Gates Chili High School named the top 20 students for the Class of 2018: Ryan Pappa, Brian Cannon, Tony Bodulovic, Benjamin Bartula, Stephen Beardsley, Emily Hands, Meshach Cornelius, Adazia Foster, Ashley Perry, Lauren Paige, Quinlan Mulhern, Michael Firnstein, Adonis Savidis, Kathy To, T.J. May, Gunther Kroth, Steven Scheidt, Brian Pope, Faustina Frattali and Salvatore Cammilleri.
Pappa was involved in Ski Club, Math League and National Honor Society. He served as leader of the Gates Chili Middle School Tech Club. His awards and honors include academic varsity letter with two chevrons, AP scholar with distinction, National Merit commended student and high honor roll. Pappa, the son of Dan and Cheryl Pappa, will study computer science at Cornell University in Ithaca.
Cannon was involved in marching band, jazz ensemble, jazz ensemble, jazz combo, NYSSMA Solo Festival, tutoring for Interact Club, NHS and Tri-M Music Honor Society. His awards and honors include high honor roll, academic varsity letter, AP scholar, biology honors, chemistry honors, U.S. history and government honors and American Chem Society. Cannon, the son of John and Laurie Cannon, will study in the physician assistant program at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Bodulovic was involved in NHS as president, Monroe County Math League, Masterminds Quiz Bowl as varsity captain, Interact Club as president and the Refugee Resettlement Project as director and co-founder. He interned at the New York State Division of Human Rights, and served as staff writer for The Progressive Teen and phone banker for the Bernie Sanders campaign. His awards and honors include national AP scholar with honor, National Merit semifinalist, academic varsity letter with two chevrons and excellence in French, English, precalculus, Algebra 2, chemistry and Advanced Placement psychology. Bodulovic, the son of Lejla and Dalibor Bodulovic, will study political science at Columbia University in New York City.
Bartula was involved in varsity volleyball, bowling and golf; jazz band; marching band; Masterminds; Math League; NHS; and Tri-M. He served as drum major and conductor of marching band, as well as captain of the bowling and golf teams. His awards and honors include Monroe County All-County Band and NYS Area All-State Band. Bartula, the son of Robert and Monica Bartula, will study chemistry and premedicine at University at Buffalo.
Beardsley was involved in Westside Wailers; jazz and percussion ensembles; show choir; jazz, marching and bands; musical; jazz combo; Drama Club as treasurer; Masterminds; Math League; boys varsity cross country; NHS as secretary; and Tri-M. His awards and honors include Roberts Honors Band, area all-state bands and choirs, all-county bands and choirs, academic varsity letter with two chevrons, cross country and music varsity letters, scholar athlete, top 10 percent of AP chemistry students award, AP chemistry award, wind symphony award, high honor roll and AP World History 2 award. Beardsley, the son of Doug and Sandy Beardsley, will study instrumental music education at SUNY Fredonia.
Hands, the daughter of Wendy and Jeff Hands, will attend UC in the fall. Her awards and honors include high honor roll, academic varsity letter, American Chem Society, Elmira College Key Award, President’s Outstanding Academic Excellence Award in accounting and outstanding in Spanish, computer applications, Spanish 3 and introduction to computer science.
Cornelius was involved in Math League, the Science and Technology Entry program, school and marching bands, jazz ensemble and Chess Club. He served as president of the Class of 2018 in 2014-16. His awards and honors include Eagle Scout, diploma in percussion and certificate of advanced achievement in performance from Eastman Community Music School, summa cum laude on ACL/NJCL National Latin Exam, NHS, Tri-M, National Youth Leadership Training Staff, MCC STEP Researcher, academic varsity letter and NYSSMA Conference All-State Wind Ensemble. Cornelius, the son of Niki and Claude Cornelius, will study engineering at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
Foster was involved in varsity field hockey as co-captain, NHS, STEP, the Refugee Resettlement Project and Interact Club as vice president. Her awards and honors include high honor roll, academic varsity letter with additional chevron, AP scholar with honors, Black Scholar certificates of achievement, Spartan Way Award, honorable mention all-county and second league all-county as goalie, MVP awards, Summer Kickoff Classic champion, NYS scholar athlete awards, RIT Innovation and Creativity Award and social studies, science and Spanish student of the month. Foster, the daughter of Esther Papp, will study biology and Spanish at University at Albany.
Perry was involved in varsity field hockey as treasurer and captain, Art Club, the yearbook committee as senior editor in 2018 and volunteer murals. Her awards and honors include the AP Scholar Award, Coaches’ Award, Monroe County field hockey all-league honorable mention, second place in printmaking, third place in colored drawing, second place in jewelry and academic varsity letter. Perry, the daughter of Kathleen Perry, will study biochemistry at University at Albany.
Paige was involved in Spanish Club, Hiking Club, Math League, varsity field hockey, show choir, musical, fall drama, NHS as treasurer and Tri-M. Her awards and honors include the RIT Computing Medal and Scholarship, English 11 Award, high honor roll, area all-state and area all-county mixed choir and academic varsity with chevron. Paige, the daughter of Colleen Bush and William Paige, will study video game design and development at RIT.
Mulhern was involved in jazz ensemble, varsity hockey and golf, marching band, NHS, Tri-M as vice president and jazz combo. His awards and honors include high honor roll, academic varsity letter, Latin 2 Award, Hands of Christ Award, Patrick J. Pugliese Sportsmanship Award for Section V hockey, 105.5 The Team Section V Student Athlete Award for winter sports, Syracuse University Award of Recognition for Latin, Boys PE 11 Award, summa cum laude on the National Latin Exam and St. Cecilia Award for music ministry. Mulhern, the son of Robert Mulhern and Beth Mulhern, will study meteorology and atmospheric science at Penn State in State College, Pennsylvania.
Firnstein was involved in varsity volleyball and baseball as captain, concert choir, Westside Wailers, Math League, Ski Club, NHS and Tri-M. His awards and honors include academic excellence awards in Spanish, physics, AP U.S. history, construction systems, music, transportation and physical education; academic varsity letter; the Faith through Formation in Sports Award by St. Pius; and the sportsmanship trophy in baseball and volleyball. Firnstein, the son of Marc and Michelle Firnstein, will study engineering and minor in business at RIT.
Savidis was involved in student council, varsity soccer as captain and golf, Math League, band, Service Club and NHS as attendance clerk. He served as senior class president. His awards and honors include academic varsity letter, three-time MVP for varsity soccer, first team all-county varsity soccer, honorable mention All-Greater Rochester soccer and high honor roll. Savidis, the son of Michael and Melanie Savidis, will attend Nazareth College in the fall.
May was involved in Ski Club as president, marching band, varsity hockey and golf and Tri-M as historian. His awards and honors include Monroe County Young Citizen of the Year, academic varsity letter, scholar athlete and high honor roll. May, the son of Jim and Marianne May, will study fire protection technology at Monroe Community College.
Kroth was involved in basketball, Math League, bodybuilding and fitness. His awards and honors include high honor roll, Rensselaer Polytechnic Medal, RIT Computing Medal and academic varsity letter. Kroth, the son of David and Karin Kroth, will study computer science at RIT.
Scheidt was involved in Westside Wailers, Chess Club and Math League. His awards and honors include high honor roll, the RIT Creativity and innovation Award, academic varsity letter, Math League top score per school and the Latin IV SUPA program. Scheidt, the son of Katherine Glendenning and Matthew Scheidt, will follow the optical engineering pathway at MCC.
Pope was involved in marching band, pep band as director and drum major, jazz ensemble, wind symphony, musical, percussion ensemble, NHS, Masterminds and Tri-M as president. His awards and honors include academic and music varsity letters. Pope, the son of Karen Pope and Bill Pope, will study sound recording technology at Syracuse University.
Frattali was involved in varsity lacrosse as captain, Ski Club, Math League and Hiking Club. Her awards and honors include academic varsity letter, student of the month for LOTE and PE, summa cum laude in the National Latin Exam, Rochester section of the American Chemical Society Top 10 percent Regents Chemistry Students Award, NYS Regents Scholarship and the NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete Award. Frattali, the daughter of Phil and Linda Frattali, will study biology at University at Buffalo.
Cammilleri, the son of Sandra Cammilleri and Joseph Cammilleri, will study accounting and finance at The College at Brockport. His awards and honors include academic varsity letter and high honor roll.