Westhampton Beach High School has announced Chris Bender and Frank Lapinski as its Class of 2019 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. The two seniors earned the top spots in their class through their outstanding commitment to academics.
Valedictorian Bender has achieved a number of academic accomplishments during his tenure at Westhampton Beach High School. He is a National AP Scholar, a National Merit Commended Scholar and the soon-to-be recipient of an AP Capstone diploma. He is also a member of the National, Math, Science and Foreign Language honor societies, serves as co-president of the Interact Club, and is a two-sport athlete on the varsity football and lacrosse teams.
Bender plans to attend Williams College in the fall. He has not yet declared a major.
Salutatorian Lapinski has an equally impressive academic track record. He is an AP Scholar, a member of the National, Math, Science and Foreign Language honor societies, president of his school’s mock trial team, co-president of the Interact Club, co-captain of the varsity quiz bowl team and chief financial officer of the school’s Virtual Enterprise team. In addition, he plays the saxophone and performs with his school’s jazz ensemble and pep and pit bands. Outside of school, he participates in the Riverhead Youth Court.