BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – Briarcliff High School has announced the salutatorians of the class of 2015, as well as naming Grace Orr as the valedictorian.
In addition to being a standout scholar, Orr is involved with the school’s Art Club and Red Cross Club and is a varsity soccer and basketball player. She served as a captain of the girls basketball team for the past two seasons and the girls soccer team in her senior season. “I am proud to be a two-sport athlete,” said Orr, who committed to playing soccer at Amherst College, a Division III NCAA school, in the fall. “I have been playing soccer since I was 4, and being part of such a successful team pushed me to want to play more and be good.”
Her outstanding science teachers and experiences at BHS have made her passionate about the field of science. “My favorite class was AP Honors chemistry with Dr. (Robert) Saar,” said Orr. “He really cares about all his students and made me really love science.”
Briarcliff High has announced Allen He and Adele Fu as its Class of 2015 co-salutatorians. “I am very grateful to receive this honor,” said He. When he is not involved with schoolwork, He enjoys playing the guitar and violin, serving as the high school orchestra’s concertmaster and playing in the Westchester Youth Orchestra.
Fu has been involved in the Intel science research program at BHS since her sophomore year, is an avid pianist who is a member of the Music Honors Program and Music Conservatory of Westchester, and is a frequent volunteer at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center.
Fu and He credit Briarcliff’s outstanding teachers for their academic success and growing passion for the sciences. “The teachers are the best here,” said Fu. “I really loved AP biology and AP European history. They were very work-intensive classes that were highly rewarding.”
Both of this year’s salutatorians have yet to decide where they will attend college. For now, He is looking to pursue studies in the fields of neuroscience or computer science, while Fu is looking into pre-med programs that will allow her to also study neuroscience.
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