Dartmouth scoops up Sayville’s valedictorian and salutatorian


Sayville High School is set to honor 227 graduating seniors during its annual commencement ceremony Friday on the high school football field.

Heading up the Class of 2024 at the 6 p.m. event will be valedictorian Kate Leigh-Manuell and salutatorian Brendan Meyers. Both students have achieved exceptional academic records and have been actively involved in extracurricular activities across their high school careers. And both will attend Dartmouth College this fall.

Leigh-Manuell pulled in the highest weighted GPA of 107.76 among her classmates. She’ll officially graduate at the ceremony with an AP Capstone diploma.

Through Sayville’s R.I.S.E. Tech program, Leigh-Manuell excelled in app development research, teaching herself to write code and use data science. Additionally, she was captain of the Sayville girls varsity tennis team, and president of the high school’s History Club. Outside of school, she works as a deckhand at Sayville Ferry.

Her passion project is a non-profit she co-founded with her cousin. Renewing Tote provides comfort and essential items to children entering or being relocated within the foster care system. At Dartmouth, she expects to major in politics, philosophy and economics.

Meyers achieved a weighted GPA of 107.67. He served as vice president of the Sayville chapter of the National Art Honor Society and the History Club. Additionally, he played on the varsity tennis team and participated in stage crew and the R.I.S.E. Tech program.

Meyers is expected to major in biological sciences at Dartmouth.

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