Rhinebeck High School Announces 2016-17 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

The faculty of Rhinebeck High School is proud to announce the Class of 2017 valedictorian and salutatorian, Sarah Rodriguez and Sabrina Shih, respectively.

Valedictorian Sarah Rodriguez is the president of the Student Council and the Senior Class, the Principal Flutist and Co-President of the Concert Band, President of the Spanish Club, Fundraising Chair of the Model United Nations Club, a member of the Peer Mentor Club, and a member of the National Honor Society.

Ms. Rodriguez is the recipient of the Marist College Medal of Science and Health award, the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, the New York State Band Director’s Outstanding Musician Award, the Semper Fidelis Music Award, the Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Closs Memorial Award, the PTSO Spanish Award, and the AP Scholar with Distinction Award.  Ms. Rodriguez is also a National Merit Commended Scholar and National Hispanic Recognition Scholar.  She has worked during her high school career as a volunteer with the English as a Second Language Program for Immigrants, and she is the founder of the Spanish Teacher’s Assistant program.  She will attend Harvard College.

Ms. Rodriguez is the daughter of Hector and Deborah Rodriguez of Rhinebeck.

Salutatorian Sabrina Shih is the founder and President of the Rhinebeck Science Club, a member of the National Honor Society, a member of the environmental club, a member of the art club, and secretary of the student council.  Ms. Shih has been a member of the Varsity Crew team for four years, the Varsity Volleyball team for three years, and the Varsity Field Hockey team during her senior year. She has also worked for the Formosa Association for Student Cultural Ambassadors, as a teacher at the Mid-Hudson Chinese Language Center, and as an after school electives teacher at Chancellor Livingston School.

Ms. Shih is a recipient of the 2016 Presidential Volunteer Service Award, the University of Rochester George Eastman Leadership Award, the Association of Chinese Schools Merit Scholarship, the Association of Chinese Schools Honor Award, the Marist Medal of Science, the Grange Chemistry Award, the Oarswoman of the Year Award, and the Mid-Hudson League Scholar Athlete Award.  She will attend Cornell University.

Ms. Shih is the daughter of Emil and Catherine Shih of Rhinebeck.


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