Galway names top 10 students for class of 2017

Pictured are the top 10 Galway students. From left: Rachel Reichard, Emily South, Jacob Thompson, Alexis Gould, Marrina Messak, Erica Culbert, Timothy Webb-Horvath, Kayla Aschmutat, Jennifer Rumsey and Brooke Martin. (Photo submitted)

Pictured are the top 10 Galway students. From left: Rachel Reichard, Emily South, Jacob Thompson, Alexis Gould, Marrina Messak, Erica Culbert, Timothy Webb-Horvath, Kayla Aschmutat, Jennifer Rumsey and Brooke Martin. (Photo submitted)

GALWAY — Galway High School Principal Michael R. Miller announced the top 10 students of the class of 2017.

 

∫ Brooke Martin, daughter of Leonard and Kelly Martin, is the valedictorian for the class of 2017.

While in school, Martin has served as the class treasurer, treasurer for the National Honor Society, founder and four-year captain of the varsity Masterminds team, and member of Galway’s first varsity volleyball team to advance to state semifinals. She is president of the Drama Club, president of the Chambers Singers, vice president of the Leo Club, member of Impressions Literary Magazine and an anchor for GTV.

During the summer, Martin works at Bow-Tie Cinemas.

Martin

Martin

Martin will attend Harvard University in the fall, where she plans to study either history or political science.

After college, Martin hopes to enter the field of public service. 

 

∫ Timothy Webb-Horvath, son of David and Barbara Webb-Horvath of Galway, has been named salutatorian for the class of 2017.

Webb-Horvath is vice-president of the Solar Society at Hudson Valley Community College and a member of National Honor Society and Science Club. He has participated in varsity track and field for four years and competed in a pentathlon.

Webb-Horvath

Webb-Horvath

Webb-Horvath attends the Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries Early College High School Program at Hudson Valley Community College’s Tec-Smart campus in Malta. Through this program, he participated in the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit and is currently organizing another climate summit for Galway CSD.

During the summer, Webb-Horvath participates in the National Grid Engineering Pipeline Program and works for the city of Amsterdam.

Webb-Horvath plans to attend SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to pursue a degree in environmental resource engineering.

 

∫ Erica Culbert is the daughter of Joseph and Regina Culbert of West Charlton.

She has served as the secretary of the class of 2017 for four years and secretary of National Honor Society for one year. Culbert participated in soccer and track for all four years of high school. She was also the manager of the varsity wrestling team for four years.

Culbert enjoys playing her flute in band, singing with the Chamber Singers and being a member of the stage crew in the Galway High drama club.

Although she has not yet declared a major, Culbert hopes to study biology at either Ithaca College or the University of Rochester.

 

∫ Kayla Aschmutat is the daughter of Robert and Kelley Aschmutat of Galway.

Aschmutat was class historian from grades 10 through 12 and a member of National Honor Society for two years. She has been a cheerleader for four years, serving as captain for three years. She played volleyball her freshman and sophomore years and joined soccer and track her senior year.

Aschmutat performed many community service activities through National Honor Society and served on the prom committee her sophomore and junior years.

She has worked at Anderson Acres for three years.

Aschmutat plans to study criminology at the University at Albany.

 

∫ Jennifer Rumsey is the daughter of Thomas and Holly Rumsey of Galway. Jennifer served as class president for four years, Student Senate co-president for two years, yearbook co-editor for two years, Junior States of America president and National Honor Society vice president. She played soccer, basketball and ran track, holding multiple captain positions throughout high school. She played percussion as a member of Galway’s concert, marching, and jazz bands, performing in numerous New York State Music Association solos and with the Saratoga All-County Band. Jennifer participated in the pre-medical New Visions Program at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville, as well as the Envisions Medical Program at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Jennifer will attend Clemson University’s Calhoun Honors College in the fall as a National Scholars Finalist. She will be majoring in microbiology with a concentration in biomedicine. She plans to pursue medical school and become a plastic and reconstructive surgeon.

 

∫ Jacob Thompson is the son of Bruce Thompson and Sharon Maenza.

He attends the Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries Early College High School at Hudson Valley Community College’s Tec-Smart campus in Malta.

He is a member of the Science Club, varsity Masterminds Team and the drama club. Thompson ran varsity cross-country for three years and played varsity golf and varsity baseball. He also plays ice hockey in Saratoga.

Thompson has been an avid advocate for increasing the sustainability of Saratoga Springs. Recently, he has been working with a group of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students on the Saratoga Electric Vehicle Initiative.

Thompson will attend Middlebury College in February of 2018. 

 

∫ Rachel Reichard is the daughter of Richard and Maureen Reichard of Middle Grove.

Throughout high school she served as president of National Honor Society, vice president of the class of 2017, and prom committee chair. She played basketball and softball all four years of high school, including off-season AAU and Summer League at the Johnstown YMCA. She was also active in band.

Reichard is involved in youth group at Saint Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Saratoga Springs, and she also volunteers on mission trips and within the community.

She plans to attend SUNY Plattsburgh as part of the nursing program to specialize in labor and delivery. 

 

∫ Marrina Messak is the daughter of Thomas Messak and Pamela Zabielski of Amsterdam.

Messak has been a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.) since the beginning of her junior year. As a member of this organization, she has contributed to many different charities and completed countless hours of volunteer work. She also attended the past two S.A.D.D. conferences.

Messak has been a member of the National Honor Society for the past year, volunteering for events such as the West Charlton Fire Department’s breakfast.

Messak plans to continue her education, possibly at the State University of New York College of environmental science and forestry. She hopes to pursue a career in biotechnology. 

 

∫ Emily South is the daughter of Bud and Kathryn South of Charlton.

South has been in National Honor Society for two years. She is also the sergeant at arms of the class of 2017.

South played varsity soccer for three years, ran on the varsity track team for four years, and managed the varsity wrestling team for four years. She played travel league soccer in the spring for three years and indoor soccer in the winter for two years. She has also been a member of the concert band and marching band for four years.

South has volunteered much during her high school career. She has worked at Smith’s Orchard Bake Shop for many years.

South is going to attend SUNY Plattsburgh in the fall as a part of the nursing program.

 

∫ Alexis Gould is the daughter of Jeffrey and Amy Gould of Galway. She has been a member of National Honor Society, Impressions, Chamber Singers and has been playing flute for the Galway High School band.

Gould has been an active volunteer in her community by waitressing at banquets for the Sacandaga Bible Conference and coaching for her church’s basketball program in the winter.

She plans to attend Nazareth College in the fall to pursue a master’s degree in occupational therapy. 

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