With a close-knit community, the friendships made throughout the last 12 years is what the valedictorian and salutatorian of Royalton-Hartland High School will miss the most.
Both from Middleport, valedictorian Tyler Kugler, 18, and salutatorian Ayleen Brewer, 17, feel that the friends and teachers that one meets throughout their career are the most memorable part about high school.
It’s making new connections with people and growing new friendships that makes Kugler and Brewer a little nervous about the future.
Kugler plans to attend Vassar College in the fall, dual-majoring in computer science and cognitive science where he hopes to further a career in machine learning or artificial intelligence, or even become a data scientist.
Although Kugler is currently in his first computer science class, he has always been intrigued in the STEM programs at his school and thought it would be best suited for him to go into a field that he would enjoy. STEM is an acronym that stands for science, technology, engineering and math.
“I’ve always liked to solve problems and computer science is like that,” Kugler said. “My goal is that I would like to make some sort of discovery or some revelation.”
Brewer was accepted into the U.S. Coast Guard academy and is expected to leave the Monday after graduation for training. She plans to major in electrical engineering after her training.
“I really liked the Coast Guard because I felt like a lot of their core values hit home with me,” Brewer said. “You always here the phrase ‘what type of person do you want to be’ well everything they were saying about integrity and working together was the person I wanted to be.”
Brewer realized that she needs to enjoy the last days she has with the kids she grew up with.
“The best piece of advice I could give underclassmen is to stop worrying about the future and just enjoy (the present),” she said.
Kugler is the son of Jay and Joanne Krugler and has lived in Middleport his whole life. He is the president of the dram club, vice president of the student council, a member of the National Honor Society, participated in the school musical for five years and has worked with the school newspaper and yearbook in his underclassmen years.
Brewer, the daughter of Donald and Elena Brewer, has lived in Middleport her whole life as well. She has been a member of the swimming, volleyball and track and field teams at Roy-Hart, while playing the flute in the concert band. Brewer is also part of the Yorkers history club.
Roy-Hart graduation will take place at 7 p.m. June 27 in the front circle of the high school, located at 54 State St. in Middleport.
Contact reporter Rachel Fuerschbach at 439-9222 ext. 6246.