COLTON – Shayla Williams has been named valedictorian and Erick Muller is the 2012 salutatorian at Colton-Pierrepont Central School.
High school seniors who received diplomas Friday night included:
Shayla Williams, the valedictorian, is a bright student always willing to challenge herself with a dynamic and full schedule including all five of the school’s AP courses. Shayla is a member of the National Honor Society and her interests include music and the environment. She plays the flute and piano, and is a vocalist who has participated in several NYSSMA solos and school musicals. Shayla has also been a key leader on our Green Team: she initiated and implemented a “350 Moving Planet Day” event in Colton this fall that involved both the school and community helping to educate people on environmental issues. She has been a representative on the Whiz Quiz and Model UN teams, Clarkson University’s Horizons I and II science camps, HOBY Leadership Conference, and student government. She represented Colton-Pierrepont on the Speaking Team at the state level in tenth grade in Oral Interpretation and at the national level in eleventh grade in Dramatic Performance. Shayla runs cross country and track in Canton and is an active participant in her church youth group. She plans to pursue her interests in environmental science, biology and music at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
Erick Muller, the salutatorian, is described as a stellar student, a diligent worker and critical thinker. Erick is president of the National Honor Society and has been a member of several academic teams. He was the top mathematician on the Whiz Quiz Team and was a pivotal member of the Colton-Pierrepont team that placed third in the Pi MU Epsilon Contest at St. Lawrence University. He has also participated in the Junior Engineering Technical Society TEAMS competition at Clarkson University and been a member of the robotics team. Erick has volunteered for the PTSA 5K walk/run, Relay for Life, and Crop Walk. Erick participated in soccer for four years and baseball for two. He plans to study software engineering at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt., next fall.