Colton-Pierrepont Central names Johnson its valedictorian and Whalen its salutatorian
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 6:07 am

COLTON -- Colton-Pierrepont Central School named the top academic achievers for 2018.

The valedictorian of the class of 2018 is Emily Johnson, and salutatorian is Liam Whalen.

Emily is the daughter of Julie and Scott Johnson of Colton. She has been an active student and athlete while also earning her certificate for Cosmetology at BOCES Seaway Area Technical Center. She has been a member of Speaking Team, Whiz Quiz team, Foreign Language Club, Tri-M Music Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, and All-County Chorus. Emily has also served as vice-president of her class, vice-president of National Honor Society, and the student representative on the Colton-Pierrepont Board of Education.

As a member of the National Honor Society, Emily has been a part of the Big Brother-Big Sister program, giving time and attention weekly to a younger student.

She has completed AP course work in US History and English. As an athlete, she has played basketball, and was pitcher for the varsity softball team.

Emily will graduate with an Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors and Mastery in Math and Science. She plans to attend SUNY Onondaga for business technology. While there, she will work as a hairdresser in Syracuse. Her ultimate goal is to become part of management at a makeup counter in the city.

Liam Whalen is the son of Laura and Peter Whalen of Colton. Liam has been active during his high school career, as part of the Whiz Quiz team, Science Olympiad, the National Honor Society and the Big Brother-Big Sister program, where he has been an admirable role model for his younger student.

Liam completed AP courses in US History, Biology, English, and Calculus, and college-level coursework in English, Physics and Environment and Society.

He plays the baritone saxophone and has been a strong contributor to the music program during his time at Colton-Pierrepont. He has participated in both All County and Area All-State band. His most meaningful school activity has been the Environmental Club, because it allows him to spend time outdoors and in nature.

Liam will graduate with an Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors and Mastery in Science. He plans to attend Skidmore College in the fall to obtain an education in biology or chemistry and pursue a career as a high school teacher.

Seniors who will also graduate with a 90 or higher cumulative average are Lexy Burcume, Katelyn Cary, Abigail McNamara, and Summer Scovil.

Colton-Pierrepont High School Graduation will take place in the school auditorium on Friday, June 22 at 7 p.m.