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Cronk named Valedictorian

June 14, 2016

Congratulations to the Class of 2016’s Valedictorian, Kennedy Cronk.

KennedyKennedy, the daughter of Jodi and Earl Cronk, lives in Rotterdam, and will be graduating with a grade point average of 98.55 percent. She will be attending Clemson University, where she will study engineering and business.

“Kennedy is an amazing student who not only excels academically but is very involved in school and district activities, clubs, organizations and athletics. She is funny and warm and genuine. She models true leadership skills and shows care and concern for others. I know she will continue to excel in school and in life,” Schalmont Superintendent Carol Pallas said.

Kennedy said she chose her field of study because she enjoys science and math and that engineering will allow her to help others while using those skills.

“Some of my favorite subjects/classes I took over the years were calculus and human biology, because I felt that I learned a lot and that these subjects would be beneficial in my future,” she said. “I also enjoyed my distance learning class of American Sign Language as I was fascinated with the language and the culture that came with it.”

Kennedy is a member of the state championship soccer team, Key Club, International Club, Science Honor Society, National Honor Society, English Honor Society, Environmental Club, and Science Olympiad. In addition to volunteering, she also serves as student representative for the Technology Cabinet.

“Kennedy is energetic, hardworking, and tenacious, she should be commended for being a very conscientious worker,” said teacher Karen Ryder. “It has been a pleasure to have her in my Syracuse University Project Advance classes during her senior year.”

Throughout her time at Schalmont, Kennedy said Anthony Cassale, technology coordinator for Project Lead the Way, was the teacher to have the biggest impact on her.

“He made learning fun and pushed me to be the best student I could be,” she said. “He is not only a great teacher, but someone I could go to for advice on other aspects of life.”

Cassale said the admiration is mutual.

"It has been a pleasure to teach Kennedy. She always strives for excellence and is determined to be successful,” he said. “She has always been willing to assist other students and truly is a model student."

When asked what advice Kennedy would give underclassmen, she said, “College comes sooner than you think, so start the college search as early as possible!”