CARTHAGE, NY — On behalf of the Carthage Central School District, HS Principal Joseph Sedita is pleased to announce its academic leaders for the Class of 2018.
Our Valedictorian is Elizabeth Root, left in the photo, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin and Daphne Root of Black River, NY and our Salutatorian is Kathryn Thornthwaite, right in the photo, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas and Nancy Thornthwaite also of Black River.
As the top students in the class, Elizabeth achieved a 3 3⁄4 year overall average of a 99.373%. and Kathryn achieved a 3 3⁄4 year overall average of 98.890%. The Carthage CSD extends its congratulations to the Root and Thornthwaite families and recognizes their continued dedication to education and the Carthage School Community.
Ranked first in her class, Miss Root exemplified a strong work ethic in achieving this highest honor as she actively pursued the challenges of eight AP courses throughout the past four years. Elizabeth, who has been accepted into its University Scholars program, has chosen to pursue her degree at SUNY Binghamton in Binghamton, NY, her major is undecided at this time.
As a member of the National Honor Society and being the Vice President in 2017, her additional accolades include the President’s List, Jefferson Community College
(2017), the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award (2017), HOBY Leadership, NYS Regional HOBY Conference (2016), and the Carthage’s Elks Club Student of the Month, (2015, 2017). She also attended the Horizons I, II, and III, STEM program hosted by Clarkson University (2014-2016).
An outstanding contributor to our Fine Arts program, Miss Root’s participation as a talented trombonist included, High School Band and Jazz Band, Section Leader (2014-2018), NYSSMA Level VI adjudication (2018), Bi-County Bands (2014-2018), All-state Bands (2015-2018), and Bi-county Jazz Bands (2015, 2017).
She has also participated as a student-writer for the school publication, was a Stage and Set crew member for our drama and musical productions (2017-2018), and as an officer for Sustainability Corps, Environmental program (2014-2018).
The District wishes her great success in the future as a member of the SUNY Binghamton Class of 2022.
As a top academic performer, Miss Thornthwaite’s focal point has been in the area of fine arts. She has played the French Horn for all four years of high school, been a member of the Jazz Ensemble playing the trumpet for 10th grade and the piano for 11th and 12th grade. Since her freshman year, Kathryn has been a member of our Chorale and Camerata (Select Singers) vocal groups. She also performed in the following productions: Oliver (2018), Wit (2017), Fiddler on the Roof (2017), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2016), The
Music Man (2016), and Mary Poppins (2015). Since she was three, Kathryn has pursued dance as personal passion.
In addition to being a member of the National Honor Society, Kathryn has been a member of Math League (2015 and 2016), Whiz Quiz (2018), and Spanish Club (secretary 2017 and 2018). She was named the Carthage’s Elks Club Student of the Month for October (2017) and was the winner of the VFW Voice of Democracy Essay Contest (2018). Kathryn has also allocated her time to volunteer at her church, Parkside Bible, and worked at Old Navy since 2017.
Attending Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana, Kathryn will be pursuing a double major in music and education. She received a $15,000 Academic Scholarship and a $5,000 Music Scholarship from Goshen College.
The District wishes her great success in the future as a member of the Goshen College Class of 2022.
With their families, friends, and District staff in attendance, an afternoon reception honoring these scholars was held on Wednesday, May 9th, sponsored by the Carthage Central School District and the Robert G. Wallace Chapter of the National Honor Society. Award plaques and gifts were presented.