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June 20, 2018

Immaculate Heart Central in Waterton is pleased to announce Gwyneth Rowland and Brendan Kelly as valedictorian and salutatorian.

Gwyneth RowlandValedictorian Gwyneth Rowland, daughter of Christopher and Sarah Rowland, Watertown, earned a grade point average of 96.6. Besides earning the top academic honor for her class she also received a prestigious Sisters of Saint Joseph (SSJ) Award as the outstanding senior student in science.

Her other senior academic honors included a $500 New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence Award, the William P. Plante Memorial Scholarship, the American Legion School Award and a Section 3 Scholar Athlete Award.

Gwyneth was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapter of the National Honor Society and served as chapter president her senior year. She was elected student council president, served as a peer tutor and was a member of the school newspaper. As an active participant in the IHC Faith Community Service Program, she earned in excess of 50 service hours this year. Gwyneth earned varsity letters in soccer, basketball and softball.

She will be attending the University of Massachusetts - Amherst this fall, where she plans to study Biology.


Brendan KellySalutatorian Brendan Kelly, son of Brian and Amy Kelly, Watertown, earned a GPA of 96.3.

Brendan was named recipient of the Bishop’s Award for Outstanding Diocesan Student and was awarded the Sisters of Saint Joseph (SSJ) Department Award as the outstanding senior student in history.

Other accomplishments in his outstanding high school career include receiving a $1,500 New York State Scholarship for Excellence Award and the State of New York Office of the State comptroller Award. He was a Section 3 Scholar-Athlete.

In addition to earning a varsity letter in tennis, Brendan was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapter of the National Honor Society serving as chapter vice-president and was an IHC Mystery Player. Brendan was active in Faith community Service, the IHC school newspaper, Robotics Club, Christmas & Spring concerts and Variety Show. He participated in the American Legion Oratorical contest, Math League, Voice of Democracy and was a member of the IHC Whiz Quiz team.

Brendan will continue his education at the University of Buffalo, where he will study Economics.

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