Sarah Eckl, the daughter of Carol and Lee Eckl, is the valedictorian of the Ravena-Coeymans Selkirk Class of 2019. She received a grade-point average of 99.26, taking many college credit-bearing classes through the University of Albany.
In addition to her challenging course load, Eckl was a member of the National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society, played varsity tennis and participated in clubs such as natural helpers, student government, jazz band, harmonics and science olympiad.
Eckl received the Air Force Recruiting Service Mathematics and Science Award and will be attending SUNY Geneseo to study biochemistry, in hopes of pursuing a PhD and doing research, possibly in the field of immunology.
“I would like to thank my parents for all of their love and support in everything that I have done,” she said.
Christoper Miller, son of Matt and Karen Miller, is the salutatorian of the RCS Class of 2019 with a final GPA of 98.29. Miller challenged himself with many UHS (University in the High School) and AP (Advanced Placement) courses focused in science and math. He also participated in project lead the way engineering classes.
Outside of his studies, Miller was active in National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, jazz band and science olympiad. He was also the vice president of the Class of 2019 and received awards including RCS Scholar Athlete, Rensselaer Medal, Section 2 Scholar Athlete, Strive Leadership Scholarship and the Capital Zone New York State Association For Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Miller will attend Penn State University to study mathematics in hopes of finding a career in actuarial science.
“I would like to thank my parents, my sister, and the rest of my extended family for supporting me throughout my years of schooling,” Miller said.