Phebe Cunningham is the Valedictorian of the Cairo-Durham Class of 2019. While maintaining a focus on academics, she has devoted much time to Student Government, serving her Junior and Senior year as President of the Student Council, Secretary of National Honor Society, and serving in other student leadership capacities including the Principal’s Student Panel, Board of Education Student Representative, and NECAP Youth Summit. Phebe was a four-year member of the Varsity Golf team and has also enjoyed playing fiddle and upright bass. In between these activities, she worked at both a local resort and local restaurant. For her Senior year, Phebe was selected to participate in the STEM @ Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute New Visions program, focusing on engineering and physics. Throughout Phebe’s four years at Cairo-Durham High School, she has received many Outstanding Academic Achievement and Exemplary Performance awards honoring her academic performance in AP, Honors and PLTW coursework, but also multiple awards highlighting her outstanding leadership and overall excellence. As a Junior, she was awarded the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medal Award, Clarkson University Leadership Award and the Mustang Excellence Award. As a Senior, she has received the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Presidential Scholarship, CASDA Scholars Recognition and School Administrators Association of NYS Leadership Scholarship. Phebe is very eager to continue her education pursuing her passions - sound and engineering, in the field of acoustics. In the fall, she is excited to be majoring in Architectural Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
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