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Springville-Griffith Institute top 10 seniors of 2014

Caroline Francisco[photo2]

Caroline Francisco is the Springville-Griffith Institute 2014 valedictorian, finishing the school year with a 99.98 grade point average. She was named to the Business First All-WNY Academic Team- First Team honoree in 2014 and is a member of the National Honor Society. The daughter of Jamie and Julie, Francisco was awarded with the RIT Innovation and Creativity Award, American Chemical Society Honoree, Nennstiel Purchase Art Award, Society of Mayflower Descendants Award, ECMEA All-AP Scholar with honor and is a National Merit Commended Student.

She is involved in band, jazz band, chamber choir, chorus, orchestra and the S-GI musicals. She was a member of the Science Olympiads, the math team and the Springville Students for Human Rights.

Franciscoís hobbies include calculus, reading, painting, hiking, saxophone jamming and playing Bowl of Nouns. She has plans to attend Yale University to study global affairs, or physics, or both.

Chloe Nowak
Chloe Nowak was named as salutatorian for the 2014 S-GI class, with a 98.72 grade point average. She is an AP scholar and received the Elmira College Key, the New York State Science Education Leadership Association in both biology and physics and the Mayflower Descendant American History Award.

Nowak was the senior class secretary, a member of the Student Council and the National Honor Society. She volunteered for SCENe Senior to Senior computer help, played varsity softball, was a member of the Spanish club and held a job at the Springville Country Club.

The daughter of Gary and Juanita, Nowak enjoys traveling, politics, history and working. She plans to attend Elmira College where sheíll study political science and history.

Allison Stubblebine
Allison Stubblebine is ranked third in her class, with a grade point average of 98.02. She received honorable mention on the 2014 Business First All-WNY Academic Team and was a 2014 All-Star Academic Team and (neXt) featured student. She placed third at the JCC/Pitt-Bradford math competition and earned the Rensselaer Medal for Math and Science as well as the National Choral Award. She is a National Merit Commended Student.

Stubblebine participated in the S-GI musicals, Springville Students for Human Rights, A Cappella group, chorus, orchestra and chamber choir.

The daughter of George and Mary, Stubblebine enjoys dancing, including tap, jazz, ballet, pointe and modern. She also worked as a concert photographer, working for such bands as Owl City and the Plain White Tís. She plans to attend New York University to major in individualized studies for writing in popular culture.

Bethany Lazarus
Bethany Lazarus is fourth ranked in the 2014 S-GI class with a 97.42 grade point average. She is a 2014 All WNY scholar athlete for lacrosse and was awarded the Clarkson University Leadership Award.

She competed on the soccer and lacrosse teams, was a member of the Key Club, National Honor Society, Springville Waves Aquatic Team and a violinist in the orchestra. She was vice president of the Student Council and volunteered at Orchard Heights Assisted Living.

The daughter of Tim and Pam, Lazarus enjoys skiing, snowboarding, camping, canoeing, kayaking and fishing. She is a lifeguard and ski instructor with plans to attend Daemen College to be a physician assistant.

Shea Schelble
Shea Schelble is fifth ranked in the S-GI class of 2014 with a 97.24 grade point average. She is an AP scholar and 2013 All WNY Scholar athlete for soccer. She was awarded the Le Moyne Presidential Scholarship, U.S. Marine Corps Academic Achievement Award, WVDP Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, BRADY Academic Excellence Award and Burger King Scholar Award.

She was the president of the senior class, secretary of the Key Club, president of the chorus and captain of the varsity soccer team. She was a member of the National Honor Society, A Cappella group and the Spanish club.

The daughter of Scott and Shannon, Schelble enjoys singing, playing piano, snowboarding, Young Life and the Spanish language and culture. She plans to attend Le Moyne College to study nursing with a minor in Spanish.
Hwi Deborah Gil[photo11]Hwi (Deborah) Gil is ranked sixth with a grade point average of 97.10. She is an AP scholar student, with honors and was awarded the Presidential Academic Honors Award and the National School Orchestra Award. She holds pre-collegiate diplomas in classical voice, piano, violin and music theory from Eastman Community Music School. She was a member of the National Honor Society, jazz band, orchestra, chorus, chamber choir and the Springville Students for Human Rights. She competed on the cross-country and outdoor track and field teams, participated in the S-GI musicals and served as president of the Student Council.  The daughter of James and Kim, Gil enjoys song-writing, reading and running. She plans to attend Case Western Reserve University to study biomedical anthropology, pre-med.
Samantha Cardinale
Samantha Cardinale is ranked seventh in her class with a 96.80 grade point average. She earned the Bausch and Lomb Science Award and the Presidential Award.

The daughter of Russ and Vicki, Cardinale plans to attend Daemen College to major in science.

Erik Hopkins
Erik Hopkins is ranked eighth in his class with a 96.46 grade point average. He placed third in the WNY Envirothon and was awarded the Louis Armstrong National Jazz Award. He was named most valuable and most improved player for the golf team.

He was a member of the band, jazz band, chorus, orchestra, chamber choir, pit orchestra for the musicals and the National Honor Society. He competed on the golf team.

The son of Cheryl Sell and Bret, Hopkins enjoys skiing, golf and music.

He plans to attend Kent State for nursing, then continue to the State University of New York at Buffalo to get his masters in anesthesia.

Colin Engelhardt
Colin Engelhardt is ranked ninth in his class with a grade point average of 96.16. He is a National Merit Commended Student and was awarded the Outstanding Male Actor Award and the National Choral Award. He placed second in the Science Olympiads for compound mechanics and third for circuit lab.

He was active in the Science Club, chorus, chamber choir, S-GI musicals, and Springville Students for Human Rights. He was a member of the Mathletes and the Itís Academic Team.

The son of Richard and Laura, Engelhardt enjoys math, biking, movies, singing, acting and Dungeons and Dragons.

He plans to attend Rochester Institute of Technology for electrical engineering.

Dakota Nesselbush
Dakota Nesselbush is ranked 10th for the S-GI class of 2014 with a grade point average of 96.13. She was awarded the SUNY at Buffalo Art Award and the NAVY Leadership Award. She placed first in the Metro Group Ad Craft and the Allentown Art Festival Poster/T-shirt competition. She was named the USA East San Marino, Italy Soccer Tournament Player of the Match, a 2013 All-WNY Scholar Athlete for Soccer and a 2013 ECIC Division III First Team All Star.

She was captain of the varsity soccer team and the Hamburg Monarchs Premier Travel Soccer. She was a member of the National Honor Society, president of the Art Club and a member of the French Club. She volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club of Springville, the Springville Center for the Arts, Springville Youth Inc. as a Challenger League Buddy and the Cross Cultural Solutions in Bagamoyo, Tanzania, Africa.

The daughter of John and Susan, Nesselbush enjoys all types of art.

She plans to attend Savannah College of Art and Design for Interior design and fine arts.


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2014-06-22 | 01:03:47
You can't have a top ten list with only nine people... Springville Journal, please don't forget the wonderful Miss Deborah (Hwi) Gil, ranked sixth in the Class of 2014 -- she's awesome! Thank you.
2014-06-23 | 04:58:07
One missing why?
Miss Deborah(Hwi) Gil, ranked the sixth in the class of 2014, why you didn't list ? Now you are changing Top 10 to Top 9 by eliminating the 6 th rank !!!
2014-06-23 | 05:06:15
No math
How can u count 10 with 9? Amazing stupid math. Let me know how did u work out?