Haley Saunders, ECS Valedictorian

Ellicottville Central School is proud to announce that Haley Saunders, daughter of Bart and Lisa Saunders, has earned the position of Valedictorian for the Class of 2017.  She has an impressive weighted GPA of 112.63%!  In addition to classes at ECS, Haley was selected to participate in the highly challenging New Visions Health Professions program at the Olean BOCES Center.  Upon graduation, Haley will have earned 35 college credits and receive an Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors.

Haley’s academic accomplishments are truly impressive.  Since entering 9th grade, she has been named to the High Honor Roll every single marking period.  In May 2017, she received the American Legion Post 659 History Award for earning the highest score on the June 2016 U.S. History Regents Exam and the Donald Chapman Memorial Award.  Over the past four years, Haley has been named outstanding student in: GCC Physics 121 and 122, Spanish 3, Global 10, English 10, Geometry and English 9.   During the same time, Haley has earned the “highest average” in JCC Calculus, English 11, Algebra 2/Trigonometry, and Biology.  Furthermore, she has excellence in Earth Science and Chemistry.    Most recently, Haley’s outstanding academic achievement was recognized when she was awarded the New York State Scholarship for Excellence Award.

Haley has balanced her dedication to her academics with involvement in athletics and extracurricular activities.  Athletically, she has been a member of the Ellicottville Girls’ JV/Varsity Soccer (2014) and Golf (2017) teams, as well as a runner on the Ellicottville/Franklinville Cross Country (2016) team.  In addition to these school sports, she has been a competitive skier on the Holiday Valley Freestyle team (2013-2016); having won the East Coast Championship in moguls, a state championship in slopestyle and an invitation to participate in the United States Junior Nationals in aerials.   

Besides athletics, Haley has been an active member of the student body.  She has been a member of Student Council, National Honor Society, Quiz Bowl, Spanish Club, and the National Technical Honor Society.  Haley has been recognized by her peers as a true leader, as they have elected her to be both the Student Council President and the National Honor Society Treasurer her senior year.   

Haley has also shown a dedication to the larger community in which she lives; volunteering to assist with Project Christmas, offering her time and experience as a coach at Holiday Valley for younger skiers, serving as a lifeguard for disabled adults at Camp Onyahsa, and participating as a junior member of the Ellicottville Fire Department.

After high school, Haley will Attend SUNY Geneseo where she was accepted via the Early Decision Program, and she will pursue a major in Biology.  Ultimately, Haley would like to be an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon.


Hannah Chew, ECS Salutatorian

Hannah Chew, the daughter of Jane Chew and Fred Hauri, has been named as the 2017 Ellicottville Central School Salutatorian, with a weighted average of 109.6!   Hannah will graduate with an Advanced Regents Diploma with honors.

Throughout high school, Hannah has worked hard to maintain her status as a High Honor Roll and a “Top 5” student in her class.  As evidence of her desire for high achievement, Hannah actually started earning high school credits as an eighth grader through the accelerated math and science program.  The drive for academic achievement continued throughout her high school career, as Hannah was named the outstanding student in French; given an award for excellence in Fine Arts; and attained the highest average in English 11 and Pre-Calculus.   Hannah has earned these awards and grades all while taking 33 college credits.

Outside of Ellicottville Central School, Hannah’s high level of success has been noticed by the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).  She was awarded the Computing Medal Award and was also recognized by the National Honor Society with the Distinguished Service Award.

Hannah has been involved in a wide range of extra-curricular activities at ECS which include: Band, French Club, Drama Club, Peer Tutoring, Quiz Bowl, Bowling, Yearbook, Student Council, and was a Robotics Coach for the Middle School Robotics team the past two years.  As a leader in the Senior class, Hannah was elected the vice president of ESPRA and the president of the National Honor Society.

Within the community, Hannah has been an involved citizen; recognizing the importance of giving her time and serving her community.  While in high school, she has volunteered at the ECS PTO Dime Carnival, Red Cross Blood Drive, and ECS Family Fun Night.

Upon graduation, Hannah will be attending college at the Rochester Institute of Technology. At RIT, Hannah will be a member of the prestigious Honors Program and major in Computer Science.