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Congratulations to the Class of 2013 Valedictorian, Salutatorian


Schoharie High School has announced Grace Caza as the Class of 2013 valedictorian and Michaela Johnson as its salutatorian. Both have earned high academic honors during their school careers, and are involved in numerous athletic and extracurricular pursuits, including this spring’s musical production Spamalot. Proud of their community, both Caza and Johnson are active volunteers in and outside of school.

Grace Caza is Schoharie High School’s Class ofSCS senior Grace Caza 2013 valedictorian. She is the daughter of Lillian and Lawrence Caza and has attended SCS since kindergarten. She is a member of the National Honor Society and participates in its mentoring program. She has also received the New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence.

Caza has served as president of the Class of 2013 for four years. She is a member of Schoharie County Youth as Leaders and was nominated as president of Schoharie Key Club for two years.

Caza is an active participant in the SCS music program, playing percussion in the high school band and singing in the high school choir. This past December, Caza performed in the NYSSMA All-State Conference as a mallet percussionist in the symphonic band. Throughout high school, she has performed in the musicals Ragtime, Hairspray and Beauty in the Beast and is excited to perform in this year’s production, Spamalot.

Caza has enjoyed being an athlete on the varsity girls’ soccer and track teams and is a member of the Schoharie Valley Penguins swim team. During the summer, she works as a lifeguard, water safety instructor and co-coach of the swim team at the community pool.

Caza has not yet decided where she will attend school next year, but she thinks she would like to study either engineering or neuroscience.

Caza would like to recognize and thank her family for their encouragement, and all of her teachers and classmates for their support throughout school.


Michaela Johnson is Schoharie High School’s Class of 2013 salutatorian. SCS senior Michaela JohnsonShe is the daughter of Scott and Melissa Johnson.

Johnson serves as an officer in National Honor Society and as treasurer in Key Club.

She is a multi-talented member of the Schoharie music program, participating in band, choir, select ensemble and, her favorite, the high school musical.

Johnson is a peer mediator, as well as a peer mentor and tutor. She was a member of the girls’ modified, junior varsity and varsity soccer teams, and served as the team scorekeeper in her senior year.

Johnson has been a Girl Scout since second grade, and has been involved with Schoharie Community Day Camp since its beginning. She is an active alumna of Hugh O’Brien Youth (HOBY) Leadership, a community service-based leadership organization, and currently serves as its Area 2 Executive Board Member. She has completed over 300 hours of community service since 2011.

This fall, Johnson will attend Elmira College and study adolescent mathematics education. She hopes to become a high school math teacher.

Johnson thanks her teachers at Schoharie for their knowledge, patience, encouragement, and, most importantly, inspiration throughout her thirteen years of education. She credits them with her success and for preparing her for the future.




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