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TH Announces Valedictorian/Salutatorian
James Buhrmaster, Principal and Darby Dellea, Assistant Principal of the Taconic Hills Senior High School are proud to announce the Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the graduating class of 2021 at Taconic Hills.
Megan Savage, daughter of Noreen Murphy and David Savage, has been named Valedictorian of the Taconic Hills class of 2021. In addition to achieving the highest average in her graduating class, Megan has been involved in a variety of activities both in and out of school. Megan was co-captain of the Section IX championship varsity field hockey team, is an active member of the National Honor Society, has participated in both varsity track and field and tennis, has mentored second graders, and has been involved in Foreign Language Club, Mock Trial, and the Model United Nations. Outside of school, Megan participated in the University of Chicago’s Emerging Rural Leaders Program. She has done research at the Berkshire Medical Center Sleep Clinic. This research, part of a three-year science research project, won second place at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium subregional competition, and won the Momentive Performance Materials Award at the Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair. Megan will be attending Brown University in the fall to study behavioral decision sciences while on a pre-med track.
Annika Johanson, daughter of Angela White and the late Charles Johanson, has been named Salutatorian for the Taconic Hills Class of 2021. In addition to being Salutatorian, Annika has participated richly in life outside the classroom. She is the Vice President of National Honor Society, and was a two-year member of the varsity field hockey team. Annika was a member of Key Club, until it was put on pause due to COVID. She has been employed at the Chatham House for three years and has also volunteered at Animal Kind. Annika is a student researcher at the Strle Laboratory in Albany, where she conducts research on Lyme disease. Her research won the Linda Austin DNA Science and Technology Award at the Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair. Annika will be attending Albany College of Pharmacy’s direct entry, six year, Doctor of Pharmacy program where she will obtain her PharmD.