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HFCSD Announces Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and Top Scholars in the Class of 2019

The Hoosick Falls Central School District is proud to announce the top ten students for the Class of 2019. These students have displayed academic excellence and the district congratulates all of them for their hard work and commitment to academics.

Here are the Top Ten Scholars for the HFCS Class of 2019:


Valedictorian: Sam Richard


In addition to earning the top spot in his class with a grade point average of 98.3105, Sam is a scholar athlete, playing a sport for every season. His scholar athlete achievements include Varsity Wrestling Scholar Athlete – Grades 8-12, Varsity Football Scholar Athlete – Grade 11 and 12, and Varsity Baseball Scholar Athlete – Grades 10-12. In his high school career, Sam has displayed excellence both on and off the field, making the Principal’s List in grades 8-12, and earning an invite to the HFCS Summer Leadership Conference in grades 10-12. On the field, Sam was the Wasaren League All-Star for Varsity Wrestling in 10th grade, and as a junior he marked 100 Varsity Wrestling wins. He was also a three-time Varsity Wrestling Sectional qualifier. Outside of school, he was recognized as Fidelis Care’s WNYT Athlete of the Week his junior year. Also, he was Section 2, Class C 2nd Team Quarterback in his junior year. Sam served as a Varsity Football captain for his junior and senior years. 

Sam did not slow down for his senior year, being named the recipient of the CASDA award recognized by the Capital District National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. As a senior, he was again named the Section 2, Class C 1st Team Quarterback and played in the Section 2 Senior All-star game.

For grades 9 and 10 he was a member of the National Junior Honor Society. Sam also was a member of the Tech Club, serving as the Vice President his junior and senior years. He was in Earth Club his junior year, and inducted into the National Honor Society the same year. He served as Secretary for NHS his senior year, as well as participated in Varsity Club.

Sam supported his community through assisting Gabe Fisher’s Eagle Scout Project, working at the EC Scramble, building an equipment shed for the Youth Football Program, washing dishes at the St. Stanislaw Society, and working in the Learning Center at HFCS.

When asked about his outlook on the future, Sam said, “Although I may not have a precise plan for my future, I do have certain principles by which I want to live. I want to live a happy life in which I am not locked into a certain job or situation in which I am unhappy. That is the main reason for why I am undecided in my major. I don’t want to make a choice now that will forever alter my life and force me into unwanted circumstances. I understand that people change with time. Therefore, I want to allow myself to have the opportunity to change and discover who I really am. So in essence, my philosophy for the future is to just wing it.”

In the fall, he will be attending Hamilton College and will enter as an undecided major. He will be playing for Hamilton’s football team.   

Sam is the son of Rob and Lynn Richard of West Hoosick, and brother of Robbie, Thomas, and Alivia Richard of West Hoosick.  


Salutatorian: Ethan Michael Mattison

With a grade point average of 96.0847, Ethan Mattison is the Salutatorian for the class of 2019. He has a diverse high school resume and consistently demonstrated excellence in and out of the classroom. Ethan was a four-year Varsity Scholar Athlete in Wrestling, and a three-year scholar athlete in Soccer, serving as captain his senior year. He also was a member of the Trap Shooting Club, President of the Tech Club, and served as a class officer in the role of Historian. He is a member of the National Honor Society, and also served that organization as Historian. He made the Principal’s List for all four years of high school.

Ethan is an ELKs International Scholarship semi-finalist, earning $4000, and the recipient of the QDMA $500 scholarship.

Outside of school, Ethan is a member of 4-H, the Quality Deer Management Association, and assisted a friend with his Eagle Scout project. Ethan is a JLS 2019 Finalist.

In the fall, Ethan is attending Paul Smith’s College and majoring in Wildlife Management. He will be playing soccer for Paul Smith’s and already has a Survey Technology internship lined up for next summer. For his future plans, Ethan said, “I hope to join a conservation organization to protect and preserve nature. I hate to see animals go extinct and want to have my children be able to have similar experiences in the woods that I have had. Humans are destroying this planet and people need to open their eyes and realize that we share this planet with every other species. As we harm the planet we essentially are creating a man-made mass extinction.”

Ethan is the son of Jennifer and Lenny DaRosa of West Hoosick. He is the brother of Elizabeth DaRosa. His grandparents are Mike and Cindy Mattison, and his great-grandmother is Mary Mattison, all of West Hoosick.           


#3 Madeline Mae Yeung


Graduating third in the Class of 2019, with a grade point average of 95.6722 is Madeline Yeung. She has consistently been on the Principal’s list every year high school, and an enthusiastic participant in sports and clubs. Madeline was recognized as Rookie of the Year in 2015 for Varsity Lacrosse and Most Valuable Player in 2018. In addition to playing Varsity Soccer and Lacrosse, Madeline is a member of Key Club, Drama Club, Marching & Pep Bands, Panther Post, and Panther TV She is a member of the National Honor Society, and was in the National Junior Honor Society prior to that. 

Outside of school, Madeline is a dedicated Girl Scout, having earned her Silver Award, and is currently working on her Gold Award. She has participated in many events associated with the Girl Scouts, and Boy Scouts alike. Madeline also volunteers her time with the American Legion.

In the fall she plans to attend the College of Saint Rose where she is majoring in Biology. She will also be playing on the girls lacrosse team for Saint Rose.  Her goal is to become a doctor, specifically a dermatologist. She is the daughter Sheryl-Ann and Gary Yeung, sister of Sean, Emily, and Erin, who she thanks for her support all through high school. She also thanks her grandmother Dee and late grandfather Larry Frier, as well as her mama and papa Sydney and David Yeung.                                                                   


#4 Angel Decker


Graduating fourth in the Class of 2019, with a grade point average of 95.5945 is Angel Decker.

She has been recognized for her achievements both at HFCS and in her community. These awards include the National Commemorative Certificate (2012 from the United States Achievement Academy), participation awards for performing arts, and awards of excellence for high achievement in core courses. Angel also competed at NYSSMA multiple times, earning a Solo Festival Award for an excellent rating for a level 1 vocal solo in 2015, NYSSMA Solo Festival Award for an excellent rating at a level 4 vocal duet in 2018, and a NYSSMA Solo Festival Award for an outstanding rating (A-) at a level 6 vocal solo also in 2018.

Based on her scholastic achievement she has been awarded a scholarship for Academic Excellence from St. Rose.      She is planning on attending the college of Saint Rose this Fall and will be majoring in Biochemistry on the track for Pre-Veterinarian. Angel said, “I hope that by going to Saint Rose I will be given the opportunity to work, volunteer or participate in an internship at a veterinarian clinic.”

While at HFCS, she participated in the Drama Club, National Junior Honor Society, National Honor Society, Maker Club, Student Council, and Panther Post. Outside of school, Angel volunteered for many activities within the community. Through her church, she helped in the Sweetheart Dinner Dance, Chicken Dinner BBQ, A Time for Tea, and helped out in the nursery during church services. She was also a cabinet member of the American Baptist Youth Convention. Since she was a cabinet member, Angel helped to plan out all of the details for the convention weekend. When asked about her future plans, Angel said, “I have always lived by the philosophy that there are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. That was said by Colin Powell. I am a very ambitious person meaning that I always have a strong desire and strive for success. In fact, some people may say that I am a perfectionist. I will do whatever it takes to get the best possible outcome. Especially when it comes to my grades. I have always been the person to stay up all night just to make sure that all of my work is done correctly and to the best of my ability.”

Angel lives with her Aunt Jane Ellis in Buskirk. She wants to thank her older sisters Amara Decker, Ivy Decker and my twin sister Abigail Decker for all of the support they’ve given her. She also thanks her cousin Gina Ellis, Aunt Terri, Cousin Erin Michaels and her husband Jason Michaels as well as their children Tristan and Korben Michaels who live in Hoosick Falls.                                                                      


#5 Calyssa Lohnes


Graduating fifth in the Class of 2019, with a grade point average of 95.2636 is Calyssa Lohnes. She has made the Principal’s List through all of high school, and has been awarded the Maine College of Art Deans Scholarship, as she will be attended the Maine College of Art, majoring in Graphic Design. While at HFCS, she participated in the Yearbook Club and Graphic Design Club. She volunteered her time mentoring younger art students, and modeling for AP Art Classes. Also, Calyssa was part of the group that sang at the legendary Carnegie Hall. Outside of school, Calyssa helped coach 12U softball in the town’s Little League. She volunteered her time doing makeup for the Drama Club productions.

Once she completes her undergraduate education, she plans to use her Fine Arts degree working as a graphic designer for a large company, particularly a makeup brand. When asked about her philosophy, she said, “If you work hard and put in effort to what you love, you will get really far in life. I want to thank my art teacher and mentor Mr. Viera, for helping me through my high school years. He kept me sane and was there to support me and my choices when I was at a really difficult point in my life.”                                                                     


#6 Grace Wysocki


Graduating sixth in the Class of 2019, with a grade point average of 95.2016 is Grace Wysocki. Grace is president of the National Honor Society, and was secretary for the Junior National Honor Society. She is also a 2019 JLS finalist. Throughout her high school career, she has been on the Principal’s List. Grace is a recipient of the 3x Triple Crown Athlete Award. She served as Captain for Soccer and Lacrosse (grade 12). Grace has participated in many clubs including the Earth Club where she was treasurer in 9th and 10th grade, vice president in 11th grade. In Key Club she was treasurer in 9th and 10th grade, and vice president in 11th grade. Additionally, Grace was in Student Council, Panther Post, Panther TV, Drama Club, Girl’s JV and Varsity Soccer, Basketball, and Lacrosse. She is one of the two Section 2 representatives of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee ( NYSPHSAA SAAC).  

In the fall, she will be attending St. Lawrence University, majoring in Education and Math. She is planning to apply Americorps or Peace Corps upon graduating college.

Outside of school, Grace is a member of the Immaculate Conception Church (Eucharistic Minister and Altar Server). Through Key Club she has helped a wide variety of people. She did Bell Ringing around Christmas for the HACA food pantry, participated in yearly Hoosick Falls Village Clean-Ups, volunteered and raised money for Heartsherd Animal Shelter, helped sell and create ceramic bowls for the Empty Bowls fundraiser for the food pantry, sell Bells of Life at Crossgates Mall to raise money for the Neonatal Unit at Albany Medical Center, played games with the elderly at the Danforth Home in Hoosick Falls, and assisted children in ice skating at our local ice rink. She also helps annually with the collection and distribution of basket of goods to families in need in our community around Christmas through the Christmas Baskets Program. Grace said, “I want to help those less fortunate so that they are afforded the same opportunities in education and life as I was luckily provided.”  She is the daughter of Heather and Todd Wysocki who reside in Hoosick Falls.                                                               


#7 Maria Muñoz-Ochoa


Graduating seventh in the Class of 2019, with a grade point average of 94.8806 is Maria Muñoz-Ochoa. Maria has been recognized by the Rensselaer County Legislature for her academic successes and good grades. She received a Nomination for National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence in 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. Maria has also appeared on the Principal’s List and has been recognized for Regents Achievement in English and Common Core Geometry.

She is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, as well as a member of College Prep Scholar: QuestBridge. Maria is a Henry Wells Scholar and has received the UAlbany Multicultural Scholar Award. In the fall, she will be attending Wells College, majoring in Biology and following a Pre-veterinary track.

While at HFCS she played lacrosse, and participated in the JSA, serving as Treasurer in 10th and 11th grades. She was a member of the National Junior Honor Society before being inducted into the National Honor Society in 11th grade. She served as Key Club Secretary (9th grade), Vice President (10th grade), president (11th grade), and Vice President (12th grade). Maria was secretary for the Animal Care Club in 9th grade, and was also a member of Earth Club, Student Council, Junior Varsity Field Hockey, Junior Varsity Lacrosse, Varsity Cross Country, and Varsity Lacrosse. She was chosen 2017 JV Most Valuable Defensive Player.

Outside of classes, Maria volunteered every year at local PTA Fall Festival, Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF, Bells of Life, volunteering at local Kiwanis Chicken BBQ, for the Red Cross Blood Drive and mentored a 3rd grade class. She gave her time to spend time with the residents at a local nursing home. Maria has also given her time both volunteering and fundraising for Heart’s Herd.

When asked about her outlook on life, Maria said, “Hard work and determination will lead you to your destined path.”

Maria is the daughter of immigrant Ecuadorian parents Julio Muñoz-Regalado and Miriam Ochoa-Mendoza of Hoosick Falls, NY, who worked hard to come to the United States for their children to achieve a better future and education.           


#8 Jack Skorupski


Graduating eighth in the Class of 2019, with a grade point average of 94.7484 is Jack Skorupski. He is a modest young man, who only wanted to share some simple advice. He said, “I wish I’d worked harder to make friends and be happy in school than to get good grades. Honestly, there is nothing more valuable than your own time and effort so a piece of advice would be to spend more time on the hobbies and people you love than what you’re told to learn by the man.”



#9 Mollie Clyde


Graduating ninth in the Class of 2019, with a grade point average of 94.6887 is Mollie Clyde.

A regular on the Principal’s list, Mollie also was an athlete and student of the performing arts. She played in the Symphonic Band all through high school. Mollie also participated in JV Softball and Varsity Cheerleading.

Outside of school she volunteered in the community doing cleanup, and helping HACA to deliver Thanksgiving foods to those in need.

In the fall, she will be attending RPI majoring in Aeronautical Engineering. She hopes that in the future to complete college and to be successful in the field of engineering.     

For all of the support she’s received through high school, she would like to thank her mother, Angela Harrington, who lives in Pittstown, her father, Kean Clyde, and sister, Jordan Clyde, who live in Petersburg, and her brother, Joey Harrington, who lives in Hoosick Falls.                                                                        


#10 Keelyn Elizabeth Bradley 

Graduating tenth in the Class of 2019, with a grade point average of 93.2335 is Keelyn Bradley.

Keelyn has received two scholarships through St. John’s University, the Catholic Student scholarship and the Catholic Scholars scholarship. She has also received through the university, several academic awards including the St. Vincent’s De Paul award, the Dean’s award, and the St. John’s Service award. Keelyn will be attending St. John’s University located in New York City where she will major in political science, having a focus in International Relations and also hopes to have a minor in German. Keelyn plans on earning her masters after undergraduate school in either political science or international relations. She is open towards working in several different areas including diplomacy, the United Nations, or working in a US embassy.

Keelyn has participated in both sports and the arts. Since ninth grade she has participated in National Junior Honor Society, National Honor Society, Key Club, Animal Care Club, JV Soccer, JV Lacrosse, Drama Club, Junior State of America, Earth Club, Book Club, International Club, and the Europe 2018 Trip to Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Austria. The Drama Club has been her biggest interest during high school and she has been a lead role in the fall plays for the past three years.

Keelyn had also taken several college level courses and AP classes such as HVCC Spanish IV, HVCC Calculus, HVCC Journalism, HVCC Communications, AP US History, and AP English.

Outside of school, Keelyn is currently a lecturer at the Immaculate Conception Church. She has volunteered her time at several local organizations including CiviCure during the Hoosick Blooms event last year. She also has participated in clean up days and community events.

Keelyn’s father is Christian Bradley and mother is Patricia Bradley, both of Hoosick Falls. Her sister is McKenzie Bradley who will be a senior at Siena College in the fall. She also recognizes her grandparents, Bette Bradley and Don Bradley of Hoosick Falls along with Marilyn Moynihan and Jack Moynihan of Burnt Hills.                                                                   


Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and Top Scholars in the Class of 2019