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Potsdam High School names class leaders


POTSDAM - Lee Buchanan has been named the valedictorian of the Class of 2012 at Potsdam High School, and Bonnie Smyth is the salutatorian for the senior class.

Lee, the son of Linda and Brent Buchanan, earned a seven semester GPA of 98.53.

While also maintaining one of the school’s most vigorous course loads, including courses at Clarkson University, he has also managed to be an active student in extracurricular activities.

Lee is a member of Potsdam’s Canta Sera, National Honor Society, as well as Varsity Club in addition to having competed in varsity sports since ninth grade. Excelling in sports as well, he has been on eight Section 10 championship teams, with two of those teams going all the way to the New York State Final Four in basketball.

Lee plans to attend Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., where he plans to study Applied Mathematics.

Bonnie is the daughter of Dennis and Shelley Smyth. She has earned a G.P.A. of 96.94 and has been a student at Potsdam Central School since sixth grade.

Bonnie has challenged herself with advanced courses and has taken on many leadership positions throughout her middle school and high school career.

As a senior, Bonnie serves as Key Club president, editor-in-chief of Yearbook, National Honor Society president and secretary of Student Council. She has also been involved in Model UN, Artistic Congress, Latin Club, Newspaper Club, and has volunteered as a National Honor Society tutor.

Additionally, Bonnie participated in JV and varsity soccer, varsity indoor track, JV softball and varsity outdoor track during her four years of high school. She was captain of JV soccer for one year, varsity indoor track for two years and varsity outdoor track for one year.

Outside of school, Bonnie is an active member of the community. She participated in St. Mary’s Youth Group, volunteered at the United Helpers Nursing Home in Canton and has completed many hours of community service.

Bonnie continues to partake in food drives, highway clean-ups, community breakfasts, and other forms of community service for the rewarding experience of helping others. She uses her leadership in Key Club to give others students the opportunity to be involved in the school and community. In addition to her busy schedule, Bonnie tutors in mathematics, and has done so for four years.

Bonnie plans to attend Boston University in the fall.

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