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Honors Convocation shines spotlight on juniors and seniors

Salutatorian Erin Tonzi is congratulated by Superintendent Phil D’Angelo after receiving her cords and medals from Assistant Superintendent Mike Major during the Top 20 ceremony.

Salutatorian Erin Tonzi is congratulated by Superintendent Phil D’Angelo after receiving her cords and medals from Assistant Superintendent Mike Major during the Top 20 ceremony.

— Parents and educators honored a select group of students at an Honors Convocation in the Commons at Skaneateles High School on Monday, May 21.

Superintendent Philip D’Angelo told the students they epitomize what can be accomplished when intellect and ability are used to the fullest potential. “It is one thing to have exemplary talents and intellect; it is another thing to have the desire and capability to use them. You possess both of these traits,” he said. “Your diligence, hard-work, and drive to succeed have earned you the right to be recognized this evening.”

About 30 seniors were recognized. In addition to honoring the Top 20 in the Class of 2012, the ceremony recognized students for distinction in academics, art and music. Scholarships were awarded to seniors and three were recognized for performance on the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT). In addition, some 17 juniors were recognized and given a variety of awards from colleges, universities, organizations and businesses.

Junior awards included the Wellesley Book Award, Natalie Krause; the Wells College Twenty-First Century Leadership Award, Ryan Nicholson; Cornell Book Award and Rensselaer Medal Award, Nick Kochan; Clarkson Achievement Award, Gregory Huba; Clarkson Leadership Award, Stephanie DeRosa; Clarkson School Award, Mitch Hart; LeMoyne College Heights Award, Aryn Krebs; St. Michael’s College Book Award, Laura Knighton and Michael Ranalli; Elmira College Key Award, Samuel Meyer and Brittany Welch; St. Lawrence Book Award, Allie Hagen; University of Rochester Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award, Sidney Lawson; George Eastman Young Leaders Award & Scholarship, Matt Leverich; Baush & Lomb Science Award, Elise Pajak.

In addition, juniors Mike Danaher and Matt Delasin were recognized as being selected to attend Boys State this summer.

Senior awards:

Valedictorian Peter Cihon was recognized as a NMSQT Commended Student and received a Scholarship for Academic Excellence. He also earned Senior Distinction in Photography and in Social Studies.

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