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 of
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
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.
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
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.