HANNIBAL – For Hannibal High School senior Liam Mason, who has received countless awards for academic excellence throughout his years of schooling, the recent distinction as class salutatorian is another feather in his cap.
The soft-spoken student is not one to boast of his accomplishments; he simply shows up to class, works hard and gives 100 percent in all that he does.
That work ethic, he said, was instilled in him at a young age by his parents, Bill and Lisa Mason, who are both teachers in the Hannibal Central School District.
“They are good motivators and they brought me up to always try my best,” Liam said. “I always have pushed myself and worked hard.”
All the hard work paid off for the Hannibal senior, who earned thousands of dollars in scholarships during a recent awards night.
Those funds will go toward tuition, room and board at Elmira College where he will study psychology.
While Liam said his initial focus would be directed toward the psychology field, he stressed the importance in keeping his options open by pursuing multiple majors.
There are so many career paths available that he doesn’t want to restrict himself to just one subject area.
“The world needs all sorts of people in all kinds of jobs. I’m going to take different classes; different subjects and see what is a good fit for me,” he said.
Liam has explored many different interests and has been involved in several clubs and activities during his high school career.
He participated in the Oswego County Academic Youth League, Key Club, student government, National Honor Society and other school-based organizations as well.
Outside of school, Liam enjoys reading, expressing himself through writing, and spending time with his family and friends.
As he prepares to embark on the next chapter in his life, Liam said he would miss the friends he has made and the teachers who helped prepare him for the future.
However, he noted that there are more memories to be made and even greater opportunities for learning ahead.