Congratulations to Emma Rys and Zoe Stinson who have been named Class of 2017 Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively.
Emma is the daughter of Greg and Rachael Rys. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. Emma has also participated in Odyssey of the Mind, choir, band, piano lessons, FCCLA, Writing Club, and the Schoharie Valley Penguins Swim Team.
Emma was the recipient of the Cobleskill Masonic Award in Chemistry, the Cobleskill Masonic Award in Physics, the Dr. Franz Konta Memorial Award, and was a National Merit Finalist.
Emma enjoyed participating in Bravo and hosting impromptu fiestas with her Spanish V class along with working together in and out of school, chatting, planning events, sharing Bravo ideas, or doing homework.
She advises underclassmen to take all the Honors and AP classes that you can handle as it teaches you time management, critical thinking skills, and forms close friendships and collaborations with classmates in the usually small class.
With Chemistry and Trigonometry as her best subjects, Emma plans to study at Vassar College to prepare for a career in the STEM field.
Zoe is the daughter of Wayne and Jennifer Stinson. She was the recipient of the Dr. Franz Konta Award.
She pledged in the 7th grade to change her study habits to become a better student and has lived by that ever since. Zoe has since participated in saxophone, voice and cello ensembles, Schoharie Valley Concert Band, Empire State Youth Wind Orchestra, Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall, Conference All-State, and musical pit orchestra.
Zoe believes that you should not let the small bumps in the road interfere with your path to success. See them as a chance to learn and improve, not as an opportunity to give up.
Future plans for Zoe include attending The University of Massachusetts Amherst to study Saxophone Performance and Acoustical Engineering.