Potsdam High names Grimberg, Coleman as top grads
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 11:52 am

POTSDAM -- Potsdam High School has named the academic leaders among its senior class.

The Valedictorian of the Class of 2011 is Sebastian Grimberg, son of Stefan Grimberg and Jan DeWaters.

Salutatorian for the class of 2011, John Coleman, is the son of Geoffrey and Elin Coleman.

Grimberg ranks number one in a very completive senior class of 122 students with a seven semester GPA of 98.86. Coleman is ranked a close second in his class with a GPA of 98.38.

Sebastian, in addition to his scholarship, contributes his time and energy to a wide variety of athletics and extra-curricular activities including National Honor Society, Model United Nations, Student Council, French National Honor Society and Science Olympiad.

He has participated in soccer, lacrosse and indoor track where he was captain of both soccer and lacrosse his senior year. Music has played an important role in Sebastian’s life. He has actively been involved in Wind Ensemble, Area All State, NYSSMA Solos, Jazz Band as well as the Canta Sera Chamber Singers.

Sebastian will be attending Princeton University in the fall pursuing a mechanical engineering or applied mathematics degree.

Music has also played an important role in John Coleman’s high school years. He plays the trombone in the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Orchestra, and Jazz Band. He has also participated in Area All State for four years and managed to score a 100 on his level 6 NYSSMA Solo in his sophomore year. Among his other extracurricular activities John has been active in National Honor Society as well referees and keeps score for youth basketball.

Coleman also contributes his talents to football, basketball as well as baseball. he was named a varsity captain in each sport, and all the teams he played for a combined total of six Section X Class B Championships. This past basketball season, he was awarded the prestigious Joe Jukoski Award and became only the sixth player in Potsdam High’s history to score 1,000 points on the team.

John is looking forward to a pursing a career in Mathematics at Clarkson University in the fall.