What does it take to be a top ten? The recipe for success, according to these stellar seniors, includes one part scholar, one part co-curricular activities and one part community service guru. Add to that some incredible time management skills and discover the secret to their success!
The top ten graduating seniors from for 2012 are:
10. Hanna Kelly: Throughout her high school years, Hanna has been involved in the student council, the Spanish Honors Society, the National Honor society, gymnastics (All-state and All-American), peer advocates, Habitat for Humanity, a peer tutor and has organized a food drive. She has received a scholar athlete award from Clarkson University and was one of 12 gymnasts in the National Senior Showcase. She plans on attending UConn in the fall and majoring in biological science.
9. Alina Kostek: Alina has served as class historian and class president. She has been a member of the Art Honor society, student council, cheerleading team (captain) and dance (student and teacher). She is an All-state and All-American cheerleader, National Honor Society member, a recipient of the George Eastman Award and participated in the student television convention in Texas. She plans to attend Quinnipiac University in the fall and major in communications.
8. Brianna Church: Brianna has won a Rensselaer Polytechnic medal of honor and is an AP Scholar. She has also participated in Habitat for Humanity, Peer Advocates and the Cougar Spirit Club. She is part of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society. She played on the volleyball and basketball teams. Brianna plans to attend UConn in the fall and major in environmental engineering.
7. Alexandra Raccio: Alexandra has served as a class president and is the recipient of a Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership award. She has participated in drama club, choir and regional choral competitions. She volunteers for Habitat for Humanity,the Clinton food pantry and is a member of the National Honor Society and the French Honor Society. She is a Mount Holyoke Book Award recipient and an equine event competitor. She plans to attend Fordham University in the fall and major in psychology and prelaw.
6. Emily Eldredge: Emily has participated on HKTV, done outstanding AP work and is a member of the Spanish Honor Society, the National Honor Society, student council and Youth in Action. She is a Clarkson Achievement Award recipient and has been writing with the Killingworth Crier. She has volunteered for a local soup kitchen through her church’s youth group and has won the Superintendent’s Award for School and Community. She plans to attend Hofstra University in the fall and major in television production.
5. Cameron Gesick: Cameron is a Harvard and St. Michael’s Book Award recipient, a member of the Spanish Honor Society and a member of the National Honor Society. He volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, tutors and is a member of the yearbook staff. He has participated in tennis, track and field and soccer. He has played the piano for 11 years. Cameron plans to major in pre-med biology at Ohio state in the fall.
4. Rachel Roberts: Rachel is an AP Scholar, a member of the Spanish Honor Society and a member of the National Honor Society. She has been an editor-in-chief for the yearbook and taken part in the X-country, track and field and indoor track teams. She is a recipient of the Fredrick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony Award and has logged 100 hours of community service. She has won Best in Show for her art at the Durham Fair and plans to study engineering at Princeton University.
3. Thomas Day: Thomas is an AP Scholar, a recipient of the Yale Book Award and tutors underclassmen. He is a member of the National Honor Society and the Math League. He is a cross-country track runner and a CT Association of Schools Scholar Athlete. He also played basketball and participated in the Wesleyan High School Scholar program. Thomas plans to attend Lafayette University in the fall.
2. Megan Tischbein: Megan is a member of the National Honor Society and serves as the class historian. She's an 8-year member of the Elm City Girls Choir and is a senior leader (captain) of the cross-country team, as well as the indoor/outdoor track teams. She plans to attend Colby College in Maine and study biology.
1. Emma Soneson: Emma is the president of the National Honor Society and has a GPA over 4.0 (4.28 to be exact). She is captain of the tennis and volleyball teams as well as playing both violin and viola in the Shoreline Symphony Orchestra. She plans to attend Yale University where she plans to study to become a doctor.
Good luck to all of the graduating Haddam-Killingowth High students of the Class of 2012! Our tassels off to you!