ST REGIS FALLS The academic leaders for the class of 2014 at St. Regis Falls Central School are Brandon Votra, valedictorian, and Megan McDonald, salutatorian.
Mr. Votra, son of Bill Votra and Tabitha Stilwell, St. Regis Falls, has a grade point average of 94.74. He joined the National Honor Society as a sophomore, served as class vice-president from 2008 to 2009, won the science fair competition and earned the highest score for his school in the Pi Mu Epsilon math contest.
He participated in junior varsity and varsity basketball teams and the varsity soccer team and served as captain of all three teams. Mr. Votra played AAU basketball over the summers and served on the student council during the 2012 school year. From 2010 to 2013, he volunteered at the St. Regis Falls Food Pantry, participated in the Waverly rummage sale in 2012, anthrax drill in 2012, SRF Book Fair in 2013, American Legion Harvest Dinner in 2011, and donated blood in American Red Cross blood drives in 2012 and 2013.
Mr. Votra was a referee for the St. Regis Falls Youth soccer league and a farmhand on the Norco Farm. He plans to pursue a doctorate in pharmacy at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
Miss McDonald, daughter of Steven F. McDonald and Tammy L. McDonald, Nicholville, has a grade point average of 91.27. She participated in the schools pop and senior bands and was selected to the All-County Band in seventh through ninth grades. She represented the school in the New York State Music Association competition in 2011, where she received a perfect score on her level 3 solo.
Miss McDonald was a cast member of the Upward Bound program, served as class secretary in seventh and eighth grades and was class vice-president in 11th grade. She is enrolled in the health occupations program at North Franklin Education Center, where she was named student of the quarter for the first quarter, earned credentials as a state-certified nursing assistant and is a licensed EKG technician.
Miss McDonald is working on her phlebotomy license and is a delivery driver, sales consultant and yard maintenance worker at her mothers floral shop. She will attend SUNY Canton and pursue a career as a nurse.