Z ach Diekel and Emily Sweeney are by all accounts great students, hard workers, and outstanding role models, and while they finished atop their class, many of the same things that have been said about them can be said about the other eight seniors who finished among the top 10 in their class.
They are (listed in the order they finished):
Margaret Benjamin has been active in Peer Helpers, held various leadership positions in her class and participated in a number of varsity athletics. She plans to attend St. Lawrence University as a pre-medical major with a minor in psychology.
Alexandra Abbott has pursued a variety of interests, including sports, music and arts. She was also chosen as Whitehall’s Distinguished Young Woman last fall. She plans to attend Morrisville State College and study massage therapy.
Janelle Cahee has participated in varsity athletics, music, National English Honor Society and the Distinguished Young Women competition. She plans to major in applied networking and system administration at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Marion Gendron has participating in varsity athletics, Peer Helpers, been president of the National Honor Society and the National English Honor Society, and was runner-up in the Distinguished Young Women program. She plans to study philosophy and journalism at a college in the New York City area.
Brett Christian has participating in varsity athletics and has developed a passion for history and debate. He plans to begin his education at SUNY Cobleskill and major in business administration. He aspires to one day become a lawyer.
Abby Connors has participated in varsity athletics, music, drama, and Peer Helpers. She plans to study culinary arts at SUNY Adirondack.
Marissa Black has been involved with varsity athletics and attended the early childhood education program at BOCES. She plans to attend Cazenovia and major in early childhood education with a minor in human services for children and youth.
Toran Tracy has participated in varsity athletics and been an active volunteer at Whitehall Elks functions. He plans to study electrical engineering at SUNY Canton.