Galway Junior-Senior High top 10

Galway Junior-Senior High School is proud to present the top 10 graduates in the class of 2019. Back row, from left, are Samantha Grant, Christian Hines, Riley Flint, Erik Malanoski and Justin Kozlowski. Bottom row, from left, are Hannah Thompson, Siela Zembsch, Lindsey Gileski, Natalie Zembsch and Lily Gullett. (Photo submitted)

GLAWAY — Galway Junior-Senior High School Principal Michael R. Miller is pleased to announce the top 10 students of the class of 2019. Christian Hines is the valedictorian and Lindsey Gileski is the salutatorian.

Christian Hines

Valedictorian Christian Hines, son of Gail Peterkin of Galway and Joseph Hines of Dallas, is the valedictorian of the Class of 2019. Hines was dually enrolled in Galway CSD and Hudson Valley Community College through the Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries Early College High School Program. He took numerous college courses in pursuit of an associate’s degree in entrepreneurship. He maintained academic scholar status during every quarter of his high school career and made the president’s list at HVCC every semester. Hines is the treasurer of Class Office and a member of Student Senate, National Honor Society, Chamber Singers, and Eagles Media Center. He was a scholar athlete and captain of both the varsity basketball and baseball teams. In 2019, he earned the NewsChannel 13 Section 2 Scholar Athlete Award. Christian will attend Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business in the fall, where he plans to major in global business with concentrations in global finance and business economics.

Lindsey Gileski

Salutatorian Lindsey Gileski, daughter of Janice Gileski of Galway and Lucian Gileski of Amsterdam, is the salutatorian of the class of 2019. Gileski was dually enrolled in Galway CSD and Hudson Valley Community College through the Tec-Smart program. She took unique high school classes such as Introduction to Nanotechnology along with numerous college classes in pursuit of an associate’s degree in entrepreneurship. She was an academic scholar throughout her high school career and graduated from HVCC with honors. Gileski competed in the National Kid Wind competition after placing second in the regional division and being part of the winning team at the Seventh Annual Free Enterprise Speak Off at SUNY Plattsburgh. She was a three-year member of the varsity cross country team and a two-year member of varsity track and field. Gileski will attend Binghamton University in the fall to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Siela Zembsch

Siela Zembsch maintained academic scholar status throughout her high school career. She is the Class Office treasurer, Science Club vice president, and Impressions Literary Magazine art editor. She participated in band, jazz band, Student Senate, Eagles Media Center and Galway Television, Varsity Masterminds Team, yearbook, Drama Club, and National Honor Society. She ran varsity cross country for two years, played varsity soccer for two years, and ran varsity track for four years.

Zembsch will attend SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in the fall to pursue a degree in landscape architecture or environmental science. She is the daughter of Amy David of Galway and Steve Zembsch of Yosemite.

Erik Malanoski

Erik Malanoski was dually enrolled in Galway CSD and Hudson Valley Community College through the Tec-Smart program. He maintained academic scholar status throughout his high school career and made the president’s list at HVCC every semester. Erik was a member of the National Honor Society, played Varsity basketball and baseball, and was captain of the baseball team his senior year. He was named to the EAC All Star Baseball Team and was highlighted as Saratoga Today’s Athlete of the Week. Erik attained the rank of Eagle Scout as a member of Galway Troop 5 Boy Scouts. He will attend Pennsylvania State University in the fall to pursue a degree in engineering. He is the son of Cheryl and Stan Malanoski of Middle Grove.

Hannah Thompson

Hannah Thompson is the director of Galway Television, editor-in-chief of Impressions Literary Magazine, class historian, treasurer of the Science Club, president of Chamber Singers, captain of the Varsity Masterminds Team, member of National Honor Society, and a devoted member of Drama Club. Hannah held many leading roles in Drama Club productions and played saxophone in Concert Band and piano in Jazz Band. Hannah will attend Vassar College in the fall to study cognitive neuroscience and play rugby and hockey. She hopes to work in mental illness research. Hannah is the daughter of Sharon Maenza and Bruce Thompson of Galway.

Riley Flint

Riley Flint served as the Galway Student Senate president and president of the Class of 2019 for the last three years. He participated in National Honor Society, the Varsity Masterminds Team, Yearbook, and Eagles Media Center. He was an anchor and deputy director for Galway Television and founded Galway High School’s Republican Club. Riley was involved in the Drama Club during all four years and was nominated for a SLOC Award every year. Riley will attend the College of the Holy Cross in the fall to pursue a career in political science and history. He is the son of Laura and Shane Flint of Ballston Spa.

Natalie Zembsch

Natalie Zembsch was president of the Science Club, secretary of the Class of 2019, and co-art editor of Impressions Literary Magazine. She participated in Jazz Band, Drama Club, Student Senate, Galway Television, Eagles Media Center, National Honor Society, and Varsity Masterminds Team. She was a scholar athlete all four years of High School competing in Varsity track and cross country. She was a four-time Western Athletic Conference (WAC) All-Star in cross country. Natalie will attend the University of California at San Diego this fall to study marine biology and communications. She plans to play intramural sports in college, including running. Natalie is the daughter of Amy David of Galway and Steve Zembsch of Yosemite.

Samantha Grant

Samantha Grant maintained academic scholar status throughout her High School career. She was secretary for both National Honor Society and Student Senate, and she was an active member of Galway Television, Eagles Media Center, and Buddy Up Galway (BUGs). She played Varsity volleyball, basketball, and track throughout High School. She won the Girls’ Basketball Scholar-Athlete Award her senior year. Samantha will attend SUNY Cobleskill in the fall to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in animal science. She then aspires to attend Cornell University for Veterinary School. Samantha is the daughter of JoAnne and Ken Grant of Galway.

Justin Kozlowski

Justin Kozlowski is the treasurer of the E-Way Café, a member of the National Honor Society, and a writer for Eagles Media Center. He was on the Varsity cross country team for three years. Justin is president for the District 20-W Galway Leo’s Club and an employee of the Galway Youth Referral Service. Justin was chosen by Mrs. Sitts to receive the Business Education Student Award from the Business and Marketing Educators’ Association of the Capital District. He will attend SUNY Adirondack in the fall to pursue a degree in business administration and finance. Justin is the son of Theresa and Jeffrey Kozlowski of Galway.

Lily Gullett

Lily Gullett maintained academic scholar status throughout her High School career and received the Academic Excellence award. She participated in S.A.D.D., Impressions Literary Magazine, Student Senate, and National Honor Society. She ran Varsity track for three years, played basketball for three years, and played soccer for four years. She was captain of the Girls Varsity Soccer team. Lily will attend Florida State University in the fall to pursue a degree in biology. She is the daughter of Michele Gullett and David Gullett of Galway.

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