Surprise: Bayport-Blue Point announces its Class of 2023 valedictorian and salutatorian


Bayport-Blue Point schools announced that Ryan Mattimore and Erin McMahon have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the graduating Class of 2023.

The surprise announcement happened during the school board’s Sept. 13 meeting.

High School Principal Robert Haas introduced the students to the community, describing Ryan and Erin as well-rounded students and leaders. He also noted that while both students suffered from sports injuries, they stayed dedicated to their teams and teammates.

As valedictorian, Ryan has achieved a weighted GPA of 103.4, completing seven advanced placement courses during his high school career. He earned a top score of five on six of the AP courses. Having completed AP Research, Ryan has also earned an AP Capstone diploma.

In 2021, Ryan, a member of the high school’s cross country, was recognized as an AP Scholar, and this year will be recognized as an AP Scholar with Distinction.

Second in to Ryan was Erin, who has a weighted GPA of 102.7. She has completed six advanced placement courses, scoring a five on four of them. Erin was recognized this year as an AP Scholar with Distinction.

Erin earned All-County and All-State honors as a pitched and outfielder on Bayport-Blue Point’s varsity softball team. She also plays for the high school’s basketball team. A member of the National Honor Society, she has been bestowed with the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, according to her Twitter account.

“Both of these students have excelled in the arts, athletically and as leaders within school,” Mr. Haas said. “However, it is their character and determination that has truly been as inspiration to their peers and anyone who has come in contact with them.”

Top photo: Center, Bayport-Blue Point High School Class of 2023 valedictorian Ryan Mattimore and salutatorian Erin McMahon are pictured with (from left) Superintendent of Schools Timothy Hearney, High School Principal Robert Haas and Board of Education President Michael Miller.