A passion for music and a desire to enter a STEM program in college.

Bayport-Blue Point High School’s Class of 2021 valedictorian and salutatorian share both.

Valedictorian Lindsay Lessing and salutatorian Cecily Phua have frequently crossed paths in their academic and extracurricular pursuits throughout their years in high school.

Lindsay and Cecily have each taken 11 advanced placement courses and have earned the designation of AP Scholar with Distinction. They are both heavily involved in the Tri-M Music Honor Society — Lindsay is the chapter president and Cecily is the treasurer — and both belong to their high school’s Interact community service club.

They also share an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education.

Lindsay hasn’t decided where she’ll attend college, but she hopes to pursue a degree in engineering or physics. Cecily plans to study science and music performance in college; she too hasn’t determined where she’ll attend school next fall.

During high school, Lindsay has been part of the symphonic and jazz bands, and full orchestra and pit orchestras. She has represented the school district in the All-County ensembles on the oboe and she was a starting defender for Bayport-Blue Point’s 2019 county champion field hockey team.

Cecily plays several instruments, with flute as her main focus. She has been named a NYSSMA All-State musician, having been selected as an alternate for both flute and piccolo. She has performed in the pit orchestra, the LIFC Honors Flute Choir, SCMEA All-County ensembles and the Bay Area Summer Orchestra.

Cecily is involved in the Peer Education Program and the Students Against Destructive Decisions club at the high school. She has played varsity golf since her freshman year.

During a recent Bayport-Blue Point Board of Education meeting, Lindsay and Cecily were each presented with a certificate and a medal in recognition of their outstanding academic and extracurricular accomplishments.

Photo above: Bayport-Blue Point High School salutatorian Cecily Phua (left) and valedictorian Lindsay Lessing at a recent school board meeting. Photo courtesy of Bayport-Blue Point School District

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