35th Annual Capital Region Scholars Recognition Recipients

2021 Scholars Recognition Recipients

Academy of the Holy Names


Megan Bell Megan Bell is an academic scholar and student athlete. She is a National Merit Finalist as well as a member of the varsity soccer, track, and cross country teams. Megan's leadership abilities are evident as President of the National Honor Society. She is also active in Peer Leaders and the Junior Ladies of Charity community service organization. With outstanding abilities in math and science she will study Biomedical Engineering at the University of Rochester next fall. ____________________________________________________________________________ Carlo Cherubino Mr. Cherubino has had a big impact on me. Not only has he been a wonderful Spanish teacher, but he is also a great track coach. He always pushes me to work my hardest and has helped me pursue running in college. I am so grateful for all his help and advice over the years.




Schalmont CSD


Griffin Galvin I am Valedictorian and Student Council President (2021). I have participated in Masterminds as Varsity Team Captain (2019-20), Environmental Club Co-President (2019-21), Class of 2021 Treasurer (2017-20), Exec Board President (2021-21), Yale Model UN (2017-18) while taking honors classes, some SUPA courses and maintaining a 98.9 average. I am also in our Concert Band and Wind Ensemble. I anticipate receiving a NYS Regents Diploma with Advance Designation & Honors in Math and Science. ____________________________________________________________________________ Steven Gibbs Mr. Gibbs was fantastic teacher who made me realize my love for history. He was also the best Student Council advisor possible.




North Colonie CSD


Alvira Tyagi Alvira is one of the best and most involved students I have had the pleasure of working with in my almost ten-year career. Her resume is a mile long and is decorated with awards and honors. Some highlights include President and founder of Teens for Refugees Club, which was featured on various news networks for her outstanding outreach both locally, and globally, Treasurer of the class of 2021 where her main goal has been to raise funds for school events, ensuring all students can participate. President of the Shaker Speech and Debate Club, avid member of our girls’ varsity field hockey team, and Treasurer of the Science Olympiad Club where she has won numerous awards for her involvement in various competitions. Alvira is a well-rounded, compassionate, and genuine young woman; who is destined to do great things! ____________________________________________________________________________ Sara Detmer When I think of Madame Detmer, the first quality that comes to mind is her utter kindness towards students, colleagues, and every individual she comes into contact with. It is through Madame's sheer passion, thoughtfulness, and dedication that I have developed a more nuanced understanding of what it truly means to improve the lives of those surrounding you. I will forever be grateful for the endless support and encouragement she has given me over the course of my high school career.




Niskayuna CSD


Enana Jacob Enana Jacob's leadership qualities have been evident from the start of her high school career. Passionate about seeking justice for all students, Enana worked tirelessly as Class President to create a more inclusive school culture. By securing Ramadan accommodations for prom and lowering the cost of tickets she sought ways to open access for all students. As a National Merit Commended Scholar, Enana is a top student who hopes to pursue a career in neuroscience. ____________________________________________________________________________ Christopher Jennings Mr. Jennings encouraged me to be curious about the topics we studied, and gave me the confidence to go beyond what we learned in the classroom.




Niskayuna CSD


Kevin Kwon Kevin's ability to maintain stellar grades alongside his commitment to 4 years of Varsity swimming, Empire State Youth Orchestra, Science Olympiad NY State Competition, Editor of the school newspaper and peer tutoring, are evidence of his seriousness and dedication. This highly motivated and gifted student has received accolades as a National Merit Semi-Finalist, Scholar Athlete and AP Scholar over the course of 4 years. Kevin's curiosity in the sciences have help shape his hopes to study medicine. ____________________________________________________________________________ Meagan Hughes Mrs. Hughes is an awesome teacher and mentor who promotes individual accountability and fun classroom antics. Her greatest lesson? "Everything in Chemistry is a Lie."




Ichabod Crane CSD


Austin Zlomek Austin is a remarkable young man. He is well respected by his fellow classmates and the ICC faculty. Austin has dedicated his time to various sports, clubs and community service activities. He is a natural born leader amongst his peers. His commitment to his school and community and his positive personality have influenced those he has come in contact with inside and outside of school. Austin is a motivated, perceptive, responsible and passionate individual. ____________________________________________________________________________ Cole Moon Mr. Moon has continuously guided my learning and supported all my endeavors while being a positive role model and making my high school experience enjoyable.




Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake CSD


Cedric Sirianni Cedric Sirianni is an ambitious, talented, respectful, hardworking, and driven young man. He is confident yet humble; kind and compassionate; fun loving and community-minded. Cedric has participated in numerous activities including clubs, sports, and honor societies. He is comfortable in a leadership role and is well respected by adults and peers, alike. Cedric has demonstrated exceptional abilities and has distinguished himself in our community as a tremendous student and person of excellent character and integrity. ____________________________________________________________________________ David Besozzi Mr. Besozzi’s classes felt like watching a theatrical performance. He challenged me and inspired me to start teaching others. I’m so thankful for him.




Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville CSD


Jesse Watson Jesse is a well-accomplished student. He is a leader and an officer in our Music program. Jesse also assists with organizing the drumline and writing music for it. He is an active member of FFA and last year he was the vice president. Jesse's community service activities for FFA include working at a chicken barbeque and delivering fruit donations to essential workers this year and to people in need last year. ____________________________________________________________________________ DiAnne Mott Of all of my teachers, Mrs. Mott has had the largest influence in my education, as she taught valuable life lessons in conjunction with music.




Corinth CSD


Sophia Granger Sophia Granger is a young woman who shines brightly in her graduating class. Beyond her exemplary academic record and accolades, she is reliable and kind. She has grown from a young 8th grade student who was unsure of many things into a very self assured senior who is ready for life’s next challenges. She is one of few students who intends to take on a world much larger than Corinth with confidence and poise. ____________________________________________________________________________ Christina Taylor Mrs. Taylor’s class is consistently engaging and boundary pushing, in the best possible way! She always pushes us to look at the world from a variety of perspectives.




Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake CSD


Haileigh Deming Intelligent, driven, passionate, hardworking, enthusiastic, kind. These are the words that come to mind when you think about Haileigh Deming. Haileigh has impressed her peers and teachers with an exuberant spirit, an incredible work ethic, and an enormous capacity for learning. She is well-rounded, excels in all academic areas and is an exceptional member of our student body. Haileigh is a young woman of integrity who has demonstrated through words and actions the quality of her character. ____________________________________________________________________________ Nicole Passante Mrs. Passante has taught me to overcome life’s challenges. Not only is she a great teacher, she is motivational, passionate, and enthusiastic.




North Warren CSD


Kaitlyn Kramar “Active, Engaged, Independent and Leadership-Oriented,” are all words that only begin to describe Kaitlyn Kramar! Katie plays a vital role in every activity she participates in. Her leadership is felt in the varsity sports she plays and in each of the student and school activities she participates in. Her Community Service is noteworthy, both in school and in the community. Our North Warren culture benefits greatly from the contribution of this hardworking and determined individual. ____________________________________________________________________________ Denice Whipple Mrs. Whipple has always seen my potential and pushed me to become the great student I am. Also, she’s supportive, affable, reliable, and encouraging.




Greenville CSD


Emily Duncan Emily Duncan is a role model to her peers, she is brilliant, compassionate and driven. She is currently the Valedictorian and is maintaining a 101 cumulative grade point average in the most rigorous courses. She is Vice President of her class, a member of the National Honor Society, Secretary of Student Council and an active member of our FFA Chapter. She is also a talented musician and was a member of the varsity basketball team. ____________________________________________________________________________ Kelsey Mayo Ms. Mayo has inspired Emily and the rest of GCS because she is enthusiastic, driven, and always willing to learn with her students.




Waterford-Halfmoon Union Free School District


MacKenzie Fletcher MacKenzie has maintained an overall average of 99.37% and is ranked 1st in her class. She is an extremely hardworking and responsible student. MacKenzie’s involvement in extracurricular activities is vast and varied. She is an athlete, an artist and a leader. She is a member of the varsity tennis and bowling teams. She sings in the chorus and participates in Drama club. MacKenzie also is a member of the National Honor Society, Side Kicks and Student Government. She has been elected as president of her class for the past 3 years. She is a true leader in her school. ____________________________________________________________________________ Julie Jorgensen Ms. Jorgensen has not only inspired me to follow my dreams but has encouraged me to be successful, driven, and confident in everything I do.




Broadalbin-Perth CSD


Kelsey Hinderliter As Broadalbin-Perth’s valedictorian, Kelsey is an ambitious, confident, respectful and hardworking student. She is committed to her high-achieving academics but also to her extracurricular activities. She significantly influenced our student culture to help students value their education and each other through her leadership roles within sports, clubs and activities. Kelsey is an avid pianist, was a member of the varsity volleyball team and member of various clubs such as; Research, Spanish, Masterminds, Key Club and SADD. ____________________________________________________________________________ Kristina Marshall Mrs. Marshall has profoundly affected my high school experience. She is kind, accepting and always encourages me to follow my heart and pursue my dreams.




Fort Plain CSD


Seth Wintermute Seth is an outstanding student who will be attending Syracuse University in the fall. A recipient of Syracuse's Leadership Scholar's Award, Seth will be studying Political Philosophy and Political Science. While a student at Fort Plain, Seth participated in Track and Field and Cross Country, and held leadership roles on both teams. Seth received the Rensselaer Medal, The Julia Innella Memorial Award, and the Bausch and Lomb Science Award. ____________________________________________________________________________ Patti Jarabek Mrs. Jarabek has been teaching Spanish for the Fort Plain Central School District for 29 years, influencing the lives of hundreds of students. Seth chose to recognize Mrs. Jarabek as the teacher that has had the most significant influence on his education because, in his words, "her class and guidance has helped me immensely through my career in high school and I would like the opportunity to thank her for that."





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