CHATHAM – Chatham High School announces its Class of 2022 Valedictorian and Salutatorian.
Benjamin T. Halpin, son of Linda and Mark Halpin of Ghent, is the class valedictorian for 2022 at Chatham High School.
Throughout his high school career, Benjamin was a member of the National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Student Government, Boys’ State, and RPI’s Smart Grid CURENT program. He served as the CHS Senior Delegate to the American International College Model Congress and competed on the varsity soccer and track teams.
Benjamin has been an active participant in the local music community, performing as Principal Flutist with the Empire State Youth Orchestra, NYSBDA Symposium Honor Band, and multiple NYSSMA Area All-State Festivals, in addition to being a band member. School and the Marching Band and Unit of the City of Ghent. Additionally, he served as Acting Music Director at Chatham United Methodist Church and performed in pit orchestras for CHS musical productions.
Along with his extracurricular activities, Benjamin was an active volunteer for St. James Catholic Church and regularly served at the Claverack Free Library before the pandemic.
He received several Distinguished Effort and Neighborhood Student Awards, the Rensselaer Medal, the Gellert Cornell Invitation to Admission, and a Certificate of Outstanding Community Service from the Daughters of the American Revolution.
This fall, Benjamin will attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to study in the field of engineering.
Amanda Marie Roberts, daughter of Cynthia and Gregory Roberts of Canaan, is Chatham High School’s class of 2022.
Throughout her time at Chatham High School, Amanda participated in a variety of clubs and activities including the Model Congress, American Legion Auxiliary Girls State and CHS Band, Jazz Band and Orchestra of pit. She is a member of both the Tri-M Music Honor Society, of which she is the secretary, and the National Honor Society. She also played on the varsity softball and varsity track and field teams and scuba-dived, skied, and played travel softball during her high school years. Amanda loves playing the trumpet as the soloist of the Empire State Youth Orchestra and a member of the Ghent Band for five years. Last year, she received a perfect score at the NYSSMA Solo Festival to earn a spot in the NYSSMA All-State Symphonic Band. She volunteered to help her church with Vacation Bible School and participated in fundraisers for a parish in Haiti.
Some of his academic achievements include numerous Student of the Quarter, Highest GPA, and Excellence in Effort awards, as well as the Clarkson University Leadership Award, Gellert Cornell Admissions Invitation, the Martin Van Buren History Prize and high honor roll status at Chatham. High school.
In the fall, Amanda will attend Wellesley College to major in Neuroscience and minor in Music.