CAIRO — Cairo Durham High School announces the class of 2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorian and honor graduates. Graduation will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 22 in the high school auditorium.
Ryan Holdridge is the Valedictorian and Colleen Selner is Salutatorian.
Ryan Holdridge is the Valedictorian of the Cairo Durham Class of 2018. He has been a member of the National Honor Society throughout high school, is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, and a member of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth for the last six years. Ryan is also a member of the Cairo Durham Model UN club, acting as Vice President his senior year. He has participated with the Interact Club and Backpack Program and has volunteered for the Cairo Durham 5K Run for several years. Ryan has been recognized for his academic achievements by receiving the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award from the University of Rochester and the Cornell University Admissions Invitation Award his junior year. Ryan also won a commercial loan contest sponsored by the Bank of Greene County in his freshman year. Ryan has been nominated as a student representative for the People to People International Student Ambassador Program, the National Youth Leadership Forum Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders, and the Young Scholars Program through the University of Maryland. Throughout his high school career, Ryan has challenged himself by taking AP and Honors classes, and has received recognition in several areas for outstanding achievements. Ryan’s interests include playing video games, politics, history, and reading and collecting graphic novels. In the fall, Ryan will be attending the College of Saint Rose, majoring in History. In the future, Ryan would like to teach secondary and college History.
Colleen Selner is the salutatorian for the Cairo-Durham High School graduating class of 2018. During the four years of high school, Colleen was Vice President of the National Honor Society, a member of Track and Field, Yearbook Club, the Marching Band, Soccer, All-County Band, Drama Club, and Interact Club. She also participated in community activities such as nursing home visits, serving at senior citizen dinners, volunteering at DARE day, and more. She received recognition in the area of science by being awarded the Outstanding Academic Achievement or Exemplary Performance awards all four years. Colleen also received these awards each year in English, Mathematics, Social Studies and/or Art. As a junior, she was granted the Gellert-Cornell Admissions Invitation, and the Clarkson University High School Leadership Award. In her spare time, Colleen enjoys doing outdoor activities, photography, and spending time with family and friends. In the Fall, Colleen plans to attend Marist College to major in biomedical studies. In the future, she would like to attend graduate school to become a Physician Assistant.
Alexandra Del Vecchio is an honors graduate who is honored to be ranked third for the Cairo-Durham High School graduating class of 2018. During her four years of high school, she was a member of Sources of Strength, Interact Club and National Honor Society where she was named president in her senior year. She also participated in Varsity soccer and was named captain in her sophomore and senior year. She has received academic recognition in multiple areas of study including mathematics, english, science, social studies and elective courses by being awarded a variety of awards. She was named student of the quarter for World Languages in 2016 and student of the month in February 2018. In her junior year, she was also awarded a scholarship of at least $40,000 dollars to Sage and another scholarship for $80,000 to Elmira. In her spare time she enjoys dancing, spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, taking photographs of the outdoors, playing soccer, riding horses, coloring and reading. In the fall, Alexandra plans to attend the Sage College of Albany to study Elementary Education. In the future, she would like to become an elementary school teacher.
Rowan True is fourth for the Cairo-Durham High School graduating class of 2018. Throughout his four years of high school, Rowan was involved in three sports which were track and field, indoor track and field, cross-country. Rowan also participated in National Honor Society, Mock Trial, and Interact club. Rowan received recognition in the areas of math and science by being awarded the Clarkson Leadership Scholarship and the RPI Merit Scholarship. He also successfully completed a variety of Honors/College/AP courses. In his spare time, he volunteers for the Boy Scouts of America and Sacred Heart Church. In the fall Rowan plans to attend Clarkson and major in mechanical or chemical engineering. In the future, Rowan would like to have a successful career and life.
Katie Feeney is an honor graduate ranked fifth in the Cairo-Durham High School Class of 2018. During her four years of high school Katie participated in several sports including track, softball and finished off her senior year by being named soccer Patroon Champions and receiving a place on the first team All Stars. Katie participated in numerous musical ensembles including band, chorus, jazz band, women’s choir, marching band, NYSSMA, All County and Area All State Chorus. She enjoys acting and was lucky enough to land the lead role in this years production of Guys and Dolls. She also served as her class president, chief editor of the 2018 Archive, member of the National Honor Society, Mock Trial, Principal Panel and Sources of Strength. In her spare time, Katie enjoys spending time with her amazing family and friends, working as a waitress at a local resort and enjoying the outdoors. Throughout high school, Katie has received numerous academic awards including the RIT and Russell Sage leadership scholarships. In the fall, Katie plans to attend Iona College to study Speech Language Pathology/Audiology. In the future, Katie hopes to study abroad and eventually work in a hospital with stroke victims helping them regain their ability to communicate.
Sarah Dauphin is an honors graduate ranking sixth for the Cairo-Durham High School graduating class of 2018. During her four years of high school, Sarah participated in Cross Country, Track and Field, and Cheerleading. She was the class secretary and a member of National Honor Society. Sarah was recognized for her outstanding service to the community when she received the Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony award as a Junior. In her spare time she likes to spend time with family and friends, exercise, and explore new places. In the fall Sarah plans to attend Hofstra University and study biology. In the future, Sarah would like to pursue a career as a doctor.
Kathleen Snyder is ranked seventh in the Cairo-Durham High School graduating class of 2018. During her four years of high school, Kathleen participated in Interact Club, serving as secretary and president, Model UN, Mock Trial, and was her class Treasurer. She received recognition in the area of science by being awarded the RIT Metal of Computing Scholarship, and was voted one of News Channel 13’s “Thirteen Kids Who Care” for her avid participation in her community. In the fall, Kathleen plans to attend Hudson Valley Community College, majoring in Computer Information Systems. In the future, Kathleen would like to transfer to a four-year school, and obtain a degree in software engineering, and pursue a career working on projects pertaining to space exploration and navigation.
Myia Hulbert is in the top ten percentage of the Cairo-Durham High School graduating class of 2018. During her four years of high school, Myia has participated in Interact Club, Kids Fit Club and National Honor Society. She was president of the 2017/2018 yearbook club and was a school spirit officer for her class of 2018. Myia plans to attend Suny Cortland and major in Speech Pathology. In the future Myia would like to become a Speech Pathologist and specialize in helping children with their speech.
Matthew Skinner is an honors graduate ranked ninth in his class for the Cairo-Durham High School graduating class of 2018. During his four years of high school, Matthew has participated in Unified Basketball, receiving a Varsity letter. He also involved himself in three high school musicals. Matthew has earned high honor roll for every semester of high school. Matthew’s skills in the Music Department have also led him on to participate in marching band and concert band. Matthew has excelled in his Math courses and received Exemplary awards each year, he also received awards in English, Social Studies, Science, Art and PE. Matthew received his Academic letter as well. In his spare time Matthew enjoys listening to music, being on his computer, and playing video games. He likes to go camping, volunteers at local food pantry and at his church. In the fall Matthew plans to attend Columbia-Greene Community College to major in Computer Graphics and Design where he hopes to combine his passion for computer and making videos to become an video maker.
Madeline Sharkey is ranked among the top ten for the Cairo-Durham High School graduating class of 2018. During her four years of high school, she participated in Soccer, Track + Field, indoor Track, Golf and Ice Hockey. Madeline was a member of Model UN, National Honor Society, Student Council, Drama Club and the Music Department. Madeline was also a member of the stage crew for seven productions of the school musical. In school she was involved in the Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Handbell Choir, Chorus and Women’s Choir. She also participated in community performing groups including the Hudson River Bells and The Coxsackie- Athens Community Band. Madeline performed in various All-County for Chorus, Senior Band and Jazz Band. Her junior and senior years she performed in the Zone 8 Area All-State Concert Band playing Alto Saxophone. Madeline can play Saxophone, Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo, Mandolin, Baritone and the Melodica. During the summers Madeline works with children at Camp Chingachgook in Lake George, as a camp counselor. In the fall, Madeline will be attending The College of Saint Rose for Music Education.
Paola Chamorro is proud to be an honors graduate of the year 2018. During her four years of high school she was able to participate in theater production, tennis, chess, and the animal club. She received recognition as a member of the national honor society during her junior year of high school, and received a position of academic honor during her 4 years of high school. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, and reading science fiction novels. In the fall, Paola plans to attend NYU and study public policy. In the future she would like to attend law school and pursue a career as a lawyer.