Top scholars named at local schools

By Julia Green
The top honors graduates have been named at local high schools.

Andes Central School
Andes Central School announced this week the names of its top senior students for the 2008-2009 academic year. Hattie Brown and Melody Grapes share grade point averages less than one percent apart, and will serve as this year’s co-valedictorians.
Brown, the daughter of Laura Emery and Stuart Brown, has been very active in numerous aspects of school life at Andes. A member of the Honor Society, cheerleading squad, travel club, and outdoor club, she has also had key roles in school musicals. She was also the Andes designee to the 2009 Scholar Recognition Dinner. Brown plans to attend SUNY Purchase this fall to major in a writing-related field, possibly journalism.
Grapes is the daughter of Richard and Holly Grapes. She has been active as an Andes Central School cheerleader and attended BOCES Occupational Center during her junior and senior years, where she studied visual communications. Grapes will be attending SUNY Oneonta this fall, where she plans to pursue a major in the communication arts program.

Margaretville Central School
Margaretville Central School announced the names of its valedictorian and salutatorian for the 2008-2009 school year last week. Kaitlin Buerge of Margaretville was named valedictorian and Julia Brophy, also of Margaretville, was named salutatorian.
Buerge is the daughter of Dori and the late Haywood Buerge of Margaretville. She is graduating with an overall average of 98 and has been on the Principal’s List every quarter since she was in the seventh grade. Buerge is involved in a number of extracurricular activities, including the National Honor Society, Book Club and Science Research, and she is a member of the Margaretville Central School varsity softball team.
Outside of school, Buerge has participated in Relay for Life and the Community Music and Arts Network. She loves to read and hopes to study abroad in England. Buerge will attend Middlebury College in Vermont this fall, where she plans to pursue a major in English with a focus in literature.
Brophy, the daughter of Birgitta and Jeremiah Brophy of Margaretville, has been a member of the National Honor Society since she was a sophomore and a member of the Art Club since seventh grade. She has also been involved in Girl Scouts since she was a kindergartner and is a member of the Margaretville Central School varsity softball team. Brophy will be attending Sage College of Albany in the fall, where she plans to major in interior design.

Roxbury Central School
Roxbury has announced the names of its top two graduating students. Karly Bolger and Danyelle Greene will serve as this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.
Bolger, the daughter of John and Lorrayne Bolger of Roxbury, has had a major role in the drama productions at RCS every year. She was a member of the Rockets’ varsity soccer, basketball and softball teams and was recognized as a scholar-athlete in each sport.
Bolger served as the president of the National Honor Society, president of the senior class, and president of the yearbook as well as participating on the Science Olympiad team and serving as an active member of the RCS Senior High Chorus. She received the Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award, the New York State Academic Excellence Scholarship, and the Scholar Recognition Award. Bolger plans to attend St. Lawrence University in the fall.
Greene is the daughter of Steve and Wendy Greene of Roxbury. For the past four years, she has been a member of the varsity soccer, JV/varsity basketball, and varsity softball teams and has been a scholar-athlete on all three teams. This year, she was the captain of the basketball team and a senior leader for softball.
Greene has also been an active member of the National Honor Society, Student Council and was nominated to attend RYLA. She received the Bausch and Lomb Award and the New York State Academic Excellence Scholarship. This fall, Greene will be attending Rochester Institute of Technology where she plans to study engineering.