Top students of Northville Central named

NORTHVILLE — The top students of 2017 for Northville Central School have been named. They are:

Jasmine Vrooman Valedictorian

Jasmine Vrooman, with a 92.9 average, is the daughter of Deborah Gardner-Vrooman and Lawrence Vrooman. She has been named valedictorian of the class of 2017 at Northville Central School.

Vrooman has kept a full schedule of challenging courses during her four years of high school including molecular biology, Spanish IV, research seminar, and others.

In the ninth and 10th grades, she served as her class vice president before becoming class president for the following two years. She was inducted into the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society during the spring of her sophomore year and served as the club’s president for her junior and senior years. She has been involved extensively in the school’s musicals, earning leading roles and serving as the drama club’s president during her junior year.

Vrooman was the treasurer of the art club for three consecutive years. She has also participated in various other clubs and events such as international club, band, marching band, chorus, Odyssey of the Mind, yearbook club, HOBY NYE, NYSSMA, All-County Senior Band and choir, and tutoring during her time in high school. In addition to her academics and extracurriculars, she also worked a seasonal job at Oak Mountain Ski Center.

Taylor Johnson


Taylor Johnson, with a 92.5 average, is the daughter of AnnMarie Cristiano-Johnson and Jeremiah and Ashley Johnson of Northville. She has been named salutatorian of Northville Central School’s class of 2017.

Johnson has maintained a full academic schedule throughout high school, including taking her junior and senior years together this year, alongside her participation in various clubs and sports teams. A member of the varsity soccer team since eighth grade, Johnson received the title of WAC First Team All-Star and the Physical Education Award her senior year. Her other activities have included softball; membership in the Northville Chapter of National Honor Society; Girl’s Athletic Association, serving as vice president; international club; and Mountain Biking Club.

Outside of school, she spends much of her free time in the winter downhill skiing, both for recreation and while working as a ski instructor at Oak Mountain.

Johnson plans on majoring in biology in the fall.

Sadie Marie Cotrofeld

Honor Graduate

Sadie Marie Cotrofeld, with a 92.3 average, is the daughter of Mark Cotrofeld and Debbie Klein, has been named an honor graduate of Northville Central School, class of 2017.

Cotrofeld has maintained a full schedule throughout high school by enrolling in numerous college courses, including English 103, Spanish IV, and American political systems.

She has also been involved in numerous extracurricular activities, such as National Honor Society, international club, art club, drama club and chorus, throughout her four years of high school.

She is secretary of the drama club and vice president of art club. In addition, she has participated in basketball and varsity track, and has worked a part-time job throughout her senior year.

Cotrofeld plans on attending the College of Plattsburgh in the fall to major in nursing.

Michael Darling

Honor Graduate

Michael Darling, with a 91.1 average, is the son of Rebecca Monge and Bodie Darling. He has been named an honor graduate for the Northville Central School class of 2017. He attended the digital multimedia and communications program at the HFM Career and Technical Center during his junior and senior years.

Darling is a member of the National Technical Honor Society, and has achieved principal’s list or high honors every quarter in each year of high school.

He has maintained a job at Shelby’s Four Corners Diner since the 10th grade, working after school, weekends and summers.

He has had his artwork exhibited at the Perrella Gallery at Fulton-Montgomery Community College and the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts on multiple occasions.

Darling has kept a full schedule throughout high school, in addition to taking multiple college courses such as English 103/104, American political systems, honors economics and ceramics.

In his free time, he enjoys reading, painting and listening to and playing music. Darling intends to pursue a career as a graphic designer and plans to attend a four-year college majoring in that course of study.

Alexandra Purdy

Honor Graduate

Alexandra Purdy, with a 90.9 average, is the daughter of Richard and Connie Purdy of Hope. She has been named an honor graduate of the Northville Central School class of 2017.

Purdy has achieved this by working diligently in her academics at both Northville and at HFM BOCES, where she attends the digital multimedia program. Her extracurricular activities include yearbook club at both Northville and HFM BOCES and drama club at NCS.

Outside of school, she enjoys drawing, writing and photography.

Purdy plans to study photography at Mohawk Valley Community College beginning in the fall of 2017.

Daniel Joseph Ryan

Honor Graduate

Daniel Joseph Ryan, with an 89. 3 average, is the son of James and Katy Ryan of Northville. He has been named an honor graduate of the Northville Central School class of 2017.

Ryan has managed a very intensive academic schedule, supplementing his high school classes with college courses such as calculus, Spanish IV, English, and American political systems, among others.

He has also been involved in a number of athletic and scholastic extracurricular activities. Ryan has been a varsity soccer athlete since ninth grade, and was named a WAC First Team All-Star both his junior and senior years.

His other activities have included Student Council, membership in the varsity club as president, and class government, of which he was voted vice president.

Ryan is planning to pursue a major in finance with a minor in economics at either SUNY Potsdam or SUNY Oswego.

Shelby Lee Walton

Honor Graduate

Shelby Lee Walton, with a 90.8 average, is the daughter of Donald and Laural Walton. She has been named an honor graduate for the Northville Central School class of 2017.

Walton has maintained great grades while having a full schedule throughout high school, earning college credits in Spanish, English, American political systems and ceramics.

She has also been an active participant in many extracurricular activities and clubs during her time in high school, including National Honor Society, international club and library club. She holds the position of secretary in the Northville Chapter of the National Honor Society and is president of the library club.

Walton plans to attend Wells College in the fall where she will major in political science.

By Chad Fleck

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