Meet your Lynbrook High School salutatorian


Nora Kane was this year’s salutatorian from Lynbrook High School's class of 2024.

Salutatorian is the student with the second highest ranking in the class. Kane displayed huge academic achievement in her class, which contributed to her receiving a high GPA throughout high school. This eventually led to her receiving the salutatorian status, which she learned about in February.

“It was definitely my parents and also a lot of my teachers when I was younger, in like fourth and sixth grade, who pushed me to do better,” Kane said when asked what contributed to her success.

Kane, who held a grade point average of 104.52, also performed professional level experimentation for her science research course. At Brookhaven National Laboratory, Kane studied machine learning in stabilizing high-energy particle accelerators. Her findings were presented at LISEF, for which she advanced to the second round.

“I am part of the science research program and it’s a very hard program to go through,” Kane said.

Kane noted that she hopes her research can be implemented in similar laboratories around the world. Shortly before being named salutatorian, Kane learned that her research paper for previous studies was published in the Journal of Scientific Research. Additionally, Kane was named a finalist in the prestigious 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Kane said that the things she learned in her science classes were applied to other classes as well. For instance, she noted that the research papers she wrote helped strengthen her writing skills in her English classes.

Caiden Lung, class valedictorian, and Kane are no strangers to working closely together. Aiming to become more fierce competitors, Lung approached Kane about starting a club for the Science Bowl, for which a team competes every year. The two joined forces to co-found the Science Bowl club to practice alongside peers for upcoming competitions.

Lung and Kane are also both captains of the Mathletes team, which attends competitions every two weeks. As a member of the National Honor Society, Kane helps her peers in their physics studies. She also serves as head captain of the swim team, which she credits as an influential aspect of her student career.

Kane said that she will be attending the California Institute of Technology and will be majoring in Physics.