BROADALBIN — Twenty-nine members of the Broadalbin-Perth High School Class of 2017 will graduate in June with an average of 90 or higher. The top 10 students in the class have all achieved grade-point averages of at least 95.
“This class has truly been a pleasure to work with over the last two years,” said BPHS Principal Mark Brooks. “They have proven to be a positive force within the school community. Their school spirit, dedication to B-P, and academic and extracurricular achievements have been their calling card. This is a class that will be remembered for years to come. I am extremely proud of all of their accomplishments and am positive that the future is very bright for the members of the Class of 2017!”
The top 10 students in Broadalbin-Perth’s Class of 2017 are:
1. Julie Capito (100.66 average) — She was involved in a number of extracurricular programs during her time at B-P. She is a founding member of the school’s Green and Alliance Clubs. She also served as Spanish Club president, Key Club vice president and National Honor Society treasurer. In 2016 and 2017, she participated in the Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge and was a member of B-P’s Lexus Eco Challenge team in 2016. She played alto saxophone and trombone in B-P’s concert band and jazz band and was a five-year member of B-P’s cross country and track and field teams. In 2015, she represented B-P at the Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Conference, and for the past three summers, she has volunteered at the adult daycare at Edward L. Wilkinson Nursing Home. As a freshman, she received the Air Force Math and Science Award. She has also received the 2016 Presidential Volunteer Service Award, the University of Rochester’s Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizen Award, and was B- P’s nominee for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award in 2016 and 2017. Capito plans to attend St. Lawrence University in the fall, where she will study ecological restoration and environmental science. She is the daughter of Carrie and Patrick Capito.
2. Christina Lin (99.918 average) — She is a four-year member of the Principal’s List and has served as president of Key Club. She participated in Odyssey of the Mind, Masterminds, Green Club and STEM Club. As a senior, she was one of two student representatives, to the B-P Board of Education. In 2016, she received the Multicultural High School Achievers Award and the Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award. Lin plans to attend Wellesley College next year. She is the daughter of Wen Yuan (Mike) and Minxiu (Michelle) Lin.
3. Jake Cope (98.499 average) — He is a four-year member of B-P’s soccer program. He also participated in Masterminds, STEM Club, Key Club and the National Honor Society. He played percussion for the high school concert band, pep band and marching band. His accolades include the Mathematics and Science Award, George Eastman Young Leaders Award and induction into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Outside of school, he has volunteered for the Fulmont Community Church’s kids program and traveled to Honduras on a mission trip. Cope plans to study computer science at Binghamton University’s Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science. He is the son of Kevin and Sally Cope.
4. Kyler Mangulis (98.493 average) — During his time at B-P, he has participated in National Honor Societyand Green Club, and has been part of Odyssey of the Mind, as both a participant and coach. He is the recipient of the Academic Excellence Award. Outside of school, he is an active member of St. Ann’s Episcopal Church. Mangulis plans to attend St. Bonaventure University in the fall. He is the son of Beth Mangulis.
5. Jacob McWhinnie (98.263 average) — He is a four-year member of the Principal’s List. He received the RIT Computing Medal. He played basketball for B-P as a freshman and sophomore, and, also sang in the chorus when he was in ninth grade. His hobbies include weightlifting, playing video games and playing racquetball. He plans to study chemical engineering at the University at Buffalo. He is the son of Sean and Lynn McWhinnie.
6. Emily Denman (96.577 average) — She was a four-year member of the B-P soccer program and served as her class secretary throughout high school. She is co-president of the Spanish Club and also participated in National Honor Society, Odyssey of the Mind, Masterminds, Politics Club, Fishing Club and Ski Club. She played softball for three years. She is a four-year member of the Principal’s List, a U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar-Athlete and a four-time New York State Public High School Scholar-Athlete. She also received the Clarkson University High School Leadership Award. She likes to spend her free time outdoors hiking, fishing, swimming, kayaking, taking pictures, camping and boating. She plans to study engineering and management at Clarkson University. She is the daughter of Matt and Tammy Denman.
7. Madison Fagant (96.404 average) — She is a member of the National Honor Society, Green Club and STEM Club. She has participated in Odyssey of the Mind throughout middle school and high school, and volunteered as a coach in her senior year. Her awards include the Elmira Key Award and Academic Excellence Award. She plans to study biotechnology and pre-veterinary science at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF). She is the daughter of Tim and Rosann Fagant.
8. Olivia Wallin-Eddy (96.370 average) — During her time at B-P, she has participated in the Drama Club, Masterminds, SADD and the National Honor Society. She has also played softball for the Patriots. She received the Clarkson Scholarship and Academic Excellence Award, and was nominated to attend the Women in Engineering dinner. She plans to enroll at the University of Nebraska in the fall. She is the daughter of Paula and Dave Wallin-Eddy.
9. Jordan Marshall (95.53 average) — A Foothills Council all-star, she helped B-P’s volleyball team to the 2015 state championship game and a fourth-place state finish in 2016. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club, and also played softball throughout her high school career. A scholar-athlete, she has received the Rensselaer Medal, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Merit Award and the Academic Excellence Award. Outside of school, she volunteered for the Salvation Army and is a summer recreation counselor in the neighboring Mayfield school district. She plans to attend Virginia Tech in the fall on her way to eventually earning her doctorate degree in pharmacy. She is the daughter of Ron and Jeanine Marshall.
10. Andie Van Wormer (95.205 average) — She participated in Odyssey of the Mind, Green Club and Alliance Club. She has received the RIT Innovation and Creativity Award Scholarship and the Academic Excellence Award. Outside of school, she is a sales associate at Maurices in Amsterdam. She has a cat named Hobo and a dog named Harvey. She plans to attend Reed College in the fall. She is the daughter of Michele and David Van Wormer.
The commencement ceremony for the Broadalbin-Perth Class of 2017 will take place at 7 p.m., Friday, June 23, at Patriot Field (rain site, Robert C. Munn Gymnasium).