Uniondale Education

Uniondale reveals Class of 2022 valedictorian and salutatorian

Achievers headed for UPenn, Hofstra


On April 28, Uniondale Union Free School District officially announced its top scholars for the class of 2022—William Ayala, valedictorian, and Emily Kalika, salutatorian.  

“The 2021-2022 school year has been one of great accomplishments for all our graduating scholars, from their robust academic achievements to athletics recognition to showcasing talent in the field of arts,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Monique Darrisaw-Akil. “Today, we recognize two bright and exceptionally talented scholars at Uniondale High School. William Ayala and Emily Kalika are incredibly ambitious scholars who have dedicated their time to expanding their academic, personal and professional growth. On behalf of the Uniondale community, we extend our congratulations on their momentous achievements. We wish you each success in your future endeavors.”

Valedictorian William Ayala will graduate from Uniondale High School with a 101.5 GPA. William is the president of the National Science Honor Society, vice president of the Key Club, treasurer of the National Math Honor Society, a member of the Varsity Swim Team and Varsity Volleyball Team, and a member of the Latinos Unidos club. 

William was accepted to Hofstra University, SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Farmingdale, Emory University, Babson College, University of Rochester and the University of Pennsylvania, where he plans to study. William will pursue a degree in mathematical economics. 

Salutatorian Emily Kalika will graduate with a GPA of 101.04. Emily is the president of the National Honor Society, president of the National Art Honor Society, president of the National Social Studies Honor Society, and a public relations officer for the National Science Honor Society. Additionally, Emily is a member of the Uniondale Union Free School District Strategic Planning Committee, a member of the Superintendent’s Student Council and a Board of Education Student Representative. She is also in the process of obtaining her EMT certification. 

Emily was accepted to Stony Brook University, St. John’s University, Adelphi University, SUNY Polytechnic Institute and Hofstra University, where she plans to major in health science on the pre-med track.