BPHS announces its top 10 students in the Class of 2018

The top ten students have all achieved grade-point averages of at least 96.

“We base the top 10 off grades, but then when I see these top 10 the last thing I think about is grades,” Broadalbin-Perth High School Principal Mark Brooks said.

“They are fantastic kids. They work their butts off. They’re in extracurricular activities, sports, drama. Whatever it may be, they challenge themselves inside the classroom. But, more importantly they challenge themselves outside the classroom to be the best they could possibly be. No group could ever represent B-P better than this group.”

Top ten student1. Jessie Brooks (99.982 average) – Jessie was involved in several extracurricular activities while attending B-P. A student leader, she served as elected class president freshman through senior year. She was a National Honor Society member her junior and senior year. She was also a member of Pep Band, Choir, Green Club, Bosom Buddies, Yearbook, Student Cabinet, Downhill Ski Club. She ran cross-country for three years and also participated in volleyball, track, and bowling. Jessie is a highly decorated student. Her awards received include, the Soroptimist International Good Citizen Award, the United States Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award, the George Eastman Young Leadership Award, the Air Force Recruiting Service Math and Science Award, the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award, the SAANYS Region 6 Scholarship, and the Elk’s Most Valuable Student National Semi-Finalist Award. Jessie dedicated several hours volunteering at her local library and is a member of the Fulmont Road Runners Society. She plays piano and is a huge Jackson Browne fan. The daughter of Charles and Lisbeth Brooks, Jessie will attend Cornell University in the fall. She is interested in teaching and plans to study English saying “I want to use the power of words to help change the world.”

top ten student2. Matthew Hinderliter (99.508) – Matthew played football and baseball all four years at B-P and captained both varsity teams his senior season. In 2017, he won the Patriot Award for football. His junior season he was named first-team designated hitter and honorable mention pitcher in the Foothills Council. The Amsterdam Recorder also selected him as an honorable mention pitcher that year. In addition, Matthew played travel baseball and JV basketball. Matthew was a member of National Honor Society his junior and senior year. He served as Student Council treasurer as a junior. Matthew’s also been a member of Math League, Masterminds and the Prom Committee. He was named the 2017 Homecoming King. His award list includes the Frederick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony Award from the University of Rochester, the National Army Reserve Scholar Athlete Award, thr Presidential Scholarship from Stevenson University, the Founders Scholarship from Stevenson University, and the Leadership Scholarship from Stevenson University. Matthew has helped the Lions Club with tree bailing and spaghetti dinners. He worked blood drives and the Home Show. He also helped run youth camps for the BYC football program. The son of Dale and Jeannine Hinderliter, Matthew will be attending Stevenson University in the fall, where he plans to study business administration with a pre-law concentration. He will play baseball at Stevenson next spring.

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3. Katrina Costanzo (98.884) – Katrina was a member of National Honor Society her junior and senior year. She also participated in Green Club, Tree Club, and Student Life Committee. The University of Rochester awarded her the Bausch and Lomb Scholarship. She also received the Pace University Honors Program Scholarship. Outside of B-P, Katrina volunteers with young children to introduce them to STEM. She volunteered at the 2018 Climate Summit at HVCC’s TEC-SMART facility. She does charity work as a member of Knights of Columbus. The daughter of Eric and Beatrice Costanzo, Katrina plans on attending HVCC where she wants to study Mechatronics. She aspires to become an engineer for a nanotechnology company.

top ten students4. Alex Gardner (98.260) – While attending B-P, Alex played varsity baseball and football. In 2017, he was named to the Section II All-Star first team (tight end). He is also a scholar-athlete. Alex was named to the Principal’s List. He’s received the Coach K Award, the U.S. Air Force Math and Science Award, the RIT Innovation and Creativity Award. The son of Brian and Dawn Gardner, Alex plans on attending Alfred University in the fall.

top ten students5. Naomi Fraser (98.055) – Naomi kept busy at B-P. After participating in JV soccer and varsity track and field her freshman year, Naomi concentrated on the pitch. She played varsity soccer her final three years. She was a second-team all-star as a sophomore, MVP her junior year and served as captain her senior season. Naomi was a four-year member of Key Club. She served as class secretary freshman, junior and senior year. She was a three-year member of Drama Club. Noami was also a part of Rocketry Club, Masterminds and SADD. Named to the Principal’s list, she received the Elmira College Key Award, the Ujima Global Leader Scholarship, the Peter T. Paul Scholarship, the Provost’s Scholarship and the Drama “Busy Bee: Award. In the community, Naomi is part of Juniorettes of the GFWC Century Club, a PYC Camp Counselor and a FCC Kids volunteer. The daughter of Albert and Janet Fraser, Naomi plans to study business at Northeastern University this fall.

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6. Andrew Syzdek (97.323) – Andrew showed his musical prowess as a four-year member of Concert Band, Jazz Band, Pep Band and Chorus. He was named all-county chorus and all-county band. His junior and senior year, Andrew was a member of National Honor Society and the Team America Rocketry Challenge. He was also involved in Masterminds. Andrew played football all four years, spending the last three on varsity. A captain his senior year, Andrew was named a Section II All-Star his junior and senior seasons. Andrew also played JV and varsity baseball, and freshman and JV basketball. He was a member of the Fulmont Force Baseball Club. Andrew’s received the Air Force ROTC Scholarship, the Clarkson University Leadership Award, the Clarkson University Honors Program Scholarship, the Rensselaer Leadership Award, the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Emerging Leader Scholarship, the RIT Presidential Scholarship, the University at Buffalo Pride of New York Scholarship, and the SAANYS Region 6 Scholarship. He served as a B-P representative at the New York State American Legion Boys’ State and the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership State Seminar. Andrew earned B-P High School Principal’s List designation all four years and was also selected through a competitive process to participate in the RPI Summer Aerospace Engineering Program and the University of Notre Dame Introduction to Engineering Program. Outside B-P, Andrew’s volunteered at adoption clinics and fostered over 30 dogs for Homeward Bound Dog Rescue. He’s also volunteered at the annual B-P Youth Commission Little Patriots Football Camp, Wreaths Across America, and the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall. The son of Stephen and Suzanne Syzdek, Andrews plans to study aerospace engineering at Clarkson University, while participating in Air Force ROTC. top ten student

7. Jason Lin (97.108) – Jason was heavily involved in student council during his four years at B-P. His freshman and senior year he served as Class of 2018 co-president. His sophomore and junior years he served as co-vice president of his class. A two-year National Honor Society member, Jason was also co-president of Key Club and Green Club his senior year. A four-year Masterminds member, Jason also spent time in Jazz Band, Vocal Ensemble, Rocket Club and Stem Club. Jason played soccer for four years and basketball for two years. Jason was recognized at the Horsing Around with the Arts competition. He received the University at Albany 2017 Multicultural High School Achievers Award, and the RPI Medal Award for outstanding academic achievement in the study of mathematics and science. Jason’s volunteer work includes time at the Amsterdam Free Library and helping at an elderly daycare, the Wilkinson’s Residential Health Care Facility. Jason also works at China Wok, the family restaurant. The son of Minxiu Lin (mom) and Wen Yuan Lin (Dad), Jason will attend Northeastern University in the fall. He wants to study bioengineering.

top ten student8.Erika Pitcher (96.969) – Extracurricular activities filled Erika’s schedule while attending B-P. She was a four-year member of Vocal Ensemble and Green Club, while serving as Green Club’s co-president her senior year. She was varsity captain of Masterminds her senior year after three years in the club. This two-year National Honor Society member spent time in Math League, Drama Club, Spanish Club, Concert Choir and Fishing Club. Her sophomore and senior year she took part in FCMEA All-County. Erika’s received the Rochester Institute of Technology Computing Medal, the Creativity Award at KidWind National Challenge and the Marketing Award at SUNY Plattsburgh’s Free-Enterprise Marathon Speak-Off. Erika’s volunteered at Sacandaga Bible Conference and The Great Sacandaga Challenge triathlon. Erika attends TEC-SMART classes at ECHS and is a tour guide and panel speaker for TEC-SMART. The daughter of William and Julie Pitcher, Erika plans on attending Paul Smith’s College. She will study hospitality management.

top ten student9. Olivia Cromer (96.937) – If you stopped by the school store anytime during the last four years, you would find Olivia working there. A two-year National Honor Society member, Olivia was the Key Club co-president her senior year and the treasurer her junior year. She was the Class of 2018 co-treasurer her senior year. Olivia was a member of Key Club and the Principal’s Cabinet for three years. Olivia received the RIT Innovation and Creativity Award and is a two-time winner of the Fulton County YMCA Flying Fish Swim Team Core Values Award. B-P High School recognized Olivia four years in a row at the Honors Award Ceremony. She’s been on the Flying Fish competitive swim team for seven years. In addition, she’s been hired as a swim instructor at the YMCA. She participated in track and field at B-P her freshman year. She’s given back by volunteering at her local fire department, with her church youth group, Friday’s Table and Glebe Street Elementary School. The daughter of Ronald and Cynthia Cromer, Olivia plans to attend Roger Williams University this fall. She aspires to major in architecture.

top ten student10. Kayla Weaver (96.501) – Kayla devoted numerous hours to student government while attending B-P. A four-year member of Student Council, she served as class vice-president her sophomore, junior and senior years. A two-year National Honor Society member, Kayla served as NHS president her senior year. She also participated in Masterminds, Key Club and Art Club. Kayla is a four-year dual-sport athlete, playing volleyball and softball. She spent her junior and senior year of volleyball on varsity and received a Sectional Finalist patch each of those seasons. Serving as volleyball captain her senior year, she earned Most Improved Player. She played varsity softball her junior and senior year and was named captain her senior year. Kayla also plays in a summer softball league where she’s been named an all-star three years running. While being named to the Principal’s List, Kayla’s received the Capital Region Science Fair Naval Research Award, the Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology, the Army Reserve National Scholar-Athlete Award, and the Trustee Excellence Highest Merit Award from Russell Sage. Kayla volunteers at the Amsterdam Public Library, the Capital Region Food Bank, the Eagle Mills craft fair, and the B-P High School National Honor Society blood drive. She assists with mass at her local church. She also works part-time at the local Broadalbin Subway. The daughter of Jay and Gabriella Weaver, Kayla will be attending Russell Sage College in the fall. She plans to major in psychology with hopes to study psychiatry in graduate school and eventually open her own psychiatric practice.

The commencement ceremony for the Broadalbin-Perth Class of 2018 will take place at 7 p.m. Friday June 22, at Patriot Field (rain site, Robert C. Munn Gymnasium)