These seniors were recognized by the Board of Education on Monday, June 14, 2021
- Reena Lubowski is a determined, capable, resilient young woman. She is one of the top academic performers in the Scotia-Glenville Class of 2021 and she has been exceptional in her coursework in the face of extreme challenges. Not only did she meet the distance learning challenge of the pandemic (as did many of her classmates) but she also persevered with a physical health concern that would have derailed most. Reena demonstrated tremendous initiative, determination and grit to maintain her high scores through it all. During her high school and junior high career, she participated in dance at least 5 hours each week and in recent years she was volunteered as an assistant for a children’s dance class at Baker School of Dance. She also taught children’s liturgy at Immaculate Conception Church for more than 4 years. She is an exceptional student and talented person who is humble and quiet but has not let a single hurdle slow her down one bit. Reena will attend Rutgers-New Brunswick to study Biomedical Engineering.
- Antonio Cianfarani has been a dual sport athlete throughout high school and although his Senior Basketball and Football seasons were significantly shortened by the pandemic, he maintained his focus and commitment and found success to the all the way to the end. He started as a Freshmen linebacker and moved up to playing tight end and wide receiver and ultimately led his Football team as a captain in his Senior year. He was the offensive player of the year for his Junior year and was named to the 5th team, All-State as a Tight End– along with being named 1st Team by the Daily Gazette. In addition to his athletic accomplishments, he was an honor roll student and he volunteered as a coach for the Unified Basketball team two years in a row. His willingness to help others and extend the experience of high school athletics for students with special needs is a demonstration of his strong character and values as a compassionate human being. Antonio has a good work ethic and he worked outside of school in his father’s masonry business while maintaining his studies and practice schedule. Antonio will attend Utica College to study Business, Economics and Finance.
- Rebecca Carpenter shines brightly as an academic star. She truly set the pace for all of her classmates with her grades in the most challenging courses at Scotia-Glenville. But her scores are only a fraction of the story of Rebecca’s high school career. She was a multi-sport athlete who lead her Nordic Ski team as the lone upper-classmen and also competed in Field Hockey and Lacrosse. She has also been a leader of the student body filling roles such as Class Secretary, Treasurer of Tri-M Music Honor Society and also President of Student Senate in her Senior year. If athletics, student leadership, and high grades weren’t enough to keep Rebecca busy she participated in numerous extra-curricular activities such as Chamber Orchestra, Science Bowl, and Pre-college programs in Science from Brown and Northeastern Universities. She volunteered as a member of the GIVE program and was a character for the Melodies of Christmas Program at Proctors to raise money for the center which treats children with cancer. Rebecca has been awarded numerous academic scholarships and medals from the likes of Rensselaer, RIT, and the Air Force and one of her work experiences was doing research as an intern at SUNY Polytechnic Institute on cell culture techniques to create a 3D structure for cells to grow. She is clearly a talented and well-rounded person who has a bright future ahead. Rebecca will attend SUNY Binghamton to study Biomedical Engineering.
- Givanna Bianchi is a giver who has built a reputation of generosity and service. Her participation and leadership in more than a dozen different volunteer programs through her high school career is impressive. It is a challenge to summarize the many hours across various types of programs from Weekend Backpack and Bike Camp to Mission Meals, Shelter Helpers, Reading Buddies, Vacation Bible School and more. Suffice it to say, Givanna is about leading by example and concern for others. In addition to her volunteer service she has maintained high grades and membership in the National Honor Society. She has also competed as a multi-sport athlete in Field Hockey, Tennis, and Lacrosse. Givanna worked at jobs outside of school as well as a cashier with Golub Corporation and a food runner for Jade Bistro. Her variety of interests include participating in Spanish Club and Pickle Ball Club as well. Givanna is a quiet but consistent leader among her peers and this pattern of care for others has led to her Senior year culminating in study with the New Visions program which is an intensive experience in the health field. This will undoubtedly springboard her into a future of continued generosity for others. Givanna will attend Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to study Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Delaney Krogh leads with a smile and “can-do” attitude. As an athlete, as a worker, and as a volunteer she is not afraid of a challenge and she will show up for the task at hand. She has been a committed and competitive runner in Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field – 3 seasons each year for six years. This takes perseverance and determination. Her accolades as a runner include being a Foothills Council champion in the 1,000 meter and 4×800 meter relay, Foothills All Star, and also a team captain. Further exemplifying her leadership qualities, she received the “CAN” Award for Cross Country for her dedication, commitment and sacrifice in multiple consecutive years. Beyond running, Delaney was a leader through National Honor Society, and Varsity Club as well as earning Scholar Athlete distinction. Perhaps her greatest effort during her high school career came during her Senior year (during the pandemic) when she and her sister led a Student of the Year Campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in honor of their grandfather which raised more than $20,000. Delaney has a cheerful spirit and powers of motivation that will take her far. Delaney will attend SUNY Geneseo to study Childhood Education.
Chris Connors has a goal of becoming a music teacher or professor and he has already initiated his journey to that goal through his exemplary career as a student and a musician here at Scotia-Glenville. He is committed and passionate about music and about sharing his talent and hard work with others. Chris has been a member of the Jazz Band, Drama Club, Empire State Youth Orchestra and a student leader of the SGHS Pep Band. Each of these endeavors has required a great deal of practice, performance, and excellence. The Empire State Orchestras are audition-only ensembles which play a professional level repertoire. Chris demonstrated great maturity as the leader of the Pep Band here at Scotia-Glenville and while this should have been a Senior year filled with great Pep Band moments, the pandemic eliminated many chances for them to play. However, Chris did not allow the pandemic to remove his chance to lead. He remained steadfast in his effort to keep the group together and when the moment finally came for some in-person rehearsal, Chris took the reins, followed the protocols, and made it happen for our students. The future of music education will be exciting and bright with Chris there to guide. Chris will attend SUNY Potsdam/Crane School of Music to study Music Education.