June 18, 2019 (Cooperstown, NY) - Cooperstown Central School celebrates the top four graduating scholars from the CCS Class of 2019. Each will receive special academic recognition at Commencement on June 30th at 1:30 p.m. at the Fenimore Art Museum.
Josephine Hovis - Davidson College
Josie has participated as a Rotary Youth Leader, Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leader, and has been an active member of Leo Club. She has volunteered as a research assistant for Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown Kid Garden, Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, and the Living Waters of the World Mission Team (Honduras). Her academic recognition includes the New England Young Writers’ Conference at Middlebury College, National Honor Society, and commendation from the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Ms. Hovis can boast many other awards in the humanities, sciences and mathematics, and has been involved in many extra-curricular activities, including music and theater. She will be attending Davidson College in the fall.
Genevieve Landry - University of British Columbia
Genevieve has received many honors and awards throughout her academic career. She is actively involved in music, theater and athletics at CCS. She has received the Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award and special academic awards in Advanced Placement subjects, and French as well as Biology. She has participated in school musicals, the band program, and plays viola. Her athletic involvement includes soccer, ski club, hockey and horseback riding. Ms. Landry has been employed throughout the community during the summer season as a cashier, innkeeper, cake decorator and server. She will be attending the University of British Columbia in the fall.
William Zoel Friedman - Tufts University
William is proficient in French, and excels at singing, skiing, sailing and swimming. His academic career includes awards and accomplishments in language, music, poetry and writing. Mr. Friedman has been rewarded for his exemplary character, community involvement and generosity of time and talent as a volunteer for Temple Beth El, Bassett Hospital and Leo Club. His extra-curricular involvement has included Science Olympiad, College for Every Student (Clark Foundation), musical theater productions, Health and Wellness Committee membership, Area All State Choir, Varsity Swimming, Harmonia Choral Ensemble and Varsity Golf. William has traveled to Europe, Mexico and various Caribbean destinations. He has worked as a dock attendant and babysitter as well as participated in programs at Columbia University and Herkimer County Community College. He will attend Tufts University in the fall.
Kai A. Wasson - American University
Kai’s senior year was spent at CCS in the New Visions Healthcare Career Exploration Program – (BOCES) and taking courses for college credit in writing and advanced sciences. He served on the Mindfulness Steering Committee and was a Leo Club volunteer. Mr. Wasson also attended the New England Young Writers Conference at Middlebury College, was a member of the award-winning Envirothon Club, and was a mentor for students through College For Every Student program (Clark Foundation). Kai’s involvement in school spanned theater, student government, and Battle of the Books literary competition. His awards include those in math and language. He is a scholar athlete. He has worked at Glimmerglass Opera and The Baseball Hall of Fame. Kai will attend American University in the fall.