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SUNY Potsdam attracted nine students at the top of their class for the fall semester

SUNY Potsdam welcomed nine incoming freshmen students at the top of their class for the fall semester, including four valedictorians and five salutatorians. “We are thrilled that these students accepted our invitations to become a part of our family for the next phase of their lives,” said Tom Nesbitt, director of admissions. “They all have a tremendous work ethic and are active members in their respective communities.” This year’s valedictorians and salutatorians include students from throughout New York state. Kassandra Averill is the valedictorian of Edwards-Knox Central School. She is the daughter of Christopher and Becky Averill of Edwards. Her major is mathematics education. Christopher Capurso is the salutatorian of Dundee Central School. He is the son of Joe and Mary Capurso of Dundee. His majors are music performance and music business. Autumn Carey is the daughter of Scott and Liz Carey of Gloversville. She is the co-salutatorian of Gloversville High School. Her major is undeclared. Kassie Cross is the salutatorian of Lisbon Central School. She is the daughter of Rodney and Melody Cross of Lisbon. Her major is early childhood education. Latesha Fussell, the daughter of Sharon Fussell and Dwayne Fussell Sr. of Brooklyn, is the salutatorian of Freedom Academy High School. Her major is undeclared. Allonah Hammonds of Ogdensburg is the daughter of Lisa Jenner and Richard Christy. She is the salutatorian for Ogdensburg City School District. She plans to double-major in French and Spanish and to pursue a teaching certificate. Emma Leahy is the daughter of Kevin and Tammy Leahy of Dickinson Center. She is the valedictorian of Brushton-Moira Central School. She plans to major in psychology or education. Stephanie Marcotte is the valedictorian of Willsboro Central School. She is the daughter of Jeffrey and Theresa Marcotte of Willsboro. Her major is undeclared. Stephen Trefethen is the co-valedictorian of Potsdam High School. He is the son of Stephanie and Raymond Hill of Potsdam. His major is mathematics. In addition to the valedictorians and salutatorians, SUNY Potsdam’s incoming first-year class is again very academically talented this year. The academic profile of the first-year students is an 88 grade point average, an SAT score of 1090 and an ACT score of 23. The Class of 2012 is also one of the College’s most diverse. The students hail from 13 states and 16 countries around the world and represent both rural and urban center throughout New York state.

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