ALTONA Tonight we celebrate the scholastic achievements of our area high school seniors, said Barbara M. Davidson, president of the Clinton County School Boards Association as she welcomed the students, families, principals, superintendents, counselors and special guests. These young adults have distinguished themselves both in and out of the classroom, she said. And there is no doubt that success lies in each of their futures. Davidson also extended a special Thank you to the parents. Without you, tonight would not be possible, she said. It was noted that parents and family members play a vital role in the successfulness of the students by keeping them motivated and focused in their drive to reach their goals. Special guests included James Dawson, of the state Board of Regents, Dr. Maurice Hickey, president of Clinton Community College, Dana Smith, Area Six director of NYS School Boards, and Dr. Barry Mack, director of CV-Tec. Its important to recognize these students for their accomplishments, said Smith. It is in no way easy to be among the top 10 percent in academic achievement, which is quite significant, given the total number of students graduating. Guest speaker, Randy Trombly, Chazy Central Rural School Class of 78 President, and co-founder of College Vision, LLC, said it is a very competitive world out there as students compete for acceptance in the college of their choice. Grades are definitely up there on the top of the list (of what admission departments are looking for),he said. To be in the top 10 percent is a real huge accomplishment, he added. One at a time, the principals and various representatives from each of the eight county high schools (Ausable Valley Central, Beekmantown Central, Chazy Central Rural, Northeastern Clinton Central, Northern Adirondack Central, Peru Central, Plattsburgh City and Saranac Central) called upon their top students, all of whom received an awards plaque and a certificate of achievement from Sen. Elizabeth Betty Little. The eighth annual banquet held last Thursday evening at the Rainbow Banquet Hall in Altona, was organized by the Chazy and Beekmantown superintendents offices, and was sponsored by Northern Insuring, Stafford, Owens, Curtin and Trombley, PLLC, the McDonalds Corporation, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Crowley Foods, Riley Ford, Conroy, Boulrice, Telling and Trombley, PC , Parker Chevrolet, and Northern Sanitation.