Please join us in congratulating senior Demeter Burns for being selected to participate in CASDA's 35th Annual Scholars' Recognition Program. CASDA and its partners host this program to honor the outstanding scholastic achievements of graduating seniors from high schools across the Capital Region and beyond. The students are nominated by their schools on the basis of scholarship, leadership, and service to their school and community.
Deme is an effective and innovative leader and served as Student Council president for two years. Additionally, she helped found a Student Mental Health Task Force and participated in the HOBY and RYLA regional leadership programs. Deme volunteers as a leader in the Rock Solid student-to-student mentoring program. Academically, she sits at the top of her class and has completed a three-year independent research experience through SUNY Albany. Deme is pursuing a career in medicine.
Each selected student is asked to nominate a teacher who had a significant influence on his/her education. Deme selected Mrs. Audrey VanVlack, saying: "Mrs. VanVlack truly makes learning feel effortless while maintaining college level rigor. She is genuine, authentic, and connects her lessons to life beyond the classroom."