June 26, 2019
GASD announces its top 10 students in the Class of 2019.
Nearly 250 seniors will graduate from Amsterdam High School on Saturday, June 29.. Here are the students who made this year’s Top 10.
Serge Desbiens, this year’s valedictorian, will graduate with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with Honors. Serge was a member of the National Honor Society, Science Honor Society and Masterminds. He participated in junior varsity football, junior varsity and varsity lacrosse, as well as junior varsity and varsity wrestling. He was the recipient for the RPI Math/Science Outstanding Junior Award. Serge is the son of the late Serge O. Desbiens. He plans on attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the fall where he will study Engineering.
Jeffrey M. Brennan, this year’s Salutatorian, will graduate with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with Honors. He was a member of the National Honor Society and Science Honor Society. Jeffrey participated in both baseball and basketball throughout his high school career. He was awarded the distinction of the High Academic Award for baseball and basketball in his sophomore and junior years. As a junior, he was awarded the RIT Computing Award. Jeffrey is the son of Lisa and Scott Brennan. He plans on attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the fall where he will study Engineering.
Andrew Giaimo will graduate with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with Mastery in Science. During his time at Amsterdam High School, he was a three sport athlete, playing football, basketball and baseball. He was a member of the Mock Trial Club and a member of Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara’s 2019 Student Cabinet. He also served as President of Student Government and President of the National Honor Society. Andrew is the son of Vincent and Michele Giaimo. He will attend Union College in the fall where he will study Business.
Kristina Marotta will graduate with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation. She has been active in dance through Amsterdance since she was five years old. Kristina was also involved with Majorettes and the National Honor Society. She was the recipient of the Clarkson Achievement Award. The daughter of Gail and Michael Marotta, Kristina plans on attending Fulton Montgomery Community College in the fall where she will study Business.
Ivy Dulysz will graduate with Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation. Ivy was a member of the National Honor Society. She has been a member of AHS Marching Band and Wind Ensemble as well as Select Chorus. In her sophomore year, Ivy was selected to attend the prestigious Hugh O’Brien Leadership Academy. As a senior, she participated in Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara’s Student Senate. Ivy was the recipient of the University of Rochester George Eastman Young Leaders Award. Ivy is the daughter of Christopher Dulysz. Ivy plans to attend Nazareth College where she will study Music Therapy.
Luis Perez will graduate with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation. He has been very involved with the Liberty Partnership Program, Track and Field, the National Honor Society and STEP. Luis was a key member of the regional champion Mock Trial team. He was the recipient of the University of Rochester Frederick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony Award. Luis achieved all this while being completely blind. The son of Myrna Rivera, Luis will be moving to Pennsylvania after graduation where he will be pursuing a career in the entertainment field.
Tyler Loucks will graduate with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation. He has been involved with the Liberty Partnerships Program, the National Honor Society, Smart Scholars and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Throughout his time at AHS, Tyler also played basketball. Tyler was the recipient of the Presidential Scholarship for UAlbany. Tyler is the son of John and Samantha Loucks. Tyler plans to attend UAlbany in the fall where he will study Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Kelly Kilgallen will graduate with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with Mastery in Science. She has been involved with Marching Band, Majorettes, Club Interact, Mock Trial, Student Government, Operation Smile, Club Interact and the Student Health Advisory Committee. The daughter of Michael and Linea Kilgallen, Kelly will be attending Clarkson in the fall where she plans on studying Civil Engineering.
Haley Salisbury will graduate with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation. She has been accepted at her first choice school, which is Union College in Schenectady, where she will major in Sociology and minor in Law and Humanities. She is hoping to become a Victims Advocate Lawyer. While in high school, she was a part of majorettes for four years and was a captain for two years. She was involved in student government, as class Vice-President, Mock Trial and the National Honor Society, which she was the treasurer for. The daughter of Kimberly Sallisbury, Haley has been dancing since she was 7 years old and plans on continuing in college. Outside of school she is employed at Hannaford as a service leader.
Nadiya Green will graduate with a Regents Diploma. Nadiya was involved with extracurricular activities while attending AHS such as the Drama Club (during her sophomore and senior year) and the National Honor Society. She was a youth advisor at Creative Connections Clubhouse and held a part time job at Hannaford. Nadiya was the recipient of the Bausch + Lomb Honorary Science Award and also received the Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the daughter of Destimona Anderson. She is attending the University of Central Florida in the fall where she plans on majoring in Biomedical Sciences Pre-Med Track.