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Meet Valedictorian Ryan Chung

Congratulations to Manhasset High School senior Ryan Chung for being named Class of 2018 valedictorian.

Ryan will attend Harvard, where he plans to major in political science. He is a National AP Scholar, having completed 16 AP courses. He is also a National Merit semifinalist and president of the Social Studies and Tri-M honor societies, and a member of the English, Math, Science and Spanish honor societies.

While Ryan possesses an impressive academic résumé, one of his greatest accomplishments to date is establishing the Manhasset Historical Society. He has done a great deal of work to preserve the hamlet’s history, including recording historical landmarks through the lens of his camera and scanning the high school’s yearbooks from the early 1920s to the present and making them accessible to the public. Ryan also serves as editor-in-chief of Indian Ink, the school newspaper.  Demonstrating his versality in achieving excellence in many academic areas, he won the American Association of Physics Teachers’ Outstanding Physics Student of the Year award in 2017.

                                      An accomplished cellist, Ryan has received numerous accolades for his performances. He is a three-time member of the National Youth Orchestra and has toured internationally as one of only 12 cellists ages 16-19 to be selected for this prestigious honor. He also attended a Julliard pre-college program and is a three-time winner of the National YoungArts competition.

        Ryan combines his passion for music and superb writing skills to create numerous published works. He won the Scholastic Art & Writing National Silver Medal for Journalism for an article published in “Best Teen Writing of 2014” and has written blogs about his experiences with the National Youth Orchestra and the National YoungArts Foundation. Ryan also extends his musical prowess to serve the greater good, organizing and performing in concerts with New York Laureate Orchestra at hospitals, nursing homes and benefit concerts to raise funds for those less fortunate. For this, he won the President’s Volunteer Service Bronze Award.

“Manhasset is a community that truly equips you with the tools for success,” Ryan said. “My peers and teachers have cultivated in me a love for learning that I will carry throughout college. Although I’ll miss walking down the hallways of Manhasset High, I’m excited to start the next chapter of my life.”