The annual award is given to a graduating high school senior who excels in math and science. Each Staten Island high school is asked to submit a single nominee, from which the honoree and runner-up are selected. The award is named for Michael J. Petrides, a legendary Staten Island educator, who died in 1994.
A leader in the classroom, Wesley Dai has achieved the highest academic average of any student at Staten Island Academy in the last 10 years. He received a perfect score of 2400 on his SAT as well as perfect scores of 800 on both the Math II and Chemistry SAT Subject Tests. This year, Wesley was selected as a candidate for the U.S. Department of Education’s prestigious Presidential Scholar’s Program. In addition, he was named a semifinalist for the National Merit Scholarship Program and an AP Scholar with Honor. Wesley serves as the president of his school’s Science Club and recently competed in the New York Metro Science Olympiad, where he finished in fifth place. Last summer, he co-authored a study based on research he did during an internship at The Spine and Pain Instiute of New York. The study was recently published in Pain Physician Journal, the official publication of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. Along with his academic achievements, Wesley is a competitive swimmer. He will be attending Yale in the fall.
“The Petrides Award has been given to several extraordinary students over the years, and I’m happy to continue that tradition,” noted Borough President Oddo. “I’m impressed and encouraged by all of our nominees, who are the best and brightest in our community.”
Hanlin Miao of Monsignor Farrell High School was named first runner up.
2017 Petrides Award Nominees
NatalieDeana Badillo, St. Joseph Hill Academy
Carlo Baria, CSI High School for International Studies
Kafayat Bello, Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning School
Jessica Caushi, New Dorp High School
Jason Contino, Michael J. Petrides School
Wesley Dai, Staten Island Academy
Kristen Fontana, Notre Dame Academy
Samantha Gavin, Moore Catholic High School
Emily Higgins, Susan E. Wagner High School
Dona Kiriella, Port Richmond High School
Patrick Lilley, St. Peter’s Boys High School
Kristopher Lopez, Ralph R. McKee Career & Technical High School
Hanlin Miao, Monsignor Farrell High School
Nardine Nasr, Tottenville High School
Justin Peterkin, Curtis High School
Julia Selleck, St. John Villa Academy
Chloe Trang, Staten Island Technical High School