Reva Butensky, a senior at Plainview Old Bethpage's John F. Kennedy High School, has been named valedictorian of the Class of 2014.
“Reva’s success has been driven by her determination and continuous desire to learn in and out of the classroom,” said Dr. Lorna Lewis, Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District Superintendent of Schools. “Reva has accomplished a tremendous amount in her four years at the John F. Kennedy High School and we are confident that she will succeed in her future endeavors.”
Reva enrolled in a variety of college-level courses as she studied in 12 advanced placement classes, and excelled as an AP scholar with Distinction. Reva was also awarded with a National Merit Commendation and received the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Medal for mathematics and science excellence. Additionally, Reva devoted her time to conduct independent science research at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, New York University and participated in the High School Honors Science Program at Michigan State University. She was also named as a semifinalist in the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search.
In addition to her academic achievements, Reva excelled outside the classroom. She was vice president of the school’s Student Government Executive Board, varsity captain of the Quiz Bowl Team, president of the JFK National Honor Society Chapter, and managing editor of the Hawk Eye school newspaper. She also was a member of the Robotics and Engineering Club, Science Honor Society, Mathletes, and Drastic Measures a cappella group since her freshman year. She additionally excelled on the field as a teammate on the varsity kickline, track & field and junior varsity cheerleading teams. Reva also received Gold Awards in the National Spanish Exam, and was a member of the Spanish Honor Society
Reva plans to study chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall.