REMSEN — Kirsten Waterbury is the Remsen Central School District (CSD) Class of 2020 valedictorian and Amber Palen is the salutatorian, the district announced.
Waterbury is the daughter of Richard and Deanna Waterbury, while Palen is the daughter of Jerry and Heather Palen.
Other students ranking in the Top 10 for Remsen’s Class of 2020 include Sydney Boucher, Thomas Natalini III, Michael McCormack, Michael Roberts, Breanna Williams, Ian Long, Gavin Green, and Sapphire Pett.
Achievements and plans for the valedictorian and salutatorian:
• Throughout her years at Remsen CSD, Waterbury has participated in various clubs, activities and sports including drama club, National Honor Society, international club, STEM club, student council, yearbook committee, softball and soccer. Within those activities, she held leadership positions as co-president, vice president and captain. Waterbury plans to attend SUNY Cortland to major in education and hopes to become a teacher one day.
In a message, Waterbury said “I have always been supported through sports and school by my parents Richard and Deanna Waterbury and my sisters Brittany and Rachael Waterbury. My parents pushed me to excel and to put everything I could into my schoolwork and my interests, leading me to give my best effort in school.
My sisters and friends were there for me when I fell short of expectations, either those of my parents, teachers or even my own. They reminded me what I am capable of and motivated me to continue working as hard as I could.
Sports have always played a very important factor in my life. I grew up playing sports, so playing in high school was always something I looked forward to when I was younger. Sports have definitely helped me become a good student, because in order to play we needed to have good grades, so school was always something I have focused on.
I want to thank everyone who has helped me achieve such a great accomplishment. Without the help of my amazing teachers, family and friends, I would not be where I am today.”
• Palen plans to attend Mohawk Valley Community College for two years, majoring in digital animation. She then plans to transfer, taking up a minor in global studies.
Palen has been a member of National Honor Society, STEM club and international club, all of which she was secretary of, along with being the class secretary.
She has participated in junior varsity/varsity volleyball and varsity softball. Outside of school, Palen has been active in AMC Kenpo Karate for 12 years.