HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. >> The Hoosick Falls Central School District is proud to announce the top ten students for the Class of 2016. These students have displayed academic excellence and the district congratulates all of them for their hard work and commitment to academics.
"Congratulations to our top ten.This is a well-deserved recognition that they have all earned," said Junior-Senior High School Principal Stacy Vadney.
Seniors Jeffrey Brewer and Anna Wysocki have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for the Class of 2016.
Jeffrey Brewer, valedictorian
In addition to earning the top spot in his class with a grade point average of 97.990 percent, Jeff is a scholar athlete, who played on the HFCS soccer team, performed in drama productions, and competed with the band and chorus at group and solo NYSSMA festivals. Jeff is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, the Performing Arts Council, and Student Government.
Jeff is the recipient of the RPI Medal, Rochester Xerox Award, the Elmira College Key Award, and of a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program for outstanding performance in the Preliminary SAT / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and the scholarship for Academic Excellence.
Jeff will be attending RPI in the fall and will be pursuing studies in the field of physics and engineering.
He is the son of Amy and Wayne Cornell of Hoosick Falls and Derrick Brewer of Schenectady.
Anna Wysocki, salutatorian
Senior Anna Wysocki plans to continue her education at Smith College. She is undecided but is interested in neuroscience, psychology, and environmental science and policy.
In addition to graduating second in her class with a grade point average of 97.669 percent, Anna has participated in several extracurricular activities including National Honor Society, where she serves as president. She is also president of Earth Club, Treasurer of Varsity Club, Secretary of Student Council, and Historian for the Class of 2016. Anna is a member of Key Club, Drama Club, Prism Club, the Panther Post, and Yearbook Club. She is a scholar athlete, who played basketball, soccer, and lacrosse.
Anna is the recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship, Elks Most Valuable Student Award, Isabel McGuire Memorial Scholarship, and the Jeffrey Stratton Memorial Scholarship. She is also a John Liporace Foundation Scholarship (JLS) Finalist. Anna received an honorable mention for the Triple Crown Athlete Award in soccer and basketball. She will be a STRIDE scholar at Smith College.
Outside of school Anna loves to volunteer, especially for youth soccer and basketball programs. She serves as a Eucharistic Minister at Immaculate Conception Church and is the spokesperson for the student leaders who held the PFOA press conference.
Anna is the daughter of Heather and Dr. Todd Wysocki of Hoosick Falls.
Graduating third in the Class of 2016 is Olivia Cushman with a grade point average of 97.190 percent. Olivia is a scholar athlete and has been a member of the cheerleading team and varsity lacrosse team. She served as the Varsity Club Event Coordinator and is a member of the National Honor Society, Book Club, and the Student Council.
Olivia has been accepted to Marist where she will study abroad at Lorenzo de Medici in Italy this fall. She will be studying criminal justice and art history.
Outside of school Olivia loves traveling and has visited such places as Hawaii, Italy, and Spain. She hopes one day to travel the world.
She is the daughter of Don and Marcia Cushman of Petersburgh.
Alex captured the fourth spot in this year's class with a grade point average of 96.455 percent. Alex is a scholar athlete and played field hockey. She is a member of the National Honor Society, serving as secretary. She is a member of Key Club and a class officer for the Class of 2016. Alex is also a John Liporace Foundation Scholarship (JLS) Finalist.
When she's not at school she plays field hockey at Riley Rink and works as a Pharmacy Technician at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.
Alex plans to attend the University at Albany this fall, studying biology on the pre-med track.
She is the daughter of Normand and Christina Betit of Eagle Bridge.
Megan is graduating fifth in her class having earned a grade point average of 96.167 percent. Megan has served as the president of the Class of 2016 for all four years of high school, and is a member of the National Honor Society. Megan is a scholar athlete and has played varsity soccer and basketball. She is a member of Youth-To-Youth and Key Club.
Out of school Megan plays guitar, club soccer, and has helped with youth soccer and basketball programs.
Megan will be attending Sage College of Albany in the fall.
She is the daughter of Edward and Heather Flynn of North Hoosick.
Jake is graduating sixth in his class with a grade point average of 96.014 percent. He plans to pursue accounting at Siena College in the fall.
Jake is a member of the National Honor Society, and is a peer tutor. He plays trumpet in the Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, and Pep Band. Jake is a scholar athlete and played soccer and basketball for Hoosick Falls. Jake is also a John Liporace Foundation Scholarship (JLS) Finalist. He is a winner of the Sage College Award and the St. Michael's College Book Award.
Outside of school Jake is a member of the Boy Scouts (Life Scout) and is working on becoming an Eagle Scout. Jake is also a Lector at Immaculate Conception Church and participates in town clean-up events. He plays "Taps" at Veteran's Day, Memorial Day, and Voice of a Vet Ceremonies.
Jake is the son of Brian and Maggie Kinney of Hoosick Falls.
Tiffany Saint Hilaire
Tiffany is graduating seventh in her class with a grade point average of 94.788 percent.
She has participated in Chorus, Drama Club, and plays the flute and guitar. Tiffany is also a member of the Panther Post staff, Jazz Band, Show Choir, and the National Honor Society.
Outside of school Tiffany is a Sunday school teacher, a member of prayer group, a Girl Scout, and the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. Between volunteering for school and town events, she also takes care of her crazy dogs.
Tiffany is going to attend the University at Albany in the fall.
She is the daughter of Austin and Heather Saint Hilaire of Hoosick Falls.
Graduating eighth in the Class of 2016 is Zoelena Poore with a grade point average of 94.782 percent. Zoelena plans to attend the University at Albany in the fall and study biology on the pre-med track with a biochemistry minor. Zoelena has been a member of the Key Club, Earth Club and Student Council member for several years. She is a scholar athlete and has played varsity lacrosse since 8th grade. She also played field hockey for two years.
Zoelena is taking four AP courses: Biology, English, Calculus, and Psychology.
Outside of school she is serving her fourth year as a volunteer firefighter. She also works two jobs, one at a horse barn and the other at the laundromat.
Zoelena is the daughter of Tammy and the late Gordon Hudson of Eagle Bridge.
With a grade point average of 94.315, Josh McCart earned the ninth spot in the class.
Josh is a member of the National Honor Society, and also serves as historian. He is vice president of Varsity Club and has been a member of the Panther Post staff. Josh plays alto saxophone in both the Jazz and Symphonic Bands. Additionally, Josh is a scholar athlete, having played baseball and soccer, and was a captain of the varsity bowling team.
Outside of school Josh works as a cashier for Hannaford Supermarkets.
He is attending Hudson Valley Community College in the fall, and will study math and science.
Josh is the son of Timothy and Donna McCart of Hoosick Falls.
Rounding out the Top 10 is Jen Sargood with a GPA of 94.166 percent. Jen participates in several extracurricular activities such as Varsity Club, where she serves as president.
She is a scholar athlete and has played varsity field hockey and softball, and competed on the bowling team where she was a captain. Jen is a member of the National Honor Society. She also mentors children in the Elementary School.
She will be attending the University of Buffalo in the fall and major in accounting. After completing her undergraduate studies, she plans to attend law school.
When not at school Jen spends time with her friends and family. Jen works at the Barbecue Recreation and bowls in leagues. Jen also volunteers with programs like Relay for Life.
She is the daughter of Ed and Nicole Sargood of Hoosick Falls.
The 143rd commencement exercise of the Hoosick Falls Central School will be Friday, June 24, 2016.