2016 Salutatorian Announced

“Walt Whitman High School and Huntington Station are very welcoming and open communities, and that’s what I’m going to miss the most.” – Gabby Ramirez
“Walt Whitman High School and Huntington Station are very welcoming and open communities, and that’s what I’m going to miss the most.” – Gabby Ramirez

“This award means a lot, not just for myself but for my family too,” said Gabrielle Ramirez, our 2016 Walt Whitman Salutatorian. “My parents came here as immigrants wanting to create a better life for me and my sister Epi, and they have always told us to take advantage of all the opportunities here in America, and that’s always been my mantra these past thirteen years in school, so to reach this point really means a lot for my family.”

Gabriella is not resting on her laurels; she sets the bar even higher as she begins the next step to become a doctor. “I’m considering pediatrics but I’m flexible at this early stage,” said Gabby.  Looking ahead five-years she sees herself in medical school working really hard to fulfill her dream.

Gabby has been a three-sport athlete, playing soccer in the fall, and winter track and spring track. “I’ve always like sports, and the varsity track team is like my second family.” She is Vice President of the World Language Honor Society, a member of the National Honor Society, and is also the Spanish editor for PawPrint. When she’s not immersed in a GLO activity, she is working with the Speech and Debate Club.

Reading memoirs is a passion for Gabby and the sisters created a nonprofit called “Eye Partners Inspire” (E.P.I.) that puts gently used eyewear in the hands of those in need.

 “It wasn’t until I moved here from out east that I was exposed to all the diversity that this community offers,” said Gabby. “Walt Whitman High School and Huntington Station are very welcoming and open communities, and that’s what I’m going to miss the most.”