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Saugerties CSD - Class of 2019 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

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SAUGERTIES–Saugerties Central School District is proud to announce Emily Christiansen has been named valedictorian for the class of 2019 and Hilary Mulford is this year’s salutatorian.

         Christiansen earned top honors with a GPA of 101.23. Her academic successes include maintaining a rigorous schedule which includes: completing eight Advanced Placement (AP) courses and two college courses during her high school career. She is a member of the French Club, National Honor Society and is the current Social Director for the Student Council. Christiansen is also the President of the Eco Club which she worked to increase the club’s membership goals.

         The 18-year-old has played soccer throughout her high school career and this year served as varsity team captain. She also was a member of the varsity track team in Grades 9 through 11. She helped her team win the MHAL for the Sprint Medley Relay during her sophomore year.

         In addition to her studies, Christiansen works part-time as a receptionist at Golden Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Kingston. Christiansen says she has a soft spot for the elderly. She explains, “A lot of the residents come to my desk to talk because they don’t get a lot of visitors.” She says, occasionally during slow periods she’ll even read books to them.

         When she’s not working or doing homework, she can often be found volunteering her free time with several school clubs she participates in, such as Key Club. “Key Club is more than just attending a meeting after school, it's about getting out in the community and giving back in different ways,” she says.

         While she is planning on majoring in environmental science, she is undecided about which college she will be attending this fall. Northeastern University and Cornell University are her top two choices.

         “Saugerties High School taught me the meaning of community, and I'm grateful to be able to bring this to college with me. I learned my passion for community service and my ability to take action in a small town, and now I plan to go and make a difference in a city,” says Christiansen.

         Christiansen is the daughter of Sarah and Samuel Christiansen of Saugerties.

         Salutatorian Hilary Mulford, whose GPA is 100.99, has been a member of the French Club, Key Club, Student Government, Eco Club, where she serves as secretary, Student Council, and the National Honor Society, where she serves as this year’s president.

         Mulford, the daughter of Becky and Steve Mulford of Saugerties, also completed eight AP and two college courses over her high school career.

         When she is not studying, Mulford can be found participating in track, basketball, or volleyball for Saugerties. She played volleyball and basketball for the past fours years, serving as team captain of the varsity volleyball team in her senior year. Mulford ran track in Grades 9 through 11 and specialized in 100 Hurdles, Long Jump, and Triple Jump.

         The 18-year-old says a highlight of her last several years was being chosen to be a delegate for Girls State in 2018.   

         In addition to her participation in school activities, Mulford has also worked part-time at the Saugerties /Woodstock Journey KOA campground since she was in the eighth grade.

         Mulford is undecided if she will attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, or Cornell University in Ithaca. Depending on which college she plans to attend will she then decide which major she will pursue. She plans to study either Sustainable Product Design/Sustainable Studies or Landscape Architecture.

            Looking back on the last four years, Mulford said, “I’m so thankful to have grown up in Saugerties surrounded by an immensely supportive family, friends, teachers, and mentors. I am incredibly excited to begin this next chapter of my life as I’m confident that Saugerties has provided me with a strong foundation which will allow me to achieve my goals of helping to create a more sustainable future for society.”