On June 6, Fulton-Montgomery Community College and HFM BOCES will hold the Second Annual Student Recognition Dinner. 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 dinner. Along with top students from high schools in the region and the HFM BOCES Career & Technical Center, school districts are allowed to select students who they feel should be recognized.
The 2017 honorees are:
Greater Amsterdam School District
Tazdyn Francisco is the Amsterdam 2017 salutatorian. She has been active in Math Club and Book Club, and she was the treasurer for both the National Honor Society and Masterminds. She was also a diversity leader for NCBI, a program designed to teach students to break internal stereotypes and promote acceptance of diversity. Tazdyn was the winner of the 2014 Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Scholarship, the Presidential Scholarship for Nazareth College and a Dance Merit Scholarship. She is a volunteer dance coach for the Gloversville High School Winterguard team and also volunteers at Amsterdam High School for such activities as open houses, plays and teacher recognition days. She is also volunteer teacher at Susan Sanford’s School of Dance, where she has been dancing for 14 years, and Sanford’s Ballet Summer Camp. She also works twice a year at a local consignment sale and helps with fundraising and animal care at the Lewis County Humane Society. She plans to attend Nazareth College to pursue a degree in dance studies and a minor in psychology.
Jessica Gardinier is the 2017 Amsterdam valedictorian. She has been involved in student government, Drama Club, the National Honor Society, Masterminds and softball. She has also participated in marching band, jazz band, wind ensemble, pit band and symphonic band and has attended four NYS School Music Association festivals. Her leadership experience includes being the drum major for the Marching Rams, the National Junior Honor Society president and membership on the Marching Rams Leadership Council. She is the recipient of the Scholar Athlete Award, the RPI Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Math and Science and the Marist Presidential Scholarship. She also received the First Place Outstanding Drum Major award in the Grand Feature Apple Blossom Parade in Virginia and played in the Area All State Honors Band in 2015. She has volunteered at Amsterdam High School for open houses, teacher recognition days and school dances, and she received the Girl Scout Bronze and Silver awards for a combined 70 hours of volunteer work. She will attend Marist College to major in accounting and finance.
Martina Hughes is a member of the Amsterdam Class of 2017 and completed the New Visions Health Careers program at the HFM Career and Technical Center. Since freshmen year, she has played softball and was a majorette for the Amsterdam Marching Rams. She also participated in indoor track, soccer and basketball. She is a member of the National Honor Society at Amsterdam and the National Technical Honor Society at HFM. She received the Best Varsity Defensive Player Award at the Papierniak Softball Tournament and received the Katie Olesak Memorial Award recognizing her majorette performance. She has volunteered with the National Honor Society and at blood drives, teacher recognition days, her school’s recycling program, the SPCA, Nathan Littauer Nursing Home and Lexington ARC. She also works at Cappie’s Restaurant, Kelly’s Imperial Bowling Center and as a clerk for the Town of Amsterdam. She will attend Le Moyne College and St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in the Dual Degree Nursing program.
Jesse Kellogg, the son of Steven and Vivian Kellogg, is a member of the Amsterdam Class of 2017, and a student at the New Visions Health Careers program at the HFM Career and Technical Center. He has been involved in the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, varsity football, varsity lacrosse and the Amsterdam Rugged Lacrosse Academy. He also works at St. Mary’s Hospital and is involved in Medical Explorers. He was named a First Team All-Star and a First Team All-Conference defensive end, a Section II Scholar Athlete and the Amsterdam Recorder’s All Area First Team defensive end. He also earned a Multicultural Award, and was a member of the 2015 Section II Class A Northern Regional Championship football team. He plans to attend Hofstra University to study pre-health sciences and biology. Since the age of 13, his goal has been to be an orthopedic surgeon, and he says attending New Visions was one of the best decisions of his life.
Kelsey Veeder has taken honors and AP courses throughout high school, and as a member and president of National Honor Society he has volunteered around the community extensively. Kelsey is also vice-president of Masterminds and served as co-captain of the varsity team. Since his sophomore year, he has acted as a diversity teacher in the AHS chapter of the NCBI program, which promotes diversity and understanding for both staff and students through education and hands-on learning activities. In his free time, Kelsey assists the Drama Club to build sets and ushers at shows. He plans to attend Hobart College in the fall to pursue a double major in political science and LGBT studies.
Broadalbin-Perth Central School District
Julie Capito, the daughter of Carrie and Patrick Capito, was involved in a number of extracurricular programs during her time at Broadalbin-Perth. A founding member of the school’s Green and Alliance clubs, she also served as Spanish Club president, Key Club vice president and National Honor Society treasurer. In 2016 and 2017, she participated in the Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge, and was a member of B-P’s Lexus Eco Challenge team in 2016. Julie played alto saxophone and trombone in B-P’s concert and jazz bands and was a five-year member of B-P’s cross country and track and field teams. In 2015, she represented B-P at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference, and for the past three summers, she has volunteered at the adult daycare at the Wilkinson Nursing Home. As a freshman, she received the Air Force Math and Science Award. She also received the 2016 Presidential Volunteer Service Award, the University of Rochester’s Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science award, the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award, and she was B-P’s nominee for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award in 2016 and 2017. Julie plans to attend St. Lawrence University in the fall to study ecological restoration and environmental science.
Jake Cope, the son of Kevin and Sally Cope, is a four-year member of B-P’s soccer program, and he also participated in Masterminds, STEM Club, Key Club and the National Honor Society. He played percussion for the high school concert band, pep band and marching band. Jake’s accolades include the Mathematics and Science Award, George Eastman Young Leaders Award, and induction into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Outside of school, Jake volunteered for the Fulmont Community Church’s kids program and traveled to Honduras on a mission trip. Jake plans to study computer science at Binghamton University’s Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Emma Holland is ranked within the top of her class at B-P and attended the Digital Multimedia and Communications program at the HFM Career and Technical Center. She has won first place in the Horsing Around with Art competition in Saratoga Springs two years in a row. Emma is a well-rounded individual who has been involved in numerous extra-curricular activities including SADD, the National Honor Society and drama productions. Emma was also a studio art student assistant, a communications intern and worked in the school store and held part-time employment. The recipient of a $23,000 a year scholarship, Emma will attend the Savannah College of Art and Design to pursue a major in sequential arts.
Christina Lin, the daughter of Wen Yuan (Mike) and Minxiu (Michelle) Lin, is a four-year member of the Principal’s List. Christina has served as president of Key Club and participated in Odyssey of the Mind, Masterminds, Green Club and STEM Club. As a senior, she was one of two student representatives to the B-P Board of Education. In 2016, she received the Multicultural High School Achievers Award and the Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award. Christina plans to attend Wellesley College next year.
Holley Neznek has spent a great deal of time helping others by volunteering for the Lions Club, St. Joseph’s Church, Ronald McDonald House, SADD, Key Club and Lexington ARC. Holley is also a member of the National Honor Society, Green Club, chorus, 4-H, and she works a part time job at Kohl’s Department Store, where she also engages in community service projects. This year Holley attended the HFM Career and Technical Center’s New Visions Health Careers program. She will attend Fulton-Montgomery Community College in the fall with plans to major in nursing.
Canajoharie Central School District
Austin Peter Countryman
Austin Countryman, the son of Barry and Patricia Countryman, is the Canajoharie 2017 valedictorian. He has been a member of the band, jazz band, choir and chamber choir, serving as officer in the band. He has also been a member of Science Club and National Honor Society, and served as an officer in Student Council and History Club. He played JV basketball and baseball and skied varsity cross-country earning Rookie of the Year as a sophomore. He was also a standout member of the varsity golf team, leading the team in points for three years and carrying the lowest average his senior year. He attended the Western Athletic Conference Leadership Conference, the NYS Student Council Leadership Conference and Boys State. Outside of school, Austin earned the rank of Eagle Scout and assisted with eight Eagle projects. His volunteer experience includes helping with annual clean ups on Route 5S, Wintergreen Park and Adirondack hiking trails. He also volunteered at the Ames Firehouse Pancake Breakfasts, and helped with many church events, blood and food drives and car washes. An avid sportsman, he was a three-year champion at the Sprout Brook Rod and Gun Club’s Archery 3-D Competition. He also worked as a Boy Scout camp counselor, a lifeguard and a clerk at Sunnycrest Orchards. Austin will attend Rochester Institute of Technology to major in statistics and actuarial science.
Cassidy Ferguson, the daughter of Scott and Carrie Ferguson, is the Canajoharie 2017 salutatorian. She has been a member of the band, jazz band, orchestra and handbell choir. She played soccer for four seasons and was named a team captain as a senior. She also ran track and skied cross-county for two years. She has served as Student Council secretary and vice-president, and was a member of the International Club, Ski Club, History Club, Science Club, SADD, NADA, National Honor Society, Yearbook Committee and the Athletic Association. She attended the Western Athletic Conference Leadership Conference, and earned Elmira College’s Key Award as a junior. Outside of school, Cassidy is active in her church, and has been a member of the LDS Young Women and LDS Stake Youth Planning Committee. She served in multiple leadership positions in the LDS Mia Maids and Laurels classes. Through church and community, she helped restore a cemetery and cleared the grounds of a church, the Capital Region Food Bank, a church camp and a town park. She has made blankets for the needy, cleaned her church, and volunteered at seminary. She also helped at many car washes, fundraisers and blood drives. She has worked for Upstate Professional Cleaning Company and as a server at The Olde Tater Barn. Cassidy will attend Cazenovia College with plans to pursue photography.
Brooke Russell is a member of the Canajoharie Class of 2017, and she studied equine science at the HFM Career and Technical Center. She has participated in FFA, SADD and in fall and spring sports. When not in school, Brooke works as a babysitter and housesitter. She also worked this year at a year-long internship with a large animal clinic in Nelliston. Brooke plans to attend Alfred State to pursue a veterinarian technician degree.
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Nalia Swartz is a Canajoharie Honors graduate who also attended the Criminal Justice program at the HFM Career and Technical Center. During high school, she participated in the Canajoharie High School Computer Science Internship program, played oboe in the band and cello in the orchestra and was a member of the handbell choir. She also played softball and is a member of the National Honor Society at Canajoharie and the National Technical Honor Society at HFM. Nalia is a corporal in the Amsterdam Police Explorers, and earned the Criminal Justice program’s Highest Average Award. She is First Aid/CPR certified, and she has earned Homeland Security ICS 100 Certification and X-Ray Baggage Screening Certification. This spring she also participated in the SkillsUSA 2017 State Competition. She plans to attend the University at Albany to major in forensic chemistry.
Fonda-Fultonville Central School District
Emmalee Baker is ranked third in the Fonda-Fultonville Class of 2017, and has been on the Principal’s List every quarter of her high school career. She also received an award for scoring a perfect 100 on the US History Regents and an award for having the highest average in her college pre-calculus course. She has taken many advanced classes such as college calculus, English, pre-calculus, American history, AP and honors biology and honors geometry. Emmalee is a member of the National Honor Society, Yellow Roses Club, All County Chorus, Select Chorus and Key Club. She has taken an active role in high school drama performances, yearbook and volleyball. She takes part in various activities with her class and has volunteered as a tutor, with the Salvation Army and with a church soup kitchen. Emmalee plans to attend North Country Community College in the fall with the goal of becoming a radiology technician.
Avery Cook has excelled academically, and is involved in numerous clubs, athletics and volunteer work while balancing employment. The top ranked student in the Fonda-Fultonville Class of 2017, Avery has been involved in the Superintendent’s Student Cabinet, Yellow Roses Club, National Honor Society, Yearbook Club, Select Chorus, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Pit Band and Key Club. She has been awarded several athletic awards such as Most Productive Newcomer, Most Dedicated Runner and 2016 team captain for varsity cross country. She is an award-winning athlete on the varsity indoor and outdoor track and varsity soccer teams, and is a 2017 Time Warner Cable Scholar/Athlete of the Week. Outside of school she participates in Girl Scouts, FOVAPA Community Band, Fonda Reformed Church Youth Group, NYS Summer Young Writers’ Institute, Champlain College Young Writers’ Conference, Mohawk Valley Chamber Ensembles, and the Capital District Writing Project taking leadership roles in many of these groups. Avery will attend Hamilton College in the fall to study creative writing.
Stiven Florez is enrolled in the HFM Career and Technical Center’s New Visions Health Careers program, which allows him the ability to obtain valuable hands-on hospital experience. He has challenged himself academically by taking advanced courses such as college English, US History and Calculus, and he has earned Honor Society recognition at HFM BOCES. He has been a member of the boys soccer team and boys basketball team throughout his high school career and earned awards for Most Dedicated and the James C. Lippie Basketball Award. Stiven will graduate in June with a Comprehensive Diploma, which requires 300 documented community services hours while in high school. Stiven will attend Hartwick College in the fall to study bio-chemistry, pre-med.
Anne Sinicropi is enrolled in the HFM Career and Technical Center’s New Visions Health Careers program where she has gained valuable experience in the medical field. In addition to receiving an Advanced Regents diploma in June, she was the captain of the girls volleyball team, and competed as a member of the Caroga Lake Club Volleyball team. Her efforts earned her the Laura Gage MVP Award in 2016. Anne is a member of Student Government, the Prom Committee and National Honor Society. She has been involved in the People to People Ambassador Program, the Century Club and has volunteered for the Alzheimer’s Association. Anne was recognized for her leadership and dedication to academics by the CASDA Scholarship Recognition Program and has completed the Trauma Nurse Crash Course at Nathan Littauer. Anne will attend Drexel University in the fall to major in nursing.
Sarah Subik is the second-highest ranking student in the Fonda-Fultonville Class of 2017. She has continuously challenged herself by taking numerous honor and college courses including honors geometry, global history, biology (AP/CHS), US history, pre-calculus, statistics, economics, Politics in Government and English. She has also taken several engineering courses in the Project Lead the Way program. Sarah is vice president of her class, a student government representative, the student representative to the Fonda- Fultonville Board of Education and a member of the Building Leadership Team. She is a member of the varsity basketball and soccer teams, the All-County Band, Key Club and Yearbook Club. Outside of school, she has been a 4-H member for 11 years participating in groups including beef, sheep, horse, cooking and sewing while earning numerous awards showing her livestock. Sarah is also a member of the Fonda Reformed Church Senior High Youth Group. She will attend Union College in the fall to study engineering.
Fort Plain Central School District
Austin Cotton, the son of Shawn and Kimberly Cotton, is a member of the Fort Plain Class of 2017 and has experienced success in the Auto Technology program at the HFM Career and Technical Center. Austin recently made a significant contribution to the Fort Plain school community through his participation as a founding member of the Unified Sports basketball team showing camaraderie, patience and kindness toward his teammates. He plans on entering the workforce after graduation, putting the skills he has learned at the Career and Technical Center into practice.
Zoe D’Arcangelis, the daughter of Rocco and Deborah D’Arcangelis, is the Fort Plain 2017 salutatorian. She is currently serving as the Student Council president, and is passionate about helping others and the environment. Zoe is a member of the Environmental Study Team (EST), and has been in all of the school’s drama productions for the past several years – often cast as a lead. Zoe is also a member of various clubs and organizations including: All-County and All-State Choir, SADD, OK2XL, Library Club and Mock Trial. Zoe will attend the University of Rochester to study biology and Spanish, with a goal of becoming a pediatrician.
Allie Schuyler, the daughter of Jason and Rebekah Schuyler, is a member of the Fort Plain Class of 2017, and has attended the HFM Career and Technical Center’s Medical Assisting program. As part of her clinical experience, she’s worked alongside medical professionals at St. Mary’s Hospital on the medical/surgical floor. Allie maintains a job, a high academic average and also finds time to participate in school activities including National Honor Society, SADD and Student Council. She will enroll after high school at Fulton-Montgomery Community College to study nursing. Her goal is to become a registered nurse.
Julia Stockwell, the daughter of Don and Cheryl Stockwell, is a standout student both in and out of the classroom. She takes the most rigorous courses offered and maintains a high academic average. Julia also spends countless hours at Highlights Performing Dance Studio, where she has danced since the age of 3. She is an assistant instructor, volunteering her time teaching young dancers. Julia also finds time to be a part of many school organizations such as All-County Band, National Honor Society, Peer Mentor, Student Council and SADD. Julia will attend Ithaca College to study biochemistry.
Lexi Veitch, the daughter of Tim and Lynn Veitch, is the Fort Plain 2017 valedictorian. She is a scholar, a three-sport athlete, and an active volunteer with a genuine desire to help others. Lexi is the senior class president, and is involved in a broad range of activities including: Student Council, Library Club, SADD, All-County Band and the Environmental Study Team (EST). Additionally, Lexi is a peer mentor to a younger student, serving as a “big sister,” role model and friend to an eighth grade student. Outside of school, Lexi volunteers at church functions, the Salvation Army and an animal shelter. She will attend University of Vermont to study biology.
Gloversville Enlarged School District
Rebecca Brown-Weinstock, the daughter of Dr. Paula Brown-Weinstock and Mr. Gary Weinstock, is the 2017 Gloversville salutatorian. She has committed herself each year to academic excellence and has been recognized as an Academic Titan since 2014. In addition to her grades, Rebecca has served as the president of National Honor Society, the vice president of the Class of 2017 and as a member of the Executive Committee for Key Club. Rebecca also participates on the varsity soccer, varsity softball, and Masterminds teams. She is also involved in Drama Club, the Bridges Mentor Program and is a peer tutor. As a junior, she received the University of Rochester George Eastman Young Leaders Award, and as a senior, she was crowned Homecoming Queen for her distinguished community service and strong sense of character. Rebecca will attend Binghamton University in the fall where she intends to study human development. She hopes to one day become a high school counselor.
Zoe Cantelupe, the daughter of Kathy and Robert Cantelupe, is ranked third in the Gloversville Class of 2017. Zoe has continuously challenged herself in the classroom by taking AP and college-level courses, and has been recognized as an Academic Titan for the past three years. As a junior, Zoe was awarded the Smith College Book Award to recognize her hard work toward her academics. In the fall, Zoe plans to attend Fulton-Montgomery Community College to start her college education.
Paula Coleman, the daughter of Bill Coleman and Jackie and Heath Hardman, is ranked 10th in the Gloversville Class of 2017. Paula has made her studies a priority and has been recognized as an Academic Titan each year she has spent in the high school. During her junior and senior years, Paula attended the Criminal Justice program at the HFM Career and Technical Center participating in a senior internship at the Fulton County Probation Department. Paula also spent time volunteering for the Gloversville Public Library and for the “Fulton County Clean Up” initiative. Paula plans to attend Missouri State University where she intends to major in cellular and molecular biology and pursue a career as a forensic laboratory technician.
Ckailea Kewley, the daughter of Bill and Angela Kewley, is ranked eighth in Gloversville’s Class of 2017. She spent her senior year participating in the HFM Career and Technical Center’s New Visions Health Careers program, a one-year intensive program for students interested in the medical and health field. Ckailea has been an active participant in the GHS community, playing on the tennis, basketball and field hockey teams. She has been a Bridges mentor, a student member of the Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) initiative, and has been involved with the Student Government Association and Key Club. Ckailea is also a member of the National Honor Society and has been the recipient of the National Latin award and recognized as an Academic Titan. In the community, Ckailea has been a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, a blood donor and a volunteer at a local soup kitchen and nursing home. During her high school career, she has completed more than 100 volunteer hours at Nathan Littauer Hospital as a dietary aide. Ckailea plans on attending Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences this fall to major in biomedical technology. She aspires to become a physician’s assistant.
Quentin Reynolds, the son of Heather and Troy Reynolds, is the 2017 Gloversville valedictorian having excelled in all academic areas during his four years of high school. Quentin and is a member of National Honor Society, is the Class of 2017 president and serves as the student member on the Gloversville Board of Education. Additionally, Quentin is a member of Scitamard, the school’s drama club, and competes on the GHS Masterminds team. He was the 2016 recipient of the Brown University Literary Award and the RPI Math and Science Medal. Quentin will attend Hamilton College in the fall to major in creative writing.
Greater Johnstown School District
Raina Danylak, the daughter of Sheila and Phillip Danylak, was the captain of her volleyball and track and field teams. She participated in chorus, Student Council and Hiking Club. She volunteers as a candy striper at Nathan Littauer Hospital and won the Honorable Service Award and Candy Striper of the Year Award. Raina has also won the DAR Good Citizens Award. Raina is member of the National Honor Society and will graduate with a 90 and above average for four years. Raina was also a student at the HFM Career and Technical Center’s Medical Assisting program. She will attend LeMoyne College to study biology and nursing.
Daniel Jarabek, the son of Jay and Patti Jarabek, is the Johnstown 2017 valedictorian. He is an active member of many clubs including International Club, Student Council, MasterMinds and Captains’ Council. Daniel participated in varsity soccer and baseball throughout high school, and served as a captain for both teams his senior year. He has received many awards for his academic, athletic and community service achievements. Daniel will attend Clemson University and its Calhoun Honors College in the fall to major in architecture.
Chloe Salisbury, the daughter of William and Debra Salisbury, is the Johnstown 2017 salutatorian. She is the secretary of the National Honor Society and public relations officer for MasterMinds. She has also taken piano lessons since elementary school and is a member of wind ensemble and was selected to participate in the All-County Music Festival this past year for flute. Chloe has been a member of Key Club and has written for the JHS Bugle throughout high school. She is also a member of the girls varsity tennis team, where she played first seed, co-captain and earned Foothills First Team All-Star designation and was named “Most Outstanding Player” her senior year. Chloe will attend Trinity College in Connecticut in the fall to major in biomedical engineering.
Tyler Spaid, the son of Adam and Taryn Hadcock, has received numerous awards including Student of the Quarter for Health, Academic Excellence awards and President’s awards and was on the High Honor Roll every quarter of his high school career. At Johnstown, Spaid helped found and is the current president of the Gaming Club. During his freshman year, he was the vice president of the Class of 2017. His volunteer work includes meal preparation and work at the First Presbyterian Church’s thrift store. Spaid will attend Fulton-Montgomery Community College with a 2 + 2 dual admission with the College of St. Rose. He plans to study forensic chemistry.
Casey VanValkenburgh, the daughter of Christine and Michael VanValkenburgh, is a member of the Johnstown Class of 2017 and a student at the HFM Career and Technical Center, where she studies criminal justice. Throughout her high school career, Casey has participated in cross country, track & field, field hockey and marching band and she was a leader on the nationally ranked winterguard team. She has won the Coaches Award, Most Outstanding Player Award and was named Athlete of the Week at JHS. She also received the Student of the Quarter Award from the English Department. VanValkenburgh is a member of the National Honor Society and will graduate with a 90 and above average for four years. She will attend Alfred State to study veterinary medicine.
Mayfield Central School District
Haley Almy, in addition to her accomplishments at Mayfield, participated in the Medical Assisting program at the HFM Career and Technical Center. Haley successfully started a new club (Paw Perfection) at Mayfield Junior-Senior High School, in which she, her peers and the staff help raise money and donate pet food for the James A. Brennan Memorial Humane Society. Haley has also volunteered with the Key Club to assist with Red Cross Blood Drives held in Mayfield. Haley has worked at Subway for the past two years and has assumed the role of shift leader. Throughout her high school career, Haley earned the Presidential Physical Fitness Award. During her free time, Haley is a champion equestrian. Next fall, Haley will continue her education at Fulton-Montgomery Community in the Health Science program and plans to become a nurse anesthetist.
Emily Barker is the Mayfield 2017 salutatorian. She is a well-rounded student, participating on the cross country running, Nordic skiing and track and field teams throughout her high school career. She served as team captain for both the cross country running and track and field teams during her senior year, and helped the Nordic ski team to a third place finish in Sectionals this past winter. Emily is an active member of Mayfield’s chapter of National Honor Society, the concert, jazz and marching bands, as well as our Masterminds team. Emily is the recipient of the New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence and she earned a Presidential Scholarship from Stony Brook University, where she plans to continue her education in the fall.
Molly Lambo is ranked third in the Mayfield Class of 2017. She has held several leadership roles, including class president during her sophomore and junior years, Student Council president during her junior and senior years, as well as the Nordic ski team captain this past winter. Additionally, she is the treasurer of the National Honor Society and is a member of the concert and jazz bands, playing the clarinet and alto saxophone. In February 2016, she visited Guatemala on a missionary trip, where she helped dental staff, painted classrooms and interacted with children. Molly has also served as a peer tutor and works at Lanzi’s on the Lake. Molly will attend the College of the Holy Cross in the fall, where she will study biological sciences on the pre-medical track. She hopes to pursue a career as a pediatrician or a dentist.
Taylor Madeiros is the 2017 Mayfield valedictorian. He is involved in numerous extracurricular activities, including National Honor Society, Key Club and Masterminds. Taylor competed on the soccer and track and field teams, and returned to the diamond this spring to play baseball. He was a key member on two Western Athletic Conference (WAC) championship teams for soccer and a Sectional runner-up in fall 2016. Taylor holds leadership roles, including president of the Class of 2017, National Honor Society vice president and Key Club public relations officer, and he represented Mayfield at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar in Chicago and at RPI. Taylor was also selected as a WAC Leadership Delegate, and this spring Taylor earned the DAR Good Citizenship Award, New York State Association of Health and Physical Education Recreation and Dance Leadership Award and a CASDA scholarship. Taylor will continue his education at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania.
Angelina Mannino has excelled as a cosmetology student at the HFM Career and Technical Center in addition to her academic and athletic achievements at Mayfield. Angelina is a three-sport athlete, earning all-star honors in soccer, bowling and softball. She was the most valuable player on the two-time Western Athletic Conference champion softball team. Angelina also had the highest grade-point average on the bowling team this past winter season. In the fall, Angelina will continue her education at Herkimer County Community College, where she will pursue a degree in small business management with the goal of owning a salon and dog grooming business.
Northville Central School District
Sadie Marie Cotrofeld
Sadie Marie Cotrofeld, the daughter of Mark Cotrofeld and Debbie Klein, is a 2017 Northville honor graduate. Cotrofeld has maintained a full schedule throughout high school taking numerous college courses including English, Spanish and American Political Systems. She has also been involved in numerous extracurricular activities such as National Honor Society, International Club, Art Club, Drama Club and Chorus throughout high school. She is secretary of Drama Club and vice president of Art Club. In addition, she has participated in basketball and varsity track, and has worked a part-time job throughout her senior year. Sadie plans to attend the College of Plattsburgh in the fall to major in nursing.
Michael Darling, the son of Rebecca Monge and Bodie Darling, is a 2017 Northville honor graduate, and a student in the Digital Multimedia and Communications program at the HFM Career and Technical Center. A member of the National Technical Honor Society, he has achieved principal’s list or high honors every quarter in each year of high school. He kept a full schedule during high school, and took multiple college courses including two English courses, American Political Systems, honors economics and ceramics. His artwork has been exhibited at the Perrella Gallery at Fulton-Montgomery Community College and the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts on multiple occasions. He has also maintained a job at Shelby’s Four Corners Diner since his sophomore year, working after school, weekends and summers. Michael plans to attend a four-year college with the goal of becoming a graphic designer.
Taylor Johnson, the daughter of AnnMarie Cristiano-Johnson and Jeremiah and Ashley Johnson, is the 2017 Northville salutatorian. Taylor has maintained a full academic schedule throughout high school, including taking her junior and senior years together this year, alongside participation in various clubs and sports teams. A member of the varsity soccer team since eighth grade, Taylor was a Western Athletic Conference First Team All-Star and earned the Physical Education Award her senior year. Her other activities have included: softball, National Honor Society, International Club and Mountain Biking Club. She has also served as vice president of the Girl’s Athletic Association. Outside of school, she spends much of her free time in the winter downhill skiing, both for recreation and while working as a ski instructor at Oak Mountain. Taylor plans on majoring in biology in the fall.
Alexandra Purdy, the daughter of Richard and Connie Purdy, is a 2017 Northville honor graduate. Purdy has achieved this by working diligently in her academics at both Northville and at the HFM Career and Technical Center, where she attends the Digital Multimedia and Communications program. Her extracurricular activities include Yearbook Club at both Northville and HFM BOCES and Drama Club at Northville. Alexandra plans to study photography at Mohawk Valley Community College beginning in this fall.
Jasmine Vrooman, the daughter of Deborah Gardner-Vrooman and Lawrence Vrooman, is the 2017 Northville valedictorian. Jasmine has kept a full schedule of challenging courses during her four years of high school including molecular biology, Spanish, Research Seminar and others. She served as class vice president during her freshmen and sophomore years and as class president during her junior and senior years. She was inducted into the National Honor Society during her sophomore year and served as the chapter’s president her junior and senior years. She has been involved extensively in the school’s musicals, earning leading roles and serving as Drama Club president as a junior. She was also treasurer of the Art Club for three consecutive years, and participated in various other clubs and events such as International Club, band, marching band, chorus, Odyssey of the Mind, Yearbook Club, HOBY NYE, NYSSMA, All-County Senior Band and choir and served as a tutor. In addition to her academics and extracurriculars, she also worked a seasonal job at the Oak Mountain Ski Center.
Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District
Tyler Clark, the grandson of Arlene and James Randall, is the second-ranked Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Class of 2017 student enrolled in the HFM Career and Technical Center program. While at HFM, Tyler completed the Computer Information Technology program. He has been active in Cross Country and the Crossfit Club for the last three years. Tyler will be attending Fulton-Montgomery Community College in the fall.
Aidan Eggleston, the son of Karin and Chad Eggleston, is the top-ranked Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Class of 2017 student enrolled in the HFM Career and Technical Center program. While at HFM, Aidan completed the New Visions Health Careers program. Aidan has taken many advanced courses throughout his career in high school including being among the first students to ever take Calculus II in the school district. He is a member of the National Honor Society and has been active in extracurricular activities including FFA and Crossfit. He played soccer, basketball, baseball, cross country and track. Aidan will attend the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences this fall.
Lyndsey Lynch, the daughter of Elizabeth Petkovsek and Wayne Lynch, is the 2017 Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville valedictorian. She has taken a variety of advanced courses, several of which were for college credit, and has managed to remain on the High Honor Roll for the entirety of her high school career. She has been involved in a multitude of extracurricular activities including National Honor Society, basketball, band, jazz band, small ensemble, color guard, yearbook and student government and she serves as president of her senior class. Outside of school, Lyndsey has danced for many years with the Joy of Dance Studio in St. Johnsville. In addition, she has participated in a plethora of community service events, ranging from local parades to the annual Flander Family Thanksgiving Dinner at the H. C. Smith Benefit Club. Lyndsey plans to attend SUNY Cortland in the fall as a Pre-Major, Cortland’s program for undeclared students. There she hopes to explore her options and is determined to discover her passion along the way.
Liam Sammons, the son of Steven and Eileen Sammons, is the 2017 Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville salutatorian. Liam has taken many advanced courses throughout his career in high school including being among the first students to ever take Calculus II in the school district. He is a member of the National Honor Society and has been the class secretary since his freshman year. Liam has participated in many extracurricular activities including the FFA, band, jazz band, small ensemble, mock trial, Captains Committee and Assemblyman Santabarbara’s Student Cabinet. He even obtained grant funding and used the money to help start his own business. He played soccer, basketball and baseball until his senior year when he switched to cross country, bowling and track. Liam will attend SUNY Maritime this fall to study in the field of naval architecture.
Georgia Schaffer, the daughter of Wendy and Timothy Schaffer, is a member of the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville graduating class of 2017. She also attended the HFM Career and Technical Center studying cosmetology. While at OESJ, Georgia has participated in volleyball and cheerleading. She has also been a member of the OESJ Envirothon team. Despite suffering traumatic injuries in a car accident this fall, she’ll still graduate on time with her class at OESJ later this month. After this tumultuous senior year, Georgia says, she’s still working on determining her path for the fall.
Wells Central School District
Daniel O’Connor, the son of Stephen and Alice O’Connor, is the salutatorian of the Wells Central School Class of 2017. Daniel also participated in the HFM Career and Technical Center’s New Visions Health Careers program at Nathan Littauer Hospital. He is a member of the National Honor Society and participates in band, chorus, Drama Club, SADD and varsity soccer. He also writes his own music. This year, Daniel was the Scarecrow in the drama production of the Wizard of Oz. He plans on attending SUNY Stony Brook in the fall to study biology/pre-med.
Caleb Trezise, the son of Timothy and Kathleen Trezise, is the valedictorian of the Wells Central School Class of 2017. Caleb is the president of the National Honor Society, and participates in band, chorus, Drama Club, and varsity soccer. Caleb most recently was the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz drama production. He plays several musical instruments, and writes music of his own. He is a 46er, having climbed all of the high peaks of the Adirondacks and he loves to read his Bible. Caleb will attend Cairn University in Langhorne, Penn., to study music education and the Bible.