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Sean Simensky of Locust Valley is Valedictorian of LIU Post Class of 2012


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post

Sean SimenskyBrookville, N.Y. – Sean Simensky, a history major and member of the Honors and Merit Fellowship Program, has been named valedictorian of the 2012 graduating class at LIU Post, the provost of the campus, Dr. Paul Forestell, announced today. The 22-year-old Locust Valley, N.Y. resident will deliver the valedictory address at commencement exercises on Friday, May 4 on the Great Lawn of the Brookville campus before an audience of 9,000 students, faculty, administrators, parents and honored guests.

An aspiring attorney, Simensky maintains a 3.99 grade point average and will be awarded the University's highest student honor, the "LIU Post Academic Achievement Award." He will receive the Bachelor of Science in history, with double minors in political science and sociology.

Known as a talented, hard-working student with an always-friendly demeanor, Simensky will be attending law school in the fall. He is currently interning at the Long Island law firm Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, et al. Throughout his college career he has been honored extensively; he has been on the Dean's List every semester and has been inducted into several honor societies, including the National Honor Society (Phi Eta Sigma), the International Honor Society in Social Sciences (Pi Gamma Mu), the History National Honor Society (Phi Alpha Theta), and the National Political Science Honor Society (Pi Sigma Alpha). In addition, he was awarded the Harold Bernstein Memorial Endowed Scholarship and the Robert Gardiner Endowed Scholarship.

"Sean is one of the strongest majors we have trained in the History Department and his varied talents and hard work not only as a scholar but as a person are admired by all of the history faculty who have had the pleasure of working with him," said Molly Tambor, an assistant professor of history and Simensky's senior honors thesis adviser. "Sean demonstrated singular organizational skill and downright dogged determination in fulfilling all the demands on his time and effort, but his demeanor was never less than cheery, serene, and considerate of the time and concerns of his fellow students and faculty mentors."

Simensky is an involved, integral member of LIU Post who takes every opportunity to help his fellow students. Throughout his college career he has been active with the Learning Support Center, providing class notes for students who need extra assistance. He also served as a tutor -- in an unofficial capacity for many of his classmates, before, during and after class, and for high school students from his alma mater, Locust Valley High School. It was through these experiences that Simensky said he learned that he has a great love for education and teaching. While law school is in his immediate future, he says that he can see himself returning to teaching in some form or another.

Outside of the classroom, he is also committed to helping others. For the past 10 years he has volunteered at St. Gertrude's Food Pantry, which provides food every Friday morning to more than 40 families in his local community.

"My mother instilled the importance of volunteer work in me at a very young age, and for as long as I can remember, helping those less fortunate has been one of the most important aspects of my life," he said. "I can say with certainty that it has changed my life forever."

The valedictorian is selected by a committee comprised of faculty and administrators. Candidates are nominated by faculty members and judged on their G.P.A., number of credits taken in residence, a personal essay, recommendations and an interview with the selection committee. LIU Post, formerly known as the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, is located at 720 Northern Boulevard in Brookville.

Posted 03/22/2012

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