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Presenting the Honor Group for the Class of 2020

Lake George Jr.-Sr. High School proudly presents the Honor Group for the Class of 2020. These students represent the top 10 percent of their class. In addition to speaking at graduation, the Honors Students also make decisions concerning the graduation theme, music, program design, and selecting a charity for class contributions


Tess Avery Armstrong, daughter of Stephen and Karen Armstrong, is a member of the National Honor Society and an active member of the Effective Schools and Anti-Bullying Committees. She is the secretary for Spanish Honor Society and a member of the Spanish Club. Tess has been on an accelerated math and science track since seventh grade and has taken numerous Advanced Placement (AP) courses over the past several years. She earned Principal’s List for every quarter since seventh grade. Tess volunteered with Crandall Public Library’s “Fun with Spanish” Children’s Program to encourage a love and understanding of world languages. She also completed her New York State Seal of Biliteracy. In addition, Tess volunteered with the 6th grade-10th grade Mentoring Program and KinderSeniors. She volunteers frequently at the Prospect Center for Disabilities, and she enjoys helping the children participate in their activities during Special Olympics, assisting with a modified slip-and-slide, taking part in the Fall Festival, and helping with other everyday school activities. Throughout middle and high school, Tess was a part of the cross-country running team and earned a spot at sectionals as a freshman. During her senior year, she managed the varsity teams and accompanied the boys team to States. Each summer for the past four years, she has worked at Gift World in Lake George, and she hopes to work at a local bakery this summer. Following graduation, Tess will attend the Culinary Institute of America and will study Baking and Pastry Arts. 


Joseph Cocozza, son of Francis and Laura Cocozza, is the president of the National Honor Society and is a National Merit “commended student.” In school, he is active in Jazz Band, Drumline, and took several AP classes and independent studies to further challenge himself. He ran track and cross country and participated in nordic skiing for his entire high-school career. Joe was a captain for all three of these teams, and this season, the cross-country team placed first and second at sectionals while the nordic team finished second at sectionals. Individually, he won the Adirondack League Championships for cross country and qualified for states in both cross country and nordic skiing. Joe is looking forward to continuing his education in the fall at Vassar College.


Joshua Defayette, son of Dennis and Nancy Defayette, is the vice-president of National Honor Society, and a member of French Honor Society and French Club. He participated in three sports during his senior year: cross-country running, nordic skiing, and track and field. Josh was the co-captain of his cross-country team his senior year, and the team won the League Championship meet and the Section II Class D title, allowing them to go to the NYSPHSAA state competition in November. This year, he participated in an internship through the school’s Career Exploration Internship Program (CEIP) to learn more about the field of education. He shadowed Fifth Grade Teacher Jeff Crotty and Seventh Grade Teacher Ryan Seymour. He has been on the accelerated math and science track since seventh grade, currently taking AP Biology and AP Calculus AB. He also participated in all of the AP English and Social Studies courses provided by the high school. He has worked at Scotty’s Lakeside Resort during the summer for four years and has plans to go back for a fifth year this summer. Following graduation, Josh will continue his studies in mathematics and secondary education at Siena College.


Rachel Victoria Hunsicker is the daughter of Tim and Sue Hunsicker. She is president of Spectrum Club, Senior High Art Club, Tri-M Music Honor Society, and Astronomy Club. She is a member of Senior National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, French Club, the Rock Solid Mentoring Program, Student to Student peer counseling, the Strategic Planning and Review Committee, the Superintendent’s Student Ambassador Committee, Senior Select Chorus, Vocal All-County Chorus, Vocal NYSSMA, Jr.-Sr. High Band as a flutist, Castleton Select Choir, and Drama Club. In addition, she has been involved with the school play for the last four years and had a supporting role in “Be More Chill.” Throughout her high-school career, Rachel served as class representative and secretary. She participated in the BOCES Student Leadership Conference and attended UCONN’s True Colors conference. She was treasurer and editor of the yearbook and is an editor of the Lake Take School Newspaper. Rachel chaired the Diversity Committee’s inaugural Eyes on the World Festival. Since eighth grade, Rachel has been on the Bowling Team, and for the past two years, she served as co-captain. She also volunteered with Youth Commission Bowling. Rachel attended the American Legion Auxiliary Empire Girls State and participated in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program, Youth Peace Summits, and founded and chaired the Being Human Project. Rachel has been an active member of Caldwell Presbyterian Church, serving as their first-ever Junior Deacon. She worked as a faculty assistant at SUNY Adirondack for their summer enrichment program. Rachel was a 2020 recipient of the “Post-Star” Teen Excellence Award and was named one of 10 scholastic award recipients for 2020 by the Capital District Sports Women of the Year. Rachel earned the 2019 University of Rochester George Eastman Young Leaders’ Award and the Saint Lawrence University Book Award. She also received Union College’s presidential scholarship. This fall, Rachel will be attending Colgate University to study international relations, economics, and gender studies.


Kylie Mann, daughter of Jeff and Joanne Mann, is currently enrolled in the New Visions Health Careers Exploration program. She serves as the president of the Varsity Club, and is a member of the Spanish National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Captain’s Leadership Council, and National Honor Society. Kylie has dedicated her time to giving back to the community through multiple food drives, helping out with Booster Club concessions, and volunteering with the Lake George Youth Commission Soccer Program. Her volunteerism has also extended to the Wait House and Big Brothers Big Sisters. She has been recognized for her service and character by receiving multiple citizenship awards. As a senior, Kylie was captain of the girls’ varsity soccer team, for which she started for all five years that she played, and she currently holds the record for most varsity games played. Kylie was named to the soccer All-State Team her senior year, the All-Section Team her sophomore and senior year, and the All-League Team her sophomore through senior years. She played with Capital United Soccer Club for nine years. With the club, she won four consecutive league championships and reached the top 40 teams in the nation. Kylie will continue to play soccer for SUNY Geneseo as she pursues a degree in biology and works toward fulfilling her goal to become a Doctor of Medicine.


Gabriella Marchello, daughter of Mary and John Marchello, and granddaughter of Lucille and Joseph Datello. She is an active member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Chemistry Club, Anti-Bullying Committee, vice-president of both Effective Schools Committee and Spanish Honor Society, and a class representative. As a senior, Gabriella was captain of the girl's varsity soccer team and was named Adirondack League Player of the Year and to the All-State 2nd Team. She was honored on the Class C All-State team in her sophomore, junior, and senior years. Gabriella currently holds the Lake George Girls Varsity Soccer records for career goals, career assists, career points, most assists season, and most goals scored in a season. In addition to soccer, she also played varsity basketball and tennis. She performed on a premier soccer club since 2010. To serve her community, Gabriella volunteered at Caldwell Presbyterian Church summer camp, Sacred Heart Church, Lake George Elementary School, Youth Soccer, Big Brothers Big Sisters, KinderSeniors, and community dinners. She is employed year-round at Charlies’ Bar and Kitchen. In the fall, Gabriella will further her education at Wilkes University. She plans to continue her soccer career. 


Reya Singh, daughter of Bhakar and Kusum Singh, is the secretary of National Honor Society, treasurer for Model OAS, and has been a class representative for two consecutive years. She is an active member of French Honor Society, French Club, Effective Schools Committee, and Anti-Bullying Committee. She played soccer throughout her high school career and tennis for three years. Reya volunteered for many different programs, such as the 6th grade/10th grade Mentor Program, KinderSeniors, PTSO Fall Festival, and the Holiday Fair. She has been pursuing an accelerated math and science track since seventh grade and has taken multiple AP courses including AP World and U.S. History, AP Calculus, AP Biology, and two AP English courses, as well as maintaining the Principal's List for every quarter of high school. In the fall, Reya plans to major in biology at the University of Albany.


Juliana Yepes-Hoyos, daughter of Enrique and Monica Yepes-Hoyos, is a member of the National Honor Society, secretary of French Honor Society, secretary for the senior class, secretary for the Effective Schools Committee, and a member of the Anti-Bullying Committee. She is a two-sport athlete, competing on the varsity tennis team and varsity soccer team that won the Adirondack League Championship this past fall. Juliana participated in AP classes throughout her high-school career including AP Biology, AP Calculus, two AP English classes, and two AP history classes. Juliana participated in a 3-year science research program through the University at Albany in which she studied the effects of hydrogen peroxide and charcoal on tooth enamel. With this study, she won first place in the Chemistry Division at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. She volunteered at Sacred Heart Church, Crandall Library for “fun with French/Spanish,” and Lake George Elementary School for various events like holiday fairs and festivals. This fall, Juliana will attend the University at Albany to study biology on a pre-dental track. 


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The Lake George Jr.-Sr. High School Class of 2020 Honor Group consists of (l.-r.): Juliana Yepes-Hoyos, Kylie Mann, Gabriella Marchello, Joseph Cocozza, Reya Singh, Tess Armstrong, Rachel Hunsicker, Joshua Defayette, and Lake George Jr.-Sr. High School Principal Francis Cocozza.