LaFargeville Central announces Class of 2020 leaders

LAFARGEVILLE, NY —  The LaFargeville Central School would like to congratulate the Class of 2020 academic leaders; Valedictorian: Trenton Barnes, Salutatorian: Peyton Sammons, and Outstanding Vocational Student: Zachary Eckert.

Trenton Barnes, son of William and Deborah Barnes, has been named Valedictorian of the LaFargeville Central School Class of 2020 earning a cumulative overall average of 96.92. He has served in leadership roles as the Class of 2020 President from his Freshman to Junior years, French Club Vice President for one year and Captain of the varsity soccer team during his Senior season. Trenton has also been very active on inter-scholastic teams at LCS as well as teams shared by Thousand Islands and Alexandria Central. He was a member of the soccer, hockey, and baseball teams for three years. He has been a member of the Whiz Quiz team throughout his high school career. He has maximized his opportunities while in high school earning twenty-three college credits plus additional credits for AP Computer Science Principles.

Trenton will earn a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with Honors and Mastery in Math and Science. He will attend Clarkson University in the fall where he will major in Mechanical Engineering.


Peyton Sammons, daughter of Jeffery and Gerri Sammons, has been named the LaFargeville Central School Salutatorian of the Class of 2020 earning a cumulative overall average of 96.17. She is the current President of the Class of 2020, President of the Student Council, President of the French Club, a member of National Honor Society, and an active member of Drama Club and Sources of Strength. Peyton also served as the Class Vice President and French Club Treasurer during her Junior year. Ms. Sammons’ passion for dance has kept her very active throughout her years at LCS. She has grown that passion
into instructing young dancers at the studio that she trained through.

She has earned twenty-four college credits and will graduate with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with Honors and Mastery in Science. Peyton will attend the University of New England in the fall where she will major in English Literature.


Zachary Eckert, son of Brian and Michelle Eckert, has been named the 2020 Outstanding Vocational Student at LaFargeville Central School.  Mr. Eckert has worked extremely hard in the classroom and in the vocational setting, earning a 92.5 cumulative average in his two-year program at BOCES. He competed in the Skills USA competition in his junior year and would have returned this year had it not been for the interrupted school year. This competition provides an opportunity for students to showcase their skills against vocational students nationwide. During high school, Zach participated in Varsity Soccer at LCS and played Varsity Hockey with the combined team from area schools.

Upon graduation in June, Zachary is anticipated to receive a Regents Diploma and will have earned a Technical Endorsement in the Welding program through Jefferson-Lewis BOCES. Zachary has utilized his welding training working with several local racing teams and to gain full time employment with a local construction company. He plans to remain in the work force and pursue a career in Department of Corrections when turning age twenty-one.

The LaFargeville Central School and surrounding community are extremely proud of all three students and their accomplishments. Congratulations and good luck in your future endeavors!