Meet Glen Cove High School Major Teresa Melfi | Herald Community Newspapers

By Letisha Dass Special for the Glen Cove Herald

Given the tribulations of the past three years for high school students amid the coronavirus pandemic, the honor of being named valedictorian has new meaning this year. And Teresa Melfi, 18, leads the class of 255 graduates from Glen Cove High School, with a GPA of 105.19.

“It was a surprise for me, because throughout my sophomore and freshman year, I was at home doing virtual learning,” Melfi said. “So I wasn’t really in touch with a lot of my peers, and I didn’t know how…any of us were doing.”

Teresa’s mother, Lisa Melfi, said she expected her daughter to finish top of the class because of her dedication over the past four years, especially when the school was closed and the courses were distant.

“I knew she had worked so hard and tried so hard,” Lisa said. “Especially through the pandemic, [by] really trying to focus and keep up with schoolwork and online classes. So it was very exciting.

Frank Melfi, Teresa’s 19-year-old brother, who graduated from Glen Cove High last year and freshman at Binghamton University, added that he was also proud of her. Her honor was expected, Frank said, “because she always works so hard in school.”

The subject of Teresa’s graduation speech is “Change Is Inevitable,” which she will share on June 24. She said that throughout her high school career and during the pandemic, the message the school gave to students was that there was always a light at the end of the tunnel no matter what changes were happening around her. ‘them.

“With very supportive students, teachers, and administrators, we were kind of taught that we all have the potential to be successful,” Teresa said, “as long as we work hard and endure it.”

Frank’s advice to his sister, as a new freshman, is to keep working hard, because it will pay off.

Teresa plans to attend Stony Brook University, where she will major in biology.

“It’s definitely bittersweet,” she said. “I feel like I walked through the doors of Glen Cove High School yesterday. It’s definitely been a crazy four years. It wasn’t what I expected, but it passed very quickly.

“Like Teresa, I’m a bit bittersweet,” her mother said. “She is, my baby. So in September, I will be an empty nest – my husband and I will be empty nests – and that will be a big change.

Teresa’s goal is to go to medical school to become a doctor. And even though she doesn’t know what her area of ​​specialization will be, she is excited about the trip.

“I think once I get to medical school and start doing these clinical rotations, it will be easier for me to figure out what I want to specialize in,” she said. “But for now, keep things in general.”

“Teresa is the kind of person who perseveres,” her mother said. “She pushes herself, and she uses a lot of common sense. At the same time, she is very calm and relaxed, and she has a great sense of humor. So I don’t think it will be a difficult goal for her to achieve.

Throughout her high school career, Lisa said, Teresa learned leadership skills by being a member of the Environmental Club, the Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society, the Math Honor Society and Mathletes. Teresa added that she would miss high school for its diversity, which she says is a useful experience in today’s world.

“At Glen Cove, I had this unique experience of meeting and developing respect for so many diverse people,” she said. “And I think that’s an important skill that’s not really taught in textbooks.”

By LETISHA DASS

Special for the Glen Cove Herald

Given the tribulations of the past three years for high school students amid the coronavirus pandemic, the honor of being named valedictorian has new meaning this year. And Teresa Melfi, 18, leads the class of 255 graduates from Glen Cove High School, with a GPA of 105.19.

“It was a surprise for me, because throughout my sophomore and freshman year, I was at home doing virtual learning,” Melfi said. “So I wasn’t really in touch with a lot of my peers, and I didn’t know how…any of us were doing.”

Teresa’s mother, Lisa Melfi, said she expected her daughter to finish top of the class because of her dedication over the past four years, especially when the school was closed and the courses were distant.

“I knew she had worked so hard and tried so hard,” Lisa said. “Especially through the pandemic, [by] really trying to focus and keep up with school work and online classes. So it was very exciting.

Frank Melfi, Teresa’s 19-year-old brother, who graduated from Glen Cove High last year and freshman at Binghamton University, added that he was also proud of her. Her honor was expected, Frank said, “because she always works so hard in school.”

The subject of Teresa’s graduation speech is “Change Is Inevitable,” which she will share on June 24. She said that throughout her high school career and during the pandemic, the message the school gave to students was that there was always a light at the end of the tunnel no matter what changes were happening around her. ‘them.

“With very supportive students, teachers, and administrators, we were kind of taught that we all have the potential to be successful,” Teresa said, “as long as we work hard and endure it.”

Frank’s advice to his sister, as a new freshman, is to keep working hard, because it will pay off.

Teresa plans to attend Stony Brook University, where she will major in biology.

“It’s definitely bittersweet,” she said. “I feel like I walked through the doors of Glen Cove High School yesterday. It’s definitely been a crazy four years. It wasn’t what I expected, but it passed very quickly.

“Like Teresa, I’m a bit bittersweet,” her mother said. “She is, my baby. So in September, I will be an empty nest – my husband and I will be empty nests – and that will be a big change.

Teresa’s goal is to go to medical school to become a doctor. And even though she doesn’t know what her area of ​​specialization will be, she is excited about the trip.

“I think once I get to medical school and start doing these clinical rotations, it will be easier for me to figure out what I want to specialize in,” she said. “But for now, keep things in general.”

“Teresa is the kind of person who perseveres,” her mother said. “She pushes herself, and she uses a lot of common sense. At the same time, she is very calm and relaxed, and she has a great sense of humor. So I don’t think it will be a difficult goal for her to achieve.

Throughout her high school career, Lisa said, Teresa learned leadership skills by being a member of the Environmental Club, the Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society, the Math Honor Society and Mathletes. Teresa added that she would miss high school for its diversity, which she says is a useful experience in today’s world.

“At Glen Cove, I had this unique experience of meeting and developing respect for so many diverse people,” she said. “And I think that’s an important skill that’s not really taught in textbooks.”


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