Hoosac Valley Names Top Students for 2014
CHESHIRE, Mass. — Krystyna M. Cochrane and Sean P. Ryan-Kut have earned the distinction of being named as co-valedictorians and Connor D. Wotkowicz as salutatorian for the class of 2014 at Hoosac Valley High School.
Commencement exercises will be held on Friday, June 6, at 7 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.
Cochrane is the daughter of Diana Stokes of Adams and Robert Cochrane of Cheshire. She was the vice president of the Leo Club, secretary of the Student Council, and a member of the National Honor Society. She has received numerous academic awards for Honors and Advanced Placement courses, and in her junior year was awarded the University of Rochester (N.Y.) Bausch & Lomb Award.
She was a member of the varsity soccer, cross country and Nordic ski teams as well as concert, jazz, Western District and All-State bands, and the pit band for the school musicals. She played "Maureen" in the musical performance of "Rent." She has volunteered for Special Olympics, Life is Good Festival, Cradles to Crayons, and many other organizations and clubs.
Cochrane will attend New York University in the fall and will major in neural science.
Ryan-Kut is the son of John Kut and Cheryl Ryan of Adams. He was vice president of his class, president of Student Council in his senior year and vice president in his junior year, and a member of the National Honor Society and Leo Club. He has received numerous academic awards for Honors and Advanced Placement courses, and in his junior year was awarded the Rensselaer (N.Y.) Polytechnic Institute medal for excellence in math and science.
He was captain of the soccer team in his senior year, captain of the basketball team in his junior and senior years, and a member of the baseball team. He was named the iBerkshire athlete of the week for soccer, All-Berkshire and All-Transcript all-star team for soccer in his sophomore and junior years, and iBerkshire athlete of the week in his sophomore year for basketball. He has volunteered with the Dana Labbee Summer Basketball League, the John Paul Charity Center, the Art Hathaway dinner and many other organizations and clubs.
Ryan-Kut will attend RPI in the fall and will major in chemical engineering.
Wotkowicz is the son of Holly and Frank Field of Adams and Chad Wotkowicz of New Hampshire. He was president of National Honor Society, editor-in-chief of the Eye of the Hurricane, and a member of the Leo Club. He has received numerous academic awards for Honors and Advanced Placement courses and was awarded the University of Rochester's Frederick Douglas & Susan B. Anthony Award and Scholarship in Humanities and Social Services as a junior and the John Phillip Sousa Band Award as a senior.
He was a member of the track and Nordic ski teams as well concert, jazz, Western District and pit bands, chorus, Berkshire Theatre Group and the Drama Club. He also starred as "Roger Davis" in the musical performance of "Rent." An accomplished musician, he volunteers at St. Stanislaus' Church services, and works at Haflinger Haus Restaurant. He has also participated in the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts band, Stockbridge Symphonia, and many other organizations and clubs.
Wotkowicz will attend Boston University in the fall and will major in music.
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