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Potsdam High School names Hildreth, Lafleur class leaders

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POTSDAM - Potsdam High School has announced its class leaders for the Class of 2013.

“We are proud to announce and congratulate the valedictorian for the Class of 2013, Kate Hildreth. She is the daughter of Joe Hildreth and Caroline Downing, and earned a G.P.A. of 97.99. She has been a student at Potsdam Central School since kindergarten, the district said in a release.

At Potsdam High School, Ms. Hildreth maintains a rigorous course load, challenging herself with advanced classes. This year she took an economics class at Clarkson and earned a 4.0.

In addition to academics, Ms. Hildreth is deeply involved in extra-curricular activities. This year she serves as president of National Honor Society and vice president of Environmental Club. She is also involved with Potsdam’s Student Council and Key Club. Ms. Hildreth is a member of Potsdam’s Science Olympiad team, competing at the state contest three years in a row.

She has always been heavily involved in athletics, participating in varsity soccer, basketball, and track. This year, she served as captain for the varsity basketball and track teams.

Ms. Hildreth also enjoys music, as she plays saxophone for Potsdam’s Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band, and takes private piano lessons. In the summer, she works as a lifeguard for the Potsdam Recreation Department.

Ms. Hildreth has been accepted to SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Binghamton, and Dartmouth College. She plans to attend Dartmouth College in the fall.

“Potsdam is very proud of Kate Hildreth and wishes her the best,” the release said.

Rhea LaFleur has been named the class salutatorian. Rhea earned a G.P.A. of 97.89 through accelerated study and is graduating after three years of high school.”

She is the daughter of Ronald LaFleur and Laura Goshko.

While achieving academic success in all areas, Ms. LaFleur has always been passionate about music and has benefitted from Potsdam High School’s music programs including Canta Sera, NYSSMA choir and solos, Area All State, All County Jazz and Choir, as well as the Drama Club.

Extending into the community and onto the internet, she has written and recorded a collection of songs and composed background music. She has sung at many local events, performing at the Potsdam Summer Festival and singing the Canadian and U.S. national anthems at Clarkson hockey games.

Ms. LaFleur played soccer on the junior varsity and varsity squads. She has also been active in many student clubs and organizations such as the National Honor Society, National French Honor Society, Latin Club and Model United Nations.

She has been accepted to the University of Southern California, Boston University, Emerson College, New York University and has been named a Muse Honors Scholar at Hunter College in New York City. Rhea plans to attend the University of Southern California.

“Potsdam is very proud of Rhea LaFleur, and wishes her the best,” the release said.

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