Onteora top grads headed to Harvard

By Jay Braman Jr.
Onteora Central School has announced that Cassandra Hastie is the valedictorian and that Micah Yannatos is the salutatorian of the Class of 2014.

“We are so impressed with our students,” said Onteora School District Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Spiegel McGill. “They have worked very hard to achieve this honor. It’s so important to take time out to celebrate our students because they really are the fruit of our labors.”
Hastie will attend Harvard University majoring in International and Global Studies with a focus in Human Rights. She would like to work for Amnesty International or the United Nations. She is a member of the French and Spanish clubs, the jazz, marching, and pep bands, math team, literacy magazine, yearbook, SADD, and student government. Her achievements include: valedictorian, Coca-Cola Scholars semi-finalist, received a full scholarship for High School Diplomats, and received a full scholarship to go to Japan through High School Diplomats. Cassandra has volunteered her time at the Queens Galley Soup Kitchen and One Voice for Laos.
Micah Yannatos will be taking a gap year and then will begin his studies in political science at Harvard in fall 2015. He aspires to attend law school and then have a career in public service or politics. He is a member of National Honor Society, student government, senior class officer, French Club, marching, jazz, and pep bands, Harvard Model Congress, varsity cross country team, varsity winter track team, and varsity track team. His accomplishments include National Merit Scholarship qualifier, AP scholar, Gold Ratings at NYSSMA for jazz and marching bands, silver at NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade for marching band, and Award for Excellence at Harvard Model Congress. Yannatos has volunteered his time at the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice, Woodstock Library, Volunteers for Peace, and National Honor Society activities.
Onteora has also awarded the honor of Top Business Student to Rosa Sella Rega.
Sella Rega will be attending SUNY Oneonta to begin her studies in dietetics/business economics with a concentration in finance. She plans to work as a nutritionist and open her own gym in the future. She is a member of DECA, Percussion Orchestra of Kingston (POOK), marching band (drumline), varsity soccer team, travel soccer team (New Paltz Rebels), indoor soccer at MAC, and the Woodstock Rainbow Travel Soccer Team.
Her achievements include being a scholar athlete and setting school records with the varsity soccer team. Rosa volunteers her time by teaching Latin drumming to Middle School students, organized and worked at blood drives, and was the chairperson of the DECA Holiday Helping Hands Telethon.