MASSENA -- Massena Central High School has named its 2014 class leaders.
Samuel Gerber is valedictorian. He is the son of William and Tammie Gerber.
He leads the class with a 98.78 average. His coursework included honors, advanced placement and International Baccalaureate. He also participated in the Link Crew and Learn To Lead programs.
He has been a member of the football and our lacrosse teams, earning the Academic All-Northern award for both and the WMSA Unsung Hero Award for football. He was captain of the lacrosse team.
Gerber is a percussionist in concert band. He is section leader and was invited to play in the All-County Band this year. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the French National Honor Society, the Interact Club, Ski Club and is treasurer of French Club. He represented Massena Central School as a representative at the HOBY leadership conference and received the Bill Wanzer Science Award, the Clarkson Leadership Award, the University of Rochester George Eastman Young Leaders Award was recognized as a commended student for the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
He plans to attend Northeastern University to study mechanical engineering.
Daniel Elman is salutatorian. He is the son of Robert and Mary Elman.
Elman will receive and International Baccalaureate diploma and holds a 98.72 average.
In addition to being president of Spanish National Honor Society, he is treasurer of Interact Club, a member of National Honor Society, the manager of school's sound crew and has been section leader in band for all four years of high school. He has been a member of All-County Band, area All-State Band and was the recipient of the Arion Music Award. Elman is a six-time winner of the Academic All-Northern Athlete Award. He has played varsity soccer for three years and varsity wrestling for the past four years. This year, he led his teammates as the captain of the soccer team. He is a member of MCHS Link Crew and has represented Massena when he was a sophomore at the HOBY leadership conference.
He has volunteered over 145 hours of community service since ninth grade. At church, he is an altar server, lector and youth leader at vacation bible school. He has delivered food for Meals on Wheels, and has volunteered at many of the community dinners sponsored by the Elks Club and Chamber of Commerce. Elman also volunteers many hours as a scorekeeper at JV and Peewee wrestling tournaments. During the summer months, he works 20 hours a week as a therapeutic recreation leader.