District Announces Top Ten Graduates
The district is pleased to announce the Class of 2020's top ten graduates.
Valedictorian Lily Gallagher graduates with an Advanced Regents diploma with honors and mastery in science and math. Lily’s work ethic and kind spirit contribute to her many successes in academics and contribute to her many successes in academics and in life. Most recently, Lily was chosen as Salem Central School’s top student for the 34th Annual Scholars Recognition Program, sponsored by the Capital Area School Development Association; and as the nominee for a PEO Star Scholarship, which recognizes outstanding female high school seniors. Lily is also the recipient of the President’s Education Award, the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, and a New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Lily plays an important role in many clubs and activities, including National Honor Society, mock trial, the math team, soccer, and track. One of Lily’s many gifts is her musical ability, which she shares through her participation in the school’s drama club performances, All-County Chorus, band, jazz band, NYSSMA, the Battenkill Chorale, and Dorset Playhouse productions. Finally, Lily gives freely to others as a friend, and mentor, and she volunteers in many local organizations including her church. Lily plans to pursue environmental studies at Franklin and Marshall College this fall. Lily is the daughter of Michael Gallagher and Karen Gallagher.
Salutatorian Lillian Butler graduates with an Advanced Regents diploma with mastery in science. She has received several honors, including the Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award, and the New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Lillian’s tenacity has earned her leadership roles in drama club, yearbook club, mock trial, Mind’s Eye Magazine, zodiac club, student council, and as the president of the National Honor Society. She also competes in the weightlifting club. Many of Lillian’s greatest achievements are in the area of music. She is an incredibly gifted singer, song-writer, and leader in the Salem Drama Club, NYSSMA, All-County Band, jazz band, and chorus. She performs at the Dorset Playhouse, was chosen for the All-State Choir, and the Carnegie Hall Honor Choir. Lillian’s talent and optimism also lend itself to her work as a role model with younger students during the summers at the local Courthouse community program. This fall, Lillian plans to continue sharing her beautiful voice at Binghamton University, in the fine arts in music program. Lillian is the daughter of Richard Butler and Tammy Butler.
Dorothy Moffitt graduates third in the class with an Advanced Regents diploma. She earned a New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence, and the President’s Award for Educational Excellence. She’s a member of the yearbook club and field hockey team. Dorothy volunteered as a scorekeeper and videographer for the varsity wrestling team, volunteers at the annual Carl Lufkin Memorial Pull for the Cure, and with the youth field hockey program. She will pursue a veterinary science degree at SUNY Canton. Dorothy is the daughter of Steven Moffitt and Joan Moffitt of Salem.
Mikayah Rushinski graduates fourth in the class with an Advanced Regents diploma. She earned the President’s Award for Academic Excellence, is a member of the National Honor Society, and vice president of the Salem FFA. She is a member of the varsity soccer and basketball teams, and this year was recognized as a first team
all-star for soccer, and received a scholar athlete award. She will pursue a degree in physical education and health education at Springfield College. Mikayah is the daughter of Justin Rushinski and Theresa Rushinski.
Serena Wilk graduates fifth in the class with an Advanced Regents diploma. She earned the President’s Award for Academic Excellence, is a member of National Honor Society, member of Mock Trial, and class treasurer. Serena is a member of the varsity field hockey team, and was a first-team all-star in the Wasaren League for two years. Serena earned an honorable mention at The Hyde Collection’s annual High School Juried Show. She will pursue a degree in Spanish education at SUNY Cortland. Serena is the daughter of Scott Wilk and Robyn Wilk.
Kaia Haskell graduates sixth in the class with a New York State Regents diploma. She earned the President’s Award for Academic Excellence, is a member of the National Honor Society, mock trial, literary magazine, drama club, yearbook club, and math team. She is a member of the varsity soccer and varsity track teams. Kaia is a scholar athlete as well as a record-breaking member of the weightlifting club, where she met and surpassed goals in multiple events. She will pursue a degree in childhood education at Saint Rose. Kaia is the daughter of Jack Haskell and Rosalind Haskell.
Jack Thrasher graduates seventh in the class with an Advanced Regents diploma. He is the recipient of the Modern Woodmen Scholarship; earned the President’s Award for Academic Excellence, and was selected as a delegate for the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership program. He was a member of the varsity soccer and track teams, and achieved scholar athlete status. He will attend Union College, and at this time his major of study is undeclared. Jack is the son of John Thrasher and Susan Ceglowski.
Sage Beagle graduates eighth in the class with an Advanced Regents diploma. She earned the President’s Award for Academic Excellence, is a member of literary magazine, drama club, senior band and chorus, jazz band, and the Washington County Band. She is also a member of mock trial, where she earned awards as best witness and best lawyer. Sage is an advocate and ambassador for New York Civil Liberties. She will pursue a degree in health science at Hudson Valley Community College. Sage is the daughter of Charles Beagle and
Brady Nichols graduates ninth in the class with an Advanced Regents diploma. Brady is class president, vice president of the National Honor Society, mock trial president, and captain of the varsity soccer and basketball teams. In his junior year, Brady was awarded the George Eastman Young Leaders Award, and named a Student Sage Scholar. He will pursue pre-medical studies at Russell Sage College. Brady is the son of Ben Nichols and Krista Sullivan. He also has the support of his step-father Bob Sullivan.
Jacob Robbins graduates tenth in the class with an Advanced Regents diploma with mastery in science. He is a member of the National Honor Society, mock trial, math team, track team, Future Business Leaders of America, band, jazz band, chorus, All-County Chorus, and the Washington County Band. He will pursue a double major in finance and computer science at Siena College. Jacob is the son of Amy Robbins.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR GRADUATES! A FULL LIST WILL BE POSTED IN THE FUTURE.