South Country’s top students 2019
Tyler Brock, Aneeqa Majid, Grace Armann

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South Country’s top students 2019

Story By: GLENN ROHRBACKER
6/20/2019


Valedictorian

 

Tyler Brock

GPA: 102.99

College: University of Central Florida

Major: Mathematics/Engineering

 

What is your advice to next year’s seniors?

My advice for next year’s seniors would be to finish strong, to begin to care less about fitting in and, above all, do what makes you happy and have fun.

What are you most looking forward to after high school and what are your future goals? 

I’m most looking forward to redefining who I am, being forced to make new friends and be independent. My future goals are to graduate college and to figure out what I want to do as a career.

What was your favorite South Country moment? 

My favorite South Country moment was winning my first-ever tennis singles match on our team’s Senior Day.

Who has been influential in your South Country journey? 

Of course, my mom and grandmother Gail have been extremely supportive of me throughout my time here. Besides them, I have also built good relationships with the many amazing teachers in the district, who gave me confidence and support in school and in life. And finally, I feel that my friends, who have always pushed themselves and put themselves out there, have inspired me to do the same. 

 

 

Salutatorian

 

Aneeqa Majid 

GPA: 102.6667

College: Stony Brook University

Major: Chemical and Molecular Engineering

 

What is your advice to next year’s seniors?

My advice to next year’s seniors is to appreciate the limited time they have left as a high school student and make the most out of it. One way of doing this would be to spend more time with the people that have helped you get this far in life. Whether it’s with your family, classmates, co-workers, friends or teachers, I think that seniors should also spend their limited time building wholesome relationships that will last longer than their time in high school. 

What are you most looking forward to after high school and what are your future goals?

The thing that I am most looking forward to after high school is to finally join the “real world.” I am very excited for the fact that I will no longer be confined to a high school setting all day and that I will have more chances to experience the “real world.”

One of my future goals is to create a positive impact on my community through my career. This is one of the biggest reasons why I am choosing to major in chemical and molecular engineering, as such a major will open up many career paths through which I can make positive changes.

What was your favorite South Country moment?

My favorite South Country moment was when I moved to the district in 10th grade and received a great amount of love and acceptance from all those around me. I had expected my move to be rough, but the people, including my friends and teachers, made my move very smooth.  

Who has been influential in your South Country journey?

Throughout my South Country journey, many people ranging from my friends, family and teachers have been influential to me. They have always looked out for me and have helped me immensely in becoming the person I am today.

 

 

Essayist

 

Grace Armann

GPA: 102.39

College: Stony Brook University

Major: Journalism and Political Science

 

What is your advice to next year’s seniors?

I want to remind every underclassman to give themselves room to breathe and to take a break when they need it. The stress will always pass, and the rewards of pushing through it are undeniably worth it. Finally, have fun!

What are you most looking forward to after high school/what are any future goals?

I am looking forward to studying journalism and political science at Stony Brook. I want to study these subjects because I believe that the best way to improve our democracy and keep it fair is to inform the public about what truly happens around them and encourage the public to be active and engaged in their communities. I believe that honest journalism is the key in doing this, and would love to be a part of improving our policies and nation.

What was your favorite South Country moment?

My friends have brought me so many wonderful memories, from class and StuCo activities to pit orchestra and music festivals. I will always remember the many afternoons we spent camped out at coffee shops and each other’s houses for review sessions and SAT prep, making the most stressful situations lighthearted and fun.

Who has been influential in your South Country journey?

I’m thankful to many of my teachers, who have been incredibly helpful and kind along my journey in Bellport High School, both academically and in life as a whole. My friends have also enhanced my journey by always making me laugh and keeping me grounded, which made the hardest moments in life infinitely easier. I am beyond grateful for all the help and guidance I received from the people around me at Bellport High School over the last four years.