Honor Grads excited for future, grateful for support

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The Class of 2019 Honor Grads. From left, Jade Bou, Catherine Cremin, Connor McDermott, Margaret Calzaretta, Olivia Klugman and Anna Boese.

More than 30 years ago, Goshen High School administrators began honoring the top six graduating seniors instead of the traditional top two. It was found that these high-achieving students held GPAs so close – merely hundredths of a point apart – that the district felt they all deserved to be honored for their accomplishments. And so the Goshen tradition of honoring the top six Honor Grads began.

The tradition runs strong today, and for good reason. For the past four years, Honor Grads Anna Boese, Jade Bou, Margaret Calzaretta, Catherine Cremin, Olivia Klugman and Connor McDermott  immersed themselves in extra-curricular activities, volunteer work, and interscholastic athletics – all while dedicating themselves to achieving high academic standards.

It won’t be long before they head out into the world, taking with them their memories and lessons learned. But each can recall how their school chose to celebrate their accomplishments together as the Class of 2019 Honor Grads.

Anna Boese

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Anna Boese

Anna will attend Cornell University’s College of Engineering to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering in hopes of working for The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Her goal is to be a part of the team that puts the first humans – and possibly herself – on Mars. She is the daughter of Adam and Liese Boese of Goshen.

Extra-curricular activities: President/founder of the Coding Club, drama club, spring musical, Percussion Ensemble, Stage Band, Chamber Orchestra, Varsity Choir, Jazz Voices, Cultural Diversity, National Honor Society, World Language Honor Society, NYSSMA and Piano Guild.

Honors/Awards: Senior Scholar Humanities Award, Outstanding Student Recognition Award, New Paltz Piano Honors Recital (first prize), All-County for violin, jazz piano, and jazz vocals, Area-All State for orchestra, certificates of achievement for AP Physics, Pre-calculus Honors, and AP Language and Composition, Goshen Great for AP Literature and Composition.

On what she’ll miss most about Goshen High School: The entire music department; chorus, music, band, musical, drama, all of it. Every morning I’d wake up and start my day with first period Chamber Orchestra. It prepared me for my day by getting my mind and my body ready, but without the stress of tests or grades or assignments; only music. Plus, I must add, some of the coolest people I know always happen to be band kids.

On feeling prepared for the future: There have been a few teachers at this school who have dramatically changed how I view society, the world and the people around me. Every one of my actions and every word that comes out of my mouth have so much more thought behind it than when I first began high school. I’m more critical, passionate, and understanding than I think I’ve ever been in my life.  There’s always something that deserves to be fought for, and I think certain classes have given me the perspective and the courage to fight.

On what she looks forward to most after graduation: This is the first time since seventh grade that I won’t have any summer homework, so that’s super exciting. I intend to enjoy this summer with very few plans.  And although I love my home, I can’t deny I’m more than excited to move out and go to college. I want to see just how much I can accomplish. I want to see how I end up living my life, how I organize my time, who I spend my time with, and how I prioritize my activities. Life seems like a “figure it out on the go” sort of thing, so I want to get started to see how far I can go. Also, I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to get a dog.

Jade Bou

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Jade Bou

Jade will attend the School of Nursing Scholars Program at Stony Brook University where she will major in Pre-Nursing and pursue a nurse anesthesia program for graduate school. She is the daughter of Taylor and Lisa Bou of Goshen.

Extra-curricular activities/athletics: World Language Honor Society Public Relations Officer, National Honor Society, Leadership Team at Northeastern Martial Arts Academy, All-County and Area-All State Festivals, NYSSMA violin solos, Chamber Orchestra, Green Team, second degree black belt in Taekwondo.

Honors/Awards AP Scholar with Honor, Achievement Awards for French II, III and IV, Presidential Scholarship from Stony Brook University.

On feeling prepared for the future: Growing up as a shy child, I am thankful that Goshen High School provided me with an environment where I was able to test the limits of my introversion and embrace self-confidence. I still have much more to learn about myself, but my time here has helped me feel secure in who I am.

On what she looks forward to the most after graduation: My newfound independence will certainly challenge the foundations of everything I know, but new discoveries, experiences, and friendships are waiting. I am ecstatic to tackle the next chapter of my life. Having more free time to play video games does not sound too bad, either.

On her success: Although I would like to credit my success to my own drive and motivation, my family has been a crucial part of my life, and I am incredibly grateful for them. To my close relatives: thank you for always being there for me. To my brother: thank you for being a genuinely tolerable sibling and a best friend. To my parents: thank you for your candid advice and support, especially when I was moping around or whining like a typical teenager; I (quite literally) would not be here if it were not for you.

Margaret Calzaretta

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Maggie Calzaretta

Maggie will attend the University of Vermont to study Biology and French, and plans to attend medical school with a possible career in pediatric oncology. She is the daughter of Craig Calzaretta and Michelle Koury of Goshen.

Extra-curricular activities/athletics: Varsity soccer, varsity indoor track, captain of varsity lacrosse, National Honor Society, secretary of World Language Honor Society, Interact Club.

Honors/Awards: Most Achieved AP World History 2016 and 2017, Honor Roll , Offensive Player of the Year 2018 Varsity Lacrosse, Scholar -Athlete Award Varsity Basketball 2017, OCIAA Senior Scholar Athlete 2019.

On what she’ll miss most about Goshen High School: Definitely my teachers and coaches. Throughout my four years, I have become who I am because of the amazing guidance from the adults in Goshen. My teachers and coaches have inspired me to be the best version of myself and continue to work hard through turmoil. I will miss them immensely, and even more so, I thank them for all they have given to me.

How do you feel Goshen High School has prepared you for the future:  Goshen’s incredible athletics program, honors societies, arts program, and academics have given me the chance to challenge my potential and take responsibility for my success. There is always something being added to create more opportunities for students to get involved in something. I am prepared to take on new challenges because of what I learned from the challenges in Goshen High School.

What do you look forward to the most after graduation: I look forwards to starting the rest of my life. Though I have deep appreciation for my roots in Goshen, I have always had a thirst to get out and meet new people, try new things, learn new things, be on my own, and really take on experiences not found in the high school setting. I’m excited to dive into my chosen career path and be able to invest more of my time into what I love. I have always been independent and driven and I am ready to apply those qualities on a bigger scale.

Catherine Cremin

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Catherine Cremin

Catherine will attend Marist College where she will major in Environmental Science. She hopes to work for the Department of Environmental Conservation or become a sustainability advisor for a major corporation. She is the daughter of Robert and Suzanne Cremin of Goshen.

Extra-curricular activities: Green Club, Leo Club, National Honor Society, World Language Honor Society, Symphonic Band.

On feeling prepared for the future: Goshen has been amazing in preparing me for the future by encouraging creativity, teaching me about modern issues facing our society, and encouraging every student to chase his or her  passion.

On what she looks forward to most after graduation: Everything! I’m excited to meet new people, tackle new challenges, and embark on new adventures. College is a chance to discover what mark I want to leave on the world.

On her success: I credit my success to my parents, hands down. Anyone who knows them knows that they are the most wacky and wonderful people you’ll ever meet. They have never once pressured me to live up to certain expectations, but they have shown me everyday what it means to work towards something important. They have set the example of who I want to be as a person.

Olivia Reese Klugman

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Olivia Klugman

Olivia will attend the University of Delaware Honors Program where she will major in economics with plans to attend law school and become a lawyer. She is the daughter or Michael and Kristin Klugman of Goshen.

Extra-curricular activities/athletics: Captain and lead attorney for Mock Trial, Model UN, National Honor Society, World Language Honor Society, captain of varsity golf, varsity swimming, third degree black belt in Taekwondo.

Honors/Awards: University of Delaware Presidential Scholarship, Goshen Great for Spanish II and AP History.

On what it feels like to be an Honor Grad: My entire educational career in Goshen has been aimed at making sure I try my hardest to achieve the best outcomes. I have wanted to be named an Honor Graduate since I found out they existed. It is amazing to know that all my hard work is paying off in the way I wanted. I am so excited for what is to come in my future, but being named an Honor Grad is an amazing way to enjoy my last few weeks in Goshen.

On her success: My mother and father are the two most important people in my life. The strength they have passed down to me has gotten me through every problem I have faced. My mother has always reminded me to be my own person, no matter what anyone else thinks. My father has told me that my days in high school are not unlimited. I should take all the opportunities presented to me and use them. I would not be the Honor Grad I am today without them.

On what she’ll miss most about Goshen High School: The people that have supported me throughout my time in Goshen are what I will miss the most. My teachers, my friends, and my family have all helped me in so many ways. For that, I am eternally grateful.

Connor McDermott

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Connor McDermott

Connor will study physics at SUNY Geneseo and plans to work in the defense industry to produce armors and protection systems to guard those who serve in the line of duty. He is the son of Kevin and Ferol McDermott of Goshen.

Extra-curricular activities: Stage Band, Jazz Band, saxophone player in Dusty n’ Dave (band).

On feeling prepared for the future: As my father says to me, “High School is about learning how to learn.”  To this end, I feel that my time at GHS has prepared me to take on the challenges a physics degree requires, not necessarily through memorizing calculus shortcuts or formulas that can be found on a reference sheet, but rather shaping us up for further education by giving us a solid foundation in knowing how to receive, process, and relate information.  If someone were going into business and needed to make a presentation for their college economics class, the specifics of what they learned in high school economics class probably wouldn’t get them very far, but the skill of giving a presentation is not learned in college, it is ingrained in us as soon as we learn show and tell in preschool and kept going all the way through high school and beyond.

On what he looks forward to most:  I very much look forward to my next four years at Geneseo.  I am excited to engage in my studies as well as any research opportunities that may come my way, as well as take advantage of the beauty of the Genesee Valley and upstate New York.

On his success: If I were to name every person that has shaped me into who I am, we’d be here a very long time, but there are a few people I feel more than anything deserve credit for making me what I am.  First and foremost are my parents who have given me every opportunity to pursue my interests and have fostered my academic success and pushed me to do my best in school.  Next I would like to thank my grandma for watching my brother and me as young children when our parents were off at work.  Through years of hearing her records and her putting on the Music Choice TV station, she imbued in me a love and appreciation for music that I never would have had if not for her. Finally, I would like to thank my fiancé. Without Katie, I wouldn’t have a reason for wanting to do well in my studies. Thank you so much for showing me how much there is to life, Kareñita.