Gloversville High School’s Top 10
GLOVERSVILLE — The class of 2020 Gloversville High School Valedictorian is Samuel Getman, the son of Karen and Daniel Getman. Samuel will complete his high school career with an impressive weighted GPA of 100.29. Next year, Sam plans to attend either Syracuse University or Cornell University to major in Mechanical Engineering. He is proudly recognized as a Syracuse Engineering Leadership Scholar, a RIT Presidential Scholar and the winner of the 2019 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medal. In addition to his academic accolades, Sam has devoted a great deal of time to community service and extracurricular activities. He has been an active leader in National Honor Society, Key Club, Student Liaison Committee, Student Government Association and an alternate student board member. Sam has also participated on both the varsity football and basketball teams and has proven to perfect the balance of athletics and academics. Samuel’s commitment to excellence and high standards for himself are bound to serve him well in his future.
∫ Son of Michael and Dawn Smouse, Benjamin Smouse is Gloversville High School’s class of 2020 Salutatorian with a weighted GPA of 100.25. Ben is a College Board National Merit Commended Scholar, due to his outstanding achievement on the PSAT test last fall. While attending Gloversville, Ben has been a member of the National Honor Society, Scitamard, MasterMinds Team, SGA and the jazz band. He is also a member of the varsity swim team, and during his senior year was named the Section 2 Division 2 Scholar Athlete. Ben has been involved in the scouting program for more than a decade, and this year earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Due to the shutdown, he misses the ability to separate his school work from home life, but does not miss the routineness of every school day. Ben is undecided at this point as to where he will be continuing his education to major in mathematics and history.
∫ Alissa Mangiaracina is ranked third in the Class of 2020. She is the daughter of Lisa Mangiaracina and Jeffrey Brownell. Alissa has participated in Odyssey of the Mind, Masterminds, Battle of the Books, National Honors Society, Alliance Club, Key Club, SGA, and Bridges Mentoring, and is a Student Liaison. Alissa also earned a Board of Education seat during her senior year as the GESD Student Board Member. Of all the extracurricular activities, she is most proud of Drama Club. Alissa will continue her education at Hamilton College majoring in English. She hopes to become a high school English teacher.
∫ Luciano Demaio, the son of Frank and Kelli Demaio, is ranked fourth in this year’s graduating class. Luciano has honorably served as the 2020 Senior Class President. He has also been an active member of National Honor Society, Key Club, Student Government Association and the Student Liaison Committee. Luca is a three-sport varsity athlete competing on the varsity golf, basketball and baseball teams. He has been recognized as a NYS Scholar Athlete and a four time Academic Titan. Lucaino is also a proud volunteer for The Cubby Faville Memorial Fund, which is an organization that carries on his grandfather’s legacy by promoting education and athletics in the Gloversville Community. Upon graduation, Luca plans to attend SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica to major in network and computer security. With his background in cyber security, Luca aims to someday work for the FBI.
∫ The daughter of Cindy and Brian Farley, Kristin Farley is ranked fifth in the Gloversville High School’s class of 2020. Kristin has worked tirelessly to set herself apart from her peers both in the classroom and surrounding community. She has participated in Key Club, National Honors Society and the Bridges Mentoring Program. She has been a proud member of the varsity field hockey and softball teams. Outside of her school commitments, Kristen is a Fulton County Youth Altar Server and she has orchestrated her own fundraisers to help local community agencies. She is the 2020 recipient of the Youth Citizenship Award and the Soroptimist Community Service Award for her continued efforts in serving others. Kristin plans to attend SUNY Cortland next year where she was accepted into the Honors program. She will major in early childhood education with a focus on literacy. Her goal is to one day be an elementary teacher and possibly someday pursue a pathway towards becoming a building principal.
∫ Skylar Brockhum, the daughter of Stacy Miller and Christopher Brockhum, holds the number six spot in the Gloversville High School class of 2020. Skylar has worked hard throughout her time at Gloversville High School to distinguish herself as a well-rounded scholar. She has participated in community service through her work with National Honor Society and Key Club. As a junior, Skylar was granted a scholarship from RIT for innovation and creativity to recognize her leadership and service. This year, Skylar is a member of the New Visions Health Care Program through the Career and Technical Center. This program has heightened Skylar’s passion for the medical field and helped solidify her post graduate plans. Next year, Skylar plans to attend the University of Buffalo to major in biomedical science in hopes of one day becoming a dermatologist.
∫ Son of Scott and Carrie Sweeney, Jacob Sweeney is graduating seventh in the class of 2020 from Gloversville High School with a weighted GPA of 95.53. As a member of National Honor Society, Bridges Peer Mentoring Program, varsity and club swimming and diving as well as varsity track and field, he has made a lasting impact on our school and community through service and scholarship. Academic awards include the LeMoyne College “In the Heights” Award and well as being an Academic Titan here at GHS. Jacob will be attending Springfield College in the fall to study sports biology leading to a career as a physical therapist. When asked how the school closing affected him, Jacob said, “I miss being able to meet with friends on a daily basis and just being able to live a life of normalcy. I certainly do not miss having to wake up early to get to school.”
∫ Rileigh Baldwin, the daughter of Chris and Colleen Baldwin, ranks eighth in the graduating class of 2020. In her time at Gloversville High School, Rileigh has done her best to make her mark as a respectful and goal-oriented student athlete. She is a proud member of the varsity field hockey team, National Honor Society and the class of 2020 treasurer. In addition, Rileigh likes to spend her free time participating in competitive dance and playing guitar. Rileigh was selected to participate in the New Visions Health Care Program this year and she has developed a strong desire to pursue a future career in medicine. Next year, Rileigh plans to attend Siena College where she was the recipient of the Presidential Scholarship Award. She plans to major in pre-medical science in hopes of one day becoming a doctor.
∫ The son of Heather Kinney and Tirlon Burke, Yxlphrm Burke is ranked ninth in Gloversville High School class of 2020. Yxlphrm’s friendly nature and positive attitude have helped shape the young man he is today. In his time at Gloversville, Yxy has been involved in varsity diving, Astronomy Club, Bridges Mentoring Program, the Student Liaison Committee, National Honors Society and Masterminds. As a junior, Yxlphrm was awarded the RIT Innovation & Creativity Award for his unwavering commitment to his studies and his interest in the field of engineering. Yxlphym’s academic curiosity and drive to succeed have helped him reach his goals. Next year, Yxlphrm plans to attend RPI and major in aerospace engineering.
∫ Madison Hickok rounds out the Class of 2020 Top Ten. She is the daughter of Jami and Jason Hickok. During her four years at GHS, Madison has represented the school on the soccer field. She plans to continue her education at Fulton-Montgomery Community College to pursue a career in nursing.