Herricks twins announced as high school valedictorian, salutatorian

Herricks twins announced as high school valedictorian, salutatorian
Herricks High School Class of 2024 valedictorian and salutatorian Devon and Dylan Lee celebrate the moment “virtually” with sister Jeylin Lee, who was valedictorian of the Herricks High School Class of 2023. Valedictorian Devon Lee, left, and Salutatorian Dylan Lee, right. (Photo courtesy of Herricks Public Schools)

Herricks High School is proud to announce that twin brothers Devon and Dylan Lee have been named the valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2024.

Devon Lee’s journey to valedictorian honors is a testament to hard work and unwavering commitment not only to his academics, but also the community. He showcases his academic expertise through the successful completion of Spanish 5 AP through the Language Immersion Program and in enrolling in the most challenging courses offered at Herricks High School: Multivariable Calculus and Physics C/ME.

Devon is an exemplary student-athlete who has led the Herricks boys volleyball team to back-to-back conference championships and has earned him All-County recognition and a spot among the top 50 Long Island players. He has also used his skill to help younger students by co-founding a volleyball summer clinic. Not one to back down to a challenge, Devon has completed four half marathons and one full marathon and looks forward to many more. As an accomplished cellist, Devon’s extensive musical recognitions include performing at Carnegie Hall, earning NAfME All-State and All-Eastern Orchestra honors, as well as securing a commendable second place award in the New York Laureate International Music Competition.

Beyond his athletic and artistic pursuits, Devon is actively involved in mentoring and tutoring younger students and enjoys taking time to share his knowledge and experience to aid in the personal and educational development of his peers. After graduation, Devon will be pursuing a degree in computer science.

Dylan Lee has achieved salutatorian status by displaying focus and determination as he tackles his rigorous course load while taking on a multitude of extracurricular pursuits. His academic accomplishments include scoring at the top of the class in the most challenging courses that the school has to offer, including MultiVariable Calculus, Physics C/ME and Spanish 5 AP via the Language Immersion Program. Dylan’s commitment to cultural understanding, promoting musical talent, advancing STEM education and supporting charitable causes has led to taking on leadership roles in several clubs, including as president of the Asian American Cultural Club and Herricks Jazz Band, vice

president of the STEM Club, secretary of the Coding Club and treasurer of Academix, as well as involvement with Mathletes and Science Olympiads. As a determined student-athlete, Dylan has been recognized as an All-County volleyball player and has contributed his athletic and leadership talent to the school’s championship team. He has also exhibited great skill as a runner, achieving notable first-place finishes in a 10k and two half marathons and two full marathon finishes. Dylan has showcased his musical talents as part of the Herricks Chamber Orchestra, NAfME All-Eastern Symphony Orchestra, New York Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Nassau Principal Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. With this deep love of Jazz, Dylan’s involvement with the Herricks Blue Jazz Band has had a strong impact on the program. Not only did he place third at the 2023 National Jazz Festival, but he also dedicates a great deal of time and energy into strengthening the jazz community within Herricks, ensuring that the musical culture remains vibrant. Dylan plans to pursue a degree in bio medical engineering following graduation.

As is Herricks High School tradition, Devon and Dylan learned that they had been named valedictorian and salutatorian through an announcement over the school PA system. They were then called to the main office where their family was there to congratulate them. Not physically present but joining the celebration by FaceTime was their sister Jeylin who was Herricks class of 2023 valedictorian and is now studying astrophysics at California Institute of Technology.

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