Top two students active in school and community

4-8 0034-8 005By Jaime Thomas

Christina Rice has taken full advantage of what Granville has to offer.

The senior class valedictorian has consistently been involved with everything from sports to clubs to community service — all while maintaining a 101 GPA.

Rice, who is also a black belt, is expecting to attend Princeton University in the fall. The school is just one of several prestigious universities that accepted her, including Tufts and Boston University, among others. She plans on studying biomedical engineering, but she is not in it for the money.

“When I go into the work force, I would like to work for a non-profit,” Rice said.

And following close behind the active student is salutatorian Katelynn Leavey, who comes in second in her class with a 98 GPA.

Leavey is equally as involved as a leader in athletics and extracurricular activities, having served as class president for two of her four high school years and as a captain in various sports. She has also been accepted at a number of colleges and said she will probably go to Binghamton University as a pre-med biology major.

“I’ve always been interested in medical studies, and the New Visions (health careers explorations program,) really helped me see that that was the way to go,” Leavey said. She has also volunteered in the community and has served as president of the National Honor Society and the drama club. Rice, too, has an extensive list of community service and has placed high in the American Legion oratorical contest and achieved with the Vex Robotics Team, among other accomplishments.

While Rice’s class position had been sealed for a while, Leavey said it felt good to come in second, especially because she had been expecting to be third. Both young women attribute strong adult influences to their success.

“My parents always pushed me to do well in school and work my hardest, and I’m competitive,” Leavey said, “The teachers are always encouraging and the extracurriculars help you form a small family.”

Rice said her dad was “wicked” supportive, as was the staff at Granville Central School.

“I work really hard, and the teachers have been very supportive and helpful,” she said.

These top two have learned how to balance various activities and advise others to take advantage of everything their school has to offer in order to do well.

“It’s time management to get work done and a lot of cramming. Always work your hardest,” Leavey said.

Rice agreed.

“If you want to get it done, you’ll find a way, and that’s true for a lot of honors students, not just us. Don’t be afraid to shoot high and take risks; the extracurriculars and academics are wonderful,” she said.

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