Ward Melville Honors Top Two in Class of 2020

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After 13 years of hard work, dedication and perseverance, Ward Melville High School seniors William Sun and Matthew Fiorella have been named the Class of 2020 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. Throughout their time in the district, both stellar students amassed impressive lists of accolades and honors.

William, who has chosen to attend Brown University next fall, had a strong focus on math and science during his time at Ward Melville High School. He was a member of the Ward Melville High School varsity Science Olympiad team and earned multiple state and national medals for his performance. He was also the president of the school’s math team and computer science club. Additionally, he was a Science and Math Research participant, qualified for the International Science and Engineering Fair, and won a silver medal at the Long Island math research competition. Musically speaking, William was the director, creator and manager for the Piano for Patients organization, and he played piano and violin in the school’s ensembles. He was named an All-State pianist, qualified as an All-State alternative for violin, and toured in Spain and Eastern Europe in eighth and 10th grade, respectively, through the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. William was named a National Merit Scholarship winner in 2020.

Matthew was an equally impressive scholar at Ward Melville. He was the president of the Junior Model UN, was a member of the National and Spanish honor societies and was named a National Merit finalist. Matthew was also a member of the school’s band, sitting as first alto saxophone and president of the wind ensemble. Outside of school, Matthew completed an internship at biotechnology startup Vascular Simulations, worked as a coach for the Three Village Youth Basketball organization and took part in the Sports Arena basketball team.