ADAMS — The leaders for the class of 2019 at South Jefferson Central School are Alexys Gayne, valedictorian, and Melinda Schultz, career and technical education honor student.
Ms. Gayne, daughter of Robert and Julie Gayne has an academic average of 99.65 and will graduate with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with honors and mastery in math and science with a seal of biliteracy. She has earned 24 college credits in addition to credits for advanced placement in science and history.
Among honors received are National Merit Scholar, National Honor Society Scholar, Elks National Scholar, University of Rochester George Eastman Young Leaders Award, Jefferson Leadership Institute Program and WWNY Academic All-Star.
Ms. Gayne is a co-founder and treasurer of the NNY Community Foundation-sponsored LEAD Group, president and a charter member of the Forensic Science Club, vice president of SADD, and treasurer of National Honor Society and French Club. She is also a member of Key Club, Spartan Helpers and Student Council.
She plays three varsity sports and is captain of both the swim and softball teams, receiving All-North, Section III and Frontier League all-star recognition. She performed in numerous musical ensembles, including NYSBDA Honor Band, Area All-State, Bi-Counties and is a NYSSMA soloist and member of the pit band.
Ms. Gayne plans to attend the University of Rochester as a member of the Rochester Early Medical Scholars (REMS) Program with direct admittance to the Rochester School of Medicine. She will double major in neuroscience and biomedical engineering.
Ms. Schultz, daughter of Mark and Jessica Shultz, has maintained an academic average of 96.5 over two years at the Bohlen Technical Center.
She is a member of the National Honor Society and has been a SADD member for the past four years. She also has participated in South Jefferson’s Sources of Strength group, a peer-to-peer effort to promote healthy living.
Ms. Shultz has participated in the South Jeff varsity women’s soccer program for four years, serving as captain in her senior season.
She will enter the workforce in the field of cosmetology.