Gananda Class of 2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Announced

It's almost time! Gananda's Class of 2018 will soon be walking across the stage at Ruben A. Cirillo High School to receive their diplomas. We're proud to announce the top 10 students for the Class of 2018:
1. Valedictorian: Alizabeth York*

Leading the Gananda Class of 2018 with a GPA of 99.5, Alizabeth York takes the honor of Valedictorian. The daughter of Carl and Andrea York of Walworth, and one of five children, Alizabeth plans to study behavioral biology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in the fall.  Her ultimate goal is to go into the medical field to either practice or research neuroscience. York has participated in the following extracurricular activities: Student Congress (President), Citizens of the World Club (Co-President), National Honor Society (Treasurer), Math Honor Society, Concert Band Percussionist (Vice President), Drama Club (most recently playing the part of Morticia in the Addams Family Musical). In addition, York has been involved in the following sports: Gananda Varsity Girls Volleyball (Captain 2017), Sandy Stramonine School Of Dance (13 years).  She has achieved many awards including: National Merit Commended Scholar, AP & Project Lead The Way Biomedical Recognition, Presidential Award for Educational Excellence, Ruben A. Cirillo High School Principal’s Award, and Distinguished Scholar Award. Alizabeth’s advice to upcoming students is to “Keep up your rigorous course work during your senior year – it will help prepare you for college or the real world.”


2. Salutatorian: Madison Harding*

With a GPA of 99.3, Madison Harding takes the honor of Saltuatorian for Gananda’s Class of 2018. One of three children, Harding is the daughter of Brian and Kimberly Harding of Macedon, NY. Attending SUNY Geneseo in the fall, Harding plans to study business administration and minor in dance. Her ultimate goal is to start her own brand of cosmetic make-up and teach dance. Harding has been involved with National Honor Society, was Co-President of Math Honor Society, and has danced at the Sandy Stramonine School Of Dance for the past 11 years. She has received the Ruben A. Cirillo High School Principal’s Award, the Ruben A. Cirillo High School Most Improved Award for Art, various awards for Ballet, Jazz, and Pointe at her dance studio. She has received the Presidential Scholarship and Excellence in Dance Studies Scholarship awards from SUNY Geneseo, as well as the Erica Abbott Memorial Scholarship. Madison’s advice to upcoming students is to “Take AP courses. They are difficult but well worth it and can help you out in long run.”

Rounding out the Top 10 of the Class of 2018 (listed alphabetically):
Kaira Donnan - Attending Hofstra University to study Nursing/Physician Assistant
Jenna Ginsberg - Attending John Carroll University to study Pre-Med/Biological Studies
Claire Howard* - Attending University of Pittsburgh to study Pharmacy
Marisa Ostrowsky* - Attending Virginia Tech to study Aerospace Engineering
Hannah Smith - Attending Nazareth College to study Psychology
Jacob Stanyard - Attending Cornell University to study Biology
Megan Stookey* - Attending Colorado State University to study Health Science
Olivia Thomas - Attending University at Albany to study Pre-Med/Biology
* Distinguished Scholars: having earned 95% or above every marking period of their 4 year high school career.