HAUPPAUGE - Dozens of high school valedictorians were recognized today as Suffolk County's best and brightest students.

The 60 gifted students attended the 17th annual Valedictorian Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency in Hauppauge, where their accomplishments were celebrated.

"I got a lot of help from my teachers, I tried my best in every class," said Newfield High School valedictorian Victoria Ng.

The luncheon was sponsored by the Suffolk School Superintendents Association.

"There's a lot of hard work, perseverance and dedication that these kids put into their schooling," said Bayport-Blue Point School Superintendent Dr. Anthony Annunziato. "It's important to honor that kind of hard work."

Each valedictorian left the luncheon with a copy of "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens."

"As they read the book, they will take their leadership skills and empower other people as well," said Gary McGuey, the keynote speaker at the luncheon.

More than 400 people attended today's ceremony.