Samuel Perez named Summit Class of 2021 salutatorian

Samuel Perez, a National Hispanic Scholar, Schiff Family Science Research Institute (SRI) student and captain on The Summit lacrosse team, is The Summit Country Day School’s salutatorian for the graduating class of 2021.

From the moment he stepped on the campus of The Summit, the teachers in the science department realized his acumen and passion for the subject.

As a freshman, he was willing to challenge himself in Honors Biology. As a junior, he tackled Advanced Placement Biology and AP Physics while being a student in the SRI. In the SRI, he researched the diversity of bacteria in soil to discover new antibiotics.

“I see Mr. Perez as a scientist pursuing his interests in STEM and medicine,” said Upper School Biology teacher Karen Cruse Suder. “He takes initiative, seeking out opportunities that will foster his passions and provide another avenue for him to continue falling in love with science.”

Whether it is in the laboratory where he is delegating tasks to help the group complete the objective at hand or on the lacrosse field, he is a leader.

As a member of the lacrosse team, Sam was second-team all-Miami Valley Conference in 2019 and received honorable mention this season.

Sam excelled in the classroom, earning his way into the National Honor Society and appearing on The Summit’s Director’s List with High Honors for being in the top 10% of the class.

“Sam will be a success in college,” Summit teacher Al Sagel said. “He has formed such good habits that any new challenge is taken in stride. He is an exceptional student.”

Sam will matriculate to Northwestern University this fall and study biological sciences - pre medicine.