Carthage High School announces 2022 class leaders

CARTHAGE, NY —  On behalf of the Carthage Central School District, HS Principal Emily Remington-Burker is pleased to announce its academic leaders for the Class of 2022.

Our Valedictorian is Zoey Anderson, daughter of Zachary and Alicia Anderson, of Deferiet, NY and our Salutatorian is Grace Nicole Thornthwaite, daughter of Nicholas J. and Nancy S. Thornthwaite of Black River, NY.

As the top students in the class after 3 1⁄2 years, Zoey achieved an average of 99.54%, and Grace attained an average of 99.004%. The Carthage School Community wishes to congratulate the Anderson and Thornthwaite families on these worthy achievements.

Designated as the top student in the CHS’ Class of 2022, Zoey’s academic accomplishments are showcased by her receiving President’s List honors at JCC, the Advanced Placement Scholar Award in 2021 and National Merit Scholarship Letter of Commendation in 2022 for her SAT score. As a conscientious and
ambitious student, Zoey was enrolled in numerous AP, College, and Honors courses, in which she earned 32 college credits.

As an active member of the student body, Zoey is involved in many extracurricular activities. She has served as VP [11] and President [12] of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. She has participated in Bi-County [9] and Area Allstate Chorus [10] as well as NYSSMA. She is a member of the select choir, The Cameratas, and has performed in every musical since 6th grade. This year she was the lead, Mary Lennox, in the production of The Secret Garden [12], but her favorite role, as a 6th grader, will always be The Cat from Seussical the Musical. Zoey was honored as a WWNY News 7 Music Allstar [12]. Additionally, Zoey is a member of the Math
League [8-12], National Society [11,12].

Zoey has been playing soccer since she was 6 years old and was a member of the JV and Varsity teams at Carthage High School. She received the Frontier League All Star Athlete Honorable Mention and was named a Scholar Athlete for the 2021 and 2022 seasons.

For many years, Zoey has been an active participant in the theater community. She has performed with Watertown Lyric Theater in Annie [9] and Matilda [10]. She is a member of Stage Notes, a philanthropic theater group in the community for the last 4 years. This group has performed the musicals Chicago, Pippin in 2019
and Theory of Relativity in 2021. These performances, as well as others, were organized to raise money for the Urban Mission, food bank, scholarships, and to cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in our community. This July, they will present RENT and Zoey will perform the role of Maureen.

This year, Zoey earned acceptance into the 12 Honors class at CHS. She has been involved with numerous community service projects as a part of this class. She has volunteered at charity dinners and school functions, collected donations for various charitable organizations, rang the Salvation Army bell, and coordinated blood drives with the Red Cross. She also co-hosts a student run variety show that highlights activities going on at CHS, called Comet Talk.

The District wishes Zoey countless future achievements at University at Buffalo, where she was accepted into the Honors College and the Accelerated Masters Program. She will study math education and plans to become a high school math teacher.

Ranked second in the class, Grace’s accolades include being a member of the National Honor Society [11,12] and the Tri-M Honor Society [10-12], where she held the position of Vice President [12]. She was also named Elks Club Student of the Month [12]. As a student focused on her academic achievements, Grace was
enrolled in AP, College, and Honors courses, in which she earned 22 college credits.

Besides being an active volunteer supporting our school’s Sustainability Corps [12], Grace’s musical talents have been showcased in her roles as a member of the Cameratas [10-12], Jazz band [9-12], and Pit band for The Secret Garden [12]. She also participated in several Bicounty events and NYSSMA for piano, flute, and
marimba [5-12], where she received a 100 on a level 5 and a level 6 NYSSMA solo.

Additionally, she worked “behind the scenes” manning the sound board for all four years of high school.

Outside of school-related activities, Grace has excelled at TaeKwonDo, where she holds 4th degree black belt and master status. She also teaches at Tehonica’s TaeKwonDo and Hapkido Academy. Grace also worked at the Burrville Cider Mill during the fall of 2021.

The District wishes Grace great success at Jefferson Community College, where she will focus her efforts in the field of social work, after which she hopes to transfer to the University of Albany to further her studies.

The Carthage Central School District and Robert G. Wallace Chapter of the National Honor Society will present Zoey and Grace with award plaques and gifts to signify their outstanding achievements.