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Congratulations to the Class of 2016 Top 10!  

Students recognized for effort, dedication to academic excellence 

 

The entire Watervliet City School District administration, faculty and staff applaud this year's top scholars for their efforts and achievements.

School leaders congratulated the students who have earned a spot in the Top 10 of the Class of 2016 for maintaining the highest GPAs over their four years in high school: valedictorian Lauren Zakrzewski, salutatorian Lydia Anderson, Samad Abdul, James Creaser, Sarah Skinner, Brendan Austin, Arianna Greene, Seamus Manning, Samael O’Brien and Ian Brown. Read about Class of 2016 valedictorian and salutatorian

“I congratulate them all on their academic success and personal achievements,” said Principal Ryan Groat. “From the day they entered the ninth grade, they have remained committed to doing their individual best. They are role models for their peers in and out of the classroom, and on and off the athletic field. They make all of Watervliet proud!”

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How did these high-achieving students reach the top of their class? Click on their individual pictures below to learn what they consider the "secret sauce" for success in high school, find out their future plans and more.

Watervliet High School’s Top 10 scholars and all of the Class of 2016 will receive their diplomas at the commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m.

 

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Lydia Anderson, GPA: 94.1525

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Lauren Zakrzewski, GPA: 97.0944

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James Creaser, GPA: 93.6724

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Abdul Samad, GPA: 94.1345

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Brendan Austin, GPA: 93.3398

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Sarah Skinner, GPA: 93.4303

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Seamus Manning, GPA: 92.3151

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Arianna Greene, GPA: 92.5519

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Ian Brown, GPA: 91.8758

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Samael O'Brien, GPA: 92.1731