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Congratulations to Muhammad Khan, right, and Brittanie Clickner, Class of 2014 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.

Congratulations to the Class of 2014 valedictorian and salutatorian!

One of Watervliet's top graduates aspires to be a physician, while the other is interested in developing alternative energy solutions. Meet Muhammad Khan, valedictorian of the Class of 2014, and Brittanie Clickner, salutatorian.

Muhammad Khan, Valedictorian

Graduating with a 98 grade point average, Muhammad plans to study biochemistry at Siena College in Loudonville in the fall.

For the past three years, Muhammad has served as treasurer of the National Honor Society and was previously vice president of the National Junior Honor Society. He played varsity soccer in 11th and 12th grade, has been a member of Character Education all four years and was captain of the Masterminds team for the past two years.

This year, he participated in an internship at St. Mary's Hospital in Troy through the high school's Career Exploration and Investigation Program (CEIP), and also has volunteered at the Watervliet Public Library.

In his junior year, Muhammad was selected for a Bausch & Lomb Science Award from the University of Rochester and he is a recipient of Siena's Franciscan Scholarship.

Muhammad is the son of M.A. and Mehmuda Khan of Watervliet.

Q & A with Muhammad

Q. What advice would you offer students entering grade 9 to ensure success during the high school years?

Be yourself, not a mirror image of someone else, and always work your hardest to achieve your greatest accomplishments.

Q. Who is your role model or hero?

My Dad because he has always done so much for, since I was a child, and has taught me many of life's lessons.

Q. What is your favorite academic subject and why?

Physics. It’s interesting to learn how gravity affects different things.

Q. What is your "dream" job?

To be an endocrinologist. (Endocrinologists are specially trained physicians who diagnose diseases related to the glands.)

Q. What activity do you most enjoy during your free time?

 Soccer.

Brittanie Clickner, Salutatorian

Brittanie is graduating with a grade point average of 97 and plans to pursue a degree in chemical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy. In her junior year, she received the Rensselaer Medal, an RPI scholarship worth up to $60,000 over four years that recognizes successful high school students who have distinguished themselves in mathematics and science.

She is the vice president of the National Honor Society and has served as a Character Education board member, a class officer and was co-editor of the Yearbook Committee. Brittanie played varsity soccer and basketball for the past four years and was a member of the track team for three years. She served as captain of both the basketball and soccer teams. She is a Colonial Council Scholar Athlete and was named Female Athlete of the Year.

Brittanie has participated in internships at GE and H2Pump through the high school's Career Exploration and Investigation Program (CEIP).

She is the daughter of Donald and Patricia Clickner of Watervliet.

Q & A with Brittanie

Q. What have you enjoyed most about the education you received in Watervliet schools?

I really enjoy that it is a small environment and everyone knows each other.

Q. What is your "dream" job?

My dream job would be to work to solve the energy crisis as a chemical engineer.

Q. What activity do you most enjoy during your free time?

 I enjoy playing sports, especially basketball.

Q. What makes you smile?

Shopping.

Q. Who is your role model or hero?

My role model is my Mom because she has taught me everything I know, and continues to do everything she can for me.