Gianna and Rebecca Morales
For the first time in school history, identical twin sisters will graduate Farmingdale High School as valedictorian and salutatorian. Gianna Morales achieved the highest cumulative GPA out of 502 students, earning herself the top spot of valedictorian. Sister Rebecca Morales achieved the rank of salutatorian. The Farmingdale High School Class of 2020 was set to graduate at Hofstra University on June 24, 2020, but the ceremony has been tentatively postponed until August 4, 2020.
“Gianna and Rebecca are two of the most pleasant, inspirational, and intellectual students that have passed through our halls; they are role models for everyone,” said Farmingdale High School Principal Dr. Samuel Thompson. “This is an outstanding accomplishment by two dedicated students who made an extraordinary commitment to learning and no pandemic can take away what they have achieved.”
Gianna Morales will graduate as valedictorian with a weighted GPA of 104.770 and an AP Scholar with Distinction Award. Throughout her high school career, Gianna was involved in numerous activities, and received many honors and awards for her participation, including: National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Tri-M Music National Honor Society, and Science National Honor Society. She was president of the key club and co-president of the Spanish National Honor Society. She placed in the top 10 in protein modeling in the 2019 Science Olympiad Competition, and shadowed Dr. Cristina Sardinha—a colorectal surgeon of Progressive Surgical Care and Northwell Health Hospital at LIJ Medical Center. Gianna was the leader of her French horn section, prepared halftime performances for varsity football games, and the starting defender for the varsity soccer team, where she received Scholar Athlete recognition. Gianna will be attending Cornell University this fall to major in Neuroscience.
Rebecca Morales will graduate as salutatorian with a weighted GPA of 104.707. Her numerous activities, honors, and awards include: National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Tri-M Music National Honor Society, and Science National Honor Society. She placed in the top 10 in protein modeling in the 2019 Science Olympiad Competition. Like her sister, she also shadowed Dr. Cristina Sardinha. Rebecca served as co-president of the National Spanish Honor Society and vice president of the key club. As clarinet section leader, she helped her fellow musicians prepare halftime performances for varsity football games. Rebecca also served as Farmingdale High School's varsity soccer goalkeeper. She earned both the All-Conference and All-Division player awards, and is the record holder for Varsity Track and Field 4x800m, receiving scholar athlete recognition. This fall, Rebecca will attend Cornell University to major in Biology.