OSWEGO, NY – Parents, educators and community members came together to honor this yearÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Oswego Middle School “Top 50.”
For the fourth consecutive year Oswego Sunrise Rotary, PathFinder Bank and the Oswego City School District joined forces to congratulate the top seventh and eighth grade students at the Oswego Elks Club.
He noted, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œYou are the cream of the crop, the top seventh and eighth graders in your classÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â and he congratulated them for their academic success.
This yearÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s top 25 eighth graders included Kaitlyn Armstrong, Tayler Bowman, Paul Bradshaw, Michael Carey, Ernesto Cedillo, Austin DeMott, Danielle Faivus, Victoria Frazier, Monica George, Sarah Gosek, Abigail Haessig, Emily Kolenda, Alejandro Lara, Daniel Maniccia II, Rebecca Martin, Mary Montagnola, Ryan Patrick, John Phillips, Caroline Reynolds, Marycatherine Rice, Eve Simmonds, Matthew Skinner, Miguel Vazquez Alonzo, Cyndney Ward and Marcus Wolf.
Seventh graders earning recognition included Sarah Mancuso, Dylan Lavner, Alyssa Ferreira, Jeremy Galvin, Erin Chetney, Lisette Dufore, Mackenzie Palmer, Tess Gordon, Frederick Johnson, Victoria Jaskula, Courtney Kelly, David Culeton, Jacob Annal, Leah Weiss, Christina Abare, Ariana Gilbert, Elisabeth Michaud, Nicole Brown, Jason Lowery, Travis Kearns, Joseph Bertonneau, Carly Hewitt, Connor Riley, Gordon Pan and Jeff Wallace II.
Oswego Middle School Principal Connie Evelyn said, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI canÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t tell you how proud we are of our highest achieving students. There are so many distractions that could pull at you, but you have overcome obstacles and have focused on achieving your goals. Thank you for giving us inspiration.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Board of Education President Maggie Tiballi summed up the evening as she quoted a statement from ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe Great DebatersÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â that she thought was very appropriate for the students.
She noted, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWe do what we have to do in order to do what we want to do.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
She expressed pride in the studentsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ accomplishments and congratulated them for being among the Oswego Middle School “Top 50.”