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