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Albert, Miller lead MCHS Class of 2012

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MASSENA - Morgan Albert has been named Massena Central High School’s valedictorian for the 2011-12 school year, and Joshua Miller has earned salutatorian honors.

Morgan is the daughter of Michael and Julie Albert.

Morgan is an exceptionally bright young woman, according to a release from school officials. She is an eager learner with a passion and drive for knowledge that is admirable.

She did not coast into the position of number one in her class of 199. Rather, she took some of our most demanding courses and did exceptionally well. Morgan’s time management skills and her tireless work ethic give us confidence that Morgan is prepared for and will devour college academics.

Not only does she have the transferrable skill set to flourish academically, she has the passion to take her education beyond the textbook, beyond the classroom into real life. This young woman has the capacity to do something ground breaking and exceptional.

Throughout her four years at Massena Central High School, Morgan has been purposefully involved. She has held offices in the Spanish National Honor Society, the Spanish Club and the MCHS Girls’ Soccer team. She was the Massena Central School District representative at the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Conference and has been an influential mentor in the Learn-to-Lead Program.

Another notable activity is Morgan’s involvement with Reality Check and the Tobacco Free Schools Initiative. She has devoted her time and energy presenting and education at both the state and community levels, working toward a community wide ban on the display of tobacco products for marketing purposes.

No picture of Morgan is complete, however, without discussing her character. She is an incredibly well balanced young woman with a smile that can light up a room. Morgan exemplifies a young woman with integrity and morals, according to school officials.

She has a wonderful sense of humor and can get along with just about anyone. Her energy and leadership that is invaluable. There is one indicator that really tells the story of Morgan’s character, school officials said.

Last school year, the district participated in Rachel’s Challenge. Rachel was a student killed in the Columbine tragedy. She was a young lady who lived her life with kindness and compassion. She sought to undo injustice by standing up to bullies and starting, in her words, “a chain reaction of kindness.” When the 1,000-strong Massena High student body was polled about which students most embody the qualities and character of Rachel, Morgan overwhelmingly was nominated by her peers as that young woman.

Morgan is one of those invaluable, rock solid kids that makes such positive contributions to Massena’s school community that there is a noticeable hole when they are gone, according to school officials.

Morgan is a natural leader who inspires others with her calm tenacity. The good judgment and confidence she exudes makes others trust her leadership. She has a genuineness and completeness about her that we don’t often see among kids her age.

Regardless of the setting, whether the soccer field, IB classroom or community, students have a level of comfort and reassurance with Morgan at the helm.

Morgan is a unique and extraordinary young lady who makes it easy to say wonderful things about her. Her drive, purpose, self-confidence and positive energy will make her stand out in any of pursuits, the school release noted.

Morgan plans to attend the University of Rochester REMS Program in the fall. It is her intention to pursue a major in biology with the hopes of continuing on to medical school to become a doctor.

Josh is the son of Thomas and Tracy Miller.

Josh has earned a GPA of 96.89 while completing the single most challenging academic program available to Massena students; the rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Josh’s academic accomplishments are enough to earn him praise, but the fact that he has completed these requirements and maintained this average while remaining a three-sport athlete and a member of many extracurricular organizations is a testament to Josh’s drive, determination and tenacity.

Most notable is that Josh approaches these pursuits with a calmness of character and a sense of humor that make his achievements seem effortless, when in reality, they are anything but. Josh is a worker to the core of his being in every facet of his life.

In terms of his character, Josh’s reputation is sterling, school officials said. He can be trusted implicitly, and because of this, often finds himself as the “go-to guy” that others turn to when they need to get a job done (and done the right way).

He conducts himself with a maturity and a poise that belies his age and causes his peers to look to him as a natural leader. Josh attributes these characteristics to the influence of his family.

His very definition of himself is founded in their legacy. He states, “To best describe who I am, you must first look at where I come from.”

Josh lives his life by a moral code that includes values such as dignity, gratitude, integrity, honor and respect for others. He is a respected teammate, colleague and friend who consistently goes above and beyond to lend a hand where it is needed.

Josh has received a myriad of awards based on academic achievement and athletic prowess, but awards that honor the intangible facets of his personality are perhaps the most revealing in terms of understanding Josh’s character.

He was honored in Varsity Basketball with the Passion, Leadership and Commitment (PLC) Award. He has also received the Triple C Award outside of athletics for demonstrating Character, Courage and Commitment. These awards illustrate that, time and time again, Josh is recognized as being an outstanding citizen of our school and our community.

Josh plans to attend Clarkson University where he will major in Engineering and Management. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

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