Sodus Junior-Senior High School named its top 10 students for the Class of 2018.
The top 10 students, listed in order by GPA, are Dakota Hinchman, 98.339; Drianni Bennett, 98.19; Jessica Everhart, 97.835; Autumn Ornt, 97.351; Matthew Baker, 94.698; Marilyn Bennett, 94.069; Kori DeBadts, 93.534; Hailey Grenon, 93.469; Brooke Fillmore, 93.064; and Amari Grady, 92.816.
Hinchman plans to study computer video game design and development at Rochester Institute of Technology. He participated in National Junior Honor Society, National Honor Society and varsity tennis; performed in plays and dramas; played in all-county band; and was 12-grade class secretary and a member of Justice Organization of Youth. He received the Principal’s List Award; Eddie McGowan Memorial Award; Chely Mavcoff Award for English 2; Rotary Award for the highest average; New York State Senate Youth Leadership Award from State Sen. Pam Helming, R-54th District; and Rensselaer Polytechnic award for outstanding achievement in math and science. Hinchman earned the Donald K. Rhine Scholarship from Reliant Community Credit Union and a RIT award for outstanding achievement in computers.
Drianni Bennett was involved in spring musical, fall drama, varsity cross country, varsity indoor track, varsity track and field, Masterminds, youth theater at Gates Hall and NHS, where she served as president. She received the Coach’s Award for cross country and the Robert G. Boehmler Scholarship.
Everhart will attend SUNY Oswego in the fall. She served as historian and president for NHS; played in jazz band, pit band, all-county band, Solofest and orchestra; and provided jazz lessons at Eastman Area All-State. She earned the highest average in music theory, and participated in Moody’s Math Challenge. Everhart earned the Robert G. Boehmler Scholarship, a presidential scholarship from SUNY Oswego and a RIT computer programming scholarship.
Ornt plans to work toward an aeronautical engineering degree at Monroe Community College and Clarkson University. She participated in track, bowling, high school musicals, NHS, Science Olympiad, tennis and Masterminds. She was a scholar athlete in 2016, earned a certificate of excellence in 2018 and received the 2016 All-Star Award for varsity tennis from Wayne County Athletic Association.
Baker plans to compete on the cross country team at Finger Lakes Community College. His activities at Sodus include junior varsity football, cross country and track, where he served as captain. Baker set the 2-mile indoor track record for Sodus. He earned the Sodus Certificate of Achievement, Scholar Athlete Team Award, Boys State Award, Certificate of Academic Excellence and Sodus Spartan School Spirit Award. He received the Desmond scholarship, and presidential scholarships from RIT and St. John Fisher College.
Marilyn Bennett enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and will leave for boot camp in the fall. She played sports in grades 7-11, which included volleyball, softball, swimming and soccer, and was part of the stage crew for the school’s production of “Oliver.” She received numerous academic awards, the 2016 Highest Average School Award from Sodus Rotary Club and scholarships from Wells College, Florida Southern College and the Wilkes-Desmond Educational Foundation.
DeBadts plans to major in health care studies at FLCC. She played varsity softball for three years, and earned the George Eastman Scholarship.
Grenon plans to major in pre-pharmacy at St. John Fisher College. She played varsity softball, varsity volleyball and varsity basketball, and served as captain for the softball and volleyball teams. She received the 2017 RIT Innovation and Creativity and 2017 New York State Senate Youth Leadership Recognition Award.
Fillmore plans to study adolescent education — mathematics at SUNY Oswego. She was a scholar athlete, and served as captain for varsity soccer, varsity softball and varsity bowling. She received the MVP Award for bowling and soccer. Fillmore earned a dean scholarship.
Grady plans to start her college studies at FLCC before transfering to a four-year school. She played volleyball, basketball and softball, and served as captain for the basketball team. She received the MLK Student Service Award, an award from the Daughters of the American Revolution and $19,725 in scholarships.