JHS Announces 2018 Valedictorian Andrew Pumford & Salutatorian Alicia Rensel

Jamestown High School is proud to announce its 2018 Valedictorian Andrew Pumford and Salutatorian Alicia Rensel.

“Andrew and Alicia have worked extremely hard during their high school careers and are most deserving of these honors,” said JHS Principal Mike McElrath. “Their commitment to academics is a testament to their work ethic and drive. They will certainly represent our school and community well as they take the next step in their education.”

Valedictorian Andrew Pumford is the son of Lori and Brian Pumford. He will be attending Vanderbilt University to study biochemistry with plans to become a surgeon.

Mr. Pumford has received numerous awards and honors including: JHS Student of the Year, AP Scholar with Distinction, National Merit Commended Scholar, Ted Olsen/Bill Present Legacy Award, Varsity Football Captain and Varsity Baseball Captain Independent Health Community All-Star Award/Business First, JHS Faculty Staff Club Scholarship, Jamestown School Forest Award, NYS Scholarship for Academic Excellence, Oscar Price Award for Valedictorian, Rolland Taft Athletic Scholarship, Theodore Peterson Award for Chemistry and Jasmine Cantor Award.

Mr. Pumford has been actively involved while at JHS: Varsity Baseball, Varsity Football, National Honor Society, Astronomy Club and Key Club.

“JHS is special to me because the broad spectrum of classes, from AP to electives, gives all students the opportunity to refine their strengths and pursue their interests,” said Mr. Pumford.   “JHS has allowed me to take on a heavy course load, preparing me for the time management and class difficulty of life after graduation.”

Salutatorian, Alicia Rensel, is the daughter of Jack and Gail Rensel. She will be attending Penn State Behrend to study nursing to become a nurse practitioner.

Ms. Rensel has received numerous awards and honors including: AP Scholar with Distinction, JCC Part-Time Student Dean’s List, Harry E. Kline AP Chemistry Award, Grace H. Dorman AP English Award, Warner Public Speaking Award, Scholar Athlete Award and Student of the Month, Alison Ney & Christa Stineman Memorial Scholarship, Betty Barresi Memorial Scholarship, Ethel Davis Award, Jamestown School Forest Award, JCC Student of the Year Award, NYS Scholarship for Academic Excellence, Jasmine Cantor Award, Grade 12 Student of the Year and The Knights of Columbus Council 962 High School Graduation Gift.

Ms. Rensel has been actively involved while at JHS: Student Government – co-Vice President, National Honor Society – co-Vice President, Key Club, Ski Club, FCA, Varsity Soccer, Eucharistic Minister at St. James, Chautauqua Area Scholarship Program, Optimist Oratorical Competition and SC United Soccer Clu

“JHS is special because of the teachers who go above and beyond to ensure our success,” said Ms. Rensel. “If a student is willing to work hard, it would be almost impossible not to do well given the tremendous and generous support available to all students. JHS has prepared me for life far more than any other school could have because of its rich diversity, challenging classes, and encouraging teachers who helped me achieve success. My high school experience will enable me to deal with the rigors of college and help reach my aspirations in the future.”

Jamestown High School will hold its Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 22nd at 7 p.m. in the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater. JHS Baccalaureate will be Thursday, June 21st at 7 p.m. at SS Peter & Paul Church.

posted on 06/15/2018 - filed under: Academics, Graduation, JHS, Spotlight, Students