The two highest-achieving members of the Class of 2017 at each high school in Nassau County were honored at the annual Celebrating Excellence Breakfast, hosted by the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents at Crest Hollow Country Club.  With their parents, superintendents and principals sitting beside them, the valedictorians and salutatorians were recognized for their remarkable accomplishments and success throughout their high school careers.

The beautiful ceremony, which was emceed by Class of 2017 Celebrating Excellence Breakfast Committee Co-Chairperson and Levittown Union Free School District Superintendent Dr. Tonie McDonald, featured a motivational speech delivered by keynote speaker Jennifer McLogan, a reporter with WCBS-TV News. McLogan spoke about her experiences in reporting and television broadcasting, and encouraged the students to embrace change, and be willing to continue learning and adapting to the ever-evolving world around them.

“Change happens; as opportunities arise, be willing to let go of the old ways and adjust to the new,” McLogan said. “You must always be open to learning and you have to be ready to repeat the whole process over and over again — learn, unlearn, learn again. A lifetime of learning [will lead to] a lifetime of success.”

Following McLogan’s address, the valedictorians and salutatorians from each high school were presented with plaques while the colleges they plan to attend were announced during their ceremonial walk up to the stage. The program also featured the national anthem performed by the East Rockaway High School Chamber Choir. Opening remarks were by NCCSS President and Bellmore Union Free School District Superintendent Dr. Joseph Famularo, and closing remarks by NCCSS President-elect and Carle Place Union Free School District Superintendent David Flatley.

The special event gave proud parents and administrators the opportunity to celebrate the excellence of the brightest seniors throughout Nassau County schools.