Harpursville High School is pleased to announce that Ben Copeland is the Valedictorian of the Class of 2016.
Ben is the youngest son of Amy and Scott Copeland, and is attending Rochester Institute of Technology to further his education in the chemical engineering field.
Ben is the first in Harpursville to receive his Associate's Degree before even graduating high school, leaving with his accumulated 60 college credits. Ben has been the recipient of several academic awards, such as principal's list throughout high school, numerous academic awards, and the RIT Computing Medal.
Outside of school, Ben holds a job making the certified 3rd best pizza pies in the county. In addition to being a part-time chef, he enjoys playing guitar, watching movies and being outside doing various activities, from shooting hoops to taking walks.
The most important lesson Ben feels aspiring students should take to heart is to always try your best. By knowing you did everything on an assignment, project, or task in general, to the best of your ability, disappointment will never be an option. Always strive to be the very best you can possibly be, and life will take you to great heights.
Harpursville Jr./Sr. High School is pleased to announce that Peyton Woloszyn is the Salutatorian of the Class of 2016.
Peyton has been dedicated to being involved in her school community at Harpursville. She is class president, vice president of Student Council, and treasurer of the National Honor Society. She is furthermore a member of the National Art Honor Society, French Honor Society, French Club, Biology Club, Yearbook Club, Interact, Senior Band, and Senior Chorus. She enjoys keeping busy and being a part of extracurricular activities, including athletics. She is an active member of the Varsity field hockey, basketball, and softball teams and was a captain for field hockey and basketball.
Academically, Peyton has been able to earn 49 college credits upon graduation. She has received numerous academic achievement awards, scholar athlete awards, George Eastman Young Leaders Award, and most improved for Band. All four years of high school she has been on Principal’s/Superintendent’s List and has maintained perfect attendance. Athletically she was named Section IV Division III, Second and First Team All-Star, MVP offense, and Most Outstanding Offensive player for field hockey.
Peyton would like to thank her family for being supportive of all her achievements and for always pushing her to work her hardest, despite any rough patches. She uses struggle as motivation and continuously strives for success by committing to her education.
In June, Peyton will graduate receiving an Advanced Designation Regents Diploma with Honors as well as Mastery in both Math and Science. In the fall she will attend Broome Community College to obtain an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts with Applied Science and hopes to continue on to Binghamton University for pharmacy.