Future is bright for North’s top grads

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It has been a busy six years for the pair at North. Chen was a violinist for the school and district orchestras, a member of the It’s Academic quiz bowl team, Mathletes and the Ecology Club. She was president of the Breakfast Club, a student orchestra group, treasurer of the Interact Club, a community service organization, and co-captain of the tennis team.

Chen was named to the National, Math, Science, Language and Music honor societies and has been named an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and a National Merit Commended Scholar.

Caluori was president of the Interact Club for four years, was on the varsity kickline team and was a member of Future Business Leaders of America. With Interact, she helped organize Operation Christmas Child to provide gifts to children in third-world countries.

She has been named to the National, Math, Science and Language honor societies and is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. During her time at North, Caluori took 13 AP courses. Her favorite was Italian. “I’m as fluent in Italian as a I could be without going to Italy,” she said.

That will likely change, as Caluori plans to study a semester abroad in Italy while in college.

Chen took a dozen AP courses. One of her favorites was environmental science, as she said she has always been interested in the Earth’s health. As a member of the Ecology Club, she would take part in monthly litter clean-ups near North.

Outside of school, Chen has tutored senior citizens in computer skills at the Henry Waldinger Memorial Library and has been a member of the Valley Stream Swim Team. Caluori has volunteered for three years at Camp ANCHOR, a Town of Hempstead program for children and adults with special needs. Last fall she was hired as a staff member.

“That’s been a huge part of my life,” Caluori said. “I’ve spent many, many hours working there. Out of anything I’ve done, that’s had the most influence over me. You learn so much just from working with these children who you never would have had the chance to meet outside of the program.”
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