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Lacey High School's Finest Honored at Academic Awards Ceremony

Alexandra Granato and Garrett Waligroski were named Valedictorians for the Class of 2012

Hundreds of ’s highest-achieving students were recognized on Tuesday evening in the school’s auditorium, as a part of the annual Academic Awards Ceremony.

The program is designed to illustrate and commend the efforts of Lacey Township High School students in the classroom.

In his introduction speech, Principal William Zylinksi stressed the effort undertaken by the honored students, who “sacrificed time with friends and their families” to excel to the best of their abilities, and “make us very proud.”

Two Valedictorians, who received a resounding standing ovation from the audience, were announced for Lacey Township High School’s Class of 2012. Alexandra L. Granato and Garrett Waligroski each earned a grade point average of 4.835 over their high school careers — the overall highest measurement in their class.

Granato is heading to The College of William & Mary in the fall, whereas Waligroski will continue to pursue his education at Villanova University. In addition to their valedictory honors, both Granato and Waligroski each amassed several other awards over the course of the evening.

Kyle J. McGuire was named as the Salutatorian of the Class of 2012. In order to earn that distinction, McGuire earned a grade point average of 4.793 over all four years of high school, the second-highest in his class. McGuire plans to attend the University of Virginia in the fall.

Lacey’s Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Sandra Brower, spotlighted the hard work of all the students whose academic contributions were being acknowledged.

“This night is dedicated to you, for your own efforts. Your goal-setting and perseverance served as the underpinning of your success,” said the superintendent.

Brower also advised the students to “take stock” of the people who have helped get them to where they are today, whether they be family members, teachers, friends or counselors.

“Maximize your talents. You are in the driver’s seat to your next destination. You make us proud to call you Lacey students,” Brower said.

Addressing the students, Lacey Board of Education President Jack Martenak called the night one of “recognition of your innate talent and work ethic;” two qualities which he said would take the students far in their future endeavors.

Awards were distributed for President’s Education, High Honor Roll (which included all four years of high school eligibility), and Perfect Attendance — with Zylinski remarking that some of those who had received the award for perfect attendance in high school, achieved similar attendance feats in earlier years of schooling.

One male and one female each received the “Most Improved Student Award,” demonstrating the greatest all-around academic improvement since freshman year of high school, according to Zylinski. The winners were Jordan Powell and Deadra L. Othello.

As for the “Principal’s Award,” it was bestowed upon a male and female student who each exemplified the school motto of “Courage, Pride, and Tradition,” according to the school administration. Those students selected were Ryan M. Reitmeyer and Sarah B. Schwec.

Zylinksi and several department chairs, including Suzanne Andrews, Julie Ferenc, Paul Groben and Barbara Hartnett presented a multitude of awards to students in various academic subject areas, including mathematics, sciences, social studies, English and world languages, and the arts. Just about every academic area was included, with each category having an award presented to a very grateful student recipient.

“We congratulate you all on your achievements,” Zylinski said to the student body in closing.

A list of the students who received awards is attached to this story as a PDF.

Nick Malfitano June 07, 2012 at 04:47 AM
The PDF list of student awards now appears right side up.
Kyren Dooley June 07, 2012 at 08:55 AM
This should have been the lead story for today's "Patch", versus the article that is.
JoAnne June 07, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Congratulations to the students who worked so hard to achieve these awards. Mr. Zylinski's speech was so true when he stated that most of these students have given up social time for their studies. Very proud of these Lacey students and proud that my daughter is one of these students.
JD June 07, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Congratulations to the students for the achievements. Well done!
dave ference June 07, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Congrats to all lacey graduates! Class of 89the rules!

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