POTSDAM -- Potsdam High School has named two valedictorians and a salutatorian for the class of 2014.
Ke Alexander Wang was named co-valedictorian, with an overall grade point average of 98.62.
He has spent his senior year at the Clarkson School, an early college program.
He plans to attend Cornell University where he will pursue a double major in physics and electrical engineering.
He plays the violin and was concertmaster of the high school orchestra. He was a member of Key Club, model UN and speech and debate and mock trial teams. In his junior year, he served as the secretary of student council, and class vice-president. In his spare time, he enjoys recreational badminton and tennis.
Wang is strong in math and science and has won awards from St. Lawrence University’s Pi Mu Epsilon contest, 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.
Wang is the son of Qingxin Wang and Weiling Ke.
Andrew Hou was named valedictorian. He attained a 98.13 GPA.
He will be attending Brown University.
He is involved with 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. He 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.
He has a strong interest in mathematics. He excelled in the regional MathCounts competition every year. 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.
Hou is the son of Daqing Hou and Xiaoli Wang.
Nathan Gingrich was named salutatorian.
He achieved a 96.80 GPA.
Gingrich is undecided on where he will go to college, but wants to major in computer science and theater.
He has participated on both the baseball and cross country teams. He has also been on the model UN team, this year serving as treasurer, and has been a member of student council all four years of high school.
Gingrich 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.