JAMESTOWN – Jamestown High School seniors will move onto their next walks of life after graduation this evening, and multiple students are getting extra recognition for their outstanding academic accomplishments.
John Carlson, who will be studying Computer Engineering and Biological Chemistry next year at Clarkson University, is valedictorian for the Class of 2021. Ryan Malarkey, who will be attending University of Rochester in the fall to study Optical Engineering, is salutatorian.
“John and Ryan have always been examples of excellent students and young people. They have challenged themselves with rigorous classes and taken advantage of everything Jamestown High School has to offer,” said JHS Principal Dana Williams. “They are proof that JHS can prepare everyone for a bright future.”
Furthermore, 24 graduating Section VI Scholar Athletes were named. In order to qualify for the honor, the students had to have an “overall grade point… of 90 [percent] or above for six semesters and be a starter or important reserve,” for their respective team(s).
“Being named to the All-Western New York Academic Team is a special honor. These young men and women truly epitomize what the term student-athlete means. Not only are they great athletes, but these seniors also maintained an overall grade point average of 90 [percent] or higher during their four years at JHS,” explained JPS Athletic Director Ben Drake. “They are great role models for our younger athletes and we are all very proud of them.”
The Scholar Athletes for the Class of 2021 are Jacob Anderson, Drew Carlson, Kyle Christensen, Joey Dahlgren, Kyle Dean, Herivette DeJesus-Colon, Abigail Doverspike, Nate Hill, Holly Isaacson, Quentasia Leeper, Owen Maggio, Ryan Malarkey, Julissa Navarro, Riley Piazza, Olivia Pinciaro, Claire Pumford, Joseph Roehmholdt, Alyssa Shimmel, Sophia Simons, Jayden Sisley, Ella Smith, Madison Smith, Jenna Stockwell, and Lauren Tracy.
JHS graduation will be held at the Chautauqua Institute Amphitheater at 7 p.m. There are no restrictions on the number of attendees but anyone who’s unvaccinated is required to wear a mask, including children under 12 years of age. More information can be found online at www.jpsny.org/2021.