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Sunday, October 26, 2014
LBHS announces Class of 2014’s top two
By Rosemary Leonetti
Courtesy Rosemary Leonetti, Syntax
Chandler McMillan, left, was named the valedictorian of the Long Beach High School Class of 2014. Lindsay Ricci was named the salutatorian.

Long Beach High School has officially named Chandler McMillan as the valedictorian of the Class of 2014. Lindsay Ricci was named the salutatorian.

McMillan is an International Baccalaureate diploma candidate, an AP Scholar with Honor, a member of the National Honor Society and the secretary of the Future Physicians Club.

She was also named an outstanding participant in the National Achievement Scholarship Program. Active in science research, she has won multiple awards at local and regional competitions, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award, the Genius Olympiad Award, the Yale Science and Engineering Society Science Fair Award, and the Materials Association Award. She was also nominated for the Stockholm Water Prize. Named an alternate this year in the All-State Mixed Chorus, McMillan is a five-time All-County vocalist. She is a vice president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, a member of the select choir and a drum major for the marching band. Outside of school, she has volunteered at an orthopedic practice in the North Shore-LIJ Health System, and in the pharmacy at Long Beach Medical Center. McMillan also served as a student representative on the Long Beach School District Safety Team and a student representative on the Long Beach Public Library Board.

Ricci is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate, an AP Scholar, a member of the National Honor Society and the treasurer of the Future Physicians Club. Through this club she volunteered at the Long Beach Medical Center Pharmacy and also observed three surgeries at the hospital under the guidance of a local orthopedic surgeon. In addition, Ricci completed an internship with Dr. Monique Hanono at Island Pediatrics in Long Beach and an internship with Dr. Hiroshi Mitsumoto at the ALS Research Center at Columbia University Medical Center. Active in community service, Ricci is the secretary of the Key Club.

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, she created a peer-mentoring group called We Inspire Success & Hope (WISH). She also did other volunteer work to aid the city’s recovery. In honor of her brother Eric, who has deadly food allergies, Ricci has been an active volunteer for the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network for the past nine years. In addition, she has volunteered as a tutor and participated in beach cleanups. Her personal interests include piano and golf. 

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