BOLTON LANDING - The top five scholars of the Class of 2010 at Bolton Central School have demonstrated leadership and dedication in their academic, athletic, and community service pursuits, school officials said this week as they wished the students well in the next phase of their lives.
Matthew Peterson and Jacqueline O'Donnell have been named Valedictorian and Salutatorian respectively, and they are joined by Domenick Pfau, Eric Fisher and Samantha Kincaid as the top five academically among the 31 students in Bolton Central School's graduating class.
As Valedictorian, Matthew Peterson earned a grade-point average of 94.67. He is the son of Debra and Karl Peterson of Diamond Point.
Matthew has earned a role in the National Honor Society since 10th grade. He has been a member of the Varsity Soccer, Basketball and Golf teams, and played AAU Basketball in grades 9 through 11. He has participated in Youth & Government, Outing Club, Student Council, and Writers Club - and the Drama Club's production of "The Wiz." He plans on majoring in journalism at the University of South Carolina.
Jacqueline O'Donnell is Bolton's Class of 2010 Salutatorian with a grade point average of 93.76. She is the daughter of Victoria and John O'Donnell of Bolton Landing.
Throughout her high school career, Jacqueline participated in Youth and Government, marching and jazz bands, and was treasurer for Key Club. For two years, she was involved in Model United Nations. In addition, she was a cheerleader - and was captain of the squad for two years. She participated in the Drama Club's productions of "Phantom of the Opera" and "Beauty and the Beast." Also, she served as an intern to Warren County Supreme Court Justice David B. Krogmann.
Jacqueline will attend Seton Hall University and major in Psychology. In the future, she hopes to work in the field of Criminal Justice, and she aims to work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Domenick Pfau, the son of Janice and Kenneth Pfau of Bolton Landing, is third in the Class of 2010, with a GPA of 91.23.
A member of the National Honor Society since 10th grade, Domenick was also active in Youth and Government, Key Club, Outing Club, and Spanish Club. Domenick has displayed his athletic talents ever since ninth grade, when he was called up from JV to play at the Varsity level in the Sectional tournament in Plattsburgh. Since then, he's been active in a variety of sports, and been a standout player in all.
Domenick plans to study international business at SUNY Plattsburgh in the fall.
Eric Fisher is fourth in his class, with a grade-point average of 91.05, Eric is the son of Catherine and Dean Fisher of Diamond Point. Eric has been a member of the National Honor Society since 10th grade, the team captain of the Academic Bowl, and a member of the Key Club. He was on the Varsity Soccer, Baseball and Ski teams.
Eric plans to study Landscape Architecture at SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry.
Samantha Kincaid, daughter of Laurie Kincaid of Hadley and Barry Kincaid of Bolton Landing, has achieved a grade point average of 90.87 during her high school career.
Samantha has been a member of National Honor Society since 10th grade, vice president of the Key Club, treasurer of Student Council, participated in Youth and Government and in Model United Nations in 10th and 11th grade. She tutored students in math. Samantha participated in the Drama Club productions of "Phantom of the Opera" and "Beauty and the Beast." She also has played Varsity Softball since 10th grade.
Her community service achievements include launching a successful fundraiser for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy.
Samantha is headed off to Clarkson University to study Chemical Engineering with an eye on advancing to medical school to study Biomedical Engineering.