COLTON - Dozens of Colton-Pierrepont Central School students were honored for their academic excellence last week during a ceremony that featured the announcement of the districts valedictorian and salutatorian.
The Academic Awards Banquet included students in grades 7 through 12 and was moderated by Principal Jim Nee.
Before the many awards were dished out and the highest honorees were revealed, 14 current National Honor Society members inducted 13 new members.
National Honor Society inductions are a milestone in a young students academic career. To see these folks here tonight is a testament to the hard work and dedication that they have toward their studies, Mr. Nee said. For all of the students here this evening, it is important to recognize all the hard work that your parents and your teachers have put into helping you obtain this great honor.
Mr. Nee also said that the keystones of the National Honor Society are character, service, leadership and scholarship and each inductee exemplified the qualities.
Sabrina Johnson was named the salutatorian for the Class of 2014.
Sabrina is the daughter of Julie and Scott Johnson of Colton. She has was a member of the Speech and Debate Team, Green Team, Whiz Quiz and president of the National Honor Society.
Additionally, the SUNY Potsdam Crane School of Music bound senior completed AP courses in World History, U.S. History, Biology and English, while also playing the trumpet and being a member of the softball team.
Sabrina was one of a handful of seniors to speak to the new NHS members. The students who are being inducted tonight have undeniably worked hard to earn such honorable academic status regardless of whatever battles they fought as underclassmen. The students we are honoring tonight have worked very hard to become role models for their peers. Why have they done this? They know that its the right thing to do and it will undoubtedly impact the future in a very positive way.
The valedictorian of the class of 2014 is Andrew Jenkins. Andrew is the son of Anne Sibley and Charles Jenkins of Colton and has been a very active member of the student body, while maintaining a rigorous course load and high marks according to school officials.
During his CPCS career, he was captain of the Whiz Quiz competition team, co-president of the Speech and Debate team, and a participant in Model United Nations and the school musicals.
Andrew is also a member of the National Honor Society and completed AP course work in World History, US History, English, Biology and Calculus.
The soon to be graduate will be attending Middlebury College in the fall.
The candidates being inducted today have shown that a wealth of knowledge is one of the most important things a student can have. Its what starts discussions, creates solutions and changes the world around you. Its what creates new ideas and celebrates old ones, Andrew said. One of the most valuable tools at a persons disposal is their ability to learn and the ability to apply that to the world around them.