Claeys & VonFricken Honored at MHS – by Sandy McBride


 Jesalyn Claeys and Leah Von Fricken were honored on Wednesday as the top honor graduates at Mechanicville high School for 2014.  Jesalyn, with a weighted average of 99.137 and a total of 31 college credits already earned, will be the valedictorian.  Leah, whose weighted average is 97.238 and who has earned 10 college credits, has been named salutatorian.

   High school principal Kevin Kolakowski welcomed the gathering, which included the girls’ parents and siblings along with administrators, teachers and friends, saying that “This is the fun part of what we do.  This day has been thirteen years in the making.”

   Dr. Michael McCarthy, Superintendent of Schools, told the girls’ parents, William and Mary Claeys and Ronald and Jacqueline Von Fricken, that their daughters have earned phenomenal averages, and that as parents, they should be very proud.


Read the entire article in the June 12th issue of the Express.