FULTON – One hundred percent effort, all of the time.
That’s what G. Ray Bodley High School valedictorian Aryelle Barbagallo and salutatorian Megan Nicholson said earned them overall weighted grade point averages of 101.37 and 100.77, respectively.
The pair said discipline, hard work, the drive to succeed and a healthy support system all contributed to them being named the top two Class of 2017 students.
For Aryelle, academic achievement was all about not going to bed unless homework was done.
“I work hard,” she said, as she admitted to even studying on the bus ride from GRB to her New Vision Allied Health classes at SUNY Oswego.
The balance of managing time wisely came with re-focusing herself every half an hour to make sure she stayed on track.
It was the dedication to her studies, including FaceTiming her classes when she was out of school after a surgery, that allowed her to remain on top.
Barbagallo, vice president of GRB’s National Honor Society, also is a community volunteer and an accomplished athlete with GRB’s girls’ varsity volleyball, basketball and softball teams.
She said GRB underclassmen can also strive to be at the top of their class; they just have to ask themselves how bad the want it and how far they’re willing to go their senior year without checking out.
“Life is good” is Barbagallo’s personal motto and those words dear to her heart, as they were often said by her Varsity Volleyball coach Caroline Richardson, who died in March 2015 after a long battle with ovarian cancer.
Her favorite accomplishments as a GRB student include A “Ladies Who Lead” award from State Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, high honor roll, First team all league in volleyball, a representative of section III as the New York State Public High School Athletic Association essay scholar athlete…