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Presenting the 2021 Senior Class Honors Group!

Madeline Gorey, Demeter Burns, Carson Bruening, Madeleine Biles, Alice Fox, Elizabeth Radyn, Rachel Jaeger, Mr. Cocozza

Lake George Jr.-Sr. High School Principal Francis Cocozza is proud to present the 2021 Senior Class Honors Group, representing the top 10% of the Lake George High School senior class. 

Madeleine Biles, daughter of Tricia and Nicholas Biles, is the New York State Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) reporter and former FBLA state vice president for District 5; in this role she planned district and state level conferences and developed the FBLA state magazine. She is president of National Spanish Honor Society and an active member of the Lake George FBLA Chapter, National Honor Society, and Rock Solid Leadership Program. In addition, Madeleine served as the co-president of the Student to Student Peer Mentoring program during her sophomore and junior years. Madeleine competed on the cross country team since seventh grade and was appointed captain her senior year. She also competed on the nordic ski team from seventh grade through junior year, serving as captain both her sophomore and junior years. Madeleine demonstrated academic excellence through thriving in classes such as Advanced Placement (AP) world history, AP U.S. history, AP literature, AP language, AP biology and several other college-level courses. Madeleine volunteered at community service events including the Sacred Heart Food Drive, PTSO Childcare, Camp Chingachgook Work Weekend, LGHS Job Fair, and has organized events that raised money for charities such as the NYS FBLA Foundation, Keep America Beautiful, and Crisis Text Line. She has worked at Caffe Vero as a hostess and barista for three years. She will be interning at The Inn at Erlowest as an event and sales intern this summer. Outside of school, Madeleine enjoys camping and hiking with her friends, as well as baking desserts for friends and family. Following graduation, Madeleine will pursue her passion for business at Binghamton University and major in operations management and entrepreneurship. 

Carson Bruening, son of Katie and Glen Bruening, is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. He maintained the high academic standing of Principal’s List every quarter while challenging himself with AP classes. He served as captain of the Vex Robotics team for the last two years. During both of those seasons, the team won the state championship and continued on to the world championship for four consecutive years. Carson played varsity tennis for the last three years, including the season the team won its sectionals match. Outside of school, he has been involved in year-round athletics at Rocksport climbing gym for the last five years. He also enjoys alpine skiing, sailing, hiking, and other outdoor activities in his free time. Over the summer he will be working as a server at Mezzaluna in Lake George Village and plans to pursue mechanical engineering at Clarkson University in the fall. 

Demeter Jean Burns, daughter of Joanne and John Burns, held leadership roles including Student Council president for the last two years; 10th grade class president; and vice president of the Effective Schools Committee, in which she devoted service to improving the local community. She is a co-founding member and co-president of the Student Mental Health Task Force, in which she initiated the Empathy Project, advocating for mental health awareness. Demeter participated in noteworthy leadership programs including Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA). She also served as a student representative on committees including the FORUM Mental Health Reopening Committee, and the Health and Safety Committee. She has been an active member of National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and many other clubs, including the Superintendent’s Breakfast Club, Drumline, Jazz Band, Spanish Club, and Rock Solid. Deme had an art piece published in the 32nd edition of The Talent Unlimited Literary Arts Journal and was selected as a semifinalist at the North Country Show and Hyde Museum. Her artwork is currently on permanent display at the Warren County Family Court Children’s Art Gallery. Deme has been on the accelerated track and achieved Principal’s List every quarter, taking many AP and college level courses. For the last three years, she has been involved in science research through SUNY Albany studying neuroscience and the behavioral sciences. Deme was a 2021 recipient of the Post-Star Teen Excellence Award for demonstrating exceptional leadership skills and commitment in her community. Deme is a three-sport athlete, competing in cross country, track and field, and soccer. She recently committed to continue her cross country and track and field career at the college level. Outside of school, she is a member of the Adirondack Mountain Club and has climbed 39/46 high peaks. Following graduation, Demeter will attend St. John Fisher College to pursue a degree in biology and Spanish through the Modern Languages and Cultures Program as she works toward fulfilling her goal to become a doctor. She has been accepted into an early admission program for medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) for 2025 following graduation at St. John Fisher College. 

Alice Fox, daughter of Lisa and John Fox is the vice president of National Honor Society, a forum representative of Student Council, and historian of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). She held many FBLA leadership positions including co-president her junior year. Alice is an active member of Spanish Honor Society, Business Honor Society, the Rock Solid Mentoring Program, and Student to Student Peer Counseling. Throughout middle school and high school, Alice competed on the varsity soccer team and performed in the school musical. Alice is an active participant in FBLA, qualifying multiple times for nationals and placing 5th in nationals freshman year for Broadcast Journalism in Baltimore, Maryland. Alice dedicated her time to giving back to the community – she organized a school recycling event and a community clean up; helped with the annual food drive; and volunteered for PTSO and community events including the PTSO Fall Festival, the winter craft fair, and the community snowman event. This fall, Alice will further her education at Binghamton University to study business.

Madeline Leslie Gorey, daughter of Suzanna Bernd and Benjamin Gorey, is president of the French National Honor Society and a member of the National Honor Society. Madeline is a proud co-founding member of the Mental Health Student Task Force, for which she received a C.R.E.A.T.E. Award from the Board of Education. She is also Student Council treasurer and a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Madeline participates in Astronomy Club, French Club, and Senior Select Chorus. She has been a cast member in the school musical three times. Madeline has a passion for music and has played piano since a young age, scoring an A Rating for Level 5 Piano at NYSSMA. She also plays the trumpet for the school band. For two years, she participated on the Lake George VEX Robotics Team, which qualified for the State and World tournaments both years. The team won the State Tournament the second year when she was a co-captain. Madeline enjoys enriching herself by learning about other cultures. She was a Rotary exchange student in the summer of 2019, living in France for a month with a French family and hosting a French student in Lake George. She also participated in RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award), a program in which area teenagers, including foreign exchange students, meet to develop their leadership skills and meet new people. Madeline has been a varsity athlete in both soccer and softball since 10th grade. She also plays travel soccer with Northern United as a defender and travel softball with the Adirondack Xtreme as a pitcher. Madeline will continue her softball career at Brandeis University, where she plans to double major in physics and French and Francophone studies.

Rachel Jaeger, daughter of Lynn and Kurt Jaeger, is vice president of the Class of 2021, vice president of French Honor Society, president of Varsity Club, and a member of the National Honor Society and French club. She has been on an accelerated math track since seventh grade, taking multiple AP courses. She earned Principal's List every quarter since seventh grade and received the Clarkson University Leadership Award. She played varsity soccer and softball for all four years of high school and was the captain of the girls’ varsity soccer team her senior year. While she played for these teams, both won multiple Adirondack League Championships and qualified for Sectionals. In addition to her involvement in athletics, Rachel volunteered her time with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Jude’s Children's Research Organization, the Rock Solid Mentoring Program, Operation Santa Claus, and the Giving Circle. For the past four years, she has worked at Chic’s Marina in Bolton Landing during the summer and plans on waitressing this summer at The Olde Log Inn. In the fall, Rachel plans to further her education at Clarkson University to study biomedical engineering and finance.

Elizabeth Radyn, daughter of Otilia Kocsis, has been enrolled in SUNY Adirondack’s Early College Career Academy for Business and Entrepreneurship for the past two years. She is a member of SkillsUSA as well as the National Technical Honor Society, and was the treasurer for Student Council in the 2019-2020 school year. Elizabeth competed on the Nordic ski team for her entire high school career and qualified for states in her senior year. She joined the cross country team during her sophomore year and won the Adirondack League Championships twice and qualified for states for two consecutive years. In the fall, Elizabeth will continue her education in business as she pursues her goal of earning a Master’s of Business Administration.

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(L.-r.) Madeline Gorey, Demeter Burns, Carson Bruening, Madeleine Biles, Alice Fox, Elizabeth Radyn, Rachel Jaeger, and Lake George Jr.-Sr. High School Principal Francis Cocozza.