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Congratulations to the Class of 2017 Top 10!  

Students recognized for effort, dedication to academic excellence 


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The entire Watervliet City School District administration, faculty and staff applaud this year's top scholars for their efforts and achievements.

School leaders congratulated the students who have earned a spot in the Top 10 of the Class of 2017 for maintaining the highest GPAs over their four years in high school: valedictorian Evan Tambolleo, salutatorian Brianna Johnson, Usva Asif, Jessica DelSignore, Makayla Darmetko, Owais Raza, Joshua Lindsay, Brandon Nichols, Aaron Fitch and Nathan Spain. Read about Class of 2016 valedictorian and salutatorian

“I congratulate them on their academic success and personal achievements,” said Principal Ryan Groat. “From the day they entered the ninth grade, they have remained committed to doing their individual best. They are role models for their peers in and out of the classroom, and on and off the athletic field. They make all of Watervliet proud!”

How did these high-achieving students reach the top of their class? Click on their individual pictures below to learn what they consider the "secret sauce" for success in high school, find out their future plans and more.

Watervliet High School’s Top 10 scholars and the entire the Class of 2017 will receive their diplomas at the commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m.


picture of salutatorian, Class of 2017

Brianna Johnson, GPA: 96.5222

picture of WHS valedictorian, Class of 2017

Evan Tambolleo, GPA: 98.9831

Usva Asif, GPA: 96.2833
Jessica DelSignore, GPA: 95.8363

picture of scholar number 3 Class of 2017

Usva Asif, GPA: 96.2833

picture of scholar number 6 Class of 2017

Owais Raza, GPA: 93.1995

picture of scholar number 5 Class of 2017

Makayla Darmetko, GPA: 93.7722

picture of scholar number 8 Class of 2017

Brandon Nichols, GPA: 92.4483

picture of scholar number 7 Class of 2017

Joshua Lindsay, GPA: 93.1813

picture of scholar number 10 Class of 2017

Nathan Spain, GPA: 91.7756

picture of scholar number 9 Class of 2017

Aaron Fitch, GPA: 91.8579