#1-  Kelly Emerson – Valedictorian

Parents’/Guardians’ Names: Melissa & Bill Emerson

College Attending:  Case Western Reserve University

Major/Career Plans:  Biology on the Pre-medicine track to become a child psychiatrist

Honors/Awards: Zonta Club’s Young Women in Public Affairs Award, Theodore Peterson Award for Chemistry, All-WNY Scholar Athlete, University of Rochester Award, Susan B. Anthony & Fredrick Douglass Award, AP Scholar with Distinction, Student of the Year, Bildungsroman Award, Fessenden, Laumer & DeAngelo Fall Scholar Athlete, Rookie of the Year (Tennis), Leadership Award (Tennis), Sportsmanship Award (Tennis), New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence, Alison Ney Christa Stineman Memorial Scholarship, Excellence in English Award,  Jamestown High School Class of 1950 Scholarship, Jamestown School Forest Scholarship, Oscar Price Valedictorian Award and Jasmine Cantor Scholarship.

Activities: Student Government (co-secretary), Key Club (vice president), Varsity Tennis, Ski Club, Chautauqua Area Scholarship Program, National Honor Society (co-vice president) and Key Leader.

Why do you think JHS is special?  JHS is special because of the numerous ways one is able to excel. From the AP courses to the teachers that truly care, JHS stands out like no other.

What was your favorite class and/or  teacher and why?  All the English classes at JHS taught me lessons learned both in and outside the classroom; however, Public Speaking with Mrs. Price and AP English with Ms. Stronz were both my favorite. I’ve grown as an individual and English scholar in each course, all the while learning in a creative environment.

How do you think JHS prepared you for your life after graduation?  The rigorous AP course loads I have taken taught the true meaning of hard work and dedication to academics. With these ideals learned, I know they will carry on with me to college and the working world.