Potsdam Announces Academic Leaders for the Class of 2012

We are proud to announce the Valedictorian of Potsdam's Class of 2012, Lee Buchanan. Lee, the son of Linda and Brent Buchanan, earned a seven semester GPA of 98.53. Growing up in our school district from age 5, Lee plans to attend college to study applied mathematics in the fall.

While also maintaining one of our most vigorous course loads, including courses at Clarkson University, Lee has also managed to be an active student in extracurricular activities. Lee is a member of Potsdam's Canta Sera, National Honor Society, as well as Varsity Club in addition to having competed in varsity sports since ninth grade. Excelling in sports as well, he has been on eight Section X championship teams, with two of those teams going all the way to the New York State Final Four in basketball.

Thus far, Lee has been accepted to the mathematics programs at both Stony Brook and Case Western Reserve. The school district as well as the community is proud of all Lee has accomplished, and wishes him the best of luck in whichever endeavors he chooses to pursue.


We are proud to announce and congratulate the Salutatorian for the Class of 2012, Bonnie Smyth. Bonnie is the daughter of Dennis and Shelley Smyth. She has earned a G.P.A. of 96.94 and has been a student at Potsdam Central School since 6th grade.
Bonnie has challenged herself with advanced courses and has taken on many leadership positions throughout her middle school and high school career. As a senior, Bonnie serves as Key Club President, Editor-in-Chief of Yearbook, National Honor Society President, and Secretary of Student Council. She has also been involved in Model UN, Artistic Congress, Latin Club, Newspaper Club, and has volunteered as a National Honor Society Tutor. Additionally, Bonnie participated in JV and Varsity Soccer, Varsity Indoor Track, JV Softball, and Varsity Outdoor Track during her four years of high school. She was captain of JV Soccer for one year, Varsity Indoor Track for two years, and Varsity Outdoor Track for one year.
Outside of school, Bonnie is an active member of the community. She participated in St. Mary’s Youth Group, volunteered at the United Helpers Nursing Home in Canton, and has completed many hours of community service. Bonnie continues to partake in food drives, highway clean-ups, community breakfasts, and other forms of community service for the rewarding experience of helping others. She uses her leadership in Key Club to give others students the opportunity to be involved in the school and community. In addition to her busy schedule, Bonnie tutors in mathematics, and has done so for four years.

This year, Bonnie was chosen for an enrichment program at Clarkson University. Through the program, she was able to take Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation SB113 and SB114 at Clarkson for no cost. She earned a 4.0 in the first semester and is continuing to achieve academic success in the current semester. Bonnie, along with her other classmates in the Clarkson University course, have created their own business, the (K)night Spot. The business runs a convenience store on campus from midnight to 3 a.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Bonnie works at the (K)night Spot on Fridays to be an active member of the business. The amazing experience has inspired her to go on to study business in college.
Bonnie has applied and been accepted to Boston University and will be attending there this fall. Bonnie is excited to make the transition into college life.