Top 10 students of OESJ announced


Lyndsey Lynch

Lyndsey Lynch, the daughter of Elizabeth Petkovsek and Wayne Lynch, is the valedictorian of the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville class of 2017.

She has taken a variety of advanced courses, several of which were for college credit. Lynch has been a member of the National Honor Society since the 10th grade and has managed to remain on the high honor roll for the entirety of her high school career.

She has been involved in a multitude of extracurricular activities including basketball, band, jazz band, small ensemble, color guard, yearbook, student government and currently serves as president of her senior class.

Outside of school, Lynch has danced for approximately 13 consecutive years with the Joy of Dance Studio in St. Johnsville. In addition, she has participated in a plethora of community service events, ranging from performing in local parades to volunteering to help with the annual Flander family Thanksgiving dinner at the H. C. Smith Benefit Club.

Lynch plans to attend SUNY Cortland in the fall of 2017 as a pre-major, Cortland’s program for undeclared students. There she hopes to explore her options and is determined to discover her passion along the way.

Liam Sammons

Liam Sammons, the son of Steven and Eileen Sammons, is the salutatorian of the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville graduating class of 2017.

Sammons has taken many advanced courses throughout his career in high school including being among the first students to ever take calculus II in the school district.

He is a member of the National Honor Society and has been the class secretary since his freshman year. Sammons has participated in many extracurricular activities including the FFA,  band, jazz band, small ensemble, mock trial, Captains Committee, Assemblyman Santabarbara Student Cabinet, and even started his own business.

He played soccer, basketball, and baseball until his senior year when he switched to cross country, bowling, and track.

Sammons will be attending SUNY Maritime this fall to study in the field of naval architecture.

Jeffrey Baker Jr.

Jeffrey Baker Jr. is the son of Jeffrey Baker Sr. and Barbara Baker. He is ranked third in the Oppenheim-Ephratah – St. Johnsville class of 2017.

In high school, Baker was a multi-sport athlete, as he played baseball, soccer, bowling, cross-country and basketball.

He also was a member of the National Honor Society, FFA, band, and jazz band groups.

Baker plans to attend Clarkson University to study aeronautical and mechanical engineering and hopes to someday work in a space program.

Justus Richardson

Justus Richardson, son of Mandi Richardson and Tim Richardson, is ranked fourth in his graduating class.

He has always excelled in math and currently has the highest score on the algebra 2/trigonometry regents exam for our school with a 96.  

He participated in cross country, wrestling, and track and field. Richardson is also an active member of the cross fit club. In the fall he will be attending the University at Buffalo and will be studying electrical engineering.

Caitlin Handy

Caitlin Handy, the daughter of Dean and Julie Handy, is graduating fifth in her class and will be going to Herkimer County Community College in the fall.

At college she will be studying criminal justice with the plan of being a state trooper.

During high school Handy has been active in the school; playing varsity soccer, basketball, and softball as well as being part of the crossfit club and national honor society.

Abby Mosher

Abby Mosher, the daughter of Chris and Janell Mosher, is ranked sixth in the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville class of 2017, and is the vice-president of her class.  

Throughout her high school career, Mosher has been a member of the varsity soccer team, varsity basketball team and was named a team captain for both in her senior year.  She is also a member of the National Honor Society and the yearbook club.  

Mosher has been an active member in the community, by volunteering at the local youth center and with the A.Y.S.O. program.  

In the fall of 2017, Mosher plans to attend SUNY Geneseo to further her education.

Jason Smith

Jason Smith, son of Scott and Wendy Powell, is ranked seventh in his graduating class.

Smith has participated in crossfit since his junior year. He credits crossfit with preparing him to become stronger and fit to join the enlisted ranks. Smith has joined the United States Marine Corps and will ship out in December 2017.

Emilie Engle

Emilie Engle, the daughter of Eli and Heather Engle, is ranked eighth in her graduating class at Oppenheim-Ephratah–St. Johnsville.

Throughout her high school career, Engle has participated in soccer, basketball, band, as well as being a member of the National Honor Society and the school yearbook club.

After graduating, she plans to attend Herkimer County Community College to pursue a degree in nursing.

Aidan Eggleston

Aidan Eggleston, the son of Chad and Karin Eggleston, is ranked ninth in his class at Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville.

He has been a member of the soccer and basketball teams throughout his entire high school career and ran track and field in his senior year.  

Eggleston was a recipient of the News Channel 13 Section II Scholar Athlete Award this year. He is also a member of several clubs including FFA, crossfit, and National Honor Society.

Eggleston has been accepted into the Pharmacy D program at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and will begin his journey to becoming a pharmacist in the fall of 2017.  

Zachary Tinkler

Zachary Tinkler, son of Daniel and Laurie Tinkler, is tenth in his class at Oppenheim-Ephratah – St. Johnsville. He has been active in FFA throughout high school as well as involved in Band, Jazz, and Marching Band programs. Zachary has enlisted in the National Guard as a 68W Combat Medic and will continue through the medical field to attain a four year nursing degree.

By Patricia Older

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