Pawlak, Saye named Valedictorian, Salutatorian at Dunkirk

(Bottom row, from left) Mackenzie Gugino, Jamestown Community College; Jordan Francis, SUNY Fredonia; John Loveland, SUNY Fredonia; Dylan Mancuso, SUNY Fredonia; and Emma Newtown, SUNY Brockport.

Haileigh Pawlak is Dunkirk High School Class of 2019 Valedictorian. She is the daughter of Heather Pawlak. She is graduating with an overall weighted grade point average of 101.03. Haileigh has been an involved member of her community while in high school.

For the last four Dunkirk Middle School musicals, she was a student director and stagehand. She has been a part of her Girl Scout troop, Troop 20158, for the past four years, through which she was able to help at the Dunkirk Conference Center and Fredonia Place. She also has been a member of Chautauqua Youth Choir for three years. In addition, Haileigh has been involved in the music department in Dunkirk, participating in Conference All-State for two years in a row. Haileigh has participated in a number of other activities and clubs, including volunteering locally.

In the fall, she will be attending SUNY Fredonia to major in Education. She is receiving the President Award for Excellence and the Carnahan-Jackson scholarships from SUNY Fredonia, in addition to a number of other honors and awards. She would like to thank her friends, troop members, teachers, directors, and family members for being a strong source of support throughout her entire high school career.

Hannah Saye is Dunkirk High School Class of 2019 Salutation. She is the daughter of Steven and Allie Saye. She is graduating with an overall weighted grade point average 100.50.

Hannah has participated in many clubs and organizations throughout her high school career. She is a member of the National Honor Society, French club and co-captain of the Girls Varsity Tennis Team, where she has qualified four years in a row for the CCAA Tournament. She is a lifeguard and is a water safety instructor at Cassadaga Beach, and she is a Learn to Swim Instructor at Dunkirk High School. Hannah has traveled to Europe four times and she was chosen for the Buffalo-Dortmund Sister City Youth Exchange Program during the summer of 2018.

Pictured are the Dunkirk High School Class of 2019 Top 10 students. The students and the schools they are committed to attending in the fall are as follows: (top row, from left) Haileigh Pawlak, SUNY Fredonia; Hannah Saye, University of Albany; Olivia Surma, Jamestown Community College; Isabella Surma, Jamestown Community College; Olivia Yerico-Piazza, St. John Fisher.

Hannah will be attending SUNY Albany in the fall to study Atmospheric Sciences (Meteorology) with a minor in Environmental Conservation. She is receiving the SUNY Albany Presidential Scholarship, in addition to a number of other awards including graduating with the NYS Seal of Biliteracy in French and English.