MASSENA - More than 160 Massena Central High School students were recognized during Thursday evenings 34th annual academic banquet, including 15 seniors who had accepted awards at the event all four years of their high school career.
The four-year award winners were Baylee Carroll, Rory Corcoran, Courtney Croasdaile, Daniel Elman, Samuel Gerber, Jesse Lawrence, Carlie Leary, Emma OConnell, Lucy Pang, Connor Paquin, Kassidy Ross, Peter Skomsky, Jacqueline Tulip, Samannatha Villnave and Megan Wells.
But, Principal Patrick Farrand said, every student who attended the banquet was a winner, from the 19 freshmen who were accepting their awards for the first time, to the 52 sophomores, 46 juniors and 47 seniors. Students were recognized for maintaining a grade point average of 92 or better during the first three terms of the 2013-14 school year.
Tonight is a night to recognize Massenas top academic achievers, he said, noting the banquet was an opportunity to recognize students and their academic abilities and achievements.
But it didnt come easy, according to Mr. Farrand, who said it involved consistent hard work and dedication to maintain their grade point averages.
Unlike sporting events, where players are cheered on the by the fans, academic success comes with a much smaller crowd, he said - family, friends and faculty who urge the students to do their best. Those fans filled the high school cafeteria for the dinner and recognition ceremony.
Your organization, time management and fortitude do not go unnoticed. Keep up the good work. Each of you has a bright future full of opportunities ahead of you, Mr. Farrand said.
In the student response, senior Baylee Carroll said the students who were honored had seen their hurdles, including copious amounts of homework and testing, but had conquered each one of them during the year.
She urged them to continue using the foundation they had built this school year and apply it to future years so they could continue to excel.
The top female and male from each class, as well as the Class of 2014 valedictorian and salutatorian, were also recognized by Mr. Farrand and Interim Superintendent William H. Flynn. For the seniors, the top female was Megan Wells, who has a 99.7 GPA. The top male was Samuel Gerber, who has a 99.5 GPA. Mr. Gerber is the class valedictorian, while salutatorian honors went to David Elman.
The top female junior, with a 99.0 GPA, was Nicole Morgan. The top male for the class was Jason Hammill, who has a 98.2 GPA.
For the sophomore class, the top students were Abigail Matthews (a 98.8 GPA) and Ethan Marcello (a 99.4 GPA). Leading the freshmen class were Ashna Gupta, with a 98.6 GPA, and James Donnelly, with a 95.7 GPA.
Vice Principal Sarah Boyce also recognized several students who had scored 100 percent on their June 2013 Regents exams.
The recognition didnt end with Thursdays banquet though. Student achievement will also be showcased during the schools June 4 awards night.