Harrisville Central School picks class leaders for 2018
Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 3:08 pm

The leaders for Harrisville Central’s Class of 2018 are, clockwise, from upper right, valedictorian Jurnee Allen, salutatorian Allyson Hall, top 1-year vocational award winner Alysa Hall and top 2-year vocational award winner Sarah Leiden.

HARRISVILLE – The Harrisville Central School Class of 2018 has announced its class leaders for this graduation year.

Jurnee Allen is the class valedictorian, Allyson Hall is salutatorian, Sarah Leiden is the top 2-year vocational award winner and Alysa Tuttle is the top 1-year vocational award winner.

Allen, daughter of Christopher and Trudy Allen, Harrisville, has earned the highest academic award of valedictorian, for the class of 2018. She plans to attend SUNY Plattsburgh in the fall to major in nursing. Jurnee intends to become a registered nurse and hopes to then volunteer overseas.

At graduation in June, she will receive a Regent’s diploma with advanced designation and mastery in science. Her seven-semester academic average is 95.3. She has taken online college courses through Hudson Valley Community College in Introduction to Psychology and Introduction to Sociology. Jurnee will earn advanced placement credits in United States History and English Literature & Composition. She will also have dual enrollment credits through North Country Community College in English 12 and Pre-Calculus, and through SUNY Potsdam in French IV.

Allen has been active in school groups and sports. She is a current member of the National Honor Society and a former member of the National Junior Honor Society. She is a member of the Lewis County Youth Board, where she states that she is able to address the issues that she feels important in our community.

She serves as a member of the Student Representative Assembly, competed in Spaghetti Bridge Building at SUNY Jefferson and participates in various community service activities. She has attended the Horizons summer program for three years at Clarkson University.

Allen has participated all throughout high school in soccer, band and chorus. She enjoys playing in the percussion section in band and brings comedy to the school musical production. As a junior, she played Lord Farquaad in Shrek the Musical.

Allen’s honors include HOBY alternate, WWNY TV 7 Academic All-Star, University of Rochester Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, and Section X Academic All-Northern Award.

Hall, daughter of Jolie and Don Snider, Harrisville, and Jeff Hall and Genny Bush, Gouverneur, has earned the second academic award of salutatorian, for the class of 2018. Hall’s academic grade point average for seven semesters is 93.4 and she will receive an Advanced Designation Regents Diploma at graduation in June.

In the fall, she will attend LeMoyne College, where she will be majoring in accounting. She hopes to become a certified public accountant. Her ideal career would include working on Wall Street.

She has earned college credits in Introduction to Psychology and Financial Accounting through Hudson Valley Community College. She will earn Advanced Placement credits in United States History. She will also receive dual enrollment credits through North Country Community College in French III, English 12 and pre-calculus, and French IV dual enrollment credits through SUNY Potsdam.

Hall is a former member of the National Junior Honor Society and a current member of the National Honor Society, where she served as president her senior year. She has been a class leader all four years; Secretary (gr. 9), Vice-President (gr. 10 and 11), and Treasurer (gr. 12).

She has served as a member of the Student Representative Assembly (SRA) for four years. During her senior year, she was Chairperson and the Shared Decision Making representative for SRA.

She has been a member of the Youth Advisory Council for the last three years and has served as President this year.

While in high school, Hall participated in softball (gr. 9-12, Captain-gr. 12) and basketball (gr. 9 and 11) and has worked as the girls’ varsity soccer manager (gr. 9 and 10), boys’ varsity soccer bookkeeper (gr. 10-12), JV and V boys’ basketball bookkeeper (gr. 12), and the Athletic Club treasurer (gr. 12).

As a sophomore, she attended HOBY (Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar) at SUNY Oswego. Since this seminar, she has accumulated over 280 hours of community service. She has since attended HOBY her junior year as a junior facilitator and senior year as a junior facilitator trainer.

Some of her community service activities include coordinating American Red Cross blood drives and volunteering for roadside clean up, Rock Shanty Haunted Trail, Backpack Program, Little League, Town of Diana Historical Museum, and Project Safe Community.

Hall’s honors include: Harrisville Central School Student of the month (January 2016, February 2017 and April 2018), NYS Senate Youth Leadership Recognition Award, National Society of High School Scholars, President’s Volunteer Service Award, HOBY Academic All Star, Wendy’s Heisman School Winner, AXA Achievement Finalist, Elks Most Valuable Student State Finalist, Section X Academic All-Northern Award, and LeMoyne’s Dean Scholarship.

Sarah Leiden, daughter of Douglas and Joy Ploof, Harrisville, has earned the highest vocational award for a senior in a two-year program for the class of 2018. She has an overall GPA of 89.34 and she will receive a Regents Diploma at graduation in June. She will receive dual enrollment credits through North Country Community College for English 12.

Leiden attends the Southwest Technical Center for cosmetology. This year, she was able to intern at Smart Style and Marcy’s Salon and Spa.

She plans to attend Houghton College in the fall to major in music education. She says that she currently is on track to become a vocal music teacher. She has been an active member of our music program.

In grades 9 and 10, she participated in Choir and Orchestra at Hudson Falls High School. After moving to Harrisville, she continued to participate in high school band and musical productions. Leiden has performed in many musical productions, including Guys and Dolls, Shrek the Musical, and Spamalot. Roles such as Fiona and Lady of the Lake have given her the opportunity to share her vocal talent. She is looking forward to meeting new people in college and performing in musical ensembles.

Her honors include the Director’s Scholarship for Houghton College, a Houghton College music scholarship, Student of the Month at SWT – April 2018, and several Top Achiever Awards at Southwest Technical Center.

Alysa Tuttle, daughter of Rusty and Heather Tuttle, Harrisville, has earned the highest vocational award for a senior in a one-year vocational program for the Class of 2018. She has an overall average of 91.44 and she will receive an Advanced Designation Regents Diploma at graduation in June.

She will earn advanced placement credit in United States History and dual enrollment credits through North Country Community College for English, French III and French IV. A senior in the Allied Health program at Southwest Technical Center, Tuttle has been able to explore her options in the medical field.

She plans to attend Sage College of Albany to major in nursing. She hopes to become a traveling nurse to travel the country or the world. She looks forward to experiencing new things and challenging herself outside her comfort zone.

She has been a three-sport athlete all four years of high school, playing soccer, basketball and softball. During her senior year, Tuttle has acted as captain for all three sports.

She has served as a member of the Student Representative Assembly for three years (Vice-President gr. 12) and a member of the Youth Advisory Council for three years (Treasurer gr. 11 and 12). She has acted as a class leader all four years (Secretary gr. 9-11 and Vice-President gr. 12).

She is a past member of the National Junior Honor Society and a current member of the National Honor Society, where she has served as secretary for the past two years. She also attended Project Challenge at Clarkson University during her junior year.

She has also been active in community service. She has participated in activities such as American Red Cross blood drives, Little League spaghetti dinners, the Backpack Program, Haunted Trail, Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department dinners, election night dinners, roadside clean up, NYSARC, and refereeing grades 4-6 basketball games.

Tuttle’s honors include: Section X Academic All-Northern, Southwest Tech Top Achiever Award, Sage College of Albany Presidential Excellence Award.