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March 21, 2018
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Stillwater News

Stillwater names top graduates from the Class of 2017

May 12, 2017- Congratulations to Curtis Miller, who has been named the Stillwater Class of 2017 valedictorian, and Kayleigh Urdang, who has been named salutatorian. Both students will be honored at the commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 24.

Curtis Miller, Class of 2017 ValedictorianCurtis Miller senior pic

Curtis will be attending Stony Brook University in the fall and he plans to study biomedical engineering, with the possibility of a double major in chemical engineering. He hopes to one day be a petroleum engineer.

During his high school career, Curtis has been involved in football, baseball, basketball, and the ski team.

When asked what he’s going to miss most about Stillwater, Curtis said, “I’ll miss the close-knit community because right now we all know each other and I know it will be a lot different in college.”

Curtis would like to thank his parents and his brothers, his girlfriend Jodi Peek and her family, and all of his coaches for helping him throughout his high school years.

“My parents always pushed me to be my best and look toward the future,” Curtis said. “I just want to be successful. I want to have a good job and be able to support my family.”

Curtis is the son of Jacqueline and Bill. He has two brothers, Will (19) and Henry Evans (26).


Kayleigh Urdang, Class of 2017 Salutatorian Kayleigh Urdang

Kayleigh plans to attend SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in the fall. Her goal is to major in aquatic fishery and wildlife. Kayleigh hopes to become a marine biologist one day, where she can work with the animals at an aquarium. She credits her grandfather, who taught her about wildlife at a young age, with sparking her interest in the field of marine biology.

While at Stillwater, Kayleigh was a member of the bowling team for four years. She also kept the volleyball score book for four years. Kayleigh was also inducted into the National Honor Society.

Her favorite memory from her time at Stillwater was bowling with her twin sister, Leaha, and being in the top six of her class since the sixth grade.

“When I first got that letter in sixth grade, I knew I wanted to keep working towards getting that each year,” Kayleigh said. “I’m really going to miss the small community that Stillwater is,” she added. “We’ve all known each other since pre-k. I’ll miss knowing everyone and all of us being close.”

She would like to thank her parents, Carrie and Jason, for all of their support and encouragement throughout the years, her sister who “always pushed her to be her best,” as well as Coach John Villa and all of her teachers.

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