Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District has named the valedictorian and salutatorian for the 2016 graduating class: Allayna Frank and Sage Bartlett.
Frank of Altmar, is the daughter of Kim and Tim Frank.
She has a younger brother, 14, named Anthony.
The 2016 valedictorian plans to attend the Rochester Institute of Technology for Biomedical Engineering. She hopes to work toward researching cerebral palsy, a condition she battles with herself.
Frank says she has enjoyed trying to fit as much as possible into her high school experience, making sure to be involved in as many events as she could. She considers being the valedictorian a great high school achievement, but says she will continue to push herself, never being complacent in where she is at.
Frank’s final GPA is a 97.980.
Her senior year has been well-rounded, filled with music and art classes as well as science and math. She acted as the National Honor Society president and her class’ treasurer. Frank played the clarinet in band and also participated in sports such as volleyball, basketball and track.
One of her favorite quotes is by Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
Frank credits her parents for her accomplishments, saying they pushed her to do all that she can do. To her graduating class, Frank said, “Don’t let the fear of failure keep your from trying.”
She hopes her peers will remember her as the girl who did everything and was friends with everyone.
Bartlett of Williamstown, is the son of Andrea and Francis.
He has two older sisters, Kylie and Danielle. Kylie Bartlett was APW’s valedictorian for 2015. He follows closely behind as APW’s salutatorian for 2016.
Bartlett plans to attend Siena College for Actuarial Science, calculating and predicting risk. He says logic and numbers are his forte.
Bartlett’s experiences and times spent with friends are what he has enjoyed most about high school. Bartlett considers his sporting accomplishments and making the state meet his sophomore year to be his greatest high school achievements.
With a GPA of 96.171, Bartlett participates in National Honor Society, cross country, basketball and track. He also greatly enjoys history classes.
To the graduating class of 2016, Bartlett said, “Work hard and take pride in what you do.”
He credits his mother as his inspiration.