Phoenix Central School District seniors Ian Evans and Meghan Lentz have been named the top two of the John C. Birdlebough High School Class of 2014.
Earning an overall grade point average of 101.58, Evans will graduate as the JCB class valedictorian.
Evans is a member of National Honor Society, inducted into the elite academic society during his sophomore year at JCB. He is a member of the varsity golf and track teams and has been involved in the school’s marching band, winter drum line, drama club and also ski club.
Reflecting back on his tenure at JCB, Evans said his favorite classes were trigonometry and calculus with Ms. Cheryl Fassett and AP (advanced placement) physics with Mr. Richard Heffernan. “We built speakers out of garbage cans,” Evans said about one of the many AP physics projects that inspired him to pursue a career in the field of engineering.
Coupled with the classes at JCB, Evans contributes much of his academic success to his parents, saying, “They always supported me and encouraged me to get involved and do well.”
Evans will be pursuing a post-secondary degree in Physics at SUNY Oswego in the fall.
Finishing her four years at JCB with an overall grade point average of 100.82, Lentz will graduate as the JCB class salutatorian.
Lentz is also a member of National Honor Society, earning the elite distinction as a sophomore at JCB.
While at JCB, Lentz was a member of the cross country, volleyball, indoor track and track teams. She was also involved in the Leadership Oswego County Youth program, a training program for high school aged youth.
Lentz said that AP (advanced placement) physics was one of her favorite classes and that building rockets was one of the highlights from the class.
When asked about her academic success, Lentz credits her family, especially her older brother. “My brother was my motivation. He finished third in his graduating class and couldn’t let him beat me,” she said.
She also credits varsity cross country coach Mr. Andy Lewis for some of her success. “He always shared inspirational messages with the team and they ended up being more about life than sports,” she said.
Lentz will be pursuing a post-secondary degree at Syracuse University in the fall. She will enter with an undeclared major, but has an interest in pursuing a science degree.