TURIN — State Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-Rome, honored two South Lewis Central School District students among this year’s nominees for state Senate Youth Leadership Recognition Awards.
In a ceremony held at Sen. Griffo’s Utica office last week, Alayna Munn of Lyons Falls and Alexis Payne of Glenfield received certificates from Sen. Griffo in acknowledgement of their leadership in extracurricular and volunteer activities as well as academic excellence.
“I am extremely proud to recognize these students from my district,” Deputy Minority Leader Griffo said in the news release. “They serve as outstanding examples for their peers, and I know that the skills, abilities and talents that they have developed will serve them well throughout their lives and future careers.”
Students were nominated for the awards by their school districts, according to the release, for their excellence in four areas: academics, athletics, the arts and community service.
Miss Munn is valedictorian and president of her class at South Lewis, Turin, plays the clarinet, competes in air rifle events and is a member of National Honor Society, the geology club and Students Against a Vanishing Environment.
She is a member of the yearbook committee and Whiz Quiz team and has been a member of the school’s cross-country team.
Miss Payne is a technical studies honor student, a member of National Honor Society, a 2019 Lions Club Scholar and president of the Student Council and South Lewis FFA. She was the Lewis County Dairy Princess in 2017 and is now the state first alternate dairy princess, is a member of chorus and has participated in the school’s musical every year.
She is active in a number of agricultural associations in her community and has won many medals at FFA competitions.
Other students honored by Sen. Griffo were from Adirondack, Thomas R. Proctor (Utica) and Whitesboro high schools.