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More than 150 students recognized at MHS Academic Banquet

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MASSENA - More than 150 students were recognized during Thursday night’s 32nd annual Massena High School Academic Banquet.

And some of them were accustomed to the recognition, with 17 seniors accepting awards all four years of their high school careers.

The four-year winners were class valedictorian Morgan Albert, Alycia Beattie, Katherine Bronchetti, Nikki Carroll, Daenna Conger, Cody Cook, Jessica Cunningham, Rana Daye, Renee Deruchia, Emmalyn Dupree, Teresa Grigg, Collin Jacobs, Brooke McGraw, class salutatorian Joshua Miller, Nicole Orlando and Sumiao Pang.

But Principal Patrick Farrand said all of the students who gathered with their families in the high school cafeteria deserved a round of applause.

“Tonight is only a small recognition for a tremendous amount of work that these students put forward each and every day,” he said.

“Sure, we come to school to see friends and participate in athletics, clubs and the arts, but academics are the priority. The students here this evening value that priority. They realize that their education will provide them the opportunities to continue to grow and develop in the ever-changing world that we live in,” Mr. Farrand said.

He said some students were being recognized for the first time, while others might have missed the honor last year and some might have been at the banquet every year of high school.

“Regardless, if you are here this evening you exhibit a great academic potential. The programs and educational opportunities that we provide to students in Massena High School are second to none. These students this evening are taking advantage of that,” he said.

The night’s awards went to 46 seniors in the class of 2012, 37 juniors in the class of 2013, 29 sophomores in the class of 2014 and 43 freshmen in the class of 2015.

“Each student here has talents and skills that are assets to their very success,” senior Jessica Cunningham said in the student response. However, these talents and skills do not come easily; they are products of much hard work, dedication and determination.”

Ms. Cunningham said the year had “been full of ups and downs for everyone” with its share of “obstacles and strife.”

“Despite this, we have managed to overcome these challenges and still remain successful scholars. To be here tonight is an honor, it is a symbol of our academic stamina and our willpower to succeed.”

The four-year award winners were presented with certificates by Superintendent Roger B. Clough II, and Mr. Farrand also recognized the top male and female student in each class - Tyler Fefee and Alanna Pyke in the freshman class, Claire Englert and Samuel Gerber in the sophomore class, and Robert Cameron and Sarah Murphy in the junior class. Two seniors, Morgan Albert and Alycia Beattie tied for the top female student in the senior class with identical averages of 96.2857, while Joshua Miller was the top male senior.

The school will continue its student recognition at 6:30 p.m. June 8 when they hold their annual awards night.

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