Bayport-Blue Point H.S. valedictorian: Philip Tubiolo: Creating his own success
BAYPORT-BLUE POINT—When Philip Tubiolo first officially learned he would be valedictorian, he said he was “overjoyed.” Though his achievements are all his own, he won’t be the first in the family to achieve that level of success. “My sister Stephanie was the valedictorian of the class of 2010, so it’s nice to keep up the family tradition,” he said.
Tubiolo has been a very busy student throughout his high school career. He was a member of the Science Olympiad team, a bassist in the jazz band and principal cellist in the chamber, pit and symphony orchestras. He’s held executive office in the Tri-M Honor Society, is a member of the National Honor Society as well as a member of the school’s DECCA team. He said he joined DECCA upon the urging of a friend. This year, the team placed in the state competition.
“I had no idea I was interested in business since I was always more science oriented. But the travel and tourism [business focus] was fun,” he remarked.
Tubiolo has been studying karate outside of school since age 4 and got his black belt at age 10. He was on the high school wrestling team for a couple years, but left to concentrate more time on his studies and martial arts. He is now a karate instructor. The sport has been a very important part of his life.
“It taught me the importance of hard work and where it can get you,” he noted.
Tubiolo has been incorporating the rules of karate into his daily routine and encourages his young students to do the same. Those rules are: respect, effort, integrity, self-discipline and self-control. “It teaches you to be responsible for yourself,” he added.
Come fall, the top grad will head to Stony Brook University to study in the college’s prestigious biomedical engineering program. “I’m excited and honored to be going into it,” he said. Although he intends to eventually go on to graduate school, he said the degree he’ll earn would enable him to help people behind the scenes.
“I want to work on surgical implements, but I don’t want to be the one that uses them,” he said. “There are so many different paths I could take.”
As the reality of graduation approaches, the thing Tubiolo said he’d miss most about his school is really a double-edged sword.
“This is such a close-knit community. I’ll miss knowing everyone by name,” he said, adding that’s also what he’d miss the least. “But it will be nice to meet new people and spread my wings a bit.”
This summer, Tubiolo plans on passing free time working on his computer and enjoying the outdoors. “I go fishing a lot with my dad,” he said.
However, the days leading up to graduation will be spent perfecting his commencement speech before delivering it to his classmates. He said he would focus on the topic of ambition.
“Don’t wait for things to come to you,” Tubiolo explained. “Create success for yourself.”
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