The Manhasset Public Schools is pleased to announce that Kristen DiConza has been named valedictorian of the Manhasset High School Class of 2023 and Jack Diskin and Benjamin Punzalan were named co-salutatorians.
These three stand-out seniors have achieved much success throughout their high school careers.
All three were recognized as finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program this year and have earned the title of Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. They also are tutors, finding joy in helping others academically succeed.
DiConza is part of the high school’s science research program and Science Olympiad team which qualified for the New York State competition this year and last year. DiConza is also an Oak Neck Rowing Academy varsity rower.
Her team successfully took home second place at the New York State competition for rowing this year. After graduation, she will be attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study brain and cognitive sciences.
Diskin is an accomplished student and athlete. He was named all-county this year for basketball and plays lacrosse. He is also a Scholar-Athlete. Diskin was part of the school’s science research program his freshmen through junior year and has had his research published.
In addition, he volunteers at the Shelter Rock Food Pantry. Diskin will be attending the University of Pennsylvania in the fall and plans to major in computer science.
Like Diskin, Punzalan is an active volunteer at the Shelter Rock Food Pantry and is a talented student-athlete, playing both volleyball (All-County) and tennis.
He is involved in the high school’s science research program and was named a Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholar this year. In addition, Punzalan is involved in the high school jazz band and the contemporary ensemble and plays music for the school musicals. He will attend Columbia University in the fall.
The Manhasset Public Schools congratulates these three seniors on this outstanding achievement and wishes them the best of luck in their next chapter.