Go outside your comfort zone
ISLIP—Madeline Marconi has been named Islip High School salutatorian for the Class of 2018. Marconi said she was “ecstatic” when she learned of her achievement. “I honestly could not be more proud of my accomplishments throughout high school, and being named the salutatorian was a great way to end my high school career,” she added.
Marconi is the co-vice president of the National Honor Society. This year, the Islip chapter held several blood drives and collected toiletries and other items to send to hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. The National Honor Society has also hosted an island-wide event known as “Compassion Without Borders,” in which student leaders from about 30 to 40 high schools gathered for a day of teambuilding, and to promote ideals of support, kindness and generosity among students.
Marconi was also inducted into the World Language Honor Society during her sophomore year. As a junior, she was awarded the Bertie Green Junior Travel Scholarship. This allowed her to spend 10 days in Guatemala last summer with 23 other high school juniors from across the United States.
This year, Marconi was head of the “Pulpero Project,” an initiative she proposed to other members of the World Language Honor Society at her school, as a method of giving back to the people of Guatemala after her trip there. “The other members and I fundraised, and in collaboration with schools of the other award winners, successfully sent funds to the organization ‘De La Gente,’ made up of Guatemalan coffee cultivators,” she said.
Outside of school, Marconi has served as co-youth president of the IDEA (Islip Drug Education and Awareness) task force for the past two years. Her hobbies include playing viola, sketching and reading.
In the fall, Marconi will be attending Yale University, where she intends to major in architecture. “I take a particular interest in the arts and mathematics, particularly in orchestra and calculus,” she added.
Islip High School’s salutatorian says she will miss her friends and teachers after graduation. “I can honestly say that I would not have been able to accomplish half of what I have done without them,” she said.
Marconi cites her parents as her biggest role models and inspiration.
When asked what advice she would give to future graduates, Marconi said to get involved in anything and everything. “Throughout my years in high school, I was fortunate enough to be involved in a myriad of activities, such as pit orchestra, various honor societies and cheerleading,” she explained. “High school is a period of time where students should step out of their comfort zones and try new activities, not only in preparation for college applications, but simply to grow as people and discover their likes and dislikes.”
Marconi added that participating in activities outside her comfort zone was one of the best decisions she made in high school, and because of that, she said she has “many memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life.” She hopes future graduates will make the most of their time in high school before it’s over; that way, they can graduate without any regrets.
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