HUDSON–Victoria Gardner has achieved valedictorian and Osman Gofran has achieved salutatorian for the Hudson High School Class of 2020, according to an a press release from Hudson Senior High School Principal Robert J. LaCasse and Guidance Counselor Elizabeth Novine.
Victoria has attained a 97% average while studying AP US History and AP World History, AP Environmental Science, AP Music Theory, AP Biology as well as college General Psychology, Intro. to Sociology, Pre-Calculus, Composition, Intro. to Creative Writing, Composition and Literature through Columbia-Greene Community College and SUNY Cobleskill.
She was active in the National Honor Society, Environmental Club, Student Council and Tri-M Music Honor Society with which she has held the position of president (11th and 12th grades). During her tenure with the Tri-M Music Honor Society she created and organized the Music Mentorship Program which paired advanced band/choir students with a newer music student to aid them in their musical lessons. Victoria has received the Elmira College Key Award, Gellert Cornell Admission Invitation Award and has reached the rank of AP Scholar with Honors.
Outside of school she participated in the annual Cornell Nest Watch to collect information on bird nesting sites in the Greenport Conservation Area, local poll reporting for election data and the Hudson High School Band Winter Tour for which she organized and performed with the band at local retirement facilities. During her summers, Victoria was a camp counselor for the Town of Greenport Summer Recreation Program. Victoria aspires to attain a degree in biology and enter the field of anthropology and will attend St. John’s in the fall.
Osman earned a 96% average after studying AP US History, AP World History, AP Biology, AP Environmental Sciences, College Pre-Calculus, Calculus I, Spanish IV, Spanish V, English Composition and Composition and Literature, Creative Writing, Psychology, Sociology and Critical Issues in Health.
Osman has received the Rensselaer Medal, RIT Computing Medal, University of Rochester Bausch + Lomb Honorary Science Award, University of Albany Multicultural High School Achiever Award, The Alice & Murray Giddings Foundation Scholarship, Rotary Student of the Month, National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence as selected by Mario Capecchi, PH. D., NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete and several P.B.I.S. Awards. Along with aforementioned accolades, Osman was selected to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYFL): Advanced Medicine & Health Care through George Mason University.
He was an active participant with his class holding the position of president (9th and 11th) and vice president (10th and 12th) as well as Student Council treasurer, National Honor Society, vice president and treasurer of the Environmental Club, editor of The Owl student newspaper, vice president of Varsity Club, Mock Trial, Hudson Futbol Club and Video Club. Osman has participated in soccer, track and volleyball.
Osman has volunteered for the Hudson Children’s Book Festival, and organized several American Red Cross blood drives. He plans to attain a degree in Environmental Engineering and Sustainability and will attend Cornell in the fall.