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Essex County senior students honored for hard work

53 county students recognized for academic excellence by Sen. Betty Little

Moriah student Deanna Mero receives award from Senator Bettie Little with Superintendent of Moriah school William Larrow in a ceremony celebrating Excellence in Academic Achievement for  top seniors in Essex County on May 31.

Moriah student Deanna Mero receives award from Senator Bettie Little with Superintendent of Moriah school William Larrow in a ceremony celebrating Excellence in Academic Achievement for top seniors in Essex County on May 31. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— Top Essex County High School seniors were honored in a special ceremony on May 31 by Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) and their school administrators.

The Essex County School Board Association hosted the event at Willsboro Central School, honoring 53 seniors from Ticonderoga, Elizabethtown-Lewis, Moriah, Westport and Willsboro central schools. The event recognized students who maintained a grade point average of 90 or above throughout their high school careers with a metal and certificate of recognition.

Little said the event comes at an important time for the students who are soon to graduate and undertake new adventures in college. She said she enjoys the opportunity to address the students before they move on to college.

“These are all successful kids,”Little said. “They’ve worked hard and it’s nice that Essex County recognizes their effort in a special way.”

The students were recognized for their academic excellence. Ticonderoga Superintendent John McDonald said he is also proud of the students’ ability to juggle extracurricular activities while maintaining good grades.

“This is an opportunity for us to recognize the sacrifice the students have made to maintain a balance in their grades,” McDonald said. “Most of these kids do more than just academics; they juggle a lot, and we’re very proud of them and proud of their parents.”

Nikki Sudduth said she was proud of her daughter, Megan, for all her hard work at Westport.

“This is a great accomplishment,” Sudduth said. “She’s given so much effort to her school work while playing three sports, and being in band and chorus.”

All 53 honored will be going off to college in the fall, some will be attending school locally at SUNY Plattsburgh, such as Deanna Mero of Willsboro, and others plan to go as far away as the Florida Institute of Technology, such as Brandi Busick of Schroon Lake.

Little addressed the students and told them many people change careers throughout their lives, that redirecting thier passions is OK as long you continue to grow, learn and have determination.

“It’s OK to have changing goals as long as you continue to have a goal and continue to improve,” Little said.

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