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PotsdamHigh School announces co-valedictorians, salutatorian


POTSDAM - This year the Potsdam Central School District will have co-valedictorians, with two members of its graduating class earning cumulative averages higher than 98.

Ke Alexander Wang earned a grade point average of 98.62 while spending his senior year at the Clarkson School. Andrew Hou’s grade point average of 98.13 earned him co-valedictorian honors. He is also taking classes at the Clarkson school.

Since moving to Potsdam in third grade, Alex has been a well-rounded student, participating in various activities and clubs while maintaining a strong academic record. He played the violin and was concertmaster of Potsdam High School Orchestra. He was a member of Key Club, Model UN, Speech and Debate, and the Mock Trial Team. In his junior year, Alex served as the secretary of Student Council, and Class Vice-President. In his spare time, he enjoys recreational badminton and tennis.

He has a strong aptitude in math and science and has won awards from competitions such as St. Lawrence University’s Pi Mu Epsilon, Clarkson University’s Math Competition, and Science Olympiad at the state level. In the months leading up to his senior year, he participated in summer research at Clarkson University with Dr. James Carroll of the Electrical Engineering Department to design and prototype a solar charging station for rural areas.

Alex has been accepted to the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of California at Berkley and Cornell University. He plans to attend Cornell University, where he will pursue a double major in physics and electrical engineering.

Alex is the son of Qingxin Wang and Weiling Ke.

Andrew moved to Potsdam from Canada in the fifth grade. He is the son of Daqing Hou and Xiaoli Wang.

He has completed the most rigorous course load that Potsdam High School can provide and has continued to challenge himself academically by taking college courses through the Clarkson School. He is an active member in a variety of extracurricular activities, including Mock Trial, Speech and Debate, Science Olympiad and Model UN. He’s been involved in the high school orchestra, and has performed at the All County and Area All State Music Festivals. Andrew is also a committed tutor, and has served as a National Honor Society tutor, a private tutor for students at the middle school, and a calculus tutor for students at Clarkson University.

Since the beginning of middle school, Andrew has had a strong interest in mathematics. He excelled in the regional MathCounts competition every year and loved being exposed to the challenges of the state math competitions. His interest has grown throughout his high school career, and he’s been involved in number of competitions, including the Pi Mu Epsilon Competition, the Mandelbrot Competition, the AMC 10 and 12, the Purple Comet, and the Moody Mega Math Challenge.

He has been accepted to Brown University, The University of Southern California, The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, The University of Toronto and Clarkson University. He will be attending Brown University.

This year’s salutatorian is Nahtan Gingrich, with a four-year grade point average of 96.80.

Nathan is the son of David and Nancy Gingrich.

He has participated on both the baseball and cross country teams throughout high school. He has also been an active member of Model UN, serving as treasurer this year. He also has been an active member of Student Council all four years of high school.

Nathan spends a lot of his time in the music department, as a member of the concert choir, Canta Sera, and Drama Club. He has also attended several Area All-State and All-County festivals. He is president of Drama Club and has been stage manager for productions for the past three years.

He has been accepted at Calvin College, Clarkson University and Hope College. He is currently undecided about where to attend college, but plans on majoring in computer science and theatre.

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