Class of 2021 valedictorian and salutatorian

Meet Wantagh High School’s Class of 2021 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

The Wantagh School District is pleased to announce that high school seniors Melanie Volz and Hayden Maitra have been designated as the Class of 2021’s valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. The announcement was made on Oct. 8, with administrators, guidance counselors and family in attendance. 


In congratulating the students, Wantagh High School Principal Dr. Paul Guzzone said becoming valedictorian and salutatorian is a tribute to working hard since middle school. “Most important are the skills you have developed to become valedictorian and salutatorian,” he said.


Melanie is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and has qualified for the AP Capstone Diploma. She recently received a gold medal for research at The Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair and is a former third-place winner in the Nassau County Envirothon. Melanie is an officer in the National Art Honor Society, National Honor Society and National English Honor Society and is also a member of the World Language, Tri-M Music and National Science honor societies. 


In addition to working on a project to acquire the Girl Scouts of America Gold Award, Melanie is a member of the Academic Team and is an officer in the Asian Culture Club, Band Council, Class of 2021, General Organization, Mathletes, Minds Matter Club, Science Olympiad and World Food Club. She also volunteers at the National Museum of Mathematics in New York City.


As salutatorian, Hayden is equally as academically talented and is involved in myriad extracurricular activities. He is an Advanced Placement student and has also qualified for an AP Capstone diploma. His goal is to become a mechanical engineer and is currently searching colleges that will assist him in achieving that goal. 


Hayden is currently a patrol leader for Boy Scouts Troop 656 and is working toward becoming an Eagle Scout. He said that being a scout has opened his eyes to the various volunteer opportunities in the community. He is also a member of the track, winter track and cross-country teams and was a division-scorer for long jump. He is also a member of the Wantagh Animal Rights and Recycling Club and a volunteer at Tackapausha Museum and Preserve. In addition to school and volunteering, Hayden has worked as a plant caretaker, helper and salesperson at A & M Seasonal Corner in Massapequa for the past two years.


Superintendent of Schools John McNamara told the students that he is thrilled by their accomplishments. “It has been a long road to get here and we will enjoy celebrating this recognition with both of you.”