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Top ECS Students Named for 2016

Valedictorian:

Kaleigh Hunt to Attend MIT

Kaleigh Hunt is the daughter of Thomas and Shawne Hunt. She has earned the position of Valedictorian with a weighted average of 115.5 and will graduate with an Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors.

Kaleigh has been Class Treasurer for six years, is Secretary of the Music Department, President of the Foreign Language Club, member of the Drama Club, Jazz Band, Jazz Chorus and Varsity Club. Outside the classroom she has been on the Varsity Soccer Team for four years, was captain her senior year, selected as a League 1st Team All-Star and All-State 3rd Team All-Star and was named an ADPRO Sports All-WNY Scholar Athlete winner.

Kaleigh is the recipient of the following academic awards: PennYork Chemical Society Award, Rensselaer PTI Medal Award, the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award, National Honor Society Scholastic Excellence Award, Big 30 Academic Scholarship winner, NFHS Heart of the Arts Award winner for Section 1 and is a National Merit Finalist Scholarship winner. Kaleigh is also a NYSSMA Area All-State musician for flute, piano and piccolo; has accompanied the ECS school choruses since the age of 8; is an Olean Chamber of Music – Young Artist Judges Choice Award winner; CCMTA Music Scholarship winner and has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC with the Houghton College National Christian Honors Band.

Outside of school, Kaleigh has volunteered her time playing for many local Pit Orchestras for Community plays, participated in Relay for Life, Ellicottville Town Clean-up and has performed for cancer patients at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Kaleigh will be attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, in the fall where she plans to dual major in Chemical Engineering and Music Performance on Piano.

Salutatorian:

Brenna Cole is WVU Bound

Brenna Cole, the daughter of Wade and Dianne Cole, is ranked second in her class with a weighted average of 112.74, and will graduate with an Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors.

Throughout high school, she has been on High Honor Roll and has been a member of National Honor Society, Band, Chorus, Jazz Chorus, Student Council, Drama Club, Spanish Club, and Varsity Club. She was also involved in soccer, softball, and track. Brenna is the recipient of the Clarkson University High School Leadership Award and the Elmira College Key Award.

While in high school, she worked at Watson’s Chocolates, at HoliMont as both a paid and volunteer ski instructor, and The Barn Restaurant as a busser/hostess. She has been a Relay for Life team member for four years, helped clean the town after Fall Fest, volunteered at the CABOCES Winter Carnival, collected and delivered goods for Project Christmas, and volunteered for various other school functions, such as Family Fun Night and the ECS Youth Soccer Camp.

Brenna is planning on attending West Virginia University where she will major in Mining Engineering.

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