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GOSHEN. Local high school's valedictorians and salutatorians celebrated at Outstanding Student Recognition Dinner.




  • Provided photo Local education and the business community joined to celebrate the valedictorians and salutatorians from each of the school districts in the Orange-Ulster Supervisory District on May 29.



Valedictorians and salutatorians profles

The following profiles of the valedictorians and salutatorians were provided by Orange-Ulster BOCES:
S.S. Seward Institute
Holly Blumenberg, valedictorian, will be attending Ramapo College of New Jersey this fall in Mahwah, N.J. She plans on majoring in biochemistry and then continuing her education in graduate school. Her goal is to work as a laboratory scientist developing cures for unmet medical needs. Holly is a member of the National Honor Society, youth and government and band. She is very involved in her church. Holly has performed with the hand bell choir for seven years. She is also a member of the MAD (Make a Difference) group, which performs various community service projects. Holly has been in Girl Scouts since kindergarten and has earned the Bronze, Silver and Gold award. Holly is an avid painter. During her four years in high school, she has taken multiple art classes and has been commissioned to paint pictures by her teachers.
Athena Kerstanski Moustakas, salutatorian, will be attending the University of Delaware this fall in Newark, DE. She plans on majoring in environmental engineering and then continuing her education in graduate school. Athena is currently the vice president of the student council, president of the S.S. Seward Chapter of the National Honor Society, and the president of the youth in government club. She has held multiple class officer positions. She has been a scholar-athlete for all four years of high school and varsity soccer captain for two years. She has also completed more than 160 hours of community service through volunteer work and completing her Girl Scout Silver and Gold awards, both which focused on giving back to less-fortunate children in her community.
Marguerite A. Flood High School (Orange-Ulster BOCES)
Rhyse Nickerson of Warwick, valedictorian, will be attending SUNY Orange this fall in the honors program. She plans on majoring in either history or the arts. Rhyse won the Scholastic Art Competition in 2016, winning at the school district, Orange County, and New York State levels. She is a proud honors student, who loves academics. She has helped with scenery design for school musicals. She also loves to stay active in student life, as well as in her community.
Warwick Valley High School
Erin Flannery, valedictorian, will be attending Colgate University this fall in Hamilton. She is planning on studying a mixture of international relations, environmental science, Spanish and French. She is a multi-sport athlete who plays lacrosse, swims, and rides horses. She has completed science research entitled “The Correlation of Complete Blood Counts with Three Diseases in Seeing Eye Dogs.” She is the secretary of the National Honor Society, president of Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, student senate vice president and environmental club vice president. In Erin’s limited free time she has taken on the role as Golden Path project coordinator, where she volunteers at Warwick’s elementary schools teaching leadership skills to second graders. She also has raised six puppies for the Seeing Eye in Morristown, NJ.
Hannah Davis, salutatorian, will be attending Cornell University this fall in Ithaca. She plans on majoring in biochemistry and then continuing her education at graduate school. Hannah is currently vice president of National Honor Society, member of Mu Alpha Theta, and recipient of the Emperor Science Award and George Eastman Young Leaders Award. During her four years of high school, Hannah has played on varsity volleyball for two years, varsity basketball for three years, and varsity softball for three years. Hannah has been studying breast cancer for the past three years, finalizing her project by writing a research paper. She will continue her research at Cornell.


On May 29, local education and the business community joined to celebrate the valedictorians and salutatorians from each of the school districts in the Orange-Ulster Supervisory District.

This event, coordinated by the Orange-Ulster BOCES Division of Instructional Support Services, highlighted the accomplishments and promising futures of these academically outstanding students from public and private high schools.

This was the twenty-fourth Outstanding Student Recognition Dinner held in Orange County. Orange-Ulster BOCES coordinates the event which would not have been possible without the generosity of the following corporate sponsors:

• TD Bank (Platinum)

• Crystal Run Healthcare (Gold)

• Red Hawk Fire & Security (Bronze)

• Trane (Bronze)

• US OMNI (Bronze)

• M&T Bank (Silver Sponsor)

• EPEX, Inc. (Booster)

• Robert Green Auto & Truck, Inc. (Booster)

In addition to the honorees invited to the dinner, the guests included the students’ parents as well as the board president, superintendent, and high school principal from each school district.

The Goshen High School Chamber Strings provided the entertainment at the beginning of the evening.



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