Bridge Street's Class of 2017 Special

Valedictorians from high schools across CNY share their thoughts

Thirteen valedictorians from high schools all around the region participated in Bridge Street's "Class of 2017" special.


The featured graduates:


  • Alexa Uttamsingh, Phoenix, going to the University of Rochester

  • Cara Smith, Bishop Ludden, going to Cornell University

  • Deanna Pomeroy, Henninger, going to Le Moyne College

  • Dylan Ratnarajah, Oneida, going to Cornell University

  • Eric Little, Christian Brothers Academy, going to Duke University

  • Kyaw Kyaw, Fowler, going to Onondaga Community College

  • Jennie McIntosh, Chittenango, going to Rochester Institute of Technology

  • Justin King, Auburn, going to the University of Rochester

  • Lauren Ashby, Nottingham, going to Sarah Lawrence College

  • Mark Kopp, West Genesee, going to the American University

  • Renny Simone, Baldwinsville, going to Georgetown University

  • Signe Golash, Corcoran, going to Brown University

  • Solomon Lawrence, Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central, going to Cornell University


The valedictorians shared their thoughts on a variety of topics, including safety and security. With recent terrorist attacks and acts of violence on their minds, all the students know they need to be very aware of their surroundings. B'ville's Renny Simone has confidence in blue light safety systems and college security personnel, and echoed the broadly agreed-upon conclusion that safety is mostly a matter of personal responsibility. Auburn's Justin King says it's important to find a balance between staying safe and simply enjoying the times ahead.



Another topic of discussion was social media usage. While all agree that social media has a lot of potential for positive change, many describe it as a “double-edged sword.” West Genesee's Mark Kopp has political ambitions and says he makes sure to never post anything that could prevent him from becoming the President of the United States someday. CBA's Eric Little says that at college, the responsibility shifts to him to hold himself up to the same standards his mom does when it comes to posting online.


Other topics included Greek Life, social media use, the college admission process, and what the grads will miss most about high school.

Watch the full special in the video player above.


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