This year’s valedictorian and salutatorian from Ellicottville Central School are two very promising young ladies with bright futures ahead of them. Knowing both of them very well for our whole school career, I can say these are two of the hardest working students I have ever had the pleasure to know. Valedictorian Kaitlyn Riethmiller and salutatorian Ashley Golley have had their hard work pay off and now they’re both moving ahead into what will most likely be exciting futures.
Kaitlyn Riethmiller has been very involved in the school, sports and her community; this is what she was taught by her parents Daniel and Denise Riethmiller. With maintaining a grade point average of 108.4 and anticipating receiving her Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors, Kaitlyn has been very busy, but she stills makes time for extracurricular activities. These include National Honor Society, Jazz Band, soccer, basketball, softball and more.
Kaitlyn volunteers as well. She is a lector at her church and often works their events. She works at senior citizen dinners, serves at the Salamanca soup kitchen and does the much-needed town cleanup after Fall Fest. Kaitlyn is a real asset to her community.
She is now looking towards the future; her plans include attending the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford to study pre-med. Kaitlyn will be on the women’s soccer team this fall and she is very excited about that. There are things about ECS that Kaitlyn will definitely miss though, which include her close friendships and her supportive coaches. Her advice for anyone who has the dream to become valedictorian would be to “work hard, sacrifice, suck up and also to always have a good work ethic.”
Ashley Golley is also an outstanding member of the school and her community. With a grade point average of 108.1, she was not far from the top. John and Deb Golley are her parents and they definitely had a huge influence on the person she is today. Ashley is also going to receive an Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors and is involved in many sports, clubs and volunteer work. As a captain for the basketball and softball teams, and an important part of the soccer team, Ashley proved herself as a very good team player and leader. She participates in the National Honors Society, Varsity Club, and Jazz Choir, all of which she thoroughly enjoys. Volunteering is also an important part of what she does. Ashley helps at the Winter Carnival, cleaning up our town, the Fireman’s Easter Egg Hunt and aiding children with their schoolwork. She really is a great help to the school and community.
Next year, Ashley plans to attend SUNY Brockport and is in their honor’s program. She is looking forward to the college experience and the freedoms that come with it. Although she is excited for this new chapter in her life, she will miss the close bonds that a small school like Ellicottville enjoys. Ashley advises anyone who would like to succeed the way she has that “when you work hard and keep your goals in mind, you will succeed.”
Both Kaitlyn and Ashley are true role models and should be examples of hard work paying off. They will both be speaking at Ellicottville’s graduation ceremony, which is Friday, June 22 at 7 p.m. and there will be live streaming on the school’s website.
Congratulations are due to both of them! Their determination and dedication has gone unmatched and both are wished the best of luck in their future endeavors.