Katie Palen is top grad at Downsville

Downsville — Downsville Central School (DCS) has announced that Katherine E. Palen has been named Valedictorian of the class of 2010. Palen is the daughter of Pete and Cassie Palen of New Kingston. In addition to her academic achievement, she has been active in both school and community activities during her high school years.
At DCS, Palen is a member of the Margaret Turnbull Chapter of the National Honor Society and has assisted with the organization’s annual blood drive. She has played soccer and basketball and has earned the title of Scholar Athlete every year of high school. Palen has participated in Envirothon and has been a member of the DCS Reading Club. She has filled leadership roles in the school by serving as Vice President of the National Honor Society and Chairman of the Prom Committee.
Outside of school she has taken part in Relay for Life, Crop Walk and Calcio Legends Soccer Team. She has served as vice president of the New Kingston Cemetery Assoc-iation for three years. During her high school years Palen has traveled to Europe as part of an area soccer team and to Ecuador to perform community service.
She will attend St. John’s University in the fall, where she will major in communications and marketing.