Valedictorian — Paul-John Clet
This year’s valedictorian is Paul-John (P.J.) Clet with a GPA of 98.95. He is the son of Eufemio and Fermina Clet. As a junior he was the recipient of the prestigious RPI Medal of Excellence Award for his distinguished achievement in the areas of math and science. Throughout his high school career, P.J. has been a dedicated leader to the Gloversville High School community. He served as the president of the class of 2019 and the National Honor Society. Additionally, he is a member of the Key Club, has tutored underclassmen in algebra and geometry, and was nominated by the GHS staff to serve as mentor to the freshman class in the GHS Bridges Mentoring Program. P.J. was also a three-sport varsity athlete, participating on the soccer, track and baseball teams. His career goal is to one day become a computer engineer. He states that one day he would like to “use computers to make a positive impact on the world.” P.J. will be attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the fall.
Salutatorian — Matthew Butkevitch
Our 2019 salutatorian is Matthew Butkevitch with an overall GPA of 96.6. He is the son of Peter and Theresa Butkevitch. In his time at Gloversville High School, Matthew found a true passion for engineering through the Project Lead The Way program at GHS. As a junior, he was awarded the RIT Computing Medal and the RIT Presidential Scholarship. He was a member of the GHS varsity golf team, and in his limited amount of spare time has volunteered to clean up the Gloversville-Johnstown rail trail and worked at the local soup kitchen. Matthew will be attending the Rochester Institute of Technology in the fall to study mechanical engineering technology.
3— Noah Batease
Holding the third-highest GPA in the GHS class of 2019 is Noah Batease. He is the son of Daniel and Sari Batease. Noah has proven to be a strong leader amongst his peers as this year’s Gloversville Enlarged School District Student Board of Education Member. Additionally, he has served as a member of the Key Club and the National Honor Society. In each of the aforementioned roles, Noah has offered insightful thoughts and suggestions to better the school and community. This fulfilled his goal to continuously seek opportunities to make meaningful connections with those around him. Noah plans to attend Fulton-Montgomery Community College in the fall to continue his education. He is interested in pursuing a law degree to help “defend the defenseless,” as it is his hope to stand up for those who cannot find their own voice.
4 — Isabelle Willis
Graduating with the fourth-highest GPA in the Gloversville High School class of 2019 is Isabelle Willis, the daughter of Roy and Cathy Willis. As a high school student, she learned to master the balance of academics, employment and athletics. Isabelle was a competitive swimmer for five years at the varsity level as a member of the GHS swim team. She has volunteered at local animal shelters and also participated in club swimming for five years. In addition to her athletic commitments and volunteer work, Isabelle also maintained part-time employment at local businesses. As a junior, Isabelle received the University of Rochester George Eastman Young Leaders Award and was one of the Academic Titans of GHS. Isabelle will be attending the Paul Mitchell School in Schenectady this fall to pursue a career in cosmetology.
5 — Sierra Roy
Sierra Roy holds the fifth-highest GPA in the Class of 2019. Sierra is the daughter of Paul and Rebecca Roy. She has excelled in all academic areas during her four years at Gloversville High School. She has participated in soccer, Key Club and is a member of the National Honor Society. As a junior, Sierra received the RIT Computing Medal. Sierra is also a part of the prestigious Project Lead The Way program at GHS. Participation in this program led Sierra to pursue a career as a residential architect. In the fall, Sierra will begin her studies at the State University of New York at Delhi, studying architecture design and building.
6 — Asher Lopresti
Ranked sixth in the Class of 2019 for Gloversville High School is Asher Lopresti. He is the son of Santo and Catherine Lopresti. Asher is a three-sport athlete competing on the GHS soccer, track and tennis teams. He is also a member of our GHS MasterMinds team and a very active member of the Key Club. Throughout his high school career, Asher also earned the title of Academic Titan. He will be attending the State University of New York at Buffalo in the fall to study biochemistry.
7 — Emily Seyfried
8 — Nina Lomanto
9 — Kayla Blanton
10 — Austin Oare
Graduating with the 10th-highest GPA in the Gloversville High School Class of 2019 is Austin Oare. He is the son of Jason Oare, Karen Blackwood and her fiance, Daniel Ambrosino. Austin is an Executive Committee member of National Honor Society, president of the Key Club, and is a Bridges Mentor to the freshman class. Throughout his high school career, he has participated in athletics as a member of the cross country, indoor track and outdoor track teams. Additionally, he has been very active in volunteer opportunities at school, such as Toys for Tots and wrapping presents during the holiday season. Austin plans to attend the University of Buffalo in the fall to study biology and pre-med.