Top 10 graduates of the Class of 2016

The Schuylerville Central School District Class of 2016’s commitment to community service and academic achievement truly exemplifies the district motto, “Schooling, Caring, Succeeding.” Among the 143 students who are expected to graduate at the commencement ceremony on June 25, 2016, are the following “top 10” students:

Valedictorian Zachary VanKeuren
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Zachary VanKeuren

Zachary is graduating with a 99.35 academic average. Zachary has been an important contributor to the Schuylerville High School Symphonic Band and Jazz Band for the past four years as a standout percussionist. He has also been a valuable member of the varsity baseball and track and field teams. Zachary is the founder of the Politics and Government Club, in which he served as co-president, and has been an active member of the National Honor Society. Zachary has several honors, including being chosen by school administrators to attend the prestigious Boys State leadership conference this past summer. He has been a student member of the District Building Team and was selected as a ninth grade student ambassador. Zachary also co-presented a program on student leadership with Principal Matthew Sickles for The Capital Area School Development Association and recently was part of the committee that hired a new assistant principal. Zachary was nominated last year by faculty for the Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award and Scholarship from the University of Rochester. This award recognizes student leadership and community activism. Zachary is the son of Andrea and Mark VanKeuren. He will attend Duke University in the fall to study economics and finance.

Salutatorian Claire Prunier
Claire Prunier
Claire Prunier

Claire is graduating with a 99.30 academic average. Claire has been a dedicated member of the drama club, serving as student director, choreographer, and lead actor throughout the past four years. She has also served as vice president of the National Honor Society, president of French Club, student director of the Vocal Ensemble, class representative for the Class of 2016, and a member of the Math League. Claire is a recipient of the 2015 RPI Medal of Excellence in Science and Math. She has also been selected for NYSSMA’s All-County and Area All-State Choruses and served as a round table presenter for the New York State Council on Leadership and Student Activities. Claire has completed internships with the Schuylerville Music Program and Family Medicine of Malta, and has devoted many hours to community service activities. Claire has volunteered her time to the St. Therese Chapel, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, the Children’s Christmas Festival sponsored by the Ball Corporation, and the second annual Schuylerville High School Leadership Conference. Claire is the daughter of Edward and Denise Prunier. She will attend SUNY Geneseo in the fall, where she will major in biology with the goal of attending medical school.

Michael Burkett
Michael Burkett
Michael Burkett

Michael is graduating with a 98.72 academic average. Michael has served as class president for the Class of 2016 throughout his high school career. He has also served as treasurer, vice-president and president of French Club, treasurer of Environmental Club, and founding member and co-president of the Politics and Government Club. Michael is also an active member of the National Honor Society. As a member of the Quiz Team, Michael qualified for the national competition in Washington, DC, and as a member of the Mock Trial Team he was recognized as “Best Advocate” at four different matches. Michael has been captain of both the Varsity Tennis Team and the Varsity Soccer Team, and was recognized as a league all-star for both sports. He was part of two Section II championship tennis teams and was a three-year member of the Varsity Ski Team. Michael has several honors, including being the recipient of the 2015 Harvard Book Award and being selected as the 2015 Schuylerville Scholar Athlete of the Year. He has volunteered his time to the Old Saratoga Athletic Association, St. Clements Church, and the Kickin’ Out Cancer Soccer Game to benefit the American Cancer Society. Michael is the son of James and Susan Burkett. He will attend the University of Rhode Island in the fall, where he will pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and an MBA.

Elizabeth Watson
Elizabeth Watson
Elizabeth Watson

Elizabeth is graduating with a 98.29 academic average. Elizabeth has served as treasurer for the Class of 2016, Student Council and National Honor Society. She has also been a member of the Math League, Environmental Club, and the Vocal Ensemble. Elizabeth was a four-year member of the Varsity Track Team, a three-year member of the Varsity Indoor Track Team and a two-year member of the Varsity Soccer Team. She was recognized as the 2015 Schuylerville Scholar Athlete of the Year, a 2015 North Country Scholar Athlete by the Chronicle Newspaper, and a Student Who Gives Back by the Saratoga TODAY Newspaper. She is also a recipient of the 2015 Clarkson University High School Achievement Award. Elizabeth volunteers her time to the PNECC Youth Group, the Schuylerville Community Theater, and the Pilgrimage Homeless Outreach Program. Elizabeth is the daughter of Ralph and Katherine Watson. She will attend Clarkson University in the fall, where she will study chemical engineering.

Alexander Malin
Alexander Malin
Alexander Malin

Alexander is graduating with a 98.23 academic average. Alexander has been an outsanding representative of the Schuylerville Central School District as a musician and composer, performing in musical ensembles within the district, including the Symphonic Band and Jazz Band, as well as in various prestigious regional and state level ensembles. In addition, he has lent his talents to the All-County Band and Jazz Band, Area All-State Band, The Empire State Youth Jazz Band, the UMASS Amherst High School Honors Band, and the Lake George Community Band and Saxophone Quartet. Alexander composed a musical piece that was performed by the Glens Falls Orchestra this past year, and he has had artwork and writing published in The Looking Glass, a juried art journal, and artwork published in Talent Unlimited, a BOCES regional publication. Alexander has also been a member of the Robotics Team and Quiz Team. Alexander is the son of Michael and Donna Malin. He will attend SUNY Potsdam in the fall, majoring in Music.

Anna Moreau
Anna Moreau
Anna Moreau

Anna is graduating with a 97.85 academic average. Anna has served as co-president of Student Council for four years, as well as Student Council Parliamentarian. She has been president of the National Honor Society, vice president for the Class of 2016, a witness for the Mock Trial Team and a member of both the French Club and Math League. Anna has also served as a round table leader at the NYSCLSA State Conference and attended a three-week Biotechnology Camp at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. Anna also has many honors related to athletics. She served as captain of the Varsity Field Hockey Team, the Varsity Ski Team and Varsity Lacrosse Team. She was recognized as a second team all-star for field hockey during her junior year, a first team all-star for field hockey during her senior year, and a first team all-star for lacrosse as a sophomore and junior. Anna was the recipient of a 2015 George Eastman Young Leaders Award from the University of Rochester. She has also been recognized as a Time Warner Cable News Student Athlete of the Week and as a Student Who Gives Back by the Saratoga Today Newspaper. Anna has volunteered her time to St. Clements Church, the Schuylerville Field Hockey Program, and the Schuylerville Public Library. She also has helped organize the annual Powder Puff Football Game for the past three years. Anna is the daughter of Jennifer and William Moreau. She will attend Hobart and William Smith Colleges in the fall, where she will study environmental biology, zoology, architecture, or engineering.

Julia Freemire
Julia Freemire
Julia Freemire

Julia is graduating with a 97.70 academic average. Julia has served as treasurer for the French Club, secretary for Student Council, president of Environmental Club, secretary for the Class of 2016, and secretary for the National Honor Society. She has also been a member of Vocal Ensemble, Drama Club, and the Prom Committee. Julia has been recognized as a Scholar Athlete for Outdoor Track, Indoor Track, and Cross Country. She has also been recognized as a four-time league all-star for Cross Country and qualified for the Cross Country State Championships her freshman and senior seasons. Julia was selected to attend the 2014 Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Conference and she is the recipient of a 2015 Russell Sage Scholarship Award. She has volunteered her time to the Community Animal Action Program, the Christopher Daily Foundation, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and PEP. Julia is the daughter of Crystal and Stewart Freemire. She will attend Niagara University in the fall, where she will pursue a pre-dental program and run cross country.

Erica Cardinuto
Erica Cardinuto
Erica Cardinuto

Erica is graduating with a 97.44 academic average. She has been a member of Vocal Ensemble, French Club, Yearbook Club, SADD Club, and an active member of the National Honor Society. Erica has several honors. She is a recipient of the 2015 Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology from the University of Rochester, as well as an Outstanding Achievement Award in Geometry and an Outstanding Achievement Award in Residential and Commercial Design. Erica has volunteered her time to the Community Animal Action Project, St. Therese Chapel, the Adopt-a-Soldier Program, and the Schuylerville Public Library. Erica is the daughter of John and Susan Cardinuto. She will attend Sacred Heart University in the fall, where she will major in nursing to pursue a career as a nurse practitioner.

Ashley Suriano
Ashley Suriano
Ashley Suriano

Ashley is graduating with a 96.84 academic average. She has served as president of the Art Club and has been a member of the French Club, Drama Club, and the National Honor Society. Ashley is a recipient of the Student Sage Scholarship Award, sponsored by the Sage Colleges. Ashley has devoted many hours to community service. She has volunteered her time to the Queensbury Senior Center, the Schuylerville Public Library, The King School, and the Pine Knolls Church. Ashley is the daughter of Patricia and Anthony Suriano. She will attend Marist College in the fall to study business or psychology.

Sarah Murray
Sarah Murray
Sarah Murray

Sarah is graduating with a 96.39 academic average. She has served as secretary for the Art Club and has been a member of the French club, Drama Club, Book Club, and the National Honor Society. Sarah has participated in annual NYSSMA music festivals throughout her high school career and she has been selected to participate in the All-County Band Festival. Sarah is a recipient of the 2015 Elmira Key Award. She has also been published in the Looking Glass Art and Literary Journal. Sarah has volunteered her time to the Schuylerville Public Library. Sarah is the daughter of Birgit and Matthew Murray. She will attend Clark University in the fall.