Gates Chili High School recently named the top 20 seniors for its Class of 2017.
Juliet Yates plans to attend Yale University to study math and physics in the fall. At GCHS, she participated in Pit Orchestra, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Sirens A Cappella, Hiking Club, Masterminds, Math League, Moody’s Mega Math Challenge, National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society and Yorker Club. Yates served as treasurer for band, Tri-M and Student Council. Past awards and honors include high honor roll; academic varsity letter; American Chem Society’s top 10 percent honor student; French II, geometry, trigonometry and Advanced Placement statistics honors; Black Scholar Award; honorable mention in Rochester Institute of Technology’s Applied Mathematics Competition; Wind Symphony honors; and Clarkson University’s High School Leadership Award.
Jonathan Kroth plans to attend RIT in the fall to study physics. He participated in Math League and Masterminds, where he served as varsity captain. Past awards and honors include high honor roll, academic varsity letter, magna cum laude on National Latin Exam, Chemistry Achievement Award, RIT Physics Olympiad honorable mention, AP Scholar with Honor, Latin III Award and Precalculus H Award.
Ian Unson plans to study engineering at University at Buffalo in the fall. He participated in varsity baseball, bowling and soccer; NHS; Chess Team; DECA; and Math League. He served as varsity baseball and bowling captains, NHS treasurer, Chess Team president and first board and DECA president and treasurer. Past awards and honors include top 10 in state DECA sports and entertainment marketing, first place at RIT Applied Physics and Applied Math competitions, Monroe County Math League’s most valuable team member and all-star meet and Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology.
Rachel Stubler plans to study biochemistry at Gannon University in the fall. Her activities included varsity color guard, lifeguard, NHS, Ski Club, Interact Club, yearbook, Veterinary Medicine Explorers program, Spanish Club, Art Club and private piano lessons. Stubler served as vice president of Interact Club and yearbook editor. Past awards and honors include high honor roll, academic varsity letter with two chevrons, AP Scholar Award, Precalculus Award, AP Biology Award, first place in painting and third place in jewelry at Gates Chili Art Show, Chemistry Achievement Award, American Chemical Society’s Top 10 Percent Honors Students Award, Jewelry Award and President’s Award for Educational Excellence.
Ivana-Re’ Baldie plans to attend University of Rochester in the fall to study biochemistry. Her activities included Show Choir, Marching Band, Math League, Musicals, Sirens A Cappella and Step Team. Baldie served as president of NHS, Show Choir and Sirens A Cappella as well as Step Team captain. Past awards and honors include high honor roll, academic varsity letter, two academic chevrons, medicine nominee at National Youth Leadership Forum, National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence, Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, Urban League Black Scholar, English 11 Award, Latin 4 Award and Gold Presidential Service Award.
Joseph Cilento will study physics and math at SUNY Geneseo in the fall. His activities included varsity swimming, tennis and cross country; Math League; MasterMinds; Jazz Band; Marching Band; Tri-M; NHS; and male cheerleading. He served as varsity swimming captain in 2015-17. Past awards and honors include American Chemical Society Award, academic varsity letter two gold chevrons, high honor roll and multiple Student of the Month awards and end-of-the-year excellence awards.
William Harmon will attend Cornell University in the fall to study government and American studies with a minor in Spanish. His activities included Rwandan refugee tutoring, Unified Basketball, Youth Activation Committee, Peer Leadership, Student Government, Interact Club, NHS and School Improvement Team. Past awards and honors include Elmira College Key Award, Outstanding Achievement in Life and Death, President’s Service Award Gold, high honor roll, President’s Service Award Group Gold and academic varsity letter with two chevrons.
George Ghanatios plants to attend University at Buffalo in the fall to study biological sciences. He participated in Math League, Masterminds, NHS, French Club and varsity tennis. Ghanatios served as NHS vice president. Past awards and honors include academic varsity letter, varsity tennis’ most valuable player and most improved player, Chemical Honors Society Award and high honor roll.
Ruby Gadomski will study biology at St. John Fisher College. Her activities included varsity soccer, NHS, Service Club, Monroe County Math League; volunteering at National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Highland Hospital, Scottsville Pet Adoptions; and peer tutoring. Past awards and honors include Elmira College Key Award, high honor roll, academic varsity letter, American Chemical Society’s Chemistry Award and English Student of the Month.
Brian Bullis plans to study computing security at RIT. He participated in Math League, MasterMinds and Westside Wailers A Capella Group. Bullis served as captain of varsity MasterMinds. Past awards and honors include high honor roll; academic varsity letter; AP Physics 1 Award; RIT Physics Olympiad honorable mention; Moody’s Mega Math Challenge participant; and Math, Science and Library Student of the Month.
Allen Bailey will study entrepreneurship at Syracuse University in the fall. His activities included Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, NHS, Tri-M, Interact Club and junior varsity and varsity soccer. He served as project director for Interact. Past awards and honors include academic varsity letter along with two chevrons and athletic varsity letter in soccer.
Rebecca Shust plans to study biomedical engineering at Western New England University in the fall. She participated in varsity swimming and lacrosse, orchestra, Marching Band, Pit Band, Jazz Ensemble, Math League, Masterminds and Interact Club. She served as treasurer for Interact. Past awards and honors include NHS, Tri-M, music varsity letter, academic varsity letter, Sportsmanship Award for lacrosse and Most Improved Award for swimming.
Parker Anderson will study engineering at RIT. His activities included Marching Band, Pep Band, Concert Band, Pit Orchestra, Math League, swimming and diving and NHS. Past awards and honors include Eagle Scout; high honor roll; academic varsity letter; second place in RIT Physics Olympiad; honorable mention on RIT Applied Mathematics Competition; American Chemical Society Achievement Award; Outstanding Achievement Award in Java, optics and manufacturing systems; and GCHS record holder for 6 Dive and 11 Dive events.
Samantha King will study either business or pre-medical at Albright College. She participated in Spanish Club, yearbook, NHS and Math League. King served as treasurer for yearbook. Past awards and honors include academic varsity letter, high honor roll, Fashion 1 Award, History in Perspective Award, Hands of Christ Award and Warren B. Davis Award/Scholar.
Michael Kha plans to study software engineering at RIT in the fall. He participated in Math League, Chess Club, Hiking Club and Technology Club. Past awards and honors include academic varsity letter and high honor roll.
Lovejit Singh will attend University at Buffalo in the fall to study biology. He participated in varsity tennis, NHS, French Club, Math League and Master Minds, and volunteered with Gates’ activities program. Past awards and honors include high honor roll, academic varsity letter, Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Award and Science Student of the Month.
Nazia Shaheen plans to study neuroscience at Syracuse University. Her activities included Art Club, Interact Club and volunteering at an English as a second language program. She served as secretary and co-vice president for Interact. Past awards and honors include high honor roll; academic varsity letter; Academic Excellence awards in geometry, Algebra II and Chemistry; and chevrons.
Allison Parsels plans to study nursing at Roberts Wesleyan College in the fall. She participated in varsity soccer, NHS and New Visions. Parsels served as captain of the soccer team. Past awards and honors include high honor roll, U.S. History Award, varsity academic letter and chevron and Coaches’ Award and most valuable player for varsity soccer.
Daniela Schiliro will attend RIT to study biomedical sciences. She participated in Drama Club, Gates Chili musicals, synchronized swimming, Sirens A Cappella, NHS and Tri-M while volunteering at Unity Hospital and Theo’s Closet Volunteer. She was a lead teen volunteer for Vacation Bible School. Past awards and honors include academic varsity letter, high honor roll, Young Women of Excellence Award, Italian Award and Advanced Women’s Choir Award.
Cassandra Jones will study political science at University at Albany. Her activities included Youth Activation Committee, Model U.N., Interact Club, DECA, Hiking Club, Newspaper Club, Masterminds, stage crew, NHS, Peer Leadership, varsity softball, eighth-grade transition helping and refugee resettlement volunteering. She served as YAC president, Model U.N. treasurer, NHS attendance clerk and Interact director. Past awards and honors include New York state youth representative for Special Olympics, Peer Leadership Scholarship, Personal and Gold President’s volunteer service awards, sport and academic varsity letters, Model U.N. chairperson, two Outstanding Delegate awards, Syracuse University Latin Award of Recognition, Magna Cum Laude Latin Award, AP Scholar Award, high honor roll, Monroe County Stop DWI third-place award, Sam Gaudino Memorial Scholarship Award, Nancy Hamlin Scholarship Award and Rochester Women’s Council Young Woman of Distinction.