Camden salutes top scholars in Class of 2022


CAMDEN — A social activist and a musician are at the head of the Class of 2022 at Camden Central High School, according to an announcement by Principal Christopher Centner which named the school’s top 10 academic achievers, by grade point average, on Thursday.

Madison Bird, the child of Eric and Kimberly Bird of Rome, is the class valedictorian.

Bird will attend the University of Albany to major in psychology. Bird’s long term goals are to attend law school to eventually become a judge and be an active participant in social change and work for social justice.

Hannah Dote  is the salutatorian. Dote, the child of Lori Cook of Taberg, will attend the College of St. Rose in Albany to major in the music industry. Dote’s long term goals include becoming a music producer, teaching private singing lessons and opening a recording studio.

Also named to the school’s top 10 were, in rank order:

Dillan Melchiore, the child of Nick and Robin Melchiore of Camden, will attend the University of the Cumberlands to major in accounting and will be a member of the university’s cross country team. Melchiore’s long term goals are to become a certified public accountant and work in the sports industry to combine his love of accounting and sports;

Reid Hooker, the child of John and Tracy Hooker of Canastota, will attend St. John Fisher College to major in accounting. Hooker’s long term goals are to enjoy life’s highs and lows, its intricacies, search for opportunities in the unknown and become a lifelong entrepreneur, philanthropist and avid hiker;

Clara Congden, the child of Dan Congden of Camden, will attend Mohawk Valley Community College to major in diagnostic medical sonography. Congden’s long term goals are to obtain her ultrasound degree, work in an obstetrics and gynecology clinic and travel the world;

Gabriella Brown, the child of Jillian McConnell and Nathan Brown of Blossvale, will attending Alfred State University to major in biology and health science. Brown’s long term goal is to become a surgeon specializing in neurology;

Brianna O’Drain, the child of Ashley Fox and Mitch Fox of Blossvale, will attend Elmira College to major in psychology. O’Drain’s long term goal is to become a child psychologist;

Casey Renwick, the child of Melissa Collins of Blossvale, will attend Brown University, the University of Albany or Albany School of Pharmacy to major in public health. Renwick’s long term goals are to become an epidemiologist and research diseases;

Derek Holmes, the child of Eric and Michelle Holmes of Blossvale, will attend Cazenovia College to major in sports management. Holmes’ long term goal is to become a Major League Baseball player; and

Madison Smith, the child of Matt and JoLynn Smith of Camden, will attend Cazenovia College to major in psychology, criminal justice and homeland security studies. Smith’s long term goals are to be successful in her career, own a business to flip and restore houses and live a meaningful and happy life.


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