Willsboro Students from seven school districts across Essex County were recognized for their scholastic achievements at a special ceremony at Willsboro Central School on June 4.
The Eighth Annual Excellence in Academic Achievement Recognition Ceremony honored 47 students from Elizabethtown-Lewis, Keene, Moriah, School Lake, Ticonderoga, Westport and Willsboro Central School Students.
The recognition ceremony honored students who are in the top 10 percent of their class and maintained a grade point average of 90 or above throughout their high school careers with a metal and certificate of recognition.
Students heard from North Country Community College President Steve Tyrell about the importance of college readiness.
“What’s the difference from high school to college readiness,” Tyrell asked the audience. “The difference he said is in high school there are many people there to hold the student accountable, but warns that in college students need to hold themselves accountable.”
Another factor Tyrell highlighted was the importance of learning from mentors or those who are successful.
“Anyone who is successful in life will tell you about someone who had touched their lives in certain ways that ensured they were thinking about things in a way that would help them be successful,” said Tyrell. “I’ve been fortunate to have had plenty of mentors in my life, some have been supervisors, some instructors, these factors are critical to success later in life.”
Tyrell said as a college president he sees how there are not just one way for students to learn. He said in high school there is a heavy emphasis on memorizing information in order to succeed but in college and in life synthesizing and understanding what is being learned is critical to being successful.
“All of you are being recognized for being in the top 10 percent of your class, you already have what it takes, you need to focus on passion of learning and then focus on the grades,” said Tyrell.