Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — They’ve won athletic championships, earned millions in scholarships and achieved grade averages of more than 100. Their accomplishments are many and won’t likely be forgotten anytime soon.
And this weekend, the class of 2013 has finished this chapter of their lives, as graduates from Barker, Lockport, Newfane, Royalton-Hartland and Wilson received their diplomas Saturday. Starpoint graduates received their diplomas Friday night.
Here’s a brief look at eastern Niagara’s class of 2013.
Barker High School had 73 students graduate Saturday, with 36 receiving Regents diplomas. Thirty-three students received advanced Regents diplomas, nine of which were advanced Regents with honors. Six earned Regents with advanced dsignation with mastery in math and science.
In the fall, 59 Barker graduates will go on to college, while two will go into technical training, eight will enter the workforce and four will enter the military.
Altogether, Barker graduates earned over $1.6 million in scholarship money. Valedictorian Lindsey Brown earned a $4,000 Elks National Foundation scholarship. She will attend D’Youville College in Buffalo in the fall.
Lockport High School graduated 365 students on Saturday, with 117 earning advanced Regents diplomas and 55 earning advanced Regents with honors.
The class was certainly into athletics. Principal Frank Movalli said 335 varsity letters were earned, 220 for one sport, 94 for two sports and 31 for three sports. The class also earned over $5 million in scholarships, led by Katie Britt who will attend the Air Force Academy on a $412,000 scholarship.
Eighteen graduates will enter the military while the majority will attend college in the fall.
Ben Provenzano and Megan Valentine won state titles in BOCES LifeSkills USA competition. Kevin Palm became an Eagle Scout, while Sara Dannebrock, Lauren O’Brien and Bianca Gambino earned Gold Awards.
Principal Thomas Stack said Newfane High School graduated 141 students on Saturday, a graduation rate of just under 88 percent. Regents diplomas went to 78 kids, while 53 earned advanced Regents.
The class earned $5.5 million in scholarships and notable awards. Over 84 percent of the class will attend a college in the fall, while 6 percent will join the military and 10 percent will join the workforce.
Kelsey Wohleben will attend West Point, while Salutatorian Claire Kilcullen will be attending Boston University. Valedictorian Leah Platt will attend Case Western Reserve University. Maegan Zeller earned eight scholarships and will attend Niagara University.
The class also had triplets graduate on Saturday. Bridget, Shannon and Katie Shaw are well known around the school, Stack said; Katie and Shannon for sports and Bridget for photography.
Stack added that the Class of 2013 was instrumental in Newfane’s three straight state athletic School of Distinction awards. The awards are given to high schools where all of the sports teams earn a team average of 90 or better.
Roy-Hart had 109 graduate Saturday night, with 70 earning Regents diplomas. Twenty earned advanced Regents, while one student each earned an advanced Regents with mastery in math, advanced Regents with mastery in science and an advanced Regents with honors.
Two earned advanced Regents with honors and mastery in math diplomas, while three earned advanced Regents with honors and mastery in science. Three earned advanced Regents with honors and mastery in math and science.
The class earned over $1.1 million in scholarships and reported awards. This fall, 37 plan to attend a four-year college while 52 will go to a two-year school. Four will join the military, eight will enter the workforce and six are undecided. One will study abroad and another will attend lineman school.
The valedictorian is Edmund Pfeil and the salutatorian is Thomas Bragg.
Starpoint had 216 students earn diplomas Friday. Elizabeth Koplas and Matthew Stein are this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian.
In the fall, Koplas will attend Brown University to major in either chemistry or chemical engineering. Stein will attend the University of Rochester to study biomedical engineering.
For the seventh consecutive year, all of Wilson High School’s eligible students graduated with a Regents diploma, Principal Daniel Johnson said. In total, 93 Wilson students graduated Saturday. Forty-four of those graduates earned an Advanced Regents diploma.
In the fall, 76 plan to attend college, 45 of which will go to a two-year school. Five will go into the military, 11 into full time employment and one will go to a technical school.
As a whole, the Class of 2013 earned over $3.5 million in scholarships. Taylor Thilk was awarded the Thomas E. Hewitt Sport Award for $2,000, followed by Salutatorian Maria Zupa who earned the Niagara County Community College Distinguished student scholarship, which is full tuition for two years. Joseph Brown was awarded four years full-tuition for the SUNY Maritime Cadet Appointment Program.
As a special note about the class, Graham Garven and Alexander Milne had perfect attendance during their four years at Wilson. Zupa is also graduating a year early.Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.