Bright futures ahead for BKW grads

The Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School District is honored to have so many thoughtful, dedicated and hard-working students move through its halls and onto the graduation stage. What follows is a list of the 2017 graduates, what their plans are for the fall, and any scholarships and awards they’ve earned:

Brad Ableman

Bethel Universitiy
Albert J. Leombruno Memorial Award – presented in memory of Albert J. Leombruno to a senior pursuing a career in either accounting or business and is dedicated to service in the community.
Presidential   Academic   Excellence   Awards   are   presented   to   seniors in recognition   of  educational  excellence   by   meeting   outstanding   academic standards.
Robert Bishop Athletic Award is presented in memory of Robert  Bishop,  a former student athlete, to a male athlete. The recipient has displayed excellence in athletics, sportsmanship,  character  and  leadership  while  participating  on  multiple  athletic  teams.

Anthony Acompora

Employment

Ryan Albright

Employment

Andrew Amedio

United States Army
Frontier Sno Riders, Inc. Award  is presented to a senior who has shown a commitment to their community, attended a career and technical program in high school and will continue to pursue this field of study after graduation.
George And  Emma  Hannay  Memorial  Award  For  Career And  Technical School is presented to seniors earning the highest average in two years of a career and technical program.
Robert Morey Athletic Memorial Award is presented in memory  of  Robert Morey, Class of ’51, to a senior athlete who has strong character and sportsmanship qualities and has participated in basketball, baseball, or softball. This athlete has been a hard-working, dedicated  role  player  who  has  performed  behind  the  scenes  without  much  recognition.

Monique Britton

SUNY Cobleskill

Hannah Brooks

Hudson Valley Community College
Presidential   Academic   Excellence   Awards   are   presented   to   seniors in recognition   of  educational  excellence   by   meeting   outstanding   academic standards.

Grace Bryant

Hudson Valley Community College

Jennifer Busch

University at Albany
Haverly   Language   Award   is   presented   in   memory   of   Lewis   Haverly   to a senior with a high aptitude and interest in the French language.

Briana Clancy

SUNY Adirondack

Brodyn Courter

Modern Welding School

Dylan Duncan

Hartwick College

Neale Dunston

Albany Career and Technical School

Patrick Farnan

United States Coast Guard

Michelle Ferraino

Fulton-Montgomery Community College
LeMoyne College Scholarship
Houghton College Scholarship
St. John Fisher College Dean’s Scholarship
Wyatt Spencer Memorial/BKW ’14 Scholarship is presented in memory of J.
Wyatt Spencer, member of the Class of 2014. to members of the senior class who are actively committed to one extracurricular activity. ln addition, they will exhibit strong leadership abilities, will be community-minded citizens and demonstrate a stance against bullying.
Berne-Knox- Westerlo PTA Jean  Forti  Volunteer Service Award  is presented to a senior who has made a significant impact or contribution through volunteerism which makes a difference  in  the  lives  of  others.   The award  recognizes  outstanding  service exemplified  by  an uncommon gift of self, time, and energy to one or more community and/or school-based activities. Daughters   Of  The  American   Revolution   History  Award   is  presented   by the Tawasentha Chapter, D.A.R. to a senior who achieved excellence in United States History.
George  Martin  Memorial  Sports  Award   is  presented   to  a  senior  who  has shown  exemplary  leadership,  dedication  and  sportsmanship  while  participating  in  athletics.
Helderberg Ambulance Scholarship is presented to a senior pursuing a degree in Para medicine or other medical careers.
Maryellen Hamilton Theatrical Award  is presented to seniors who have shown the same level of professional ethics, as well as a genuine heart for the community, that Maryellen  did  whenever  she  worked  with  the  Hilltowns  Players  on  a  theatrical  production.
Nancy  Hayden  Creative  Writing Scholarship  is  presented  to  seniors  in memory  of  Nancy   Hayden,  a  former  Berne-Knox- Westerlo  English  teacher,  who  has excelled  in  English  throughout  high  school  and  who  has  a  passion  for  writing  any  genre.
New York State Scholarships For Academic Excellence are awarded to seniors based on a cumulative average of Regents exam scores.
Office Of The State Comptroller Student Achievement Awards recognizes students who have shown academic excellence and the potential for leadership through involvement in activities that improved the school and the community.
Presidential   Academic   Excellence   Awards   are   presented   to   seniors in  recognition   of  educational  excellence   by   meeting   outstanding   academic  standards.
Schoharie  Area  School  Boards  Association  Valedictorian and Salutatorian Awards are presented to the seniors with the highest cumulative grade point averages.
Schoharie County Counselors Association Award   is  presented   to  seniors planning on pursuing a degree in education, health or human services related field of study.
Student Senate Social Studies Award is presented to a member  of  Student Senate  exhibiting  a  strong  interest  in  history  and  social  studies  throughout  high  school.

Kai Fischer

Dartmouth College
New York State Scholarships For Academic Excellence are awarded to seniors based on a cumulative average of Regents exam scores.
Presidential   Academic   Excellence   Awards   are   presented   to   seniors in recognition   of  educational  excellence   by   meeting   outstanding   academic standards.

Tabatha Fitzpatrick

Hudson Valley Community College
Bob, Esther & Tom Conklin Music Memorial Award is presented in memory of Bob, Esther and Tom Conklin to a senior who has participated in the music program during his or her junior and senior years.

Cassandra Flower

SUNY Cobleskill
Berne-Knox-Westerlo Teachers Association Awards are presented to seniors planning  to pursue a career in education.
George And Emma Hannay Memorial Award In Art is presented to a senior who has shown the greatest achievement, comprehension, sense of responsibility, and dependability in art.
New York State Attorney General’s Triple C Awards are presented to seniors who have shown a commitment to learning, to their community, and to their fellow classmates.
The Kenneth White Memorial Award is presented in memory of  Kindergarten student Kenneth White, to  a senior pursuing a career in the field of social work,  human services, child psychology or elementary education.

Ryan Fox

Hudson Valley Community College

Alyssa Gaige

College of Saint Rose
John  D.  Foster  Memorial  Drama  Awards   are  presented  in  memory  of  John D. Foster  from  the  Hilltowns  Players  to  a  senior  boy(s)  and  girl(s)  who  have  shown  the most dedication and achievement  in drama.
Justin Todd Shafer Memorial Award is presented in memory of Justin Todd Shafer to a senior who has shown perseverance and has overcome obstacles in pursuit of academic goals.
Presidential   Academic   Excellence   Awards   are   presented   to   seniors in recognition   of  educational  excellence   by   meeting   outstanding   academic standards.

Savanna Glick

SUNY Cobleskill

Dylan Guthinger

Employment

Jake Hackstadt

Hudson Valley Community College

Max Hagerott

Hartwick College

Greg Haley

Employment

Liam Hanley

SUNY College of Environmental
Science and Forestry
SUNY ESF Presidential Scholarship
Berne-Knox- Westerlo PTA Jean  Forti  Volunteer Service Award  is presented to a senior who has made a significant impact or contribution through volunteerism which makes a difference  in  the  lives  of  others.   The award  recognizes  outstanding  service exemplified  by  an uncommon gift of self, time, and energy to one or more community and/or school-based activities.
New York State Scholarships For Academic Excellence are awarded to seniors based on a cumulative average of Regents exam scores.
Osterhout Family Memorial Scholarship is awarded by the Warners Lake Improvement Association in honor of the Osterhout family, to a senior in pursuit of a college degree in environmental studies and the preservation of the earth and its resources.
Presidential   Academic   Excellence   Awards   are   presented   to   seniors in recognition   of  educational  excellence   by   meeting   outstanding   academic standards.
Santabarbara Scholarship For  Engineering  is presented  to a  senior  majoring in engineering and attending a university/college that has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
Schoharie  Area  School  Boards  Association  Valedictorian and Salutatorian Awards are presented to the seniors with the highest cumulative grade point averages.
University in High School Calculus Certificate – awarded to seniors who have successfully completed Calculus l through the State University of New York at Albany.

Nicole Hayden

SUNY Cobleskill
Wyatt Spencer Memorial/BKW ’14 Scholarship is presented in memory of J.
Wyatt Spencer, member of the Class of 2014. to members of the senior class who are actively committed to one extracurricular activity. ln addition, they will exhibit strong leadership abilities, will be community-minded citizens and demonstrate a stance against bullying.
Linda   Bunzey   Memorial   Art   Award   is   presented   in    memory    of Linda Bunzey  to  a  senior  who  has  shown  growth  and  self-awareness  through  art. The recipient has enriched the school and the community with their creative endeavors.
Nancy  Hayden  Creative  Writing Scholarship  is  presented  to  seniors  in memory  of  Nancy   Hayden,  a  former  Berne-Knox- Westerlo  English  teacher,  who  has excelled  in  English  throughout  high  school  and  who  has  a  passion  for  writing  any  genre.
Presidential   Academic   Excellence   Awards   are   presented   to   seniors in recognition   of  educational  excellence   by   meeting   outstanding   academic standards.
Student  Senate  Leadership  Award  is  presented  to  a  senior  class  member  who has  been  a  leader  in  the  Student  Senate  and  in  the  classroom  throughout  high  school.

Zachary Hilton

Hudson Valley Community College

Shelby Johnson

Hudson Valley Community College
School Systems Federal Credit Union Community Service Award is presented to a senior based on outstanding community service.

Tyler Jones

Hudson Valley Community College

Dean Junco

Schenectady County Community College

Madison Kelly

College of Saint Rose

Ila Kochan

Mohawk Valley Community College
Presidential   Academic   Excellence   Awards   are   presented   to   seniors in recognition   of  educational  excellence   by   meeting   outstanding   academic standards.

Joshua LaJuett

Employment

Edwin Lawson

University at Albany
Siena College Merit Scholarship
College of Saint Rose Provest Scholarship
Hartwick College Judge William Cooper Scholarship
Florida Southern College Merit Scholarship
George And Emma Hannay  Memorial Award  In Band is presented  to an outstanding  senior  on  the  basis  of  utilization  of  ability  and  contributions  to  the  band.

Shane Long

SUNY Cobleskill

Devin Longendyke

Employment

Sarah Lorette

Schenectady County Community College

Zachary Loucks

Hudson Valley Community College
John  D.  Foster  Memorial  Drama  Awards   are  presented  in  memory  of  John D. Foster  from  the  Hilltowns  Players  to  a  senior  boy(s)  and  girl(s)  who  have  shown  the most dedication and achievement  in drama.

Stephanie Mason

SUNY Delhi
Berne-Knox-Westerlo Sports Booster Club Awards   are  presented  to seniors  with  outstanding  academic  achievement,  volunteerism   through  coaching  in  the community and school activities, and a mentor to peers.
Dr. Margery Smith Award is presented in memory of Dr. Margery Smith to a senior who has achieved a solid  academic  record  in  a  challenging  high  school  science  program and plans to pursue a career in the health science field.
Greater   Capital   Region    Endowment    Fund/Capital    Region Women’s  Network  Award   is  presented   to  a  female  senior  in  recognition   of achievement in science, math, technology or leadership.
Presidential   Academic   Excellence   Awards   are   presented   to   seniors in recognition   of  educational  excellence   by   meeting   outstanding   academic standards.
University in High School Calculus Certificate – awarded to seniors who have successfully completed Calculus l through the State University of New York at Albany.

Mike Masterson, Jr.

Employment

Devin McGill

United States Army
Berne-Knox-Westerlo PTA Academic Improvement Award is presented to a senior who has shown the most academic improvement.
Class Of 1965 Scholarship is presented  in  memory  of  Kenneth  Northrup who was a service member of  the United  States Navy  for four years  and continued his  career  with  the  New  York  State  Department  of  Environmental   Conservation.

John McGivern

Paul Smith’s College
Paul Smith Dean’s Scholarship
Paul Smith Eagle Scout Award Scholarship
New York State Attorney General’s Triple C Awards are presented to seniors who have shown a commitment to learning, to their community, and to their fellow classmates.
Robert B. Whipple Memorial Scholarship Award is presented in memory of Robert B. Whipple, Class of’49, to a senior who is planning to pursue a career in one of the following: agriculture, animal science, horticulture, mechanics, criminal justice, land conservation or wildlife management.

Lukas Moller

University at Albany
University of Albany and Albany Law School 3+3 Program Scholarship
Albany Counseling Services Scholarship
Harold H. Murphy  Memorial  Scholarship  Award  is  presented  in  memory of Harold H. Murphy  to  a  hard  working  senior  who  has  a  strong  commitment  to  his/ her  academics  and  achieved  a  solid  academic  record   in  a  challenging  math  curriculum.
Presidential   Academic   Excellence   Awards   are   presented   to   seniors in recognition   of  educational  excellence   by   meeting   outstanding   academic standards.
University in High School Calculus Certificate – awarded to seniors who have successfully completed Calculus l through the State University of New York at Albany.

Kristen Norray

Roger Williams University
WIT Merit Award Scholarship
Roger Williams University Dean’s Scholarship
Mary Wood University Dean’s Scholarship
Albany City Lodge #540 Knights of Pythias Scholastic Achievement Award – presented to a senior who has made the greatest progress in extra-curricular activities and/or community endeavors.
Berne-Knox-Westerlo Theater Troupe Awards are presented to seniors on the basis of participation in musicals, theatrical ability, and a true love of the stage and theatrical productions.
George  And  Emma  Hannay   Memorial  Award   In   Choir  is  presented   to an  outstanding  senior  on  the  basis  of  utilization  and  contribution  to  the choir.
John  D.  Foster  Memorial  Drama  Awards   are  presented  in  memory  of  John D. Foster  from  the  Hilltowns  Players  to  a  senior  boy(s)  and  girl(s)  who  have  shown  the most dedication and achievement  in drama.
Presidential   Academic   Excellence   Awards   are   presented   to   seniors in recognition   of  educational  excellence   by   meeting   outstanding   academic standards.

Benjamin Peay

Hudson Valley Community College
Hofstra University Provost Scholarship
Quinnipiac University Dean’s Scholarship
Berne-Knox-Westerlo Sports Booster Club Awards   are  presented  to seniors  with  outstanding  academic  achievement,  volunteerism   through  coaching  in  the community and school activities, and a mentor to peers.
Hudson  Valley Community  College  Vikings Cove Book Award  is presented to a  senior  in  recognition  of  their  hard  work  and  individuality  throughout  high  school.

Kaitlyn Peck

SUNY Delhi
George And  Emma  Hannay  Memorial  Award  For  Career And  Technical School is presented to seniors earning the highest average in two years of a career and technical program.
Maryellen Hamilton Theatrical Award  is presented to seniors who have shown the same level of professional ethics, as well as a genuine heart for the community, that Maryellen  did  whenever  she  worked  with  the  Hilltowns  Players  on  a  theatrical  production.
Presidential   Academic   Excellence   Awards   are   presented   to   seniors in recognition   of  educational  excellence   by   meeting   outstanding   academic standards.
Ryan   Slingerland   Memorial   Scholarship   is   presented    in   memory    of Ryan Slingerland  to  the  senior  who  has  shown  resilience  in  the  face  of  adversity,  who is compassionate toward others and demonstrates financial need.

Johnathan Perrin

Hudson Valley Community College

Caitlyn Philby

Employment
Bob, Esther & Tom Conklin Sports Memorial Award is presented in memory of Bob,Esther andTom Conklin to a senior who has participated in the sports program during his orherjunior and senior years.

Morgan Post

Hudson Valley Community College

Xzavier Rich

SUNY Cobleskill

Olivia Seymour

Hartwick College
Blue Shield Scholars Award is presented to a senior who is planning to pursue a health or life-science career and demonstrates respect, personal responsibility, excellence, teamwork, passion and integrity.
Julia O. Wells Memorial Education Scholarship is presented to a senior who plans to pursue a career in professional nursing.
Kiwanis   Of  The  Helderbergs   Award   is  presented   to  a   senior  that  best exemplifies  the  core  values  of  leadership,  character  building,  caring  and  inclusiveness.
Presidential   Academic   Excellence   Awards   are   presented   to   seniors in recognition   of  educational  excellence   by   meeting   outstanding   academic standards.
Student   Senate   Community   Service   Award   is   presented   to   a   senior demonstrating commitment to the goals of the Student Senate through community involvement.

John Shahen

Schenectady County Community College
Berne-Knox-Westerlo  PTA Perseverance  Award  is  presented  to  a senior who has steadfastly refused to give in to life’s challenges and persevered academically and/ or personally  to pursue  his/her  goals. This senior has overcome challenges  in life or has shown  continued  determination  and  exemplary  effort  just  to  meet  course  requirements.

Micayla Sheridan

SUNY Cobleskill

Laura Simpson

Hudson Valley Community College
Berne-Knox-Westerlo  Band Awards  are  presented  to  senior  band  members selected   on  the   basis   of   cooperation,  leadership   and   utilization   of   musical   ability.
Berne-Knox-Westerlo  Choir Awards  are  presented  to  senior  choir  members selected   on   the   basis   of   cooperation,   leadership   and   utilization   of   musical   ability.
Berne-Knox-Westerlo  Music Awards  are presented  to seniors who have participated  in both band and chorus and selected on the basis  of cooperation, leadership and utilization  of musical  ability.
Matthew  G. Grippin  Memorial  Music Award  is  presented  in  memory  of  Matthew G. Grippin, former director of the Berne-Knox- Westerlo Campus Life Club until his death from leukemia on July 23, I 986, to a senior who demonstrates love of music and concern for others.

Justin Sprung

SUNY Polytechic Institute
E. Douglas   Taft  Memorial Award  is  presented  in  memory  of  E.  Douglas  Taft to  a  senior  who  will  be  pursuing  a  career  as  an  engineer  or  in  a  science  related  field.
Presidential   Academic   Excellence   Awards   are   presented   to   seniors in recognition   of  educational  excellence   by   meeting   outstanding   academic standards.
University in High School Calculus Certificate – awarded to seniors who have successfully completed Calculus l through the State University of New York at Albany.

Matthew Stansfield

Schenectady County Community College

Richard Treadway

Continuing Education

Zane Valachovic

SUNY Oneonta
LeMoyne College Trustee Scholarship
College of Saint Rose Trustee Scholarship
SUNY Potsdam Freshman Scholarship
SUNY Potsdam Leadership Scholarship
Berne-Knox-Westerlo   Band  Awards  are  presented  to  senior  band  members selected   on  the   basis   of   cooperation,  leadership   and   utilization   of   musical   ability.
Berne-Knox-Westerlo  Choir Awards  are  presented  to  senior  choir  members selected   on   the   basis   of   cooperation,   leadership   and   utilization   of   musical   ability.
Berne-Knox-Westerlo  Music Awards  are presented  to seniors who have participated  in both band and chorus and selected on the basis  of cooperation, leadership and utilization  of musical  ability.
Berne-Knox-Westerlo Teachers Association Awards are presented to seniors planning  to pursue a career in education.
Berne-Knox-Westerlo Theater Troupe Awards are presented to seniors on the basis of participation in musicals, theatrical ability, and a true love of the stage and theatrical productions.
Garrett Barton  Memorial Award  is presented  in memory  of Garrett Barton to a senior who has participated  in the boys’ soccer program and has shown a true dedication to the sport and team work.
Key Club Award  is presented  to a senior class member who  has shown a commitment  to community service.
Office Of The State Comptroller Student Achievement Awards recognizes students who have shown academic excellence and the potential for leadership through involvement in activities that improved the school and the community.
Raye Cooke Saddlemire Memorial SCHOLARSHip presented in memory of Raye Cooke Saddlemire, Class of ’51,to a senior who plans to pursue a career in English, Music, or Education. Raye Cooke Saddlemire was the editor of the BKW yearbook and a finalist in the scholarship competition for the School of Journalism at Syracuse University. She was also very involved in music at BKW, where she played the clarinet in the band. Her enthusiasm for education, music, and writing remained throughout her life, and she constantly impressed on others the importance of a college education.
Schoharie County Counselors Association Award   is  presented   to  seniors planning on pursuing a degree in education, health or human services related field of study.
Student Senate Advisor’s Award    is   presented    to   a    senior    who has  shown  exemplary  commitment  to  the  Student  Senate  throughout  high  school.

Casey Weis

Employment

Nathan Weis

Schenectady County Community College

Kelly Jo Wisler

Employment

Zachary Wright

Hudson Valley Community College
Presidential   Academic   Excellence   Awards   are   presented   to   seniors in recognition   of  educational  excellence   by   meeting   outstanding   academic standards.