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Congratulations Valedictorians, Salutatorian, and Scholars
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Congratulations Valedictorians, Salutatorian, and Scholars

Darrow recognizes the accomplishments of our top academic achievers

Darrow School has named Catherine Gagnon (left), of Rensselaer, New York, and Katherine Moody (center), of Anchorage, Alaska, as co-valedictorians, and Nyaiah Lamb (right), of New York City, as salutatorian of the Class of 2017. The students have earned Darrow’s top academic honors, and will be recognized at the  Baccalaureate ceremony on Friday, June 2, and at the 85th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 3.

“Katherine and Catt represent the best of what students can accomplish at Darrow,” said Head of School Simon Holzapfel in announcing the selections. “I'm incredibly proud of their efforts and achievements during their time here.”

Catherine Gagnon is the daughter of Aaron and Denise Gagnon of Rensselaer, New York. She has served in numerous leadership positions, including this year as a Core Leader and a prefect for maple sugaring, Admissions, and photography. “Catherine is a bright, determined, and an insightful student who demonstrates these characteristics throughout her academic and community schedule,” said her faculty advisor Christopher Ouellete, Learning Specialist and Academic Mentor. “Through hard work, perseverance, and an unwavering, inquisitive attitude, Catherine has consistently earned high honors. This work ethic has shown brightly while participating in Hands-to-Work and throughout all of her community leadership roles.” She plans to attend the State University of New York at Potsdam in the fall.

Katherine Moody is the daughter of Douglas Moody and Elizabeth Brennan of Anchorage, Alaska. She has been active in numerous leadership positions, including as a library and theater prefect, a member of the Rho Kappa Honor Society, and as an accomplished actress, director, and playwright for the Darrow Theater Workshop throughout her time at Darrow. "Her approach to academics is infused with the best aspects of humanistic traditions, particularly in terms of individual and collective responsibility for making life better," said her faculty advisor Don Singleton, Director of Athletics and Russian Literature teacher, who noted that her accomplishments with the Darrow Theater Workshop were recognized with a Career Achievement Award. She plans to attend Grinnell College in the fall.

Nyaiah Lamb is the daughter of Rhonda Lamb of New York City. She has been actively involved in numerous leadership positions at Darrow, including as a resident assistant, diversity prefect, Core Leader, and member of the Disciplinary Committee, among others. "Nyaiah represents the best of her senior class and the best of Darrow,” said her faculty advisor, English teacher Brian Granger. “She is consistently praised by her teachers, who wish they could clone her bar-setting level of engagement, and sought after by her peers for her abundant energy and humor.” She plans to attend Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, in the fall.

Darrow also announced that two of its students have met the requirements to enter the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. Will '18, of Albany, New York, and Mira '18, East Nassau, New York, both juniors, were among 50,000 high scorers out of approximately 1.5 million entrants to the program. According to a release from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, the students are now eligible to be selected in September as one of 16,000 semi-finalists, representing top scorers in each state. The semi-finalists will then compete for about 7,400 Merit Scholarship Awards to be offered in 2018.

Darrow School is an independent, coeducational boarding and day school for grades 9 through 12, and features small classes and a challenging college-preparatory curriculum that affords all students the opportunity for active participation in the learning process. Established in 1932 on the site of the historic Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village on the New York–Massachusetts state line, the School has been recognized as a pioneer in the field of “hands-on learning,” and Darrow teachers use real-world topics and a dynamic approach to capture the imagination and make the subject matter come alive. The School is dedicated to serving students with diverse backgrounds and abilities, building on each student’s individual talents and interests to inspire enduring confidence for success in college and life.

Darrow students come from across the United States and several foreign countries. In recent years, Darrow graduates have gained acceptance at such colleges and universities as Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Alfred University, American University, Amherst College, Beloit College, Boston University, Bucknell University, Clark University, Cornell University, The Cooper Union, Denison University, Dickinson University, Earlham College, Fordham University, Grinnell College, Hampshire College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Howard University, Ithaca College, Johns Hopkins University, Lesley University, Marquette University, Michigan State University, Mount Holyoke College, Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, Penn State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rhode Island School of Design, Sarah Lawrence College, Skidmore College, Smith College, Syracuse University, Temple University, Union College, the University of Chicago, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the University of Southern California, Vassar College, Wellesley College, and Wheaton College. To learn more about Darrow School, visit www.darrowschool.org. 

Media inquiries: Contact Steve Ricci, Director of Communications, at 518-794-6004, riccis@darrowschool.org.


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