The Schuylerville Central School District Class of 2017’s commitment to community service and academic achievement truly exemplifies the district motto, “Schooling, Caring, Succeeding.” Among the 139 students who are expected to graduate at the commencement ceremony on June 24, 2017 are the following “top 10” students who are graduating at the top of their class.
Valedictorian Cody Durr
Cody Durr is graduating with a 99.438 academic average. During his four years at Schuylerville High School, Durr immersed himself in athletics, music and several clubs and activities. He was the captain of the varsity soccer team during his senior year and helped contribute to two section titles during his time on the varsity tennis team. Durr took his trombone skills from symphonic band and jazz ensemble to All-County Honor Band, All-State Honor Band, All-County Honor Orchestra and the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Solo Festival. He was the president of National Honor Society, a member of both the quiz bowl team and mock trial team, and the Washington chapter co-founder of DeMolay International. Durr also spent two years conducting independent science research into the effects of anterior cingulate cortex stimulation on reasoning task scores. Durr’s list of honors is extensive. During his junior year, he was recognized with the Harvard Prize Book, an achievement award from the Harvard Alumni Association awarded to a student who displays excellence in scholarship and high character, combined with achievements in other fields. Durr also was recognized as an Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar with Distinction for scoring at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scoring 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. His writing gained him recognition in Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner’s Women of Distinction essay contest and earned him a scholarship in the Character First essay contest. Durr also received the Fermium Scholarship during his sophomore year and was named The Chronicle Newspaper’s Student Athlete of the Week during his senior year. Durr has volunteered his time to the Wounded Warriors Foundation, the Old Saratoga Athletic Association and the Kickin’ Out Cancer soccer game to benefit the American Cancer Society. He also volunteered as a tutor and was a recreational soccer clinic coach. Durr is the son of Wayne and Karann Durr. He will attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall, where he will dual major in physics and computer science/electrical engineering.
Salutatorian Kaleigh Gale
Kaleigh Gale is graduating with a 97.714 academic average. Gale has been an important contributor to Schuylerville High School, serving as vice president of both the Class of 2017 and student council, as well as president of Spanish club and treasurer of National Honor Society. She has also been involved in yearbook club, drama club, math league, ski club, prom committee and participated in athletics as a member of the JV and varsity soccer teams. Gale has several honors, including being the recipient of a 2016 George Eastman Young Leaders Award from the University of Rochester and being selected to attend leadership conferences held by Schuylerville High School and the New York State Council on Leadership and Students Activities. Gale also took part in several science programs, including the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at the University of Albany, as well as Cornell University’s “Expanding Your Horizons” science program for girls. During her senior year, Gale participated in the rigorous and highly selective New Visions Health Careers Exploration program through BOCES. She spent three days a week doing clinical rotations, where she observed acute and routine medical procedures and provided ancillary support services to patients. Gale has volunteered her time to the Old Saratoga Athletic Association, Wesley Health Care Center, Schuylerville Rotary Club and the Kickin’ Out Cancer soccer game to benefit the American Cancer Society. She also has volunteered as a tutor and helped out at various open houses and freshman orientations. Gale is the daughter of Daniel and Diane Gale. She will attend Colgate University in the fall, where she will pursue a degree in biology with plans to attend medical school.
Owen Carlstrom is graduating with a 97.144 academic average. Carlstrom was involved in several extracurricular activities at Schuylerville High School, while also dedicating much of his time to community service and preparing for his future career. Carlstrom was a member of National Honor Society, yearbook club, Spanish club and student council. He was also a member of the varsity soccer team. Carlstrom held three separate engineering internships during his high school career. He interned at Ball Metal Container, Fort Miller Company and MeOH Power. Carlstrom volunteered his time to the Fort Hardy Youth Recreation Center, Wesley Nursing Home, Rebuilding Saratoga and the Adopt A Soldier program. He received the 2015 Student Services Award and the 2016 Clarkson Leadership Award for demonstrating leadership and outstanding academic achievement. Carlstrom is the son of Charles and Michele Carlstrom. He plans to attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the fall, where he will major in mechanical engineering.
Anna DeLoriea is graduating with a 97.142 academic average. DeLoriea has dedicated much of her time at Schuylerville High School to helping others. In her freshman year, DeLoriea co-founded a tutoring organization that assists students in grades 9-12 in various subjects. Through group study sessions, one-on-one sessions and online resources, the organization has reached students in Schuylerville, Granville, Cambridge, Glens Falls, Saratoga and Stillwater. DeLoriea has also volunteered her time to the Schuylerville Area Food and Emergency Relief (SAFER). She is a senior member of a mentoring group to support students of the LGBT+ Community and is a member of DoSomething.org, a global non-profit organization with the goal of motivating young people to make positive change. DeLoriea has received several awards and honors. She is a recipient of Clarkson University’s High School Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding leadership qualities and academic promise, a recipient of an Excellence Scholarship Award from SUNY Canton, a nominee for Congress of Future Medical Leaders and the winner of the Elephant Tusk scholarship from DoSomething.org. DeLoriea had her literary work published in the 30th edition of WSWHE BOCES’ “Talented Unlimited” and represented Schuylerville High School at the ninth annual STOP (Students Together Opposing Prejudice) Conference at Siena College. DeLoriea is the daughter of Jake and Jennifer DeLoriea. She will attend SUNY Canton in the fall, where she will pursue a degree of technology in funeral services administration.
Autumn Connor is graduating with a 97.134 academic average. Connor was involved in several clubs and activities throughout her time at Schuylerville High School. She served as president of French club and was a member of National Honor Society, library advisory club, drama club, vocal ensemble and women’s choir. Connor is the recipient of the Student Sage Award, given to exceptional high school students who are engaged within their community. She also had her writing recognized as part of Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner’s Women of Distinction essay contest. Connor has volunteered her time babysitting at the YMCA, helping out with Schuylerville Parents as Education Partners (PEP) sponsored events and assisting with “I Love My Park” day. Connor is the daughter of Jennifer Brady-Connor and Michael John Connor. She will attend SUNY Binghamton in the fall, where she will major in archaeology.
Jordan Tompkins is graduating with a 96.953 academic average. Tompkins is a recipient of the 2016 Saint Michael’s College Book Award, recognizing academic success and exemplary community service involvement. He also was recognized as Student of the Quarter twice during his high school career. Tompkins was involved in several extracurricular activities during his time at Schuylerville High School. He was a member National Honor Society, Spanish club and mock trial club. He was also a member of the varsity soccer team. Tompkins volunteered his time to the local youth center and often helped out at the elementary school main office. Tompkins is the son of Steven and Jennifer Tompkins. He plans to attend Saint Michael’s College in the fall, where he will major in mathematics and statistics.
Alexis Doyle is graduating with a 96.752 academic average. Doyle spent her time at Schuylerville High School playing sports, participating in several clubs, preparing for her future career and giving back to the community. Doyle was a member of National Honor Society, art club, Spanish club, student council and environmental club. She was a member of the varsity volleyball team, participated in Storm Volleyball Club’s travel team for four years and was a member of the JV lacrosse team for two years. The list of honors and awards Doyle received is extensive. She was the recipient of the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Innovation and Creativity Award, which recognizes high school students who have distinguished themselves academically, are active and involved members of their school and community, and demonstrate outstanding achievement in innovation, creativity or entrepreneurship. Doyle also was recognized as part of the Hyde Museum Art Show and had artwork published in WSWHE BOCES’ “Talent Unlimited.” In the fall, she received honorable mention as part of the varsity volleyball all-stars team. Doyle held two internships during her high school career. She completed an architecture internship with Belmonte Builders and an interior design internship with Plum and Crimson. Doyle volunteered her time to Habitat for Humanity, the Ballston Spa Firehouse and the Fort Hardy Youth Recreation Center. Doyle is the daughter of Austin Doyle and Angela Aragon. She is the stepdaughter of Brian Palmateer. Doyle will attend Virginia Tech in the fall, where she will major in architecture.
Lydia Martin is graduating with a 96.107 academic average. Martin is a recipient of the 2016 Saint Michael’s College Book Award, recognizing academic success and exemplary community service involvement. She also received the Hartt Promise Award. Martin has shared her musical talents with the Schuylerville community through her participation in drama club, vocal ensemble and as a student director for the women’s choir. She was also a student liaison for Schuylerville Community Theater and has attended the New York State Summer School of Arts for the past two summers. During her senior year, Martin interned with Schuylerville’s music department where she helped students grow musically. Martin has volunteered her time to Notre Dame Visitation, Schuylerville Community Theater and the Schuylerville Public Library. Martin is the daughter of Rick and Julie Martin. She will attend the University of Hartford in the fall, where she will study music education.
Tyler Laverdiere is graduating with a 96.092 academic average. Laverdiere spent his time at Schuylerville High School committed to academics, extracurricular activities and giving back to the community. Laverdiere was involved in several clubs, including National Honor Society, French club and environmental club. He was also a member of the varsity basketball team and varsity track and field team. Laverdiere was the recipient of the RIT Computing Medal, given to students pursuing a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, who are leaders in their school and community and demonstrate an interest and ability in computing. Laverdiere volunteered his time to the Albany Ronald McDonald House, Hudson Crossing Park, the Special Olympics, Saratoga Film Festival and Revolution Café. Laverdiere is the son of Kathryn and Michael Laverdiere. He plans to attend George Washington University in the fall, where he will major in aerospace engineering.
Sera Miller is graduating with a 96.053 academic average. During her time at Schuylerville High School, Miller was involved in both Spanish Club and Math League. Miller is the recipient of the Elmira College Key Award, given to outstanding students who demonstrate school and community leadership. Miller is the daughter of James and Audra Miller. She plans to attend SUNY Adirondack in the fall, where she will major in math and education. Miller hopes to return to Schuylerville High School in the future to teach math.