Top 10 grads from 4 school districts celebrated at annual Academic Excellence Awards Dinner

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 June 2022 at 9:08 am

Photos courtesy of Brian Bartalo: Ken DeRoller served as a keynote speaker on Tuesday evening for the 36thannual Orleans County Academic Excellence Awards Dinner at the White Birch in Lyndonville.

LYNDONVILLE – The Top 10 graduates at Holley, Kendall, Lyndonville and Medina were honored on Tuesday evening during the 36th annual Orleans County Academic Excellence Awards Dinner.

The students were commended for their academic success, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic when they were forced to abruptly shift to remote learning in mid-March 2020 until the end of that school year.

Some districts continued to have hybrid and remote options for much of the 2020-21 school year.

They students were encouraged to consider community service wherever they live when they are adults. That was the main message from keynote speaker Ken DeRoller, a recently retired Orleans County legislator who has been active in the Kendall Lions Club for 35 years.

DeRoller presented a slide show highlighting local services efforts from residents, from roadside trash pickups, to organizing concert series, raising funds for a new public library in Albion, building a park with a gazebo and war memorial in Kendall, and many other efforts to boost the quality of life locally.

The students were presented certificates and medallions from their school district superintendents and presidents of the Board of Education. (Albion has a separate academic awards celebration where students with GPAs at 90 or above for their high school career are recognized. That totaled 38 students at Albion.)

Holley’s Top 10 graduates include: Kirsstin Louise Althoff, Cora Bennage, Adriana Botello, Kalen Brady, Thomas Dobri, Tatum Gagne, Sara Kingdollar, Rachel Kinsey, Grace McKeon and Deanna Schubmehl.

Kendall’s Top 10 graduates include: Magdalena Aguirre, Emma Allen, Riley Borkholder, Julie Coble, Sara Mattle, Dillon Morgott, Jorden Ostrander, Alexis Ramsdell, Kiersten Rodas and Joshua Smith.

Lyndonville’s Top 10 graduates include: Ethan Gardner, Amanda Garza, Shawna Grabowski, Roman Heinsler, Aasiya Huzair, Ella Lewis, Katherine O’Brien, Karlee Rounds, Maddox Stirk and Jack Whipple.

Medina’s Top 10 graduates include: Dakota Alexander, Thomas Burgess Jr., Joseph Cecchini, Kaylee Lacey, Kristi Oliver, Isaac Pace, Jaxon Phillips, Kristen Trillizio, Hayden Woodroe and Megan Zakes.