Parting Words

Randolph Graduates Told To ‘Share Accomplishments With The World’

Randolph Central School Valedictorian Annalise Boyer, left, and Salutatorian Emily Matson pose before graduation on Friday. Ed Johnson, business consultant and founder of Johnson Integrated Services, was guest speaker. P-J photo by Deb Everts

RANDOLPH — Eighty graduating members of Randolph Central School’s Class of 2017 were present for commencement exercises at the school on Friday.

Salutatorian Emily L. Matson spoke fondly to her classmates and encouraged them to challenge themselves as they go out into the world.

“My challenge to myself and fellow classmates is to go out and make a name for themselves. Go out and share your accomplishments with the world, and don’t let anyone take credit for your hard work,” she said. “I was taught from a young age that you can’t just work hard, you have to work smart. My goal in my future is to go out and work smart, so that I can live whatever lifestyle I choose and wake up everyday happy.”

Valedictorian Annalise A. Boyer gave her classmates wise advice for the future.

“We all have the ability to take hold of our future and make it something special. So why not make it special, and make it something to remember,” she said. “Why just be another number added to the list of Randolph graduates? Be creative and challenge yourself to be more than you ever thought you could be. Make a lasting impact on this school and be remembered. It may take 20 to 30 years, but isn’t it worth it?”

The Graduating Class of 2017 included: Alex Almeter, Meghan Ames, Jalynn Ashdown, Jacob Beaver, Annalise Boyer, Aubrey Briggs, Courtney Brown, Dylan Brown, Stacie Brown, Casey Burris, John Burris, Tyler Cain, Molly Carpenter, Cayman Clark, Autum Cook, Nick Cowen, Shaylee Crouse, Brendan Durow, Kyle Eddy, Hannah English, Jordynn Finch, Kaleb Frink, Arnaldo Gonzalez, Kylee Gower, Lydia Gozdalski, Anna Griffith, Winston Hall, Jordan Hauck, Haley Hettenbaugh, Randy Holland, Keegan Howard, Sadie Howell, Jordan Huddleson, Sam Jacobi, Henry Jakubczak, Olivia James, Marshall Johnson, Jarrett Lecceadone, Tyler Lewis, Mark Lindquist, Jon Ling, Tanner Ling, Tyler Liskow, Jordan Lux, Lakota Marsh, MacKenzie Marsh, Nick Martonis, Emily Matson, Cherish Matteson, Wyatt McAllister, Braydon Meacham, Ethan Meleen, Reagan Miinte, Alex Mitchell, Cameron Mower, Austin Myers, Brandon Nomes, Matt Nutall, Kaleb O’Neill, Francene Ossman, Dakota Parkhurst, Noah Persson, Ryan Philp, Cassidy Poitras, Jordan Pollaro, Rhiannon Rodunardt, Brianna Ross, Devon Santiago, Ryan Shipherd, Deatryk Silsby, Curt Spontaneo, Zack Stacey, Jacob Steward, Emme Taylor, Brooke Vincent, Jayde Wachter, Kerrigan Walters, Dylan Williams, Cody Wright, and Trevor Wright.

Awards and scholarships recipients were: Alex Almeter, Spinner Scholarship; Meghan Ames, John Edward McLaughlin Family Memorial Scholarship; Kelley Jo MacLaughlin, Memorial Scholarship; Larry Sullivan, Lions Club Community Service Award, Spinner Scholarship; Jalynn Ashdown, John Edward McLaughlin Family Memorial Scholarship, Spinner Scholarship, Todd Livermore Memorial Scholarship; Jacob Beaver, Tim Hettenbaugh Memorial Scholarship; Annalise Boyer, Glover’s Mill Energy Center Scholarship, Jamestown Community College USA Scholarship, John Edward McLaughlin Family Memorial Scholarship; Kelley Jo MacLaughlin Memorial Scholarship, Laurel Wishart DePietro Memorial Scholarship, Lindsey Joy Pedacchio Memorial Scholarship, Spinner Scholarship; Aubrey Briggs, Randolph Central School Service Staff Association Scholarship (RCSSSA), Robert & Peggy Paisley Memorial Scholarship.

Courtney Brown – Spinner Scholarship

Casey Burris, Alton B. Inkley Award, John Edward McLaughlin Family Memorial Scholarship, Kelley Jo MacLaughlin Memorial Scholarship, Spinner Scholarship; John Burris, John Edward McLaughlin Family Memorial Scholarship, Kelley Jo MacLaughlin Memorial Scholarship, Michael Benca Memorial Jr. Golf Award, Spinner Scholarship; Molly Carpenter, Alton B. Inkley Award, Conewango Fire Department Chief’s Memorial Scholarship, Eva Kate Cowen Anderson Scholarship, Kelley Jo MacLaughlin Memorial Scholarship, Randolph Masonic Lodge No. 359 Scholarship, Seager-Hillard Scholarship, Spinner Scholarship.

Autum Cook, Spinner Scholarship; Brendan Durow, Cattaraugus County Bank Community Service Award, Spinner Scholarship; Hannah English, Jamestown Community College USA Scholarship; Kaleb Frink, Tim Hettenbaugh Memorial Scholarship; Lydia Gozdalski, Jamestown Community College USA Scholarship, Martha Freeman-O’Brien Memorial Scholarship, Spinner Scholarship; Haley Hettenbaugh, Conewango Fire Department Chief’s Memorial Scholarship, Kelley Jo MacLaughlin Memorial Scholarship, Lindsey Joy Pedacchio Memorial Scholarship, Michael Benca Memorial Jr. Golf Award, RCS Teacher Association Scholarship, Spinner Scholarship.

Keegan Howard, Conewango Fire Department Chief’s Memorial Scholarship, Congdon Award, Randolph Lion’s Club Award, Richard A. Hotchkiss Scholarship; Marshall Johnson, Kelley Jo MacLaughlin Memorial Scholarship; Jarrett Lecceadone, John Edward McLaughlin Family Memorial Scholarship, Kelley Jo MacLaughlin Memorial Scholarship, Spinner Scholarship, Tim Hettenbaugh Memorial Scholarship; Tanner Ling, John Edward McLaughlin Family Memorial Scholarship, Kelley Jo MacLaughlin Memorial Scholarship, Spinner Scholarship; Tyler Liskow, Eugene Milks Agriculture Scholarship, Spinner Scholarship, Willis N. Archer Ag Scholarship; Jordan Lux, Kelley Jo MacLaughlin Memorial Scholarship, Seager-Hillard Scholarship, Spinner Scholarship.

MacKenzie Marsh, American Red Cross Blood Services High School Scholarship, Jamestown Community College USA Scholarship, Kelley Jo MacLaughlin Memorial Scholarship, Seager-Hillard Scholarship, Spinner Scholarship; Emily Matson, Martha Freeman-O’Brien Memorial Scholarship, Spinner Scholarship; Ethan Meleen – John Edward McLaughlin Family Memorial Scholarship, Melissa Courtney Memorial Scholarship, Spinner Scholarship; Alex Mitchell, Spinner Scholarship

Cameron Mower, Class of “76” Scholarship; Austin Myers – John Edward McLaughlin Family Memorial Scholarship, Randolph American Legion Award, Spinner Scholarship; Kaleb O’Neill, Donald J. Wishart Memorial Scholarship, John Edward McLaughlin Family Memorial Scholarship, Kelley Jo MacLaughlin Memorial Scholarship, Lindsey Joy Pedacchio Memorial Scholarship, Spinner Scholarship; Noah Persson, Congdon Award, Randolph Memorial VFW Post #6533 Scholarship, Richard A. Hotchkiss Scholarship, Spinner Scholarship; Ryan Philp, John Edward McLaughlin Family Memorial Scholarship, Raymond Van Wie Award, Seager-Hillard Scholarship, Spinner Scholarship

Rhiannon Rodunardt, Randolph Memorial VFW Women’s Auxiliary #6533 Scholarship, Seager-Hillard Scholarship, Spinner Scholarship, United Food and Commercial Workers Local One and Tops Market Scholarship (UFCW/EFC); Ryan Shipherd, Kelley Jo MacLaughlin Memorial Scholarship, Seager-Hillard Scholarship; nDeatryk Silsby, Spinner Scholarship

Jacob Steward, Kelley Jo MacLaughlin Memorial Scholarship, Spinner Scholarship; Brooke Vincent, Spinner Scholarship; Kerrigan Walters, John Edward McLaughlin Family Memorial Scholarship, Kelley Jo MacLaughlin Memorial Scholarship, Milton R. Horak Scholarship, Randolph Masonic Lodge No. 359 Scholarship, RCS Teacher Association Scholarship, Spinner Scholarship, Catt. Co. Community Foundation –Alyn J. Heim Music Scholarship

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