Schuylerville’s Top 10 Graduates show impressive commitment to academics and community service

With their commitment to community service and academic achievement, Schuylerville’s graduating seniors exemplify the district motto, “Schooling, Caring, Succeeding.” Approximately 116 students are expected to graduate at the commencement ceremony on June 27, 2015, including the district’s “top 10.” Congratulations to:

Valedictorian Bridget Alber, who is graduating with a 97.53 academic average. She will attend Binghamton University in the fall and major in biomedical engineering. Bridget has many honors, including being on the high honor roll during her entire high school career and serving as class treasurer for four years. Bridget has been involved in numerous extracurricular activities, including National Honor Society, National Jr. Honor Society, Student Council, Prom Committee, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club, Environmental Club, Mathlete Team, Mock Trial Team, and Spanish Club. Bridget has played the flute in the Symphonic Band all four years of her high school career and was selected to participate in the New York State School Music Association’s (NYSSMA) All-County Band and All-County Orchestra. In addition to being a gifted scholar and musician, Bridget has been recognized for her efforts on the playing field, the slopes and the track as a member of the district’s soccer team, alpine ski racing team and track and field team. She has volunteered her time as a kindergarten and first-grade soccer coach and refereed a youth soccer tournament. Bridget has also volunteered at several events at the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park, and is a kindergarten and first-grade religious education teacher, food pantry volunteer, lector, and altar server at St. Therese Chapel. Bridget has helped out with several district events and activities, including the Kicking Out Cancer Soccer Game, Open Houses, and she tutors elementary school students at the After School Program. Bridget is the daughter of Warren and Marisa Alber of Gansevoort.

Salutatorian Rebecca Walsh, who is graduating with a 96.79 academic average. She will attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the fall and major in nutrition. Rebecca has many accomplishments, including being on the honor or high honor roll during her entire high school career and being recognized for outstanding character through the district’s Catching Character program. Rebecca has been involved in numerous extracurricular activities, including FBLA Club, Spanish Club, Yearbook Club, French Club and Prom Committee. She has also played on the district’s varsity tennis and volleyball teams, as well as played in a club volleyball league. Rebecca has devoted many hours to community service activities, including organizing a benefit to help a young boy with cancer, as well as volunteering as a chemistry tutor and helping out at the Victory Mills Fire House. She has donated money and helped clean the Ronald McDonald House, raised money for two Relay for Life teams, helped collect food for the Schuylerville Area Food and Emergency Relief (SAFER), and volunteers at her church. Rebecca is the daughter of Mark and Roma Walsh.

Sarah Brockman, who is graduating with a 96.52 academic average. She will attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the fall and major in psychology. Sarah’s extracurricular activities include participation in French Club and Environmental Club, as well as serving as a People to People student ambassador to Australia. Sarah has received numerous honors for her efforts on the playing field. Sarah was named team captain of the district’s varsity field hockey team and varsity lacrosse team. She was also named Time Warner Cable’s Scholar Athlete of the Week, and was recognized as a first team all-star and scholar athlete for both sports. Sarah has devoted many hours to community service activities, including helping out at the Special Olympics and the American Red Cross Blood Drive, volunteering at the local library and district PEP events, as well as teaching religious education at her church. Sarah is the daughter of James and Cynthia Brockman.

Matthew Cherry, who is graduating with a 96.23 academic average. He will attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the fall. Matthew has many honors, including receiving the Rensselaer Medal, which is awarded to a junior for outstanding academic achievement. Matthew’s extracurricular activities include participation in National Honor Society, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club, Politics and Government Club, Yearbook Club and Quiz Team. He has also participated on both the varsity indoor and outdoor track teams. Matthew has devoted many hours to community service activities, including helping out at Schuylerville Elementary School, assisting the elementary school Lego Club and collecting donations for Hurricane Sandy Relief through Samaritan’s Purse. Matthew is the son of Ruthann and Kyle Cherry.

Emily Couture, who is graduating with a 96.05 academic average. She will attend Le Moyne College in the fall and major in nursing. Emily’s extracurricular activities include participation in National Honor Society, National Jr. Honor Society, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club, Spanish Club and Math League. She also participated on the district’s varsity field hockey team and varsity lacrosse team, and volunteered at clinics for aspiring field hockey and lacrosse players. Her creative work has been published in Looking Glass, a juried art journal. Emily also has devoted many hours to community service activities, including helping out at the Schuylerville Library, Greenberg Childcare Center, Youth Day at Fort Hardy Park, and volunteering in a second-grade classroom and at her church. Additionally, for the past two years, Emily has crocheted scarves for those in need. Emily is the daughter of Melissa and Robert Stampfli.

Elizabeth Pumiglia, who is graduating with a 96.03 academic average. She will attend Bates College in the fall and major in public health and international relations. Elizabeth has many honors, including receiving the Scholastic Excellence Award for interscholastic service and leadership, and serving as class president for three years. Elizabeth’s extracurricular activities include participation in National Honor Society, National Jr. Honor Society, Student Council, Academic Bowl Team, Spanish Club, Drama Club, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club, Environmental Club, Math League, Working Against Violence Everywhere (WAVE), All-County Chorus and Area All-State Chorus. Elizabeth also participated on the district’s varsity soccer team, varsity alpine ski racing team and varsity lacrosse team. Elizabeth has devoted many hours to helping those in need, including traveling to the Dominican Republic as part of the Save the Children organization to work on clean water, nutrition, education and human rights initiatives for the children and adults living on the sugar cane plantation. Elizabeth has also worked at a summer camp for children who are suffering from life-threatening illnesses, and helped with an adaptive skiing program. She has provided on-mountain, first responder care as part of the National Ski Patrol and has taught children with special needs how to ice skate. Additionally, Elizabeth has volunteered as a youth soccer coach and referee, and has helped with fundraising efforts at her church. Elizabeth is the daughter of Kevin Pumiglia and Kathryn Leopold.

Kendra Crawford, who is graduating with a 95.85 academic average. She will attend Union College in the fall and major in engineering. Kendra has many honors, including being selected to attend the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Conference. The conference teaches leadership skills and the importance of making a difference in the world. Kendra’s extracurricular activities include participation in the Schuylerville Building Team, Book Club and French Club. Kendra also participated in the NASA sponsored Odyssey of the Mind competition. Her team won fifth in the state, won the Rantra Fusca Award for outstanding creativity and the Omar Award for compassion and teamwork. Kendra also has devoted many hours to community service activities, including tutoring younger students in French, participating in the Schuylerville Community Program and volunteering as a site worker for Rebuilding Together Saratoga. Kendra is the daughter of Tammy and Daren Crawford.

Dominick Taylor, who is graduating with a 94.64 academic average. He will attend Rochester Institute of Technology in the fall and major in computer science. Dominick has many academic honors, including being on the honor or high honor roll during his entire high school career and receiving the RIT Creativity and Innovation Award. Dominick’s extracurricular activities include participation in National Honor Society, National Jr. Honor Society and Book Club. He was a member of the varsity soccer and track teams and he held an internship with the district’s computer services department. Dominick also has devoted many hours to community service activities, including volunteering at several golf tournaments that benefit juvenile diabetes camps, tutoring fellow students and helping out at Schuylerville Elementary School’s Health Fair. Dominick is the son of Diana and Stuart Taylor.

Mackenzie Galcik, who is graduating with a 94.35 academic average. She will attend Nazareth College in the fall and major in physical therapy. Mackenzie has many academic honors, including receiving the Clarkson University High School Leadership Award. The scholarship is awarded to high school juniors who demonstrate strong leadership qualities and academic promise. Mackenzie’s extracurricular activities include participation in National Honor Society, National Jr. Honor Society, Spanish Club, Math League, Environmental Club and Prom Committee. Mackenzie was also a member of the district’s varsity softball and volleyball teams and was recognized as a scholar athlete for maintaining an academic average above 90 while participating in a varsity sport. Mackenzie has volunteered her time mentoring kids through the Greater Schuylerville Youth Program. She is the daughter of Michael and Karen Galcik.

Jessica Kelleher, who is graduating with a 94.16 academic average. She will attend Le Moyne College in the fall and major in business. Jessica has many honors, including being on the honor roll her entire high school career, being recognized as the student of the quarter and serving as class vice president for two years. She was a board member for the New York State Council on Leadership and Student Activities (NYSCLSA) and received the NYSCLSA Student Recognition Award. Jessica’s extracurricular activities include participation in National Honor Society, National Jr. Honor Society, Student Council, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club, Environmental Club and the Schuylerville Code of Conduct committee. Jessica was also a member of the district’s varsity softball, ski and soccer teams. She was recognized as the Wasaren League Honorable Mention Softball Pitcher and her softball team received the Scholar Athlete Team Award. Jessica has devoted many hours to community service, including volunteering at her church, tutoring at the district’s After School Program, organizing several fundraisers to benefit the American Cancer Society, participating in the torch run for the Special Olympics, coaching a kindergarten/first grade soccer team and delivering supplies to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Jessica is the daughter of Jeffrey and Julie Kelleher.