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CVA announces Class of 2015 Top Scholars

Central Valley Academy principal Renee Rudd is pleased to announce the “Top Scholars” for the Class of 2015. A total of 25 students earned the distinction by attaining a final average of 90% or better. The students were honored at an assembly in the Burton T. Seymour Auditorium on May 7, 2015.

Shannon Booth is this year’s Valedictorian and Miranda Maldonado is the Salutatorian. Rounding out the scholars are (in order as pictured below left to right) 

Back row: Scott Harris, Quinn Worden, Nathaniel Davenport, Tyler Miller, Alexandria Bandel, Nicole Harrigan, Nicholas Bandel, Justin McRedmond

Middle row: Robert Matousek, Elizabeth Belfast, Ashley Trevor, Juliana Joyce, Linnea McDonald, Kaylee Sommer, Mackenzie Lynch, Jordan Thomes

Front row:  Shannon Booth, Miranda Maldonado, Myranda Abel, Rachael Thorp, Allison Ford, Angela Ruggieri

Missing from photo: Adam LaPorte, Carly Gassmann, Lynnsey Buckley

CVA Class of 2015 Top Scholars

Meet CVA Class of 2015 Valedictorian Shannon Booth

CVA Class of 2015 Valedictorian Shannon BoothDuring her years in high school, Shannon has distinguished herself in both the classroom and school activities.

Shannon is first and foremost an excellent student. She has taken the highly demanding Advanced Regents level courses and the accelerated math sequence. Teachers consistently remark that Shannon takes real ownership of her schoolwork, and is determined to excel in all subject areas. Shannon holds herself to extremely high standards, reaching for excellence in every domain.  Last year, she was selected to be honored at our Junior Awards assembly for having one of the strongest academic records in her class and lasting impression she makes on our teaching staff. Also, she was selected by her teachers to participate in the Regional Program of Excellence. She committed to over 70 hours of job shadowing experience during the summer and she gained a great insight into the environmental and conservation field.

Shannon Booth is highly involved at Central Valley Academy. She has been extremely involved in extra-curricular activities such as Ski Club, Outdoor Adventure Club, Student Council and National Honor Society. These activities require a student to have confidence and dedication and she exhibits these both.  She seeks out the opportunities for volunteering on a continuous basis. These are attributes which make her stand out at Central Valley Academy. I would attribute this to her terrific interpersonal skills which enables all those that she comes in contact with to feel at ease.

Shannon is extremely likable, intelligent and motivated. She demonstrates a drive to succeed, takes on challenging situations and works hard to fulfill and surpass her goals. She will excel in anything she endeavors. Shannon has been accepted to SUNY ESF where she plans to attend in the fall. She will be majoring in Environmental Biology. Shannon Booth is the daughter of Michael and Ellen Booth of Mohawk.

Meet CVA Class of 2015 Salutatorian Miranda Maldonado

CVA Class of 2015 SalutatorianMiranda is an exceptional student but she is an even better person.  Miranda has the ability to get along with people from different backgrounds.  She has a sincere, caring, personality.

Miranda is a very strong student academically and has challenged herself by taking the demanding Advanced Regents, Honor and College level courses.  Miranda has a keen mind, is disciplined and capable in all academic areas.  She impresses our staff with her constant ability to work hard, produce excellent quality work and is involved in many activities.

Miranda has proven herself to be very well-rounded.  She engages in a variety of community volunteer experiences and extracurricular activities.  She is a strong leader on both the Cross Country and Basketball teams.  She was selected to be captain this year of the Cross Country and Basketball teams and from this experience she has gained valuable skills and cannot only encourage and inspire others, but can create working teams.  She can also handle compliments and criticism equally while always keeping her composure.  I feel that these are strong assets to becoming successful in life and being a leader.  She is also a leader as a member of Student Council and National Honor Society for the past three years.  She has extended herself in various other clubs also such as Spanish Club, Ecology Club and is highly involved in the Class of 2015 activities.  Miranda volunteers for various events associated with Catholic Charities, American Breast Cancer Society and the American Red Cross.  Beyond being involved in school activities, Miranda has maintained part-time employment during the school year which shows that not only is she responsible, she can manage her time and has good interpersonal skills.

Miranda is a top ranking student, yet she is so much more!  She is very determined and has an excellent work ethic and drive.  She is a leader, both kind and intelligent.  In the fall, she plans on attending Herkimer County Community College to major in Criminal Justice. Miranda is the daughter of Jose and Lisa Maldonado of Ilion.