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Whitman's 2022

SAT/ACT Scholars Celebrated

Congratulations to our Walt Whitman High School 2022 seniors who were recently recognized at the SAT/ACT Scholar Ceremony & Breakfast. Forty-nine students were honored alongside their proud families at the early morning celebration.

Students and their families enjoyed a morning of well-earned recognition and a delicious breakfast provided by Whitman alum Chef Craig from Colors Catering. Coming together to honor these students, with the addition of their families, brought great meaning to the celebratory morning. "We had the opportunity to recognize our students' accomplishments and excellence in education,” said Principal Ken Costa. “In a few short months, they will join the ranks of so many distinguished alumni who have passed through the halls of Walt Whitman High School.”

The dedication and academic excellence of these students, especially in the midst of an atypical high school experience, deserves special recognition and celebration. Those in attendance heard inspiring words from keynote speaker, Walt Whitman High School alum and NY Times Best Selling Author of An Invisible Thread, Laura Schroff. “Our keynote speaker and Whitman alum is an example of how seemingly small and inconsequential encounters may put you on a path that you never imagined," shared Mr. Costa.

Special congratulatory remarks were offered by Board of Education President Nicholas Ciappetta before the scholar students were called up by Walt Whitman High School Assistant Principal, Jon Varlamos, to receive their certificates. In addition to receiving their certificates, each student will have their names inscribed in the SAT/ACT Scholars plaque to be displayed and commemorate their commitment to education for years to come.

Congratulations to Walt Whitman High School’s SAT/ACT Scholars:

Kailee Adomaites, Hannah Albert, Armany Alfaro, Joshua Alms, Natalie Bausano, Marisa Bobal, James Boccone, Maximilian Boise, Anthony Carino, Mahhek Chaudhry, Ziyad Choudry, Owen Connolly, Liam Curtin, Daniel De Bruin, Ira Dubey, Molly Dugan, Victoria Fiorelli, Ryan Gannon, Gabriel Gonzalez, Justin Grillo, Joseph Gurba, Ryan Hansen, Jonathan Hollera, Victoria lsernia, Matthew Italo, Akash Joshi, Benjamin Koch, Salma Laraki, Jordan Logue, Esteban Maraboli, Kasry Mc Ardle, Connor McCall, Patrick Mc Hale, Anabelle Muellers, Liam Murphy, Neil Palmieri, Michael Phillips, Noah Ramos, Kevin Rankel, Ryan Rowe, Daniel Schlansky, Ethan Shapiro, Angela Shedlow, Mia Stampfel, Abigail Tavera, Erin Torres, Liam Villanti, Morgan Wobig, and Ashli Wuss.

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Forty-nine students were honored alongside their proud families at the early morning celebration.

Whitman's scholars were congratulated by our district administration and BOE President, Nicholas Ciappetta.

Parents and students heard inspiring words from keynote speaker, Walt Whitman High School alum and NY Times Best Selling Author of An Invisible Thread, Laura Schroff.

Special thank you to another Whitman alum, Chef Craig from Colors Catering, for a wonderful breakfast in celebration of our seniors.

About our Keynote Speaker:

Laura Schroff, Former Media Executive and International & No.1 New York Times Bestselling Author of An Invisible Thread, An Invisible Thread Christmas Story, An Invisible Thread Young Readers' Edition, and Angels on Earth.

Laura Schroff, a No. 1 New York Times and international bestselling author and key­note speaker, is a passionate and compelling voice on the power of small acts of kind­ness and mentorship. Laura has fully committed herself to advocate and inspire others through her books, An Invisible Thread, An Invisible Thread Christmas Story (ages 4-8), Angels on Earth and An Invisible Thread Young Readers' Edition (ages 8-12).

As a keynote speaker at over 200 events and 100+ schools, Laura encourages her audi­ence to look for their own invisible thread connections and highlights the importance of opening up their eyes and heart to the opportunities where they can make a difference in the lives of others. An Invisible Thread brings to life the inspiring true story of an 11-year-old panhandler, a busy sales executive, and their unlikely meeting with destiny in 1986.

Since the release in November 2011, An Invisible Thread has been on the New York Times bestsellers list for a total of 39 weeks and is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including a Christopher Award, a DreamCatcher Award, a Local Hometown Hero Award presented by New York Congressman Steve Israel, and a finalist for Books for a Better Life. In 2019, An Invisible Thread Young Readers' Edition received a Par­ents' Choice Recommended Award, and a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection Award.

Over Laura's thirty-year career in advertising sales, she has worked with several major media companies. Laura was part of the advertising team that helped launch and make USA Today a successful national newspaper, and helped launch three of the most suc­cessful start-ups in Time Inc. history–InStyle, Teen PEOPLE, and PEOPLE Style Watch. Laura was also New York Division Manager at PEOPLE magazine.

Laura was born and raised in Huntington Station and graduated from Whitman High School. In 2012, Laura was inducted into the Walt Whitman Hall of Fame. Currently, she lives in Westchester. For more information about Laura and her books, please visit, To purchase a copy of her book, PLEASE use this link:



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