
Union Endicott HS where she was the public relations officer for student
government and the 2008 recipient of the Sen. Thomas Libous and WBNG-TV
Community Service Award. Parent: Karen McKissick, speech language
pathologist, Broome DDSO.
Paul plans on becoming a dentist after completing a seven-year program
at Adelphi University, an affiliate of the NYU College of Dentistry. She
hails from Clarkstown Senior HS and received an Academic Excellence
Award, an Excellence Award in Science and acceptance to the National
Honor Society. She is a first-place badminton player, and is top notch
as a dancer and volleyball player. Parent: Mary Paul, a dietitian at
Hudson Valley DDSO.
Perry heads to Boston College with his twin brother Brennan, where his
interest lies in the sciences, such as biology and environmental
studies. He is a graduate of Arlington HS in LaGrangeville and was
ranked in the top 5 percent of his graduating class. He is a member of
the National Honor Society, and had an overall GPA of 100 percent. Perry
is also a four-year soccer letterman. Parent: Adrienne Perry, a social
service employment specialist at Hudson River Psychiatric Center.
Rappazzo attends SUNY Cortland where she studies childhood education.
She was inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma freshman honor society, and
enjoys helping others, lifeguarding and triathlons. She graduated from
Columbia HS and was on the National Honor Society and received the Who’s
Who, NYS Regents Honors Diploma. Her many awards include the Zonta
International Jean Coon Humanitarian Award and the U.S. President’s
Council on Service and Civic Participation Gold Award. Parent: Charles
Rappazzo, a DOT intermodal transportation specialist.
Rossi plans a career in engineering and will attend the University of
Buffalo. He is a graduate of Colonie Central HS where he was a National
Honor Society Member and earned a Certificate of Achievement for a
superior grade point average. Rossi also received the NYS Attorney
General “Triple C” Award, Cleary Award, and awards in track and field
and cross country. Parent: Mary Ann Rossi, an associate administrative
analyst at the Division of Criminal Justice Services.
Shah will enter Harvard University with a major in science. She was
co-valedictorian at Ward Melville HS. Her research earned her top awards
in the Intel Science Talent Search, International Science and
Engineering Fair, and Siemens Competition. She is a National and State
AP Scholar, and National Merit Scholar. Shah won awards up to the
national level for science, math, writing, French and Latin. She is an
accomplished musician studying voice, oboe and violin and performed at
Carnegie Hall. Parent: Ajay Shah, environmental engineer, DEC.
Varughese heads to Brooklyn College where she will be entering a BA/MD
program at the Macaulay Honors College. At Elmont Memorial HS, Varughese
received a REAP Research Fellowship Award, Assembly Member Tom Alfano’s
Women of Distinction Award, and a Scholar Athlete Award from Nassau
County Coaches Association. She is an accomplished poet, pianist and
cello player, participated in national science research projects, and
played varsity volleyball and basketball. She is the daughter of
Aleyamma Varughese, a claims services representative at the state