By Allison Collins
SIDNEY – On Wednesday, June 28 three area graduates were honored by Amphenol Aerospace Corporation for demonstrating consistent excellence in science and mathematics throughout their respective academic careers to date. The honorees, nominated by their teachers, represented each of the tri-towns: Riley MacPherson of Sidney, Abbi Miller of Bainbridge and Nichole Angell of Unatego. Angell was not present at Wednesday’s presentation. The three winners comprise the best and brightest of their graduating classes, with MacPherson and Miller named valedictorian and Angell salutatorian.
While this year’s award, an iPad to aid the students in their continued studies, was presented to recipients at last weekend’s commencement ceremonies, MacPherson and Miller brought their gifts along for the June 28 site visit to Amphenol.
Amphenol general manager, Ryan Fisher, human resource manager, Sheri Youngs, and director of Amphenol internships, Neal Wobbe, were on-hand to personally congratulate MacPherson and Miller. Wobbe encouraged the two to seek him out if ever they consider an internship at the Sidney facility. Fisher, too, suggested that MacPherson and Miller keep Amphenol in mind when honing in on their careers.
MacPherson shared his plans to attend Binghamton University in the fall, where he will major in biochemistry with a dual-minor in Spanish and French. Youngs, who said she has known MacPherson since his days in daycare alongside her daughter (and Sidney salutatorian), Molly Youngs, called MacPherson “a man with a plan.”
Indeed, MacPherson said he intends to graduate college in three years, having already earned many college credits during his high school tenure, and then travel to Italy and France before returning to California to earn a master’s degree in viticulture, as it relates to wine-making. MacPherson, who has a nonacademic family trip planned to Europe this summer, said he was “really excited” for his future.
Miller, who will attend R.I.T. in the fall with a focus on biochemical engineering, said she is also eager to embark on a path headed for the future. Already, Miller spent a day shadowing Ritch Selfridge, director of engineering with Amphenol. Youngs noted that, collectively, Amphenol “has a lot of R.I.T. alum.”
Though absent from the June 28 site visit, Nichole Angell plans to attend Binghamton University in the fall, with a focus on biological science.