Cambridge Central School District announces top 10 students for the class of 2016


CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. >> Cambridge Jr./Sr. High School Principal, Tammy Silvernell, is pleased to announce the top 10 graduates of the Class of 2016.

• Olivia Mooney is the daughter of John Mooney and Sarah Ashton of Cambridge. Olivia has been named Valedictorian for the Class of 2016 with a GPA of 100.22. Oliva is a hardworking student who possesses an impressive skillset. Academically, Olivia earned the New York State Academic Excellence Award for her commitment to learning. She received the RPI Rensselaer Medal and the RIT Innovation and Creativity Award. She is the elected secretary of the National Honor Society and was a five-time gold medal recipient on the National Latin Exam. Olivia has been named an AP Scholar of Distinction and was a National Merit Scholarship program commended student. From a leadership standpoint, Olivia has been exceptional. Olivia has held various seats within student government, most recently serving as Student Council President. She has served as a 2-year captain for both Varsity Soccer and Basketball. Olivia is a 3-time WASAREN League high jump champion and was the New York State Division II high jump champion, in addition to holding the Cambridge Central School record. Furthermore, she has shown Cheviot sheep as a member of 4-H since 2003. Additionally, Olivia is an accomplished Irish dancer. From a community service standpoint, Olivia has served as both a mentor and tutor to other students this year. She has been an active member of VOSCA and participated in a week-long service trip to North Carolina to repair homes this spring. Olivia served as a paid National Science Foundation research intern at Ecovative Design in Troy and has participated in the Great Books Summer Program at Amherst College. Olivia plans to attend Yale University in New Haven, Conn, where she will major in International Relations or Biology.

• Michael (Andy) Romack is the son of Irene and Michael Romack of Cambridge. Andy has been named Salutatorian of the Class of 2016 with a GPA of 97.6. Andy has made a significant impact on both the school and community. Andy has been actively involved as his class Vice President, National Honor Society President, Ski Club President and Latin Club member. Since his youth, Andy has been continuously involved in both football and baseball and has proven to be an exceptional leader. Andy has further honed his leadership skillset as a Boys State 2015 participant. His interest in science-related pursuits has led to his involvement with the Washington Co. EOC STEM Camp, Shay's Settlement Dig, Community Science Enrichment Program and an internship at the Glens Falls Hospital. He has been named the worthy recipient of the University of Rochester Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology, the National Football Foundation "Scholar Athlete" Award, the NYSPHSAA 1st team "All-Star's Runningback" Award and the NYS Academic Excellence Award. Andy has also been a positive role model and mentor for students through his volunteer work as a student aide for 3rd grade students. His dedication to the FIRST Robotics team and his understanding of technology has made him an invaluable asset to the program. Andy plans to attend the University of Rochester to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering.

• McKaylle Woodcock is the daughter of Ellen (Kate) Cruz and Timothy Woodcock of Cambridge. McKaylle is an accomplished student who has consistently sought out new ways to challenge herself educationally. She has been named a Blueshield Scholar and has received the Elmira College Key Award. As a senior, McKaylle participated in the New Visions Health Occupations program which is competitive and highly rigorous. This experience has required her to travel to Saratoga Springs daily and provided her the opportunity to expand her understanding of the medical field. McKaylle has been an active participant in volleyball, basketball and softball. She has excelled musically as well, participating in both NYSSMA and All-County as a flutist. From a volunteer standpoint, McKaylle has participated in events through VOSCA over the past two years. She is a valued member of the National Honor Society and has made a significant impact through her work there. McKaylle plans to attend Daemen College in Amherst where she will pursue a degree in Physician Assistant Studies.

• Courtney Davis is the daughter of Jill Davis of Cambridge and Douglas Davis of Shushan. Courtney has been a highly regarded and dependable member of the Cambridge community. She has made a significant impact as a student-athlete and volunteer. Courtney has been an active member of both the soccer and softball teams over the past four years. Additionally, Courtney has contributed to the Spanish club and the College & Career Club. She has served as an invaluable role model to young students this year through her mentoring support of elementary students as a student aide. Courtney has been distinguished as a member of the National Honor Society, an AP Scholar and the recipient of the LeMoyne College Heights Award. Additionally she is an individual who cares a great deal about protecting and rehabilitating our natural resources. Courtney plans to attend Syracuse University in Syracuse where she will major in Environmental Engineering.

• Lila Nolan is the daughter of Monica and Lawrence Nolan of Eagle Bridge. Ever-optimistic and committed to helping others, Lila has made a great impact during her time at CCS. A valued member of the varsity basketball, track and soccer teams, Lila has honed her leadership skills through her collaboration with others. A leader by example, Lila has sought out opportunities to preserve natural spaces and farmland through her work with the ASA. She has been an active volunteer for the Snack Shack, Balloon Fest and as a basketball coach for youth teams. She has babysat, tutored and participated in farm work throughout her time in high school and was the recipient of the University of Rochester Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award. Lila is a valued member of the National Honor Society and has developed a keen interest in agriculture and animal care. Lila plans to attend Siena College in Loudonville where she will begin her studies in Business Administration.

• Mia Wright is the daughter of Heather McLenithan of Cambridge. During her time at Cambridge Central School, Mia has made a significant impact. Academically, Mia has worked diligently to reach her goals. Throughout her high school career, Mia has actively volunteered as a tutor for younger students in need. She has been a member of both the Art Club and Drama Club. She has been named a distinguished member of the National Art Honor Society. As a volunteer coach for a summer running program, Mia was able to share her passion for fitness, health and wellness. Mia plans to attend Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, MA where she will begin her secondary education teaching program in history.

• Madison Brownell is the daughter of Jennifer and Charles Brownell of Valley Falls. Through her hard work and commitment to helping others, Madison has made a positive, lasting impact on those around her. Madison has contributed a great deal of time and effort toward volunteer efforts. By contributing time toward the Kid's Science Night, the food pantry and the local Snack Shack, Madison has helped numerous individuals. Additionally, Madison has served as a Pre-K Sunday school teacher and as a missionary to the Dominican Republic. She has worked at Benson's Family restaurant over the past two years. From an academic standpoint, Madison has been well decorated as the George Eastman Young Leaders Award winner, student of the quarter, winner of the Excellence Award and the AASBA Community Service award. Madison has shown a high level of generosity and a capacity to help others in need. Madison plans to attend Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA where she will major in nursing.

• Digby Baker-Porazinski is the son of Jennifer and Paul Baker-Porazinski of White Creek. Digby's impact within the school and community has been astoundingly positive and wide-sweeping. An individual who leads by example, Digby was nominated and selected to represent CCS at Boys State 2015 where he was elected Chief Justice of State Court of Appeals. A valued member of the National Honor Society, Digby has made volunteer work a priority and has mentored elementary students as a student aide for several years. Winner of the RIT Creativity and Innovation Award, AP Scholar Award, St. Michael's Book Award, designated as a PSAT commended student and US Senate Youth Nominee, Digby has worked hard to reach his goals. Digby has served as Class Secretary, Class Treasurer, National Honor Society Treasurer, Drama Club President and Latin Club Consul. He has worked as a member of the Cambridge Public Library "Geek Squad" and as the Assistant Volunteer Coordinator for the Tour of the Battenkill. His work as a CYC volunteer and then employee allowed him to help younger individuals in need of support. A four year varsity soccer player, Digby has also been actively involved in Book Club, Ski Club, Chess Club, Yearbook Club and Boy Scouts. Digby was a founding member of the "Man 'O War" robotics team. His extensive work as an actor, instructor and house manager at Hubbard Hall and at CCS has been highly regarded. Digby plans to attend Stony Brook University in Stony Brook where he will continue to pursue his goals.

• Sullivan Gordon is the son of Cynthia and Russell Gordon of Cambridge. Sullivan's hands-on approach to academics has contributed greatly to his success. His work in computing and technology lead to him being named the recipient of the RIT Computing Award. His work with the FIRST Robotic team has been a testament to his determination and skill. From a leadership standpoint, Sullivan is an Eagle Scout, has served as captain of the varsity track team and has been an invaluable member of the varsity soccer team over the past four years. Sullivan is a member of the National Honor Society, Ski Club, and is currently serving as co-consul of the Latin Club. He has also served as a DJ for several school dances and events. Throughout his various scholastic and volunteer efforts, Sullivan has worked hard to make a positive impact on his community. Sullivan plans to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy to continue his study of computer science.

• Bradley Geroux is the son of Jamie Stratton and Jeremy Geroux. Bradley has taken an active role in helping those around him. As a valued member of the varsity golf, lacrosse and basketball teams, Bradley has developed a skillset rooted in teamwork and collaboration. For his ability as a leader and his individual character, Bradley was nominated and selected as a member of Boys State 2015. Additionally, Bradley was honored as the recipient of the Clarkson University Achievement Award for his academic endeavors. Bradley is also an avid outdoorsman, archer and has a passion for preserving our valued natural resources. Bradley plans to attend Paul Smith's College in Paul Smith's to study wildlife/fisheries ecology.


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