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Yorktown Announces Valedictorian & Salutatorian

YORKTOWN, N.Y.— Although school is only over a month underway, Yorktown seniors now know who their class leaders are when it comes time for June 2012 graduation. Michael Beechert and Julia Kelly have been named Yorktown High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian respectively.

“Both of these students have invested significant time and energy in achieving the highest levels of academic scholarship in the school,” said Principal Joseph DeGennaro, in a statement announcing the students. “They serve as wonderful role models for other students.”

Both students have a long list of accomplishments and achievement from their four years of high school. Beechert, a trombone player in the Jazz Band, a member of the Full Orchestra, former secretary of the wind ensemble, and a member of the Science Olympiad and Envirothon teams, is also captain of the tennis team. Beechert said he likes a range of all subjects, from history to math, and is currently involved in the honors program at Westchester Community College, the Columbia University Science Honors Program, and is doing an internship with State Senator Greg Ball.

Kelly is also involved in music. She is a violinist and secretary of the Yorktown High School Concert Orchestra. She has played varsity soccer for three years, and is also a member of the Science Olympiad and Math Teams. Currently enrolled in rigorous advanced placement classes, Kelly plans to study physics and calculus in college. Kelly is a member of the science research program and has spent the summers doing research at New York Medical College. She was the recipient of the Future of Medicine award presented by the Westchester Academy of Medicine.

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