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Class of 2013

Class of 2013



Potsdam High School Valedictorian – Class of 2013

We are proud to announce and congratulate the Valedictorian for the Class of 2013, Kate Hildreth.  Kate 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.

At Potsdam High School, Kate maintains a rigorous course load, challenging herself with advanced classes.  This year, Kate took an economics class at Clarkson and earned a 4.0.  In addition to academics, Kate is deeply involved in extra-curricular activities.  This year she serves as President of National Honor Society, and Vice President of Environmental Club.  Kate is also involved with Potsdam’s Student Council and Key Club.  She is a member of Potsdam’s Science Olympiad team, competing at the state contest three years in a row.

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

Kate 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.


Potsdam High School Salutatorian – Class of 2013

We are pleased to announce Rhea LaFleur as the Class of 2013 Salutatorian and congratulate her on this achievement.  Rhea earned a G.P.A. of 97.89 through accelerated study and is graduating after 3 years of high school.  Rhea is the daughter of Ronald LaFleur and Laura Goshko.

While achieving academic success in all areas, Rhea 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, Rhea 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 US national anthems at Clarkson hockey games. 

Rhea 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.

Rhea 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.


Sarah Choong

Kate Hildreth

Rhea LaFluer

Gina LoMastro

Potsdam High School is pleased to have four senior students in the Class of 2013 whose cumulative grade point average was 95% or higher at the end of their high school career. Congratulations to: Sarah-Marie Choong, Kate Hildreth, Rhea LaFleur and Gina LoMastro


Potsdam High School is proud to announce that five members of the Class of 2013 will be joining the military after graduation. They are LtoR: Shanell Claffey, U.S. Army, Emily Deon, U.S. Army Reserves, Thomas Hobbs, U.S. Air Force R.O.T.C., Joe Barrett, U.S. Air Force (Missing Zachary Hinman, U.S. Navy, Jason Cardinal, Army ROTC)


National Honor Society New Inductees

June 6, 2013


Catherine Brownell Receives Prestigious Gold Key Award in the 2013 Scholastic Art Competition

Photo Caption: Catherine J. Brownell with her gold key winning photographed entitled "Trapped In Wonderland" a photograph she took of her sister Clare for a Photography I class assignment.

Catherine Brownell, a junior at Potsdam High School, was awarded a Gold Key in the 2013 Scholastic Art Competition in Photography for her photo entitled "Trapped In Wonderland". Catherine is a Photography I student with instructor Mrs. Patricia Varney. Several other students in Mrs. Varney class received Silver Keys and Honorable Mentions, an admirable accomplishment in this tough competition (see complete list of award winners below).

Artists from all over Central New York have their creations on display at Onondaga Community College through March 1 for this year's edition of the annual Scholastic Art Awards. The exhibit features work from 90 junior and senior high schools in 13 New York counties. Of the more than 4,500 works of art submitted, only approximately 240 or 5% are awarded Gold Keys.

Catherine's and the other winning works will be on display through March 1 in the Whitney Applied Technology Center at Onondaga Community College and will then go on to the National Awards Competition in New York City.

Catherine Brownell - Gold Key (Trapped In Wonderland)
Amanda Dillion - Silver Key (Red Barn)
Maddie Drechsel - Silver Key (Galeries Lafayette)
Marissa Ellis - Silver Key (Modern Day Marilyn Monroe)
Marissa Ellis - Silver Key (Vine and Eye)
Sam Lee - Silver Key (Smokescreen)
Sam Lee - Silver Key (The Lion In Winter)
Miranda Mangual - Silver Key (The Girl With The Dragonfly Tattoo)
Catherine Brownell - Honorable Mention (Girl In The Woods)
Catherine Brownell - Honorable Mention (All Smiles)
Sam Lee - Honorable Mention (My Fair Lady)
Emily Wanamaker - Honorable Mention (This Is The End)


Potsdam High School Drama Club Presents

Little Women

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AAK Monster Bash

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Potsdam High School Red Cross Club sponsored a "Monster Bash" for the 5th and 6th grade classes at AAK Middle School. The night included games and contests with Halloween themes. There was a dance in the cafeteria complete with a limbo contest. Prizes were awarded for best costumes in several categories. There was a variety of refreshments available for sale. Check out the slide show!

Monster Bash Slideshow



Scrubby Bear Clean Hands Club

October 18, 2012
Fifty-Five senior Civics students spent October 9-12 in training to become Scrubby Bear Clean Hands Club Leaders. This week those students comprised fourteen teams that spent three days at Lawrence Avenue Elementary School presenting the Scrubby Bear program to students in K-3. This the third year that this American Red Cross program has been presented by seniors from the high school. The program's focus is to introduce elementary students to germs, proper hand washing, using hand sanitizers along with tips for safety and healthy living. The program includes songs to help students remember the important points. This year over 240 elementary students were involved. At the end of the program students are given an official membership card in the Scrubby Bear Clean Hand Club. The motto is "Don't get sick, wash up quick."

Scrubby Bear 2012 Slideshow



Homecoming Court 2012

Duke & Duchess
Alan Clement & Gwen Deuel

Prince & Princess
Michael Jadlos & Anna Merchant
King & Queen
Ethan Vinson & Tiffani Love



Senior Superlatives 2013



Twin Day

Mismatched Day

Red Neck Day

Orange and Blue Day

Homecoming Game



National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist Named

Chatham Borsh, a senior at Potsdam High School has been named a semifinalist in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. National Merit Scholarship


Walking for Wilz

Walking for Wiltz
Standing: Madi Dow, Ethan Vinson, Nathan Gingrich, Keith Boldt
Kneeling: Clare Brownell, Katie Pierce, Tiffani Love


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Updated: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 4:13 PM