COPENHAGEN — The academic leaders for the class of 2019 at Copenhagen Central School are Taylor E. Ridsdale, valedictorian; Alicia Marie Berghorn, salutatorian; and Ashley Nicole Young, vocational leader.
Miss Ridsdale, daughter of Amanda Ridsdale and Bryan Sheitz, has an academic average of 96. She is a member of the George S. O’Brien National Honor Society, serving as president, and Whiz Quiz. She served as class president her freshman and junior years, while she was a member of Spanish club and yearbook.
She has been named a Channel 7 News Academic All-Star and was in Area All-State and Select Bi-County. Miss Ridsdale was a Senior High Bi-County member and has been involved in school musical and drama productions. She is a member of the varsity softball team and was a member of the junior varsity basketball and soccer teams.
In addition to school activities, she volunteers her time at several events, including the Miss Adirondack Scholarship Pageant, Breast Cancer Walk, Relay for Life, assisting local elderly, YMCA Fun Day, Copenhagen Cheer Spooktacular and Frontier League Cheer Competition. She works part-time as a babysitter and interned at Complete Family Care and Laser Center.
Miss Ridsdale has received several awards, including the Clarkson Achievement Award, Elmira College Key Award, and Le Moyne College Presidential Heights Scholarship.
She will major in the dual nursing degree program at SUNY Canton.
Miss Berghorn, daughter of Tim and Kim Berghorn, has an academic average of 95.38 and has completed several Advanced Placement classes and education through Jefferson Community College distance learning and EDGE. She is a member of the George S. O’Brien National Honor Society, serving as secretary, varsity soccer, marching band, ski club and serves at class secretary.
She was a member of Spanish club, jazz band, art club and pit band for the school musical. Miss Berghorn attended Empire Girls State, Horizons III at Clarkson University, and Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar (HOBY). She received the Silver Key Scholastic Art and Writing Award her freshman year.
In addition to school activities, she volunteers her time at several events, including as a math tutor, Happy Acres Nursing Home, CCS Alumni Banquet, Wellesley Island Fall Festival, and at an annual church turkey dinner. Miss Berghorn has held several part-time jobs, including as a player for Lowville Village Band, cleaning for a business and private home, and babysitting.
She has received several awards, including the Clarkson Leadership Award, University of Rochester Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, and Rensselaer Medal Award.
Miss Berghorn will major in aeronautical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Miss Young, daughter of Walter Young Jr., has an academic average of 87.09. She attends the early childhood education program at Howard G. Sackett Technical Center, Glenfield, where she was recently named Student of the Quarter in her Career and Technical Education program.
She is a member of Copenhagen marching band, art club, bowling club, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), maker tech club and DBK. Miss Young created the Project 7 Bible Club at school her junior year.
In addition to school activities, she has volunteered at her church by babysitting for parents during church projects.
Miss Young will major in childhood education at Jefferson Community College, Watertown.