Board of Education statements about Class of 2017 graduates


JUNE 12, 2017

These students were honored for their exceptional contributions to the Class of 2017.

Dan Feinberg
Katelin Barrera is an exceptional leader among her peers. She is a person who has worked hard to improve nearly every aspect of student life at Scotia-Glenville High School and has brightened the day of each and every person whom she has encountered throughout her school career. Katelin participated in a number of GIVE programs while serving as the student director for some. She has been the President of Student Senate and President of Art Club. She applied her exceptional leadership talents to the initiation of our Unified Sports Program which played its inaugural season this year which was an impressive accomplishment for Katelin but also a significant contribution to our community. Through it all, Katelin consistently challenged herself with the most advanced coursework and she conquered each challenge along the way. Katelin will attend SUNY Polytechnic Institute to study Business Management.

Congratulations, Katelin, and best wishes in your future!

Gary Normington
Natasha Cotrupi is a deeply talented young lady with diverse skills in the fine arts. Her experiences during her educational career at Scotia Glenville include Theater, Dance, and Music. She has great poise in front of crowds in almost any setting and has made the most of the opportunities that have come her way. Natasha has refined her skills in all forms of performance art through dedication and commitment. She was nominated by Schenectady Light Opera Company for best actress in a musical for Drowsy Chaperone and she won as part of Outstanding Ensemble for the same show. Through it all, she has been a leader as Senior Class President, Scotia-Glenville Book Club Founder and Choralaires President. She has also managed to achieve high levels of musical performance at NYSSMA and All-County while maintaining a high academic average and working in a variety of part-time jobs. Natasha will dazzle a crowd and inspire others with her passion. Natasha will attend SUNY Geneseo to study Psychology and Neuroscience.

Congratulations, Natasha, and good luck in your future!

Bill Pytlovany
Briana Fitzgerald is an exceptional student who has a tremendous work ethic and drive to succeed balanced with a spirit of friendliness and compassion. Briana has also challenged herself with the most demanding coursework SGHS has to offer, done hours of community service, competed for the Nordic Ski Team and has become a competitive canoeist as both an individual competitor and as a member of 2-man canoe teams outside of school at races around the region. She has a particular passion for environmental science and has challenged herself with work being done in conjunction with a researcher at Union College in the Albany Pine Bush which is a globally rare ecosystem. Briana has volunteered with Camp invention, Library helpers, Schenectady MiSci, and the SG Recycling program. She is a bright, talented and thoughtful person who brings a unique set of talents to the community. Briana will attend SUNY Environmental Science & Forestry to study Environmental Resources Engineering.

Congratulations, Briana, and we wish you the best in your future!

Dave Bucciferro
Kyle Jerreld has been a captain on the Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Teams. He has been named a Foothills First Team All Star and propelled his team to a 2nd place finish at the Foothills Championships in the spring season. Kyle has been recognized by his coaches with the Team Leadership award as well as the CAN Award which stands for Coachable, Positive Attitude and Never giving up. He also led his team of Indoor Track and Field Athletes to Foothills and Sectional Championships. In addition to his athletic prowess and leadership, Kyle is a Boy Scout, volunteer with Schenectady City Mission and Fast Break Basketball. He is also a member of the Chamber Orchestra and maintained a high average through high school. Kyle’s drive and positive spirit will serve him well. Kyle is planning to attend Rochester Institute of Technology to study Biomedical Engineering.

Congratulations, Kyle, and good luck in your future!

Colleen Benedetto
Rhonda Nadeau is a vibrant, determined and sincere person. She has faced challenges throughout her life but has committed herself to her academic pursuits and extracurricular activities. Rhonda is an active member of GIVE, working in the Mission Meals program and helping with the backpack program in our elementary schools. She has held a part-time job as the YMCA’s activities director with elementary school students. Despite having to change school six times since sixth grade because of foster care and other circumstances she is reaching her goals of giving back to others and beating people’s expectations. Her strength and determination along with a friendly smile will certainly contribute to her continued success. Rhonda is planning to attend SUNY SCCC and is currently undecided in her major.

Congratulations, Rhonda, and best wishes in your future!

Pam Carbone
Olivia Powhida is known for her outstanding academic performance but she is much more than a number on a transcript. While she is graduating with an impressive GPA she is a person who has made the most of her high school years by competing in Lacrosse and Soccer – serving as a captain on both of these squads – and by performing more than 119 hours of community service and providing leadership through direction of GIVE programs. Olivia demonstrates poise and warmth in all that she does and truly gives of herself in as many ways as she can. While maintaining the highest academic standards and leading in community service and school activities, she has even managed to work a part-time job. She is a strong athlete, an outgoing person, and a compassionate volunteer. Olivia will attend St. Lawrence University to study Biology.

Congratulations, Olivia, and good luck in your future!

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