Don’t stress about school
Sayville's 2018 salutatorian: Douglas Read

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Don’t stress about school

Story By: ANTHONY PERROTTA
6/14/2018


SAYVILLE—Douglas Read has been named Sayville High School’s salutatorian for the Class of 2018. Upon hearing the news, Read says he was excited, but a little uneasy about the idea of speaking at graduation. “I wasn’t completely sure before the announcement if I would be salutatorian, but it wasn’t something I stressed over or cared much about,” he said. “It’s a great honor that I’m proud to be recognized for, but it wasn’t really a goal of mine.”

Read is the captain of the track team, as well as a member of the soccer team, wind ensemble, History Club, chorale, jazz ensemble, SWEEP (Environmental Protection Club), Tri-M Music Honor Society, Rho Kappa (History Honor Society) and RISE (Research in Science and Engineering). He was also voted “funniest” student in his graduating class and the “most likely to grow up to be Michael Scott,” Steve Carrell’s character in the TV sitcom “The Office.” 

In his spare time, Read enjoys watching TV comedies, including “30 Rock” and “The Office.” He also cites comedian Tina Fey, along with Elon Musk and athletes Jesse Owens and Serena Williams as his biggest role models. 

Read will be attending Northeastern University in Boston. He hasn’t picked a major yet, but last year, when this publication spoke to him about being listed among the semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship, Read said he was “looking forward to exploring new fields” and finding what he’s passionate about. 

When asked what advice he would give future students, Read said, “Don’t slack off too much senior year, and don’t stress out too much. Only take classes that you can handle.”