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Two local high school seniors are honored on the Top 25 First-Team All-Western New York Academic Team, as named by Buffalo Business First.

Notre Dame Valedictorian, Tyler Barrett, is headed to the University at Buffalo in the Fall to study physics and Batavia High School’s Sydney Loria plans to go to Colgate University to study chemistry.

Here’s both seniors’ profiles, via this article, and view their pictures here.

TYLER BARRETT

Notre Dame High School

Accomplishments: Class valedictorian. SAT score of 2,270 (99th percentile nationally). Average Regents score of 97.2 (with 7 scores of 98-100). Well-qualified scores (4 or 5) on 2 AP tests. National Merit Scholarship letter of commendation. American Chemical Society Award. Bausch & Lomb Science Award. RIT Computing Medal. Editor of school newspaper.

Full name: Tyler James Barrett

Born: April 18, 1996, Batavia

Parents: Lisa Barrett and Kyle Barrett

Residence: Batavia

Favorite class: Physics (taught by Sheri Girvin)

College and likely major: University at Buffalo, physics

10 years from now: "I will be living in a warm climate. I would like to be a physicist at an aerospace organization, developing technology for the first manned missions to Mars."

Meet anyone from history: Isaac Newton. "I would not meet with him to discuss how he made his discoveries specifically, but rather to learn how he developed the skills to think creatively."

Dinner with anyone alive: Neil deGrasse Tyson. "I am eager to begin applying my education and make an impact in the world. I hope he could guide me in the right direction."


SYDNEY LORIA

Batavia High School

Accomplishments: Class valedictorian. SAT score of 2,260 (99th percentile nationally). Average Regents score of 99.3 (with 9 scores of 98-100). Well-qualified scores (4 or 5) on 2 AP tests. American Chemical Society Award. Bausch & Lomb Science Award. President of orchestra. Co-captain of volleyball team.

Full name: Sydney Margaret Loria

Born: May 12, 1996, Rochester

Parents: Kathleen Loria and Nathan Loria

Residence: Batavia

Favorite class: Calculus (taught by Mark Warren)

College and likely major: Colgate University, chemistry

10 years from now: "I hope to complete my medical degree and start working as a doctor. I also hope to start a family and develop connections with my community."

Meet anyone from history: Rosalind Franklin. "She worked in a time period when the scientific world was dominated by men, and I admire her determination to make a difference despite her gender."

Dinner with anyone alive: J.K. Rowling. "Meeting her would not only allow me to discuss the series that fed my love of reading, but it would allow me to ask her about her creativity."

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