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May 21, 2018
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Stillwater News

Stillwater names top graduates from the Class of 2014

May 6, 2014 – Congratulations to Amanda Griffiths, who has been named the Stillwater Class of 2014’s valedictorian, and Willow Lautenberg, who has been named salutatorian. Both students will be honored at the commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 28, at the Saratoga Springs City Center.

Amanda Griffiths, Class of 2014 Valedictorian

Amanda GriffithsAmanda will begin a five-year nutrition science program at Russell Sage College next fall. Her goal is to one day become a registered dietitian.

During her high school career, Amanda has been involved in cross country (captain), indoor and outdoor track (captain of both teams), National Honor Society (president), Student Government (vice president), Link Crew (commissioner) and Stage Band. She also regularly volunteers at her church and is testing for her fourth degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Amanda’s favorite achievements at school were earning a top score on the Advanced Placement World History exam, being named Cross Country Wasaren League All-Star and being a part of the first Stillwater girls indoor track team to win both the Wasaren League Championship and sectionals. While Amanda plans to participate in club sports at Russell Sage, she says she will miss being a part of a Stillwater team.

When asked what she’s going to miss the most about Stillwater, Amanda said, “I’m going to miss everyone and the closeness of the school and Stillwater community.”

Amanda is the daughter of Richard and Patricia Griffiths.

Willow Lautenberg, Class of 2014 Salutatorian

Willow LautenburgWillow will study acting and creative writing at Emerson College in the fall. Her dream is to one day become a writer and famous musical theater actress.

While at Stillwater, Willow has been involved in National Honor Society, Book Club, Drama Club (president last year), Chorus (president), Band and Link Crew. She also performed at the NYS School Music Association (NYSSMA) and Area All-State Chorus festivals. Outside of school, Willow is actively involved in the Capital District Youth Chorale, Schenectady Light Opera Co. and other community theaters. She recently won the Joe B. Misenhimer Encouragement Award for Outstanding Singing Potential. Willow also takes voice, dance and acting classes on a regular basis.

Willow’s fondest memories at Stillwater were performing in the high school productions of “Wizard of Oz” and “Little Shop of Horrors.” She was also very proud of having her writing accepted and published in the WSWHE BOCES Talent Unlimited literary and art journal for the past two years.

“My English teachers have really encouraged me over the years, which has really
made me want to be a writer,” said Willow.

Willow is the daughter of Joel and Maxine Lautenberg.

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