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Tuesday May 30, 2017 at 11:38am Age: 2 yrs
Category: High School, District


Minisink Valley’s Class of 2017 Valedictorian, Bridget Wiley, and Salutatorian Erin Clifford, were among the best and brightest honored at the annual Outstanding Student Recognition Dinner, on May 24.

—Bridget Wiley, Valedictorian
Bridget will be attending Georgia Institute of Technology this fall in Atlanta, Georgia, where she plans to major in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Computer Science.

An active member of the National Honor Society, Bridget is the current president of the Student Council, and a student tutor. She is and was captain of the varsity volleyball team, was captain of the travel volleyball team, and is a member of the varsity golf team. Secretary of the Jazz and Wind Ensemble, Bridget played in the pit orchestra for this year’s drama production and participated in numerous All County and NYSSMA festivals. She has represented Minisink at several regional and state-wide events, such as the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference, Empire Girls’ State, and the Marist Leadership Conference.   

Bridget enjoys giving back to the community by volunteering for organizations like Minisink Cares and Pets Alive animal shelter.

—Erin Clifford, Salutatorian
Erin will be attending the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT, where she plans to pursue a degree/career in the medical field. Erin will be diving for the Huskies this fall.

Erin is the class vice-president, and a member of the National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America. A two-year captain for Minisink’s girls swimming and diving team, she holds the school record for both 6 and 11 dive meets, as well as the Section IX 11-dive meet record. Erin was named a 2015 Diving All-American, and 2016 Academic All-American. She was recently honored at the OCIAA Senior Scholar Athlete Breakfast.

Erin enjoys volunteering at the Holy Cross Catholic Church food pantry with her family, and tutoring math.

—About the Outstanding Student Recognition Dinner
Established by the Chamber of Commerce of Orange County in 1996, and coordinated by Orange-Ulster BOCES, this annual celebration is sponsored by local businesses and highlights the accomplishments and promising futures of academically outstanding students from public and private high schools.