Friends, family, teachers and school administrators gathered at the HFM BOCES Conference Center June 6 to honor 52 graduating seniors for their academic and personal achievements during high school.
Having been continually impressed by the academic and extracurricular excellence seen in the region’s students, FMCC and HFM BOCES worked in partnership last year to establish the Student Recognition Dinner.
“It’s a pleasure to see so many students here that are doing so well in school and have such bright futures,” FMCC President Dr. Dustin Swanger said. “We don’t celebrate our students enough and it’s awesome to be able to do that tonight.”
HFM BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Patrick Michel lauded the students for their wide range of accomplishments.
“I’m so proud of all of you. The young adults here have done phenomenal work in many different aspects of their lives and schools,” Dr. Michel said.
As evidenced in the biographies presented in the event’s program (Click here to read the biographies), the recognized students took advantage of opportunities of many opportunities in their schools and communities. The students excelled academically, participated in clubs and athletics, volunteered for local charities and non-profits, held jobs at local businesses, been active in churches and community groups, completed internships in the workforce and pursued personal interests and hobbies. One of the honorees even obtained grant funding to start his own business.
Among the honorees were students who traveled abroad to perform missionary work, climbed all the Adirondack High Peaks, championed opportunities for the disabled, participated on championship teams and in award-winning music groups and helped educate fellow students about diversity in their communities and in the world. One student overcame traumatic injuries suffered in a car accident. Despite her injuries, she’ll still graduate on time with her class later this month.
During the event, each student will be individually recognized and awarded a certificate before an audience of school representatives, invited family members and other guests.
The honorees were:
Greater Amsterdam School District
Tazdyn Francisco, Jessica Gardinier, Martina Hughes, Jesse Kellogg and Kelsey Veeder.
Broadalbin-Perth Central School District
Julie Capito, Jake Cope, Emma Holland, Christina Lin and Holley Neznek
Canajoharie Central School District
Austin Peter Countryman, Cassidy Ferguson, Brooke Russell, Christopher Schrell and Nalia Swartz
Fonda-Fultonville Central School District
Emmalee Baker, Avery Cook, Stiven Florez, Anne Sinicropi and Sarah Subik
Fort Plain Central School District
Austin Cotton, Zoe D’Arcangelis, Allie Schuyler, Julia Stockwell and Lexi Veitch
Gloversville Enlarged School District
Rebecca Brown-Weinstock, Zoe Cantelupe, Paula Coleman, Ckailea Kewley and Quentin Reynolds
Greater Johnstown School District
Raina Danylak, Daniel Jarabek, Chloe Salisbury, Tyler Spaid and Casey VanValkenburgh
Mayfield Central School District
Haley Almy, Emily Barker, Molly Lambo, Taylor Madeiros and Angelina Mannino
Northville Central School District
Sadie Marie Cotrofeld, Michael Darling, Taylor Johnson, Alexandra Purdy and Jasmine Vrooman
Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central
Tyler Clark, Aidan Eggleston, Lyndsey Lynch, Liam Sammons and Georgia Schaffer
Wells Central School District
Daniel O’Connor and Caleb Trezise