COPENHAGEN The academic leaders for the class of 2012 at Copenhagen Central School are Sara Catherine McNamara, valedictorian, Elise Nicole Edmonds, salutatorian, and Wendy Sue Colton, vocational leader.
Miss McNamara, daughter of Patrick and Cathy McNamara, has an academic average of 98.97. She is a member of the Youth Advisory Council, where she serves as president and had served as vice president, National Honor Society, Whiz Quiz, Envirothon and class vice president. Miss McNamara played junior basketball and plays on the varsity basketball team as well as the varsity tennis team. She formerly played on the junior varsity and varsity soccer team and was named 7 News at Noons Academic All-Star in January. She is a member of the Spanish Club, where she served as vice president her junior year, is a student tutor, Library Student Aide and Music Club treasurer. Miss McNamara is a member of the Teen and Community Book Clubs, Band and Chorus and participated in New York State School Music Association solos in freshman, sophomore and junior years. She participated in school musicals, completed more than 100 hours of community service her junior year, is an altar server at her church and attended the Hugh OBrien Youth Leadership Seminar in her sophomore year and the Horizons III at Clarkson University during her sophomore year.
Miss McNamara has received the 2011 University of Rochester Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award, A.J. Drexel Scholar, Wells College Henry Wells Scholarship, Clarkson Grant, Clarkson Scholarship, HOBY Scholarship, Horizons Scholarship, Leadership Award, Valedictorian Award and was a semi-finalist for the National Merit Scholarship. Miss McNamara, who was named the Elks National Foundations Most Valuable Student for 2012, will attend Syracuse University to study anthropology, where she has been named a Coronat Scholar.
Miss Edmonds, daughter of David Scott and Shayne Edmonds, has an academic average of 97.46. She is a member of the Youth Advisory Council, where she is the treasurer, National Honor Society, Yearbook Club, where she is editor, Whiz Quiz, Envirothon and Outing Club president. She was class treasurer her sophomore and junior years, was a student aide and tutor, and was a member of the Ski Club, Spanish Club, Common GROUND and Video Game Club. Miss Edmonds is a member of the varsity tennis team, placed first at the local Tri-County Art Show her junior year and was a member of Jazz Band in her freshman year. In her junior year, she has completed more than 100 hours of community service, including Relay for Life and Habitat for Humanity.
Miss Edmonds attended the Hugh OBrien Youth Leadership Seminar in her sophomore year and has received the 2011 Rochester Institute of Technology Creativity and Innovation Award, 2011 University of Rochester Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award and Hartwick Colleges Abraham Kellogg Scholarship. Miss Edmonds will attend Ithaca Colleges photo-journalism program.
Miss Colton, daughter of Kerry and Susan Colton, has an academic average of 95.54. For the past two years, she has attended the automotive technology program at Howard G. Sackett Technical Center, Glenfield, where she was recently inducted into the National Honor Society. Miss Colton is a member of SkillsUSA, BOCES, where she served as the New York State reporter, FFA, where she serves as president, and the yearbook staff. She was a member of Student Council and Envirothon. Miss Colton volunteered for Relay for Life, Adopt a Highway and caroling at Lewis County General Hospitals nursing home.
She works two part-time jobs and participated in the Air Force DEP program in the summer after her junior year. She received the 2011 Elmira College Key Award. Miss Colton has an internship at Terry Groff Auto Repair, Copenhagen, and plans to enter the work force after graduation.