Meet your East Rockaway 2024 class salutatorian


Kevin Lynch was this year’s salutatorian from East Rockaway High School’s class of 2024.

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

“They pulled Jordan (valedictorian) out of the room first and once they came back and said my name, I knew before they told me that I was going to be the salutatorian,” Lynch said. “But I was still surprised and did not expect it at all.”

Throughout high school, Lynch was able to find a balance between the rigors of an ambitious academic schedule and the time, energy, and focus required to be an accomplished three-season student athlete. In the classroom, he consistently challenged himself with a variety of advanced placement courses and dual enrollment classes, achieving multiple recognitions throughout his high school career including AP Scholar with Honor.

Lynch said that amount of hard work that he put in helped contribute to him becoming this year’s salutatorian.

“Physics challenged me in ways that no other class ever challenged me before and it really pushed me to hit the book and study a lot,” Lynch said when asked what helped him excel with his academics.

Outside of the classroom, Lynch’s spirit and determination has resulted in great achievements in cross country, winter track, and spring track and field, earning him scholar athlete status and the Outstanding Physical Education Student Award by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Throughout the year, Kevin showcased his leadership skills through his involvement in Key Club, where he served as secretary, and as a member of the National Honor Society. He is also a member of the school’s “Canstruction” team, which has collected thousands of cans of food to help feed hungry families.

While aways possessing a positive attitude and smile, you truly get to see Lynch’s sense of humor shine through on stage during his annual performance in Rock Rivalry.

After graduation, Lynch plans to follow his passion for technology and science and attend college for computer science.