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Graduation 2022: OV names two top students

IN ADDITION TO being an excellent student in the classroom, Otter Valley Valedictorian Olivia Depatie is a wonderful French horn player and performs at the college level.

BRANDON — Otter Valley Union High School has named the Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Class of 2022. Olivia Depatie of Brandon, daughter of Thomas and Donna Depatie, is this year’s Valedictorian. Kieran Williams of Pittsford, son of Suzanne and Richard Williams, is the Salutatorian.

Olivia Depatie was a member of the National Honor Society and enrolled at Castleton University as an early college student for her senior year. She was named to the Castleton President’s List several times. Depatie excelled in all aspects of her academics and has played the French horn at the college level since middle school. This year Depatie has risen to the level of first chair for the All New England Band.

No slouch in the classroom, Depatie was awarded the OV Four-Year Department Award for Science as a senior and earned the National Rural and Small Town Recognition Award through the College Board. As a junior Depatie was recognized for The Johns Hopkins Book Award, the Bausch & Lomb Science Award, the Society of Women Engineers Award for highest honor, the Rensselaer Medal Award and the Patrick Gilmore Band Award.

Depatie plays in numerous bands including: The Rutland City Band, The Castleton University Wind Ensemble, The All State Concert Band, District Symphonic Band, District Jazz Band, New England Symphonic Band, OV Pit Orchestra, OV Jazz Band and the Brandon Town Band. She has also worked for the past two years at the Pittsford Police Academy.

In the fall, Olivia Depatie will attend the University of Hartford in Connecticut.

KIERAN WILLIAMS, AN excellent student and a performer in Walking Stick Theater, spent many hours mentoring eighth-graders at Otter Valley this year.

Kieran Williams was a member of the National Honor Society and is enrolled at OV in multiple AP courses. He is dedicated to helping others and improving the overall well-being of the school community.

Williams was the first applicant in OV’s new mentor program and was selected in October to mentor an eighth-grade advisory class. He received hands-on leadership and essential-skills training while implementing over 10 sessions with his eighth-graders throughout the course of his senior year.

In his studies Williams completed Pre-Calculus and Calculus as a junior, enrolling in a college level Calculus course as a senior. Williams earned the OV Four-Year Department Award for Mathematics this spring. As a junior he earned the St. Michael’s Book Award, Excellence in Physics and Excellence in Advanced American Studies.

Williams also wrote and directed his own play for OV’s Walking Stick Theater after dedicating years to the theater program. Similarly, Williams participated in OV’s Jazz Band. When Williams was not working on his performance art, he was found playing on the OV varsity soccer team as well as OV’s lacrosse team. He was recently named Honorable Mention, Vermont All-State Lacrosse player for Division III.

In the fall, Kieran Williams will attend The University of Connecticut to study Kinesiology and Athletic Training.

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