Top of the Class

Photo of Dustin Mandell and Jack Hunter
Photo of Dustin Mandell
Photo of Jack Hunter
Lynbrook High School seniors Dustin Mandell and Jack Hunter were recently selected as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for the Class of 2018. The two are exceptional students who aside from their strong academic skills, have played integral roles in the high school community. 

Both students are involved in student government where Mandell currently serves as student government president. The valedictorian is also the editor-in-chief of the school’s newspaper The Horizon, is a Varsity tennis player and a former soccer player. In addition, Mandell was also a member of the school’s mathletes team and has competed in various competitions. In the fall of 2017, he was selected as a Commended Student by the National Merit Scholarship Program based upon his excellent 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test score. 

“I’m proud of everything I’ve accomplished,” he said.  

Hunter holds the role as student government class president of the senior class where he has been Class Night chair for the past three years. The salutatorian is musically inclined, serving as principal violist in the school orchestra, participating in All-County and Long Island String Festival Association competitions and the school musical. Hunter was also an op-ed editor for The Horizon and his passion for swimming has taken him to compete at County’s. He helped co-found the school’s Boys Varsity swim team during his sophomore year and the team will be competing at the New York State level this year which he is very proud of. During the summer, Hunter is a lifeguard and swim coach.

“I’m very excited to get to thank my family and friends in my speech,” he said. “I can’t wait for graduation.”