Top 10 B-P students named


BROADALBIN — Twenty-nine members of the Broadalbin-Perth High School class of 2017 will graduate in June with an average of 90 or higher, and the top 10 students in the class have all achieved grade-point averages of at least 95.

“This class has truly been a pleasure to work with over the last two years,” said BPHS Principal Mark Brooks. “They have proven to be a positive force within the school community. Their school spirit, dedication to B-P, and academic and extracurricular achievements have been their calling card. This is a class that will be remembered for years to come. I am extremely proud of all of their accomplishments and am positive that the future is very bright for the members of the class of 2017.”

The commencement ceremony for the Broadalbin-Perth class of 2017 will take place at 7 p.m. June 23 at Patriot Field. The rain site will be the Robert C. Munn Gymnasium.

The top 10 students in Broadalbin-Perth’s class of 2017:

∫ Julie Capito — With a 100.66 percent average, Capito was involved in a number of extracurricular programs during her time at B-P. A founding member of the school’s Green and Alliance clubs, she also served as Spanish Club president, Key Club vice president, and National Honor Society treasurer.

In 2016 and 2017, Capito participated in the Moody’s Mega Math Challenge, and was a member of B-P’s Lexus Eco Challenge team in 2016. Capito played alto saxophone and trombone in B-P’s concert band and jazz band and was a five-year member of B-P’s cross-country and track and field teams.

In 2015, she represented B-P at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference, and for the past three summers, she has volunteered at the adult daycare at the Wilkinson Nursing Home.

As a freshman, she received the Air Force Math and Science Award. She has also received the 2016 Presidential Volunteer Service Award, the University of Rochester’s Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science award, the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award and was B-P’s nominee for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award in 2016 and 2017.

The daughter of Carrie and Patrick Capito, she plans to attend St. Lawrence University in the fall, where she will study ecological restoration and environmental science.

∫ Christina Lin — With a 99.918 average, Lin is a four-year member of the principal’s list. She has served as president of Key Club and participated in Odyssey of the Mind, Masterminds, Green Club and STEM Club events.

As a senior, she was one of two student representatives to the B-P board of education.

In 2016, she received the Multicultural High School Achievers Award and the Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award. The daughter of Wen Yuan (Mike) and Minxiu (Michelle) Lin, she plans to attend Wellesley College.

∫ Jake Cope — Cope has a 98.499 average and is a four-year member of B-P’s soccer program, Cope also participated in Masterminds, STEM Club, Key Club and the National Honor Society.

He played percussion for the high school concert band, pep band and marching band. Cope’s accolades include the Mathematics and Science Award, George Eastman Young Leaders Award and induction into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

Outside of school, Cope volunteered for the Fulmont Community Church’s kids program and traveled to Honduras on a mission trip.

The son of Kevin and Sally Cope, he plans to study computer science at Binghamton University’s Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science.

∫ Kyler Mangulis — Mangulis, with a 98.493 average, has participated in National Honor Society and Green Club and has been part of Odyssey of the Mind as both a participant and coach. He is the recipient of the Academic Excellence Award.

Outside of school, Mangulis is an active member of the St. Ann’s Episcopal Church.

The son of Beth Mangulis, he plans to attend St. Bonaventure University in the fall.

∫ Jacob McWhinnie —A four-year member of the principal’s list, McWhinne had a 98.263 average. He received the RIT Computing Medal and played basketball for B-P as a freshman and sophomore. McWhinnie also sang in the chorus when he was in ninth grade.

McWhinnie’s hobbies include weightlifting, playing video games and playing racquetball.

The son of Sean and Lynn McWhinnie, he plans to study chemical engineering at the University at Buffalo.

∫ Emily Denman — Denman has a 96.577 average and was a four-year member of the B-P soccer program and served as her class secretary throughout high school.

The co-president of the Spanish Club, Denman also participated in National Honor Society, Odyssey of the Mind, Masterminds, Politics Club, Fishing Club and Ski Club, and played softball for three years.

A four-year member of the principal’s list, Denman was a U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar-Athlete and a four-time New York state Public High School Scholar-Athlete. She also received the Clarkson University High School Leadership Award.

Denman likes to spend her free time outdoors hiking, fishing, swimming, kayaking, taking pictures, camping and boating.

The daughter of Matt and Tammy Denman, she plans to student engineering and management at Clarkson University.

∫ Madison Fagant — Fagant is a member of the National Honor Society, Green Club and STEM Club and has a 96.404 average.

She has participated in Odyssey of the Mind throughout middle school and high school, and volunteered as a coach her senior year.

Her awards include the Elmira Key Award and Academic Excellence Award.

The daughter of Tim and Rosann Fagant, she plans to study biotechnology and pre-veterinary science at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

∫ Olivia Wallin-Eddy— Eddy has a 96.370 average and during her time at B-P, she has participated in the Drama Club, Masterminds, SADD and the National Honor Society. She has also played softball.

Wallin-Eddy received the Clarkson Scholarship and Academic Excellence Award and was nominated to attend the Women in Engineering dinner.

The daughter of Paula and Dave Wallin-Eddy, she plans to enroll at the University of Nebraska in the fall.

∫ Jordan Marshall — With a 95.53 average, Marshall was a Foothills Council all-star and helped B-P’s volleyball team to the 2015 state championship game and a fourth-place state finish in 2016.

She is a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club, and also played softball throughout her high school career.

A scholar-athlete, Jordan has received the Rensselaer Medal, the Society of Women Engineers Merit Award, and the Academic Excellence Award.

Outside of school, Marshall volunteers for the Salvation Army and is a summer recreation counselor in the neighboring Mayfield school district.

The daughter of Ron and Jeanine Marshall, she plans to attend Virginia Tech in the fall.

∫ Andie Van Wormer — Van Wormer has a 95.205 average and participated in Odyssey of the Mind, Green Club and Alliance Club.

She has received the RIT Innovation and Creativity Award Scholarship and the Academic Excellence Award.

Outside of school, Van Wormer is a sales associate at Maurices in Amsterdam.

She has a cat named Hobo and a dog named Harvey.

The daughter of Michele and David Van Wormer, she plans to attend Reed College starting in the fall.

By Patricia Older

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