Ryan Brewer, valedictorian
Ryan Brewer finished at the top of Bay Shore’s Class of 2020 with a 103.8 percent weighted GPA. He plans to attend Johns Hopkins University, studying computer …
Ryan Brewer finished at the top of Bay Shore’s Class of 2020 with a 103.8 percent weighted GPA. He plans to attend Johns Hopkins University, studying computer science and playing baseball for the school. Brewer made his decision to enroll at JHU because of the school’s emphasis on medicine.
“I am really interested in the effects that artificial intelligence can have on the medical field, and [Johns] Hopkins has such a great medical program,” Brewer said. “I just wanted to be in an environment where I would be able to explore that more.”
Brewer said he is interested to see how prevalent artificial intelligence will be in the future.
“My main goal would be to help further the agenda of artificial intelligence, whether that be medicine or in telecommunications, or getting electricity out to people who don’t have it,” he said.
Brewer played baseball for Bay Shore throughout high school, mainly as catcher. Brewer has been scouted by college recruiters before entering high school, and baseball will be a staple in his college career as well — now as an outfielder.
Brewer said that, academically, the handful of students at the top of the class embraced competition among their peers when it came to grades.
“Having a bunch of [peers who] are always getting super high grades in every class, it definitely pushed all of us to go really far,” Brewer said, adding that two of his classmates (and friends) are anticipating attending Harvard University.
Brewer firstly recognized his parents in terms of impact and influence on his successes thus far. He also shouted out three teachers through the years: Mrs. Bosley, who was Brewer’s calculus teacher for the last two years; Mr. Masino, Brewer’s 10th-grade computer science teacher; and Mr. Orofino, who taught Brewer’s tech class in eighth grade. Since then, Brewer has joined Mr. Orofino in running a Python programming club for students at the middle school.
Isabelle Brown is the Class of 2020 salutatorian for Bay Shore with a 102.84 percent weighted GPA. She anticipates attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as a flight student as well as studying aviation business management.
Brown’s decision to pursue this schooling and career path stems from a conversation with her father while traveling to London. Also, her grandmother was a flight attendant. Attending Heritage Flight Academy at MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma since June of last year, Brown has worked and studied with successful results.
“I had the opportunity to take lessons and get my private pilot license, which is the first license in a pilot’s career that allows you to carry passengers,” she said, adding that she would go to the community after school four days a week during the school year. She received the private pilot license in February and is anticipating completing another notable task in flight before attending Embry-Riddle, where she plans on being issued additional licenses.
Brown said she has the goal of becoming a commercial pilot.
Brown also took part in multiple pre-college programs, like NYU’s Weekend Workshops as well as traveling to Harvard University, Columbia University, as well as abroad.
“I have met a couple of professors who have definitely left a mark on me that way,” she said, adding that flight instructors have also had an impact in her life, as well as her parents. “My parents have always supported me 1,000 percent. Any ambition I have had, whether financially or emotionally, they basically never let me be limited in what I have wanted to do. I am really lucky to have that.”