The Harpursville Central School District is pleased to announce that Renee Niles is the valedictorian and Shannon Winsor is the salutatorian of the Class of 2015.
Renee, daughter of Carl and Ann Niles, will be attending St. Bonaventure University to study Chemistry. She plans to pursue a career in either research or medicine.
Science has always been Renee’s passion, and she has been heavily involved in STEM-related clubs and activities throughout high school. She has also been active in National Honor Society and Student Council and is a cross country athlete. Outside of school, Renee serves her community through church activities and as a member of the Interact Club.
Over her high school career, Renee has earned numerous academic achievement awards, the Bausch & Lomb Science Award, and several Scholar Athlete awards. She has earned the highest possible academic diploma, an advanced designation Regents diploma with honors and math and science mastery, and will graduate with 54 college credits earned as a high school student.
Renee’s secret to success is simple: “Do your work!” Renee’s advice to younger students is to take challenging coursework and to try new things that are outside your comfort zone. She also suggests that students take advantage of the opportunity to take college courses while in high school.
Shannon is the daughter of Alan and Shawn Winsor. Shannon is an active member of the school community. Throughout high school she has participated in Yorkers, of which she is currently president, and has previously held the positions of treasurer and secretary. She has also participated in National Honor Society, Mathletes, Science/Biology Club and Yearbook. Outside of school, Shannon enjoys playing piano, reading, and sewing.
Shannon has challenged herself at the highest level academically, earning 51 college credits as a high school student. She has been the recipient of many academic achievement awards, including Global Studies 10, Spanish III, Spanish V, College Computer Applications, and College Drawing. Shannon also earns an advanced designation Regents diploma with honors and math and science mastery.
Shannon would like to thank her parents for their support and encouragement in setting and achieving her goals. Furthermore, she attributes her success to a good work ethic, perseverance, and the knowledge that you can always improve and grow.
In the fall, Shannon will attend Ithaca College to major in occupational therapy.