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Class of 2022 Co-Valedictorians and Co-Salutatorians Honored

co-valedictorians Joseph Sukonik and Samantha Addeo and co-salutatorians Victoria Lugo and Freddy Ramon thumbnail207432

Long Beach High School is proud to announce four top students for the Class of 2022. Congratulations to co-valedictorians Joseph Sukonik and Samantha Addeo and co-salutatorians Victoria Lugo and Freddy Ramon. All are International Baccalaureate Diploma Program candidates, National Honor Society members and hold numerous other achievements while making a positive impact in and around their community.

Joseph has served as a member of Model Congress and Key Club. He was recognized as an AP Scholar during his sophomore year and earned third place at the Original Poetry Contest French Level C last year. A tennis and badminton athlete, he is a three-time Scholar Athlete Award recipient. He is also musically talented and has participated in gold and bronze medal-winning NYSSMA Majors band ensembles as a trumpet player. For his IB Creativity, Activity, Service project, Joseph organized the Clear Seas Clean Beaches Beach Cleanup in partnership with a classmate in an effort to help preserve the local coastal environment.

Samantha has demonstrated leadership as Class Treasurer and a Student Organization member for all four years of high school, and currently holds a position on the National Honor Society Board. She is a varsity soccer and track athlete, having attained Scholar Athlete designations since her freshman year. She holds All-Conference and Coaches Award recognitions for track and has participated in travel soccer opportunities. Samantha is actively involved in her community and has participated in many service projects through the Key Club and aforementioned school organizations, and as a Girl Scouts Silver Award recipient. She has helped the homeless, supported a local animal shelter, volunteered at a camp, collected items for food and clothing drives, fundraised more than $1,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, tutored students and helped neighbors shovel during winter storms.

Freddy is a QuestBridge College Prep Scholar and QuestBridge National College Match Finalist, a DECA State Qualifier, AP Scholar, National Hispanic Recognition Program Winner and Columbia Science Honors Program participant. He has been a contributing writer for the Tide newspaper all four years of high school and earned a Best Page One Layout award at Adelphi's University Press Day Event. Freddy has also held leadership roles as Math Club president and DECA (Business Club) treasurer, and participated in the MIT Online Science, Technology, and Engineering Community summer program. A varsity swim team captain, he has qualified for states, and has given back to his community as a volunteer for St. Mary’s Church of Long Beach.

Victoria was recognized as a National Merit Commended Student earlier this school year and serves as the National Honor Society Attendance and Recording Secretary, as well as a Fragments Literary Magazine Section Leader and World Language Honor Society member. She has dedicated a great deal of time to helping others and is lead volunteer at Sunrise Senior Living of North Lynbrook, where she initiated the Bundles of Care Service Project and has been recognized for her efforts. Last year, she participated in the Students of the Year Campaign to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and raised $1,700. She also has eight years of experience as an Altar Server at Sacred Heart Parish.