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2015 regional scholars named

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 14, 2015) -- Three Albany High School students have been named in this year's regional Scholars' Recognition Program.

 

Michael Bangert-Drowns, Kori Dobbs and Fiona Leary are among high school seniors from 11 neighboring counties nominated by their teachers for outstanding academic achievement, leadership skills and service to the community and their school. They were honored at a dinner on Wednesday and recognized in a special Times Union section Thursday.

 

Besides lauding the students, the Scholars' Recognition Dinner spotlights teachers who have had a significant effect on the students' education.

 

Michael Bangert-Drowns, according to his guidance counselor Melanie Roman, "is an affable young man with an intellect that knows no bounds. Michael has gracefully managed a rigorous academic course schedule with sports, music and volunteer work. Many of Michael's accomplishments have been recognized in the form of honors and awards, including Principal's List, AP Scholar with Distinction and National Honor Society. He is a member of the Albany High School Swim Team, FIRST Robotics, Ski Club, Wind Ensemble and Pit Orchestra."

 

Bangert-Drowns had this to say about the influence of music teacher John Halvorsen:

"Mr. Halvorsen's passion for teaching and helping students is endlessly inspiring. Thank you so much for everything you've done for me and other kids."

 

Kori Dobbs, according to her guidance counselor Laurie Bebb, "is a student with a strong commitment to her education and her community. She has carefully chosen challenging courses to prepare for continuing education in the medical field. Along with her academic endeavors, Kori is a leader in the school community. She has been editor-in-chief of the yearbook, a member of student government and this year was elected class president."

 

Dobbs had this to say about the influence of yearbook advisor Amanda Weklar:

"Mrs. Weklar, my yearbook adviser, molded me to become an outstanding leader. Her rhetoric, enthusiasm, creativity and high expectations inspired me to become class president."

 

Fiona Leary, according to her guidance counselor Marty Anderson, "is a hard-working scholar who thoroughly enjoys learning and is not afraid of challenging herself. She ranks eighth in a class of 475 and has taken 12 AP courses during her high school career. She has participated in both tennis and softball and has volunteered for a number of activities. She has served in student government, been a member of the Building Leadership Team and was chosen as a student representative to the school board."

 

Leary had this to say about the influence of physics teacher John Sawyer:

"It takes a truly influential teacher to greet every class with the utmost enthusiasm even after decades of teaching. Thank you for everything, Mr. Sawyer."

 

An annual event, the Scholars’ Recognition Dinner is a partnership between the Capital Area School Development Association of the University at Albany; Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna, LLP; Price Chopper; CSArch; CDPHP and Freihofer’s.

 

The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and prepare all students for college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our diverse community. The district serves more than 9,000 students in 15 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.

 

         
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