E mily Campbell and Heidi Smith were formally announced as Granville High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian during an awards assembly held last Thursday at the high school.
Like many of this year’s top ten students, Campbell and Smith have each demonstrated a distinguished level of intellectual ability and a steady work ethic, but according to one of the teachers, it’s their dogged determination that sets them apart.
Dave Cosey, a history teacher at the high school who has had both Campbell and Smith in his classes, said both have displayed an unwavering commitment to academics.
“Emily has demonstrated a distinguished level of intellectual ability, Cosey said. “Evidence abounds to support the contention that Emily’s impressive maturity and academic tenacity continues to develop.
Emily has conducted herself with a level of maturity far in excess of my expectations for the typical high school student. This characteristic expresses itself most clearly in the seriousness with which Emily approaches the spectrum of classroom activities. Emily engages in discussions, lectures and student directed assignments with an impressive level of immediacy and concerm.”
Over the course of her last seven semesters, Campbell earned a grade point average of 98.83, while being a member of the tennis and volleyball teams and participating in science club, student council, Natural Helpers, FFA and volunteering her time as local fundraisers, such as the Hoe Down for and the Trek for Hope.
Campbell attributes her success to her parents, Brian and Mary Kay of Hebron, who come from a strong academic background themselves. In fact, Campbell isn’t the only valedictorian in her own family. Her father, Brian, was valedictorian of the Class of 1983 at Hartford Central School. And her mother, Mary Kay, has been a teacher for nearly 20 years.
Campbell will attend Vanderbilt University in the fall where she will major in biology/pre-med. She hopes to one day become either a general practitioner or emergency medicine doctor.
Smith, who will graduate with a 97.78 average, shares many of the same qualities as Campbell.
“Heidi is hard-driving and academically tenacious. She is a true intellectual force,” Cosey said. Heidi’s traditional academic abilities rank among the strongest I have ever observed as an educator. However, it is Heidi’s intellect and tenacity that truly set her apart from other students I have known.”
Cosey said Smith’s writing style and speaking ability “have established an impressive standard equaled by only a handful of students I have known during my career as a teacher.”
Like Campbell, Smith has participated in a number of extracurricular activities. She was captain of the soccer team, plays in the senior band and has been treasurer of the FFA, FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), student council and National Honor Society. She has also participated in several drama club productions, including most recently the “The Wizard of Oz.”
Smith is the daughter of Todd and Leonie Smith.
Although Campbell and Smith were named this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian, they weren’t the only students who achieved a high level of academic success.
The other students who ranked in the top 10 of the Class of 2014 are:
10. Mariah Miner
Mariah is the daughter of Randy and Susan Howe of Middle Granville. Mariah has earned a 92.85 seven semester G.P.A. and will be attending SUNY Adirondack in the fall. She would ultimately like to major in Zoology. Over the last four years Mariah has been a member of the Senior Band, FFA, and the National Honor Society. She has also served as a tutor, and volunteers her time at Little League events.
9. Jacob Haltermann
Jacob is the son of Daniel Haltermann of Granville and Sarah Wetherell of Queensbury. Jacob has earned a 92.95 seven semester G.P.A and will be attending Siena College in the fall. He will be majoring in Business Administration. Jacob has been a member of the Football, Indoor Track, and Baseball teams, and was inducted into the National Honor Society. He has also volunteered his time at the Hike for Hope and the Special Olympics.
8. Richard Conklin
Richard is the son of Richard and Santina Conklin of Granville. Richard has earned a 93.25 seven semester G.P.A. and will be attending SUNY Canton in the fall. Richard plans to major in Veterinary Science. He was inducted into the National Honor Society and has volunteered his time tutoring and at a local daycare.
7. Marc Billow
Marc is the son of Mark and Lessie of Granville. Marc has earned a 94.54 seven-semester grade point average. Marc will be attending Rochester Institute of Technology in the fall and will be majoring in Applied Networking. Over the last four years Marc has participated in the FFA, the National Honor Society, Student Council, and has been the Captain of the Robotics Team. He is also a HOBY Ambassador and attended Boys State. Marc has volunteered a tremendous amount of time assisting with the morning announcements, and is a valued member of the Granville Tech Department.
6. Evan Hoagland
Evan is the son of John and Jackie Hoagland of Granville. Evan has earned a 94.55 seven semester G.P.A. and will be attending Castleton State College in the fall, majoring in Business. Evan has participated in Football, Basketball, and Baseball, and has served as a team captain of several teams. Evan was also selected to the National Honor Society and has served as a Natural Helper. He has volunteered his time at the Hike for Hope, for Little League, and at the Special Olympics.
5. Nicole LaPlante
Nicole is the daughter of Glenn LaPlante of Manchester Center and Kim LaPlante of Granville. Nicole has earned a 95.09 seven-semester grade point average and was inducted into the National Honor Society. She will be attending SUNY Adirondack in the fall and will be majoring in Dental Hygiene. Nicole has served as the Captain of the Field Hockey team and Cheering squad, and has also participated in Softball and Track.
4. Mary Bucciero
Mary is the daughter of Steve and Dale Bucciero of Middle Granville. Mary has earned a 97.4 seven semester G.P.A. and will be attending SUNY Adirondack in the fall, majoring in Biology. Mary has been a member of the Field Hockey, Softball, and Track teams. Mary has a tremendous amount of leadership experience, serving as the FFA Reporter, the Drama Club Secretary, the Treasurer of the Band, and the Vice President of the Senior Class. She has also been a member of the Student Council and did make-up for the Drama Club.
3. Philip Hicks
Philip is the son of Matthew and Audrey of Granville. He has earned a 97.75seven-semester grade point average. Phil will be attending Tufts University in the fall and will be majoring in International Relations and Latin American Studies. He has volunteered at the Hike for Hope, and cheerfully reads the morning announcements. Phil also has an outstanding record of leadership, serving as the National Honor Society President, the Yearbook President, the FFA President, the Drama Club President, and the Senior Class President. He also participated in Indoor Track, and was the Captain of the Soccer and Outdoor Track teams.