On Sept. 10, Central Valley Academy gathered in the auditorium for the school’s traditional Honors Assembly, recognizing students’ 2013-14 academic achievement. In addition to naming those students who had earned a 90 or higher grade point average over the last school year, Principal Renee Rudd took advantage of the gathering to encourage students to think about life after high school and to pursue something they enjoy.
“It’s never too early to start thinking about what to do,” she said, “Have a plan.”
Ms. Rudd called upon English teacher Jeffrey Mower, asking him to share what had inspired his career choice.
“I always loved to read and read as much as I could, and still do,” explained Mr. Mower.
“My ninth grade English teacher inspired me when I was in the class I am teaching now. That is when I knew I wanted to be an English teacher. I love working with students at this (grades 9-12) age level.”
CVA guidance counselor Shannon Darrow later said that getting students to think about their futures is a challenge. Some have no idea of the opportunities that exist in the work world, while others are too busy with their high school experience to look that far into the future. An important part of her and fellow guidance counselor Michelle DelConte’s jobs is helping students explore those opportunities and giving them experiences that help them choose career paths.
Ms. Rudd believes that it is never too early to begin planning for tomorrow.
“Our entire staff is encouraging students to find the things that interest them and to seek out careers that align with those interests,” she said.
“Last year, (then superintendent) Dr. Tangorra told our students that they needed to define their own success. For some it might be college, for others it might a trade school that leads to a fulfilling career. As educators, our goal is to provide our students with the opportunities and skills allowing them to pursue those paths.”
Earning high honors
Students who earned a grade point average of 90-94.9 over all four quarters last year received the High Honor Roll Award. Those who earned a grade point average of 95-100 for all four quarters received the Principal’s Honor Roll Award.
Principal’s High Honor Award
Seniors—Miranda Maldonado, Shannon Booth, Adam LaPorte
Juniors—Olivia Harwick, Skylar Harwick, Morgan Crouch
Sophomores—Benjamin Girard, Ian Markwardt, Abby Schultz, Anna Engel
Freshmen—Kaylee Miller, Caroline Gardner, Amy Castle, Lydia Engel, Shivam Patel, Emilyann Feldman, Grace LaPorte, Hannah Cusworth
High Honor Award
Seniors—Myranda Abel, Brandon Yager, Juliana Joyce, Robert Matousek, Angela Ruggieri, Ashley Trevor, Linnea McDonald, Elizabeth Belfast, Quinn Worden, Carly Gassmann, Scott Harris, Kaylee Sommer, Rachael Thorp, Alexandria Bandel, Nicholas Bandel, Nicole Harrigan, Allison Ford, Nathaniel Davenport, Tyler Miller, Mackenzie Lynch
Juniors—Abigail Jouben, Tyler Stanley, Jacob Fraccola, Kristina Lindberg, Kali Fical, Renae Rende, Marlee Holleran, Anna Bunce, Steven Bergin, Alexa Liggins, Abigail McCann, Scott Pierce, Annamaria Martinez
Sophomores—Anthony Salvati, Dakota Mae Davis, Michelle LeMay, Derek Lawrence, Adam Klosner, Alexander Roux, Sheila Butler, Maria Waller, Linnea Bush, Benjamin Stone, Megan Streeter, Nicole Pickett, Leonard Kennedy, Joshua Frank, Sophie Millar, Cassidy French, Daniel Hale, Joshua Panko, Danielle Juby, Cody Turk
Freshmen—Emily Thomas, Erica Thorp, Olivia Murray, Abbie Hannigan, Caitlyn Diehl, Adrianna Sportello, Macy Vitale, Joshua Robinson, Adrianna Rice, Thomas Davis, Kaitlin Bennett, Carty Nunneker, Hannah Sanders, Seth Myers, Samajia Jefferson, Kiara Hanford, Lauren Bush