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Burch and Hamdan are top grads

Friday, June 06, 2014 - Updated: 5:33 PM

LONG LAKE -- Long Lake Central School has announced the recipients of this year's Valedictorian and Salutatorian awards: Shaneka Burch and Ranya Hamdan.

In a graduating class of six seniors, Shaneka is the valedictorian with a current average of 92.08. She is graduating with a Regents Diploma and has been a high honor roll student throughout high school.

She plans on moving to Clarksville, Tenn. after graduation and is interested in motel management and welding. Her extracurricular activities have included soccer, softball, basketball and baseball; the Long Lake Electrothon Car Club; and community pride clean-up activities.

She works part-time for Tim and Beate Touchette at Shamrock Motel and Cottages.  Her parents are Sandra and Steve Burch of Long Lake.


Ranya is the class salutatorian with a current average of 92.02. In addition to her Regents Diploma, Ranya is completing the New Vision Healthcare program this year through Adirondack Medical Center and Adirondack Educational Center.

She will receive 13 college credits from Tompkins Cortland Community College and North Country Community College.

Ranya will be attending Le Moyne College in Syracuse and plans to become a physician assistant. She has been a high honor roll student throughout high school.

Her extracurricular activities have included soccer, basketball and softball; class president; student council treasurer and president; National Honor Society treasurer and vice president; and the Northeast Music Festival.

Her community service has included planning assistance and participation in Long Lake Community Connections, Long Lake / Indian Lake Mock DWI presentation, Relay for Life and the Fisher House quilt raffle.

Additional awards include first team and second All-Star for soccer, second team All-Star for basketball, excellence in biology, most improved in soccer, first place team for Envirothon and several presidential academic excellence awards.

Congratulations to both students. The school community is very proud of their accomplishments.


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