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Academic recognition ceremonies planned at Ogdensburg Free Academy

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Nearly 250 Ogdensburg Free Academy middle and high school students will be recognized for academic achievement at two separate ceremonies next week.

“First and foremost, we’re here to educate and ultimately, to reward students for excelling in the area of academics,” said 7/8 Principal Kevin Kendall. “In order to be recognized at the middle and high school levels, the work really begins in elementary school.”

The middle school recognition ceremony for seventh- and eighth-graders will be held May 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the George C. Hall Auditorium and features student speakers Nicholas Valcour and Danielle Guimond.

“Each will deliver a speech on what they believe are the attributes for a student to be academically successful,” Mr. Kendall said. “The evening serves as an opportunity for both the school and community to acknowledge the students who have achieved the highest academic standing and the teachers that helped them get there.”

The high school ceremony will take place Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.

“They’re all high-achieving academic students,” said High School Principal Cynthia L. Tuttle. “They have to maintain an 88.5 average for the first three quarters. In order to be seated at the head table, seniors have had to qualify for academic recognition all four years.”

Among the 21 seniors that will man the head table is senior class President Kori Bresett, ranked first in her class.

“Kori will serve as ceremony director. All other seniors at the head table take part in the ceremony in some way. The whole ceremony is really run by the students,” she said. “It’s a great thing. We encourage them to maintain this type of academic standing. For some students, the head table is a goal they set for themselves early on in their academic careers.”

Dr. Mark J. Ashley, a California neurosurgeon from the Ogdensburg Free Academy Class of 1962, will serve as the guest speaker.

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