Students honored by FMCC, HFM BOCES

five high school students hold certificates with school superintendent and college presidentFive students from B-P were among 60 across the region who were recognized at Fulton Montgomery Community College and Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES’ third annual Student Recognition Dinner on Monday, June 4.

Honorees were selected to attend the awards dinner to recognize their academic and personal achievements during high school. Including B-P, districts nominating students for recognition were Amsterdam, Canajoharie, Fonda-Fultonville, Fort Plain, Gloversville, HFM PTECH, Johnstown, Mayfield, Northville, OESJ and Wells.

During the event, each student was individually recognized and awarded a certificate before an audience of school representatives, family members and other guests.

The honorees were:


Jessie Brooks was involved in several extracurricular activities while attending B-P. A student leader, she served as class president freshman through senior year, and she was a National Honor Society member her junior and senior years. She was also a member of Pep Band, Choir, Green Club, Bosom Buddies, the yearbook, Student Cabinet and Downhill Ski Club. She ran cross-country for three years and also participated in volleyball, track, and bowling. Her awards 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 Elks Most Valuable Student National Semi-Finalist Award. Jessie will attend Cornell University in the fall. She is interested in teaching and plans to study English.


Katrina Costanzo was a member of National Honor Society her junior and senior years. Katrina also participated in the Green Club, Tree Club, and Student Life Committee. The University of Rochester awarded her the Bausch and Lomb Scholarship, and she also received the Pace University Honors Program Scholarship. Outside of school, Katrina volunteers with young children to introduce them to STEM. She volunteered at the 2018 Climate Summit at Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART facility, and she does charity work as a member of Knights of Columbus. Katrina plans to attend SUNY Polytechnic Institute. She aspires to become an engineer for a nanotechnology company.


Matthew Hinderliter played football and baseball all four years at B-P and captained both varsity teams as a senior. In 2017, he won the Patriot Award for football. As a junior, 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 was a member of National Honor Society his junior and senior years and served as Student Council treasurer as a junior. Matthew has also been a member of Math League, Masterminds and the Prom Committee, and he was named the 2017 Homecoming king. His awards include the University of Rochester Frederick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony Award, the National Army Reserve Scholar Athlete Award, and Stevenson University awarded him their Presidential Scholarship, Founders Scholarship, and Leadership Scholarship. Matthew will attend Stevenson to study business administration with a pre-law concentration. He will also play baseball at Stevenson next spring.


Gabrielle Martin is intelligent, athletic and hard working. She has challenged herself through Advanced Placement and dual enrollment courses throughout high school. As a member of the softball team, Gabby hit the first home run on the new B-P softball field! She also participated in cross country, track and ski club. This year, she attended the New Visions Health Careers program at the HFM Career and Technical Center and found her niche. She will attend Fulton Montgomery Community College in the fall to study nursing.


William Montgomery has excelled in the HFM Career and Technical Center’s Criminal Justice program. He has a 99 GPA in the class and is excited to learn. This enthusiasm for learning can be seen in other areas as well. He chose to take challenging courses such as computer programming and Java. William is a role model in school. He is always the first to step up and help when someone needs it. He will be attending Hudson Valley Community College in the fall.