Fulton-Montgomery Community College and Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES hosted the Fourth Annual Student Recognition Dinner Monday, June 3 honoring nearly 60 outstanding seniors from area high schools.
Honorees were selected to attend the awards dinner to recognize their academic and personal achievements during high school. Districts nominating students for recognition were Amsterdam, Broadalbin-Perth, Canajoharie, Fonda-Fultonville, Fort Plain, Gloversville, HFM PTECH, Johnstown, Mayfield, Northville, Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville and Wells.
Having been continually impressed by the academic and extracurricular excellence seen in the region’s students, FMCC and HFM BOCES work together to host the annual event to recognize graduating seniors of distinction. Along with top students from high schools in the region and the HFM BOCES Career & Technical Center, school districts also select students they feel should be recognized.
During the event, each student was individually recognized and awarded a certificate before an audience of school representatives, family members and other guests.
The 2019 honorees were:
Greater Amsterdam School District
In addition to her studies at Amsterdam, Lauren Adair is a student in the New Visions Health program at the HFM Career and Technical Center. Lauren is involved in the HFM National Technical Honor Society and has participated in marching band, majorettes, lacrosse and indoor track at AHS. Lauren is president of Club Interact, a Rotary-sponsored service club that spreads its positivity and efforts to many in need. She’s also president of Operation Smile, a nonprofit medical service organization. She volunteers at local homeless and animal shelters, Meals on Wheels and the Adopt-AHighway cleanup program. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends. She will attend Mount Saint Mary College in the fall to study nursing.
Jeffrey Brennan is the 2019 AHS salutatorian. Jeffrey is involved in National Honor Society and Science Honor Society, along with baseball, basketball, bowling and class fundraisers. He was also awarded the High Academic Award for baseball and basketball for three years. He volunteers at the local Elks Club and has
assisted with the Chemistry Science Fair, and a computer coding program, along with sports clinics for elementary students. Jeffrey’s hobbies include anything involving baseball and family. He plans to attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute for engineering in the fall.
Serge Desbiens is the 2019 Amsterdam valedictorian. Serge is involved in National
Honor Society and is treasurer of the Science Honor Society, through which he volunteers at the SPCA and at Amsterdam elementary schools. He’s a member of AHS Masterminds team and is captain of varsity lacrosse. He has also participated in varsity wrestling and junior varsity football. He is the recipient of the Rensselaer Medal Award in recognition of his “superlative academic achievements.” Serge’s hobbies include camping and spending time with family and friends, and he is grateful for his father’s consistent support. He plans to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for engineering in the fall.
A student in the New Visions Health program at the HFM Career and Technical Center, Tori Gonputh is involved in National Honor Society, HFM National Technical Honor Society, STEP, Mock Trial, Multicultural Club, and NCBI, in which she has been a presenter since ninth grade. She’s been an honor student since elementary school and volunteers at the RJ McNulty Academy for International Studies & Literacy Magnet School, the Amsterdam Free Library, and she does the morning announcements. Tori’s hobbies include playing the flute, singing and puzzles. She will attend Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in the fall for a six-year doctor of pharmacy program.
A graduating senior in AHS’s Smart Scholars program, Hannah Skotarczak, is also a New Visions Health student at the HFM Career and Technical Center. She’s involved in National Honor Society, Science Honor Society (and its Science Bowl), National Technical Honor Society, STEP, SHPE JR, SHAC, and Operation Smile. On top of these many groups, Hannah is also part of “Amsterdance,” a local dance company, which has fostered her creativity and communication skills. Outside of school and work at a doctor’s office, she enjoys being outside hiking. She plans to attend Mercer University in Georgia in the fall where she’ll study nursing.
Broadalbin-Perth Central School District
Alexandra Karpinski has earned Principal’s List designation each quarter during her high school career. In addition to her studies at B-P, Alexandra also attended the HFM Career and Technical Center’s Criminal Justice program, where she said her favorite part was learning how to handcuff students! This year she completed an internship with the Gloversville Probation Office, where she received hands on experience shadowing and observing a probation officer. Throughout the years,
Alexandra has been dedicated to her education and work having been employed at Dunkin Donuts and the ZZ Mart in Gloversville. She is an avid reader and enjoys learning. She will continue her criminal justice studies next year at Fulton-Montgomery Community College and plans to transfer to the University at Albany to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology and eventually a master’s degree in behavior analysis.
Gabrielle Larsen is a three-sport athlete for cross country and track and field and has served as a team captain and most valuable player for the Patriots. She was also involved in a number of extracurricular programs during her time at B-P, including Key Club, National Honor Society, band, chorus, pep band, and Drama Club. A member of the Principal’s List, Gabrielle has received the Key Award from Elmira College and the Marine’s Math and Science Award. Gabrielle also received the Outstanding Cross Country Runner Award from the Fulmont Roadrunners Club and was voted onto B-P’s 2018 homecoming court. Outside of school, she
has served as a vacation bible school leader. She plans to attend Nazareth College in the fall, where she will study communications sciences and disorders.
Kelsey Lindquist is a current part-time student at Fulton-Montgomery Community
College with a 4.0 grade point average. She also attends the New Visions Health program at the HFM Career and Technical Center. Kelsey
is an active member in her class events, Key Club, Spanish Club, the haunted house with SADD, basketball, volleyball, and Literacy Volunteers of America. She’s also helped Mrs. Dietz demonstrate chemistry lessons for young students last year, and parked cars at Eagle Mills as a fundraiser. She will attend Belanger School of Nursing in the fall.
A well-rounded student, Robert Munn has been a member of the National Honor Society and STEM (Rocketry) Club at B-P, while also serving as senior class co-treasurer and playing on the Patriots’ football team. He has also attended American Legion Boys State, and has volunteered at St. Ann’s Church and with B-P youth sports and the Lion’s Club. Robert’s awards include the Rensselaer Medal, the Pride of New York Scholarship, the coach’s award for football, and the Patriot Pride Award. He plans to attend Virginia Tech next year to study aerospace engineering.
Stephanie Somers has served as the senior class president, vice president and president of Key Club, secretary and dance captain for Drama Club, secretary and president of Spanish Club, and has been a member of the National Honor Society and SADD. She has also been part of B-P’s prom committee, and was selected homecoming queen in 2018. Stephanie has earned a spot on the Broadalbin-Perth High School Principal’s List every year, and received the George Eastman Young Leaders Award from the University of Rochester. Outside of school, Stephanie has also volunteered at the community parish. She plans to study business at Siena College in the fall.
Canajoharie Central School District
In addition to his studies at Canajoharie High School, Connor Baker completed the
Cybersecurity & Computer Technology program at the HFM Career and Technical Center. He has been involved in a number of sports and clubs in high school including varsity soccer, baseball, Ski Club and the Athletic Association. He has also been active in the Science Club and the National Honor Society, and he earned the Canajoharie High School Video Game Design Award and the Wells College Award. He has also been employed for the last three years at the Palatine Bridge Price Chopper, where he has worked his way up through a number of departments and was designated employee of the month twice in consecutive months this school year. He’ll attend SUNY Cobleskill in the fall and plans to major in information technology with a specialty in network administration.
During her years at Canajoharie High School, Gabrielle Betts has been involved in a number of activities and sports and completed the Digital Multimedia and Communications program at the HFM Career and Technical Center. During her senior year at the Career and Tech Center, she was selected to appear at local high schools to speak to students about her experiences in the program. She has worked on both the HFM CTC yearbook and the Canajoharie High School yearbook and has had her work displayed at the FMCC Art Show and won second place in the Arkell Art Show. She has also produced photography and videography for Anime Boston and a local dance company and has been an assistant visual arts set designer for Beekman 1802. She also helped design and set up visual artwork for the Sharon Springs Harvest Festivaland completed a variety of other community service projects. She’s played volleyball and skied and is a member of the National Honor Society. For the last three years, she has also been employed at the historic American Hotel in Sharon Springs.
Derek Countryman is the Canajoharie valedictorian. He has been a member of the Student Council and the Technology Club since his freshman year and is currently serving as president of both. He has also been active in Ski Club, Jazz Band, All-County band and choir and is a student representative on Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara’s Student Cabinet. A Boy Scout since the fifth grade, he has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He has been a member of the varsity wrestling and golf teams throughout high school and has been golf team captain the last two years. He also ran varsity track his sophomore and senior years. An entrepreneur, he started his own business in ninth grade working as a woodturner and has been an artisan at Beekman 1802 for the last four years. He is a also beekeeper. He’ll attend Elmira College in the fall to study biology.
Abigail Smith is the Canajoharie salutatorian. She’s been involved in a number of activities and held leadership positions such as the Student Council vice president, the Science Club president, varsity soccer captain, and earned the George Eastman Young Leaders Award from the University of Rochester. She’s a member of the National Honor Society and the varsity track and field team and holds the school’s record in pole vaulting. She also achieved all-star status in soccer for Section 2 and the Western Athletic Conference. She’ll attend Wells College to major in biology in preparation for medical school.
Jaden McGuigan was selected by the Canajoharie High School staff as the most improved student. Having completed boot camp last summer, he is currently serving as a unit supply specialist at the U.S. Army Reserve Center in Schenectady. He’s earned awards for Student of the Month and perfect attendance and is currently teaching himself German. He’ll continue his career in the Army after graduation.
Fonda-Fultonville Central School District
Mitchell Araya, the son of Dr. Michael and Carrie Araya, is ranked ninth in his class and is enrolled in the HFM Career and Technical Center’s New Visions Health program. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the National Technical Honor Society, Student Government, Skype Club, and is the class president and the Board of Education student representative. He’s played basketball and was the soccer team captain, earning second team All Star honors, and played in the Exceptional Senior basketball game. He’s been on the Principal’s List each quarter of high school. Mitchell will attend Binghamton University to
For the last two years, Nate Colletti has attended the HFM Career and Technical Center’s Environmental Conservation program, concentrating on heavy equipment operation. Nate is also the treasurer of his CTC program. He is a member of National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society and has performed more than 300 hours of community service. He has been on High Honor Roll or Principal’s List every quarter in high school. Nate balances academic work with employment, having held positions both at school and at local restaurants. Nate will attend SUNY Cobleskill and has a goal to become an environmental conservation officer.
Massimo DiCaprio, the son of David and Michayla DiCaprio, has earned the number one ranking in the Class of 2019. This year he also attended the New Visions Health program at the HFM Career and Technical Center. He is a member of Superintendent Ciaccio’s Cabinet, Skype Club, National Honor Society, and the
National Technical Honor Society. In addition, he was captain of the varsity football, basketball, and baseball teams. His awards include the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete, the NewsChannel 13 Section 2 Western Athletic Conference and Class B Basketball Scholar Athlete Award, the Doug Dickinson Memorial Award for Schola Athlete, the 2018 NYSHSFCA Class C Scholar Athlete of the Year, the National Academy of Future Physicians Medical Scientists Award of Excellence, the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, and he was a CASDA student scholar. Massimo will attend the University of Notre Dame to study biology.
Taylor Etherton, the daughter of Jason and Meredith Etherton, earned the second highest ranking in the Class of 2019 and participated in the HFM Career and Technical Center’s New Visions Health program this year. She’s the National Honor Society treasurer, Student Government vice president, class secretary and a member of the National Technical Honor Society. Taylor participated in volleyball and received the Most Improved award and the Coach’s award. She has been on the Principal’s List every quarter in high school, is a scholar athlete, a Brave Strong award winner, and has earned awards for highest cumulative average. Taylor will attend Stony Brook to study biology.
Makenna Grady, the daughter of Aaron and Amy Grady, is an early admit student at Fulton-Montgomery Community College and a student at the HFM Career and Technical Center’s New Visions Health program. She’s a member of the National Honor Society, the National Technical Honor Society and Superintendent Ciaccio’s Cabinet. She’s president of Yellow Roses and has served as a Skype Club ambassador, class treasurer, vice president of Character Council, and a member of Student Government Association and Medical Explorers. At FMCC, she’s in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and was on the Dean’s List. She also earned the 2019 Blue Cross Scholarship and the Hudson Mohawk-AHEC 2019 Healthcare Career Scholarship. She has been accepted into Radiologic Technology program at FMCC.
Fort Plain Central School District
Sherry Huang is the daughter of Mei Zhang and Yan Huang. Sherry was born in the U.S., but moved back to China when she was six months
old. She returned to America five years later and speaking no English entered kindergarten in Fort Plain. Today, Sherry is the salutatorian of the Class of 2019. She is a quiet leader, an athlete, and a scholar, who applies her natural intellect and work ethic to everything she does. Sherry is involved in many activities including cross-country, soccer, SADD Library Club, band, and Mock Trial. She is a QuestBridge College Prep Scholar and the recipient of numerous awards. Sherry will be attending Swarthmore College in the fall to study mathematics.
Daniel Kilmartin, son of Joseph and Barbara Kilmartin, is one of Fort Plain’s highest performing students who attends the HFM Career and Technical Center. As a student in HFM’s Cybersecurity & Computer Technology program, he has excelled. With a solid work ethic and a great sense of humor, Dan excels at Fort Plain, as well, both in and out of the classroom. Dan is a varsity basketball and
soccer player and is the public relations officer for the Criminal Justice Club. Through the CTC Cybersecurity program, Dan excelled at his internship with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department and will attend Herkimer County Community College in the fall to study criminal justice.
Michelle Reese is an outstanding young woman who credits her aunt and guardian, Andrea Null, with helping her become the person she is today. Michelle is the top academic performer in her class who attends the HFM Career and Technical Center, where she is a student in the Criminal Justice program. She has been an active member of the school community participating in athletics, clubs, and volunteer work while balancing her job at Price Chopper. Michelle is bright, compassionate and committed to success. She will attend Mohawk Valley Community College in the fall.
Victoria Shultz is the daughter of Michelle Schultz. Victoria has shown significant personal and academic growth since entering Fort Plain. She possesses the self-confidence to be true to herself. Victoria is talented and creative, and as a senior in the Cosmetology program at the HFM Career and Technical Center she is able to highlight both of these aspects. Besides a full academic load, Victoria has been able to maintain a job at a local pizzeria and volunteers to help others. Victoria will attend Fulton- Montgomery Community College this fall to study business.
Bryce Thibodeau, the son of Phil and Sara Thibodeau, is the valedictorian of the Class of 2019. Bryce has chosen the most rigorous academic path and has been nothing short of exceptional. He has been a three-sport athlete throughout his Fort Plain career, excelling in baseball, basketball, and soccer. He has also attended Boys State and participates in almost all of the extracurricular clubs Fort Plain has to offer. Bryce is a quiet force, but a true leader in the classroom, in the sports arena, and in the school environment. Bryce will attend Colgate University in the fall to study biology with his focus on pre-medicine.
Gloversville Enlarged School District
Noah Batease, the son of Daniel and Sari Batease, is graduating third in the Class of 2019. Noah has been a dedicated member of National Honor Society, Key Club, Gloversville High School’s Student Liaison Committee, and has been a Student Government Association member this past year. Noah has dedicated himself to serving others, and making his community a better place. Key Club and the Student Liaison Committee have been the most meaningful to Noah, as he loves community service projects and providing a voice for those who cannot find their own voice. Noah plans to attend Fulton-Montgomery Community College and hopes to pursue a career in either law or teaching.
Matthew Butkevitch is the salutatorian of the Class of 2019. He is the son of Peter and Theresa Butkevitch. Matthew was a member of the GHS golf team, and he has also been an avid volunteer working in a soup kitchen and volunteering for Rail Trail clean ups. He has also been involved with church retreats. Matthew strongly believes everyone should be grateful for what they have, rather than complain about what they don’t have. In the fall, Matthew plans to attend Rochester Institute of Technology, where he will study mechanical engineering.
Paul-John (PJ) Clet is the valedictorian and president of the Class of 2019. The son of Eufemio and Fermina Clet, PJ has consistently made his academics a priority throughout his high school career. In addition to his scholastic achievements, PJ has proven to be a leader amongst his peers and continuously seeks opportunities to make meaningful connections with those around him while making a positive
impact on his school and community. As a junior, PJ was the recipient of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medal of Excellence recognizing his distinguished achievement in math and science. As his impressive resume displays, PJ has been active in National Honor Society, Key Club, the Bridges Mentor program, Astronomy Club and yearbook. PJ has also been a three-sport varsity athlete participating on the soccer, track and baseball teams. He plans to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to pursue a degree in computer systems engineering. His goal is to work for a tech giant such as Facebook or Intel.
The daughter of Randy Parese and Jessica Coger-Parese, Nike was an Academic Titan and achieved Scholar-Athlete status. Nike also completed the Veterinary and Animal Science program at the HFM Career and Technical Center. She was a member of the Oracle Yearbook staff, the Student Government Association, and was the captain of the Competitive Cheerleading Team. She enjoyed volunteer work through Key Club, including community clean ups, and collecting for families in need during the holiday seasons. After high school, Nikeanna will attend the State University of New York at Delhi to pursue a career in nursing. Her dream is to live in a world where she is helping others.
Ryan Issa is the son of Nabil Issa and Lina Alikhan. Ryan has taken advantage of a great many opportunities in high school, including National Honor Society, Key Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Astronomy Club, soccer, tennis, indoor track, outdoor track, and basketball. He also completed the Medical Assisting program at the HFM Career and Technical Center. His volunteer experience includes working on the Gloversville Public Library renovations, Junior Dragons coaching and refereeing, the GHS haunted house, Project Clean Streets, and the Gloversville Santa Project. Ryan would like to become a physician’s assistant and work in the medical field.
Greater Johnstown School District
Augustus D’Amore, the son of David and Virginia D’Amore, has been involved in multiple clubs and activities throughout high school. He is president of the William A. Wright Chapter of the National Honor Society, president of MasterMinds, and treasurer of the Science Club. He is an active member of Jazz Band, Marching Band, Pit Band, and the school musicals. August is also a member of the cross country running and track and field teams. In his spare time, he volunteers at the Johnstown Public Library and plays in the Veterans Day bands. He will attend Union College in the fall.
Conner Diviyak is the son of Steve and Teresa Diviyak. Connor has been active in several clubs and activities during his high school career. He has earned varsity letters in golf, swimming and baseball, and he is a member of the International Club and Choir. During his junior and senior years, Connor excelled in the DigitalMultimedia and Communications program at the HFM Career and Technical Center. He will attend Fulton-Montgomery Community College in the fall.
Rachel Lee, the daughter of Richard and Stacey Lee, is the Johnstown High School Class of 2019 salutatorian. Rachel is the president of Student Council, Key Club and the JHS Baronet. She is also involved in International Club, National Honor Society, Music for the Mind, the Backpack Program, Drama Club and Advanced Choir. She is very active with Class of 2019 activities and previously served as class president. Rachel was a senior captain for both varsity field hockey and lacrosse for which she earned scholar-athlete distinction. She also was recognized with the Most Improved Award for lacrosse and was a Second-Team All-Star for field hockey. Rachel has received the Daughters of the American Revolution Award, the 2019 Youth Leading by Example Award, and the Youth Leadership Recognition Award from the New York State Senate. Rachel is dedicated to her community, as she teaches kindergarten faith formation, mentors for Family Foothill Productions and helps with various other activities. Rachel will attend SUNY Cortland in the fall to major in early childhood and childhood education with a concentration in mathematics.
Marcus Nellis is the son of Mark and Amanda Nellis. Marcus excelled in the Criminal Justice program at the HFM Career and Technical Center during his junior and senior years. While at Johnstown High School, Marcus has been involved in the Gaming Club and the Class of 2019, and he received varsity letters for football and baseball. In the fall, Marcus will attend St. Lawrence University, where he will be member of the football team.
Emily Wheelis, the daughter of Wendy and Chris Wheelis, is the Johnstown High School Class of 2019 valedictorian. She is president of the Science Club, co-president and captain of MasterMinds, treasurer of Key Club, secretary of Music for the Mind and lighting operator for the Drama Club. During her time at Johnstown High School, she has participated in several blood drives and highway cleanups, as well as many other volunteer activities. Emily will attend Binghamton University in the fall to major in integrative neuroscience.
Aaron Christian Bates
Aaron Christian Bates is completing the PTECH program this spring, earning an associate degree in Health Studies from Fulton-Montgomery Community College in addition to his high diploma in four years. Bates came to PTECH from Fonda Fultonville Central School District. In addition to his work at PTECH, Bates also participates in track and field at Fonda-Fultonville. After graduation, he plans to continue his education, possibly in a radiology technician program. While at PTECH, Bates made the honor roll five times.
Monique Livia Beam
Monique Livia Beam, who attended Canajoharie schools before enrolling in the Advanced Manufacturing pathway at PTECH. At PTECH, Beam is a member of the Underwater Robotics Club. She is planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree. During her time at PTECH, Beam made the Principal’s List, was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at FMCC, and received the True Grit Award for underwater robotics.
Cierra Mason is working toward an associate degree in Computer Information Systems from FMCC. Mason, who came to PTECH from Northville Central School, was active in Underwater Robotics, Judicial Council, Blacksmith Guild and Future Business Leaders of America. Outside of school, she had an internship at Vails Mills State Farm; works at the Northville Tops store; does creative writing as a hobby; and takes care of her cat, Zelda. Mason plans to major in Creative Media at Champlain College and hopes to eventually work in a collaborative environment. She lists working for Google as her dream job. Her accomplishments at PTECH include the Principal’s List, FMCC Dean’s List and various FBLA awards at the district and state level. She is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the academic fraternity at FMCC.
Nadia Payan is completing the HFM PTECH program this spring, earning her high school diploma and her associate degree in Business Marketing from Fulton-Montgomery Community College in four years. During her time at PTECH, Payan served as co-president of the Future Business Leaders of America PTECH Chapter and was involved in the Mayfield Drama Club. She was consistently on the PTECH Principal’s List and FMCC’s Dean’s List. She also was in FMCC’s Business Club and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the college’s academic fraternity. This spring, Payan received the 2018-19 Outstanding Business Student of the Year award from the Capital Region Business and Marketing Educators’ Association and was honored by FMCC as the school’s Distinguished Graduate in Business Marketing. She plans to attend The College of St. Rose in the fall as an English major and hopes to work as a creative director or writer in film.
Madison Perez is completing the HFM PTECH program this spring and is receiving an associate degree in Business Administration from Fulton-Montgomery Community College. She came to PTECH from the Gloversville school district. Perez was a member of the Blacksmith Guild and Future Business Leaders of America while at PTECH. Outside of school, she has an internship with Flooring Authority Inc. Her plans after graduation include enlisting in the U.S. Airforce, with the goal of getting her MBA and serving for 20 years. Honors and awards include two Fletching Awards (Blacksmith Guild) and the first place journalism award in the region for FBLA.
Mayfield Central School District
Maggy Lambo is Mayfield’s Class of 2019 valedictorian. Earning a spot at the National Spelling Bee in seventh grade started Maggy’s many accomplishments, which include being a National Merit Semi-Finalist this fall. She is accomplished in many areas, including speaking three foreign languages and playing four musical instruments. As an athlete, she competed on the cross country and Nordic ski teams and with the MasterMinds team competed in Chicago in the Small High School National Championship. Maggy is also active with Key Club, Jazz Band and Student Council. As a junior, she was inducted into the National Honor Society. She also designs and creates accessories to sell in her free time. She will attend Yale University.
Taryn LaFontaine is Mayfield’s Class of 2019 salutatorian. A leader in and out of the classroom, she is a three-season athlete, competing in soccer, basketball and softball, serving as captain in each sport. She won Most Valuable Player honors, was selected as a Western Athletic Conference First Team All-Star, and earned scholar athlete honors. She’s competed nationally with the MasterMinds team and volunteered through the Key Club. After two local boating accidents, her concern led her to promote her own boating safety awareness campaign last summer – “Be a Lifesaver!” Taryn also plays in the Jazz Band and is president of the National Honor Society. This year, Taryn excelled in the New Visions Health program at the HFM Career and Technical Center. She plans to major in human biology, health and society at Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology.
Ryan Phillips has excelled as a Digital Multimedia student at the HFM Career and
Technical Center. His video and design talents have blossomed during his school career, from winning Lego competitions to making videos for schools and organizations. Ryan has also participated in cross country skiing and running, track, baseball, soccer and earned the Kevin Rovito Award in skiing for his hard work and effort. He also works at the Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center. He’ll attend Castleton University to major in graphic design.
Joseph Ward has excelled in the Cybersecurity and Computer Technology program at the HFM Career and Technical Center. Joe has enjoyed computers since junior high, when he fixed and installed hardware. He also enjoys jiu jitsu, practicing for the last three years. At school, he’s been involved with Drama Club, acting in various roles and also played on the basketball team. In the summer, he’s a counselor for the youth recreation program. He’s also busy with many jobs, from cooking at the local drive-in, to shipping packages at a local business. Joe will study computer networking and cybersecurity at Fulton-Montgomery Community College and plans to transfer to the University at Albany to continue his studies.
Kira Williams is one of the hardest working and kindest students at Mayfield. Coming from a home-school background, Kira skipped a junior high grade when she entered Mayfield and is graduating a year early as one of the top-ranked students. She’s in Jazz Band and Guitar Club and supervised younger students in the Mural Club. Her artwork was selected as part of the Saratoga Springs Art All Star Show. She’s an athlete in soccer, Nordic skiing and track and field, making the state competition in Nordic skiing. She’s a member of the National Honor Society and is currently vice-president of her class. Interested in animals, Kira has volunteered at the humane society, taken care of her own animals and shadowed a local veterinarian. She will attend Fulton-Montgomery Community College with the goal of transferring to a four-year college for a science degree and eventually becoming a veterinarian.
Northville Central School District
Brianna Bace, daughter of Jennifer Kuhn-Bace of Northville, is the salutatorian for the Northville High School Class of 2019. Brianna has been a three-sport athlete for her entire high school career playing varsity soccer, varsity basketball and varsity track and field. She has also maintained a full schedule of college classes including research seminar, calculus, biology, physics, English, economics, Spanish 4 and statistics. She will be graduating with the NYS Seal of Biliteracy in Spanish. Brianna has served as treasurer of several clubs including Green Club, Interact Club, International Club, Concert Band and Chorus. She has also been president of Yearbook Club and the Girls’ Athletic Association, and was a captain on her soccer and basketball teams her senior year. Brianna was also active with Jazz Band and National Honor Society. Brianna plans to study pre-law and political science in the Honors College at SUNY Albany.
John Bace, son of Jennifer Kuhn-Bace of Northville, is the valedictorian for the Northville High School Class of 2019. John has maintained a full schedule throughout high school, including a number of college classes such as research seminar, calculus, physics, biology, English, economics, Spanish 4 and statistics. Upon graduation, John will be receiving the NYS Seal of Biliteracy in Spanish. John has also taken part in a number of sports such as varsity soccer, varsity basketball and varsity track. He is a member of Varsity Club, International Club, Interact Club, Jazz Band and National Honor Society. In the fall, John will study nanoscale engineering at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Nanotech Campus in Albany.
MacKenzie Cramer, daughter of Ken and Sheila Cramer of Northville has been named an honor graduate for the Northville Central School Class of 2019. MacKenzie has maintained a full schedule of college-level courses while attending the HFM Career and Technical Center. There, she attended the Digital MultiMedia and Communications program throughout her junior and senior years. MacKenzie has participated in various athletic and scholastic extracurricular activities, including International Club, Yearbook Club, varsity golf and varsity cheerleading. In the fall, she plans to attend SUNY Oneonta for a 3+1 year program with the Fashion Institute of Technology for fashion merchandising.
Destiny Wilson, the daughter of Harry and Jessica Wilson, has been named an honor graduate for the Northville Central School Class of 2019. Destiny attended the Cybersecurity and Computer Technology program at the HFM Career and Technical Center during her junior and senior years. Destiny has participated in various athletic and scholastic extracurricular activities, including varsity basketball, varsity softball, National Honor Society, International Club and Green Club, all while working a part-time job. She plans on attending either SUNY Albany or Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for robotic prosthetics this fall.
Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District
Shaina Golladay is the daughter of Peggy Vrooman and is ranked in the top 10 of her class. Shaina decided to double up her junior and senior year and will graduate a year early. She’s a member of the National Honor Society and has volunteered at a food pantry, the PAWS fundraiser, the Beechnut event, and a local craft fair. She also kept the books for biddy ball and volunteered for the Salvation Army. Shaina played on the varsity softball team in ninth grade and on the varsity volleyball and cheerleading teams throughout high school. She was also captain and treasurer for volleyball and cheerleading. She is a member of the Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Small Ensemble. She’ll attend The College of Saint Rose to study finance.
Nicholas Sanguine is the son of Ron and Annette Sanguine. Nick is ranked in the top 10 of the OESJ Class of 2019 and is enrolled in the Cybersecurity and Computer Technology program at the HFM Career and Technical Center. Nick has been a member of the bowling team since his sophomore year and has devoted a lot of his time to music as a member of the OESJ concert and marching bands. Nick is interested in gaming and hopes to one day make top-selling games that change people’s lives, bringing smiles to all who play. Nick will study game programming at Champlain College.
The Class of 2019 valedictorian, Robert Snell is the son of Shawn and Wendy Snell. A member of the National Honor Society, Envirothon, and the Tech Club, he has served as class president for three years. He also played varsity soccer throughout high school and was on the varsity track team his freshmen and sophomore years. He’s volunteered for Little League, Veterans Clean-Up Day, the Benefit Club Easter Egg Hunt, and St. Johnsville church fundraisers. Robert plans to study financial crime and investigation at Utica College.
Christopher Swartz is the son of Shawn and Stacy Swartz and is the Class of 2019 salutatorian. He’s a member of both the National Honor Society and Envirothon. Chris played soccer in his freshmen, sophomore and junior years and is a member of the track and field team. Chris volunteers with a vacation bible study youth group through his church. Chris said throughout his education he was interested in higher level science and math classes, leading to an infatuation with physics and how things work. Chris plans to attend SUNY Polytechnic in Utica to study mechanical engineering.
Casey Watson is the son of Eric and Marcia Watson. He is ranked in the top 10 of the Classof 2019 and is enrolled in the Environmental Conservation program at the HFM Career and Technical Center, concentrating in heavy equipment operation. Casey is a member of National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society and FFA. He served as the FFA treasurer last year and the FFA secretary this year. He is an Eagle Scout from the Dolgeville Troop 18, and was the group’s senior patrol leader for four years. Casey said he learned many valuable lessons and skills while achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and the experience made him set a higher standard for himself and to be an example for others. He and his family attend Fordsbush Bible Church and are involved with the Praise and Worship team. Casey has volunteered with Veterans Clean-Up Day, Dolgeville Chiefs dinner, Boy Scouts BBQ, and the Dolgeville food pantry. He played on the golf team the last two years and is a member of the Concert Band, Marching Band and Jazz Band. He enjoys hunting, fishing, playing guitar and spending time with his family. Casey plans to work full time in the family HVAC business.
Wells Central School District
Eli O’Connor, has been named the salutatorian of the Wells Central School Class of 2019. Eli’s parents are Stephen and Alice O’Connor of Wells. Eli has been enrolled in the New Visions Health program this year at the HFM Career and Technical Center. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Band, Chorus, Drama Club, and varsity soccer. Eli plans on attending Cornell University in the fall and will study medicine.
Coby Stuart, has been named the valedictorian of the Wells Central School Class of 2019. Coby’s parents are William and Sandy Stuart of Wells. Coby is a member of the National Honor Society, Band and Chorus and participates on the varsity soccer, basketball and baseball teams. Coby plans on going to Siena College in the fall to study law.